Washington (15-19) at Atlanta (9-25)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Sat Jan 14, 2006
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The Washington Wizards are looking to match a season-high three-game winning streak when they meet the woeful Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

Gilbert Arenas had a game-high 37 points and eight assists and Caron Butler added 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the Wizards Friday past the Indiana Pacers 94-85.

It was Washington’s second straight win and third four games.

“We let our offense work for us,” said Arenas, who totaled 23 points in his previous two games. “We didn’t go out there forcing anything. We’re not turning the ball over now and we’re playing solid defense.”

The Wizards have won their two games by an average margin of 20 points in stifling opponents to an average of 78.5 points. They have won three straight twice this season, which included the team’s first season-opening three-game winning streak since the 1978-79 season.

The Wizards are in good position to match that streak as they have taken six straight games against the Hawks. The Hawks’ last win over their Southeast Division rival came on March 12, 2004.

Washington has eclipsed the 100-point mark in the last five meetings while allowing the Hawks to eclipse the 100 points once in that span.

Arenas leads Washington with 19.5 points and 5.7 assists in the six wins over the Hawks.

The Hawks enter this contest with the fewest wins in the league and having dropped three in a row.

Joe Johnson scored 19 points and Zaza Pachulia and Al Harrington added 18 each, but Atlanta dropped a 105-94 decision Friday to the New York Knicks.

The Hawks trailed 75-73 entering the fourth quarter, but were outscored 30-21 the rest of the way.

“We just didn’t finish down the stretch,” said Josh Childress, who scored 16 against the Knicks. “We didn’t come up with the key stops.”

Harrington, the Hawks leading scorer, has averaged 10.7 points in 21 career games against the Wizards and has a 13.6 average in the last five matchups, all losses.

The eight-year veteran’s scoring average is the highest among current Hawks against the Wizards.

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