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Saturday, January 7th (All times eastern)

New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (15-17) at Atlanta Hawks (8-22), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets attempt to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games, as they visit the Atlanta Hawks tonight at Philips Arena.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 18th, rookie phenom Chris Paul scored 25 points, including five foul shots late in the game, as New Orleans/Oklahoma City let a 26-point fourth- quarter lead slip away before holding on to defeat Atlanta, 95-92, at the Ford Center.

The home team has won nine of the last 11 meetings in this series. The Hornets have lost five of their last seven at Atlanta.

Kirk Snyder scored a career-high 22 points and David West netted 19 and pulled down 13 rebounds as New Orleans/Oklahoma City posted a 90-80 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday at the Ford Center.

Rasual Butler had 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets, who wasted a 19-point first-half lead but blew by the Trail Blazers down the stretch to register their third consecutive triumph.

Hornets' rookie standout Chris Paul left Friday's game in the opening minute of the second half after tearing a ligament in his right thumb. The point guard is expected to be sidelined a minimum of two weeks.

The Hornets are 5-11 on the road this season. They have dropped three in a row as the visitor.

Atlanta plays the first of a brief two-game homestand. Al Harrington poured in a game-high 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Hawks over the Boston Celtics, 103-98, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Joe Johnson finished with 20 points and five assists for the Hawks, who halted a four-game skid. Tyronn Lue chipped in 15 points off the bench, while Josh Smith also reached double figures in the scoring columns with 11 for Atlanta.

The Hawks are 5-8 at home this season. They are scheduled to host the Celtics on Tuesday in the finale of the current stand.

01/07 10:14:15 ET


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