Tonight in NBA: Celtics take on Hawks

Tonight in NBA: Celtics take on Hawks
January 5, 2013, 4:18 pm
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Jrue Holiday and the Sixers were unable to keep up in Oklahoma City after halftime in a 109-85 loss to the Thunder on Friday night (see story).

The Sixers conclude their season-high eight-game road trip against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night (see game notes).

Now, here's a look at some other NBA action on Saturday:

Celtics at Hawks, 7 p.m.
The Boston Celtics have gained a reputation as a very good defensive team the last few years, but that wasn't the case at all during a recent four-game skid.

While they returned to form for at least one night, they will need more consistency to get back on track after sliding below .500.

Boston will also try to snap a three-game road losing streak when it faces the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

The Celtics (15-17) ended a four-game slide with Friday's 94-75 win against Indiana after entering the contest a season-worst three games below .500.

Knicks at Magic, 7 p.m.
The New York Knicks made a lineup change to their frontcourt their last time out, and it could pay dividends against their next opponent.

The visiting Knicks are hoping a strong defensive effort carries over Saturday night when they try to extend the Orlando Magic's longest losing streak in seven seasons.

New York (22-10) had lost five of eight before coach Mike Woodson gave Marcus Camby his first start of the season Thursday. Camby had six rebounds in 15 minutes, and the Knicks credited the former Defensive Player of the Year with helping them limit San Antonio to its lowest point total of the season in a 100-83 home victory.

Kings at Nets, 7:30 p.m.
Brook Lopez is the highest scoring center in the NBA, but DeMarcus Cousins isn't far behind.

Although Cousins got the better of the most recent matchup, it was Lopez and the Brooklyn Nets that emerged with the win.

The centers will be matched up for the final time this season as the Nets and Sacramento Kings attempt to continue their respective surges Saturday night at Barclays Center.

Lopez leads all starting centers with an average of 18.9 points, while Cousins has 17.1 per game and has added 10.3 rebounds.

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