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Hawks host Bulls in Atlanta

February 02, 2013 17:48:53 UK

Four games adrift of the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division, the Atlanta Hawks welcome in the Chicago Bulls to the Philips Arena on Saturday.

Winners of four of their past five, the Hawks are coming off a one-point win over the Toronto Raptors this past Wednesday. Al Horford led the way for the hosts, scoring 22 points on 10-of-15 from the floor to offset another strong evening from the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan. The former USC star scored a game-high 23 points for the short-handed visitors who did not yet have Rudy Gay in the fold after the trade from Memphis.

That changed Friday evening when Gay came off the bench and scored 20 points as the Raptors surprised the Los Angeles Clippers 98-73 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. DeRozan scored 19 points and Amir Johnson added a double-double as the Raptors remain six and a half games behind the Boston Celtics who currently hold down the final place in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

The gap atop the Atlantic Division remains at two and a half games after both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets were winners on Friday night. Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 25 points and Tyson Chandler had a monster night on the boards grabbing 20 rebounds as the Knicks picked up a 10-point victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden. New York is straight back into action on Saturday when the Sacramento Kings come into town.

Meanwhile, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn the Nets rallied for a 93-89 win over the Chicago Bulls. The Nets get to take the weekend off before the Los Angeles Lakers arrive in town on Tuesday.

The Hawks are 6001.00 to win the Eastern Conference while the Boston Celtics are 6001.00 and the Heat are 1.11.

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