Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Thursday, November 1st
Wizards98Final
Hawks88
Game 2: Wednesday, December 19th
Hawks76Final
Wizards103
Game 3: Friday, February 1st
Hawks90Final
Wizards97

Hawks 76

(9-16, 3-11 away)

Wizards 103

(12-12, 5-6 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, December 19, 2001

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 14 19 22 2176
    WSH 20 29 27 27103

    Top Performers

    Atl: T. Kukoc 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    WSH: M. Jordan 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Jordan lights up Kukoc, Wiz on roll

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Instead of playing the sidekick, Michael Jordan torched an old one.

    Brendan Haywood

    AP

    Brendan Haywood is a Heel of a player.

    In one of the most captivating performances of his second comeback, Jordan blistered former Chicago Bulls teammate Toni Kukoc and scored 23 points as the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 103-76 Wednesday night for their seventh straight win.

    "I told Toni Kukoc I was going to be wearing ice by the end of the third quarter," Jordan said from the bench during fourth-quarter garbage time.

    It was the Wizards largest margin of victory of the season, and their 12-12 record is their first .500 or better mark this late or later in the season since they finished 42-40 in 1997-98. The winning streak is their longest since the 1995-96 season, when they were called the Bullets.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Kukoc had 19 points for the Hawks, who lost at home to Indiana the night before.

    In recent days, Jordan said he was becoming more of a "sidekick" as his supporting cast improved around him. But he was definitely the star during the second quarter, making nine straight shots and leaving Kukoc so frustrated that Hawks coach Lon Kruger switched assignments and put Abdur-Rahim on Jordan instead.

    After a 1-for-6 start, Jordan finished 11-for-19 from the field and had six assists in just 27 minutes. He scored 18 points in the second quarter as the Wizards took a 49-33 halftime lead.

    Jordan, with Kukoc guarding him again, had two assists and a three-point play in a 10-0 run to open the second half, giving the Wizards a 26-point lead. The score was 76-55 after three quarters, and Jordan was able to rest his sore knees in the fourth.

    Kukoc accounted for four field goals and an assist in Atlanta's first five baskets. But he faded as Jordan warmed up, and the Hawks scored only one basket in nearly 9 minutes in Washington's 13-2 run.

    Jordan started his run with a 16-footer with 6:41 to go in the first half. He followed with another jumper over Kukoc, laid in an alley-oop, put a sweet shot off the glass and made five other shots before he finally missed again with his first shot of the third quarter.

    Game notes
    The Wizards will go for eight in a row Friday night at Orlando. They haven't won eight straight since 1983. ... Wizards rookie center Brendan Haywood had a career-high seven blocks. ... The Hawks scored a season-low 33 points in the first half. It also was a season-low for a Washington opponent. .... The Wizards' seven-game winning streak in 1996 came entirely at home from March 30 to April 14.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ATL
    WSH
    Points 76 103
    FGM-FGA 30-90 (.333) 45-82 (.549)
    3PM-3PA 2-11 (.182) 3-7 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 14-19 (.737) 10-16 (.625)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 23-47 14-49
    Assists 22 34
    Turnovers 13 12
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 5 9
    Fast Break Points 6 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Atlanta
    Washington
    Toni Kukoc Kukoc
    Points: 19
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Michael Jordan Jordan
    Points: 23
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1