The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks are each in the mix for a playoff spot in their respective conferences despite heading in different directions recently.
The Warriors (33-21) look for their fifth win in six games on Friday night when they host the slumping Hawks (21-30), who will try to end a six-game losing streak.
Golden State is in ninth place in the Western Conference, one-half game behind Denver for the final playoff spot. Since last losing consecutive games on Jan. 2-4, the Warriors have gone 14-6, a run that includes a stunning 119-117 win over league-leading Boston on Wednesday.
Baron Davis hit a 20-foot jumper with 0.3 seconds to lift Golden State after its three-game winning streak was snapped the previous night with a loss to Northwest Division-leading Utah.
"We knew there was a sense of urgency coming from Utah and coming in playing the number one team in the league," said Davis, who finished with 29 points, six assists and six rebounds. "We're trying to get back to these playoffs and every game counts."
Monta Ellis, third on the team with 18.8 points per game, scored 12 of his 26 in the fourth quarter, and the Warriors will need him to pick up the scoring slack as they deal with injuries.
Stephen Jackson, Golden State's second-leading scorer (20.6) behind Davis, missed Wednesday's game after suffering a sprained ankle in the loss to the Jazz. He's listed as day-to-day.
Andris Biedrins, meanwhile, will be out indefinitely after undergoing an appendectomy on Thursday. Biedrins, who had 21 points and 13 rebounds against the Celtics, is averaging 10.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and is Golden State's leader with 64 blocked shots.
The Warriors have won four straight at home and are 18-9 there this season.
Atlanta is ninth in the East, one game in back of Philadelphia for the last postseason spot. But the Hawks haven't been to the playoffs since 1998-99, and a lengthy skid threatens to extend that run as they play the fourth of a six-game road trip.
After losing by 29 the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, the Hawks fell 119-107 to Sacramento on Wednesday.
Six players scored in double figures against the Kings, led by Josh Childress' 18. Newly acquired Mike Bibby scored 17 against his former team and Al Horford added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The Hawks are allowing 97.1 points per game, but have given up at least 100 in five games during the skid.
"I don't know if they were ready," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "At some point we need to get back to defending and rebounding the ball. The last two games we have given up 122 and 119 points. We scored enough to win. But we are not going to win many games if we are giving up that many points."
The loss was Atlanta's seventh straight on the road and dropped it to 6-19 away from home for the season. The Hawks close their longest road trip of the season with games against Utah on Saturday and San Antonio on Monday.
Atlanta has won three straight over the Warriors after losing the previous seven.
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