ATLANTA (AP) -- With Shareef Abdur-Rahim out of town, Jason Terry
thought he'd have to carry the Hawks by himself. Terry knew Atlanta
was winless without its leading scorer and rebounder.
Terry scored 23 points and matched a career high with 13 assists
as Atlanta beat the Chicago Bulls 112-96 Saturday night.
"Since the All-Star break, we've been a different team," Terry
said. "Without Shareef tonight, it was just another challenge."
The Hawks had seven players score in double figures, including
17 from DerMarr Johnson and 16 from Alan Henderson, who made his
first start of the season with Abdur-Rahim in California for the
birth of his son.
The Hawks were 0-4 this season without him.
Atlanta, which has won six of seven, established its motion
"I thought Jason's quickness from the start was real
significant in helping create offense for others," Hawks coach Lon
Kruger said. "He had 13 assists. That's a very impressive
Terry credited his teammates with setting a lot of picks.
"It's a collective thing," Terry said. "The guys are stepping
Jalen Rose's 26 points led Chicago, which has lost 11 of 12 and
fell to 4-30 on the road.
The Bulls never led, but an inside basket from Rose made it
86-82 with 10:43 remaining. Atlanta, after calling timeout, scored
on its next six possessions, ending with Terry's 20-foot jumper and
ensuing free throw that put the Hawks ahead by 15.
"We were hoping we could find a way to fight back and make it
interesting for a second, but the bottom just fell out after that
point," Rose said. "They started making shots. We stopped
executing. We stopped playing defense and we stopped playing
together. Stopped competing. It was nothing to be proud of."
Johnson made a 3-pointer midway through the third quarter that
gave Atlanta its first 15-point lead. Ira Newble's reverse layin
with 5:27 remaining made it 106-89, and reserve forward Mark
Strickland's long jumper 2:43 later gave the Hawks their biggest
lead at 110-92.
Eddy Curry had 15 points, all in the first half, and eight
rebounds for Chicago. A layup by Trenton Hassell cut the lead to
44-42 midway through the second, but the Hawks went on an 18-8 run
that ended with 1:17 to go on Hanno Mottola's fastbreak dunk.
The Bulls' next two games at Orlando and against Philadelphia
looked to be mismatches, but that was before injuries Friday
sidelined the Magic's Tracy McGrady and the 76ers' Allen Iverson.
"We have to find a way to go out and at least compete," Rose
said. "Hopefully, we'll find some salvation."
Abdur-Rahim, who also missed three games because of a
suspension and another with an injured knee, had 25 points and 10
rebounds in Atlanta's 102-96 win at Chicago on Tuesday. ... Bulls
guard Travis Best, who was 2-for-13, has made just five of his last
27 attempts from the field. ... Abdur-Rahim was planning to meet
the Hawks in New Jersey for a 6 p.m. game against the Nets, who
tied a franchise record Friday with their ninth straight home
victory. ... Bulls forward Charles Oakley, who did not play against
Atlanta on Tuesday, went 0-for-2 in 17 minutes. The 16-year veteran
wants to keep working with the Bulls' inexperienced players. "When
you come to do a job, you have to perform," said Oakley, who had
four rebounds and four fouls. "I'm not putting pressure on them,
but it's a lot of work. It's not just during a game but also in
practice. Having an attitude to work. It's either in your soul or