Atlanta (25-53) at Chicago (22-56)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EDT Fri Apr 9, 2004
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The teams with the worst records in the Central Division both bring two-game losing streaks into their matchup as the Atlanta Hawks visit the Chicago Bulls.

Chicago is in eighth place in the division with a 22-56 record, while Atlanta is three games better with a 25-53 mark.

The Hawks lost 103-100 in overtime to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday for their fourth loss in five games.

Atlanta trailed by 10 points at halftime, but rallied to take a 71-64 lead with 9:35 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Sixers went on a 10-4 run to pull within two with 7:53 left, and went up by four with 51 seconds to go in the game.

The Hawks battled back again, and sent the game into overtime when Bob Sura made two free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining. In the extra session, however, Sura missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Hawks fell to 0-6 in overtime this season.

“I wish we could win an overtime game,” Atlanta coach Terry Stotts said. “To get it into overtime took some execution and hard work.”

Chicago lost 96-82 on the road to the New York Knicks on Wednesday for its second straight defeat. The Bulls, who have the second-worst record in the NBA behind the Orlando Magic, have dropped seven of their last nine.

Chicago trailed 72-44 with 5:43 remaining in the third quarter, but eventually pulled within nine. A 3-pointer by Stephon Marbury with 1:52 left in the fourth, however, sealed the outcome.

“We played hard and when we play hard, we expect to reach our goal and get a win,” Bulls guard Jamal Crawford said. “Sometimes it’s like we’re in a trance and we needed to snap out of it and get going. We finally got it going in the second half, but it was too little too late.”

Atlanta has won eight of its last 12 against Chicago.

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