ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks hope their recent success against the New York Knicks can carry over to this rebuilding year and help them end a three-game losing streak.
Atlanta (3-15) hosts New York (10-7) on Friday at Philips Arena, the first of three meetings between the clubs this season.
The Hawks won their last three meetings with the Knicks and went 3-1 against them last season. This will be the only game between the two clubs in Atlanta, with the other two meetings scheduled for Madison Square Garden.
Atlanta is in a rebuilding mode after losing free agents Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr., who signed with the Knicks and is averaging 18.4 points. Hardaway's presence has helped offset some of the scoring that was lost when Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Hawks are coming off a 116-103 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday, a decision that broke Los Angeles' nine-game losing streak. The Hawks have endured extended losing streaks this season, dropping eight straight and four straight, and they have settled into last place in the Eastern Conference.
A bright spot for Atlanta has been the development of rookie John Collins, who produced a double-double while making his first career start against the Clippers. Collins, a first-round pick from Wake Forest, has scored 35 points over the past two games and has shown increased confidence around the rim.
"John continues to be somebody that's growing, improving and playing well," Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He's busting it out there. We want him to continue to take those steps forward." >> Read more
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