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Hawks’ Smith Injures Knee

February 21, 1999

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Steve Smith, Atlanta’s leading scorer, left the Hawks’ game against Philadelphia on Saturday night with a strained right knee.

Smith got his feet tangled up with Eric Snow’s as the two chased a long pass while running toward the Hawks’ basket with eight minutes left in the third quarter. He returned with the team to Atlanta for X-rays after the Hawks beat the Sixers 79-67.

Smith led Atlanta with 14 points even though he didn’t play the final 20 minutes.

His teammates gathered around as Smith lay under the basket, and the 6-foot-8 swingman got up after a few minutes and limped to the dressing room. Smith, who has led the Hawks in scoring every game this season, had 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting.

The incident occurred one possession after Philadelphia’s Matt Geiger leveled a cameraman under the same basket. Geiger was diving for a loose ball, and the cameraman was shaken up.

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