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Abdur-Rahim reinjured, but Hawks win anyway

12/8/2001

ATLANTA (AP) -- With their worst loss of the season still fresh in their minds, Jason Terry and the Atlanta Hawks were out for redemption.

Terry made two free throws with 17.7 seconds left and the Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 107-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

Atlanta lost by 35 points in Orlando on Friday, but got an immediate chance at revenge with the second game of a home-and-home series.

"You can't lose two games to a team like that or they look down
on you," said Hawks reserve Mark Strickland. "The way we lost last night was truly embarrassing."

Terry scored 28 points and Nazr Mohammed added 20 for the Hawks.

"You can't just dwell on your last game," Terry said. "It's a long season and you have to go game-by-game. You just have to move on."

Orlando's Tracy McGrady, who finished with 40 points, had two chances to tie it in the final seconds, but missed a hook with 10 seconds left and a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Orlando had its four-game winning streak snapped. The Magic
dropped to 0-10 when they have fewer assists than their opponent.

The Hawks trailed by 16 in the third quarter before rallying and
took their first lead since early in the game on Toni Kukoc's three-point play with 5:53 left.

"We came out in the second half like we already had the game won," McGrady said. "They fought until they got close, and then we just fell apart."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim played just seven minutes before leaving the
game after aggravating his bruised tailbone. He fell Friday night
while trying for a rebound in the first quarter and missed the rest
of the game.

"When you lose to a team with no Abdur-Rahim on the floor and they make their run with no Jason Terry on the floor, you should ... lose the game," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "Once Abdur-Rahim went out, that game was an easy blowout. But once they saw the light, the game was over."

The Hawks went to Kukoc on nearly every possession down the stretch. He scored 10 of his 18 points in the final six minutes, most with McGrady guarding him.

"He makes everybody on our team play defense, so we should take some energy away from him on the other end," Kukoc said of McGrady. "I think I have a little bit of an advantage because he's just not used to playing guys on the block."

The Magic scored the first seven points of the third quarter to
take their largest lead and appeared to relax. Point guard Darrell
Armstrong went to the bench and McGrady started initiating the
offense, allowing Atlanta a chance for an early double team.

Orlando didn't handle it well, and the Hawks closed the third period with a 23-10 run to pull within two.

Mike Miller had 16 points for the Magic.

Game notes
Atlanta's victory tied the all-time series 24-24. ... The
Magic play their next five games on the road. ... Abdur-Rahim
missed one game earlier this season with a bruised knee, only the
fourth game he's missed due to injury in his six-year career. ...
Hanno Mottola had 12 points for the Hawks, two off his career high.