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Celtics hope to stop slide, pay a visit to Hawks

(SportsNetwork.com) - Since the Boston Celtics evened their record at 4-4, they haven't reached the win column.

The Celtics hope to stop a season-high six-game losing streak when they invade Philips Arena Saturday night to take on the Atlanta Hawks.

Boston's losing streak continued with Friday's 97-82 home loss versus the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers. Boston, which shot 59 percent through 24 minutes, blew a 50-42 lead at halftime and was outscored, 25-8, in the third quarter.

"Sometimes when you play with that level of energy and emotion in the first half, it's hard to sustain it," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

The Celtics committed 23 turnovers for 30 Indiana points and were led by Jordan Crawford's 24 points. Jeff Green scored 20 points and Jared Sullinger posted 13 for the Celtics, who made 50.7 percent of their shots and have lost by double digits in five straight games.

Boston will try to stop a three-game road slide and has Charlotte to visit after clashing with Atlanta. Rookie center Kelly Olynyk left Friday's game with an ankle sprain and is day-to-day.

The Hawks are coming off a home-and-home sweep of the Detroit Pistons and have won four of five and six of their last eight games. In Friday's 96-89 victory at Detroit, Jeff Teague led the way with 18 points and Al Horford added 17 to go along with 11 rebounds.

"They (Detroit) play well at home," said Horford. "This was a big win for us to be able to come in here on the road (after) disappointing them on Wednesday and being able to win again tonight."

Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver netted 14 points apiece and the latter finished 4-for-6 from 3-point territory. Korver extended his streak of consecutive games with a made 3-pointer to 86 and the all-time NBA mark of 89 belongs to Dana Barros.

Atlanta finished with 20 assists and maintained its streak of at least 20 assists per game in every game this season.

The Hawks have won two in a row at home and are 4-1 as the host. They will welcome Orlando to town on Tuesday. Guard Lou Williams (rest) did not play Friday and could return versus the Celtics. Williams is still recovering from knee surgery and is four games shy of 500 in his career.

Boston took three of four meetings with Atlanta last season.

11/23 10:38:08 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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