Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/15

Game 1: Saturday, December 15th
Game 2: Thursday, January 17th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 19th
Game 4: Saturday, March 23rd

Bulls 96

(17-53, 4-30 away)

Hawks 112

(28-40, 19-14 home)

    Coverage: WGN

    7:00 PM ET, March 23, 2002

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 25 27 24 2096
    ATL 33 29 24 26112

    Top Performers

    Chi: J. Rose 26 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Atl: J. Terry 23 Pts, 1 Reb, 13 Ast, 1 Stl

    Terry gets 23 points, 13 assists for Hawks

    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.

    Jason Terry

    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 offense early.

    "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 number."

    Terry credited his teammates with setting a lot of picks.

    "It's a collective thing," Terry said. "The guys are stepping up."

    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."

    Game notes

    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 it isn't."

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 112
    FGM-FGA 36-85 (.424) 42-80 (.525)
    3PM-3PA 3-11 (.273) 6-11 (.545)
    FTM-FTA 21-28 (.750) 22-29 (.759)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-37 10-44
    Assists 17 24
    Turnovers 10 16
    Steals 5 6
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 5 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Jalen Rose Rose
    Points: 26
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 23
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0