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Hawks entertain Harden, Rockets

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks halted a three-game losing streak last time out and will try to maintain some momentum Friday night when they host the Houston Rockets at Philips Arena.

On Wednesday, the Hawks toppled the Eastern Conference's best, the Indiana Pacers, 97-87 in Atlanta. That was their first victory of the new year after losses to the Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets.

"We've lost a bunch of games lately, and they've all been close," said Kyle Korver. "To have a good start against a good team at home, it was really big for us."

Korver shot 6-of-8 from the floor for 17 points and extended his streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 105. Pero Antic matched a career-high with 16 points and Jeff Teague and Mike Scott scored 15 apiece. DeMarre Carroll chipped in 11 points.

The Hawks overcame a poor performance from Paul Millsap, who only had four points.

Atlanta has three of its next five at home.

The Rockets have won two straight after a two-game losing streak and will hit the friendly skies for four straight, starting with Friday night's contest in Atlanta.

On Wednesday, the Rockets had their way in the second half with the Los Angeles Lakers to the tune of 113-99.

James Harden poured in 38 points on 14-of-23 shooting and spearheaded Houston's second-half surge. The Lakers led 57-52 at the half, but Harden scored 17 points in the third to lead Houston to a 33-15 advantage.

"Everybody was being aggressive (in the second half). I just kind of played back and tried to get everybody involved," said Harden.

Harden has scored at least 35 points in three straight games, the first Rockets player to accomplish the feat since Tracy McGrady in 2006. He tied his season high point total and added five steals

Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones each posted double-doubles, with Howard totaling 20 points and 13 rebounds and Jones adding 15 points and 13 boards. Jeremy Lin added 13 points.

Chandler Parsons missed the Lakers game with a knee injury and is questionable for Friday.

The Rockets crushed the Hawks by 29 on Nov. 27 in Houston. That gave the Rockets a six-game winning streak in this series, although the Hawks are 7-4 in their last 11 at home against Houston.

01/10 10:50:14 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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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