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Friday, December 21st (All times eastern)

Atlanta Hawks (13-12) at Washington Wizards (13-11), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards try to get back on the winning track tonight, when they close out a three-game homestand versus the Atlanta Hawks at the Verizon Center.

Washington had a four-game winning streak come to an end and fell to 1-1 on the stand after Wednesday's 95-84 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Caron Butler scored 29 points, doled out 10 assists, and grabbed 11 boards to notch a triple-double for the Wizards, who are 8-5 at home this season.

Antawn Jamison had 24 points and 12 boards for Washington.

The Hawks have won three straight and six of their last eight games, including Wednesday's 117-111 overtime win against the Miami Heat at Philips Arena.

Marvin Williams and Joe Johnson scored 26 points apiece, as the Hawks shot 53.2 percent from the floor to send Miami to another loss. Anthony Johnson added a season-best 21 points in a winning cause.

In injury news for the Hawks, guards Josh Childress (groin) and Salim Stoudamire (ankle) are both questionable for tonight's game.

Washington posted a 101-90 win over the Hawks on November 11 this season at Philips Arena.

The Wizards have won two straight, four of five and 12 of the last 14 encounters with Atlanta.

Atlanta has lost seven in a row and 11 of 13 games at the Verizon Center.

12/21 10:43:04 ET


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