Indiana (10-10) at Atlanta (4-16)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Tue Dec 14, 2004
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Having won five straight against the Atlanta Hawks, the Indiana Pacers seem to have a good opportunity to end their longest losing streak in nearly 12 years.

The teams’ last matchup, however, suggests Al Harrington won’t make it easy for his former club.

The Pacers hope to end their seven-game skid when they visit Harrington and the lowly Hawks.

Indiana has matched its longest losing streak since Feb. 2-15, 1993. The last time the Pacers lost eight straight was in 1989, when they dropped 12 in a row from Jan. 26-Feb. 23.

Indiana beat Atlanta 93-86 at home on Nov. 17 to extend its winning streak against the Hawks, who were led by Harrington’s 30 points. Atlanta’s last win against Indiana came on March 22, 2003, a 92-89 victory in Indianapolis.

Harrington, who spent his first six seasons in Indiana before being traded in the offseason for Stephen Jackson, shot 12-of-19 from the field against the Pacers. Tired of coming off the bench in Indiana, Harrington asked for a trade in the offseason to a team where he would play a larger role.

Indiana shot 38 percent in a 97-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.

The Pacers again played short-handed, something that has become routine since their brawl in Detroit last month.

“There’s not much to say,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “Our guys gave what they had. The effort was great. We just have to keep playing at that level and we’ll win our share of games.”

The Pacers were missing Scot Pollard and Jamaal Tinsley, and lost center David Harrison for a short stretch during the first half when he bruised his right hip. Harrison returned but finished with just six points.

Pollard missed the game due to back pain. Tinsley was out with a sprained right ankle.

Indiana signed veteran forward Michael Curry on Monday. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.2 rebounds in 70 games for Toronto in 2003-04, but has not played this season.

Harrington had 21 points before fouling out in Atlanta’s 95-90 loss to the New Jersey Nets on Saturday.

The Hawks dropped to 2-9 at home, including a 1-6 mark against Eastern Conference teams.

“We have to be more consistent,” Harrington said. “Until we figure out how to do that, we just have to keep working hard, play good defense and not be selfish with the ball.”

The Hawks continue to live up to their billing as the NBA’s worst free-throw shooting team, hitting just 12-of-21 against the Nets. They are shooting 66 percent for the season.

Rookie guard Josh Smith, the 17th overall pick, has started two straight games for the Hawks in place of Kenny Anderson. Smith had 11 points Saturday, including two left-handed dunks from the right baseline in the fourth quarter.

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