The New York Knicks remain alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race. At some point, however, they will have to string some wins together to secure a spot in the postseason.
The Knicks hope to end a four-game road losing streak when they face the Atlanta Hawks for the third and final time this season on Saturday night.
A 106-97 victory Friday over visiting Golden State pulled New York within two games of New Jersey for the final playoff spot in the East.
Stephon Marbury scored 34 points and Quentin Richardson added 30 and 12 rebounds for New York (27-33), which outscored the Warriors 28-6 from the free-throw line.
The Knicks have alternated wins and losses in their last 10 contests since winning back-to-back games against Orlando and the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 3-6. They have won a season-high three in a row twice this season, most recently from Jan. 3-10.
This will be a huge game for the Hawks as they are still in the playoff hunt[6.5 games back], as well as the Knicks who are just 2 out. A loss for New York will hurt them, but it will skyrocket the Hawks hopes of the playoffs. Let's see how the Hawks front court does on Curry and if the play of Josh Smith/Joe Johnson will lead Atlanta to a win after losing a heart breaker at Washington. Knicks are coming off a 9 point win against the Warriors.