ATLANTA (AP) -- Comeback victories are almost becoming routine
for the Atlanta Hawks.
The Hawks fell behind by double digits for the 17th time this
season before rallying to beat the Miami Heat 100-96 Thursday
Dion Glover scored 16 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer
with 1:36 left. Jason Terry led the Hawks with 32 points, including
24 in the first half, and hit a clinching jumper with 12.3 seconds
Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta,
which won for just the second time in six games.
"That's been our problem all year, coming out not ready to play
and falling behind," Glover said. "Then we end up having to
scratch and fight to get back into it. That's all right, we'll get
it right eventually."
Eddie Jones scored 22 points, and Brian Grant had 16 for Miami,
which led by 19 in the second half and looked to be on its way to
its best offensive game of the season.
The Heat set season highs with 38 points in the first quarter
and 58 in the first half, and were within reach of their
season-high of 99 points, set Dec. 11 against Milwaukee. But for
the second time in three games, the Hawks slowed down a hot-scoring
opponent with a 1-2-2 zone.
Miami made its first three shots of the fourth quarter, but went
just 3-for-15 down the stretch.
"When you think it can't get any worse, it gets worse," said
Heat coach Pat Riley. "We played well in every department. We just
didn't defend in the fourth quarter."
Atlanta trailed by 10 with 6:26 left, but a 12-2 run tied it at
94. Glover then hit a 3-pointer to give the Hawks their first lead
"I was ready when I got the ball," Glover said. "I knew I
would be open, and it felt so good when the ball left my hand. I
knew it was in."
Rod Strickland closed Miami to one point down with a twisting, driving
layup, but Terry hit a jumper as the shot clock ticked down to
increase the lead to three.
LaPhonso Ellis missed a desperation 3 with six seconds left, and
Glover made one of two free throws to end it.
"We should be sick with our individual performances," Miami's
Alonzo Mourning said. "When you have a team down, you have to keep
them down. You have to have a more desperate attitude."
Nazr Mohammed, mostly nonexistent through three quarters, played
a key role in Atlanta's comeback. He scored six in a row during one
stretch -- his first points of the game -- and drew a charge from
The Hawks made a similar comeback last Saturday against
Charlotte, pulling away for a 101-88 victory after trailing by
Game notes Pervis Ellison, who hasn't played in nearly a year since
being waived by the Seattle SuperSonics, sat with Hawks executive
Dominique Wilkins at the press table. But Ellison said he wasn't
planning to sign with Atlanta. "I'm just here enjoying the game,"
he said. ... Hawks guard Emanual Davis missed his sixth consecutive game with a broken nose, and forward Toni Kukoc missed his third
consecutive game with back spasms. ... Since signing with the Heat on
Dec. 2, Jackson has started eight of 11 games. Miami is 2-6 in