Glenn Robinson finished with 30 points, and became the first Atlanta player to score 30 or more points in three consecutive games to start a season.
Robinson became the first Atlanta player to score 30 points in
three consecutive games to start a season, and the Hawks beat the
Chicago Bulls 98-92 Saturday night.
Robinson had 30 points and Jason Terry added 23 as the Hawks
opened with their first 2-1 start since the 1998-99 season.
''I'm getting big numbers, but I'm not taking a lot of shots,''
said Robinson, who is shooting better than 50 percent. ''My thing
is to shoot for percentage.''
He had 28 points before he was fouled with 18 seconds left and
Atlanta clinging to a five-point lead.
''I thought about it,'' Robinson said. ''I knew I had missed a
free throw, and I needed to knock those two down. The thing about
it was, it was a crucial situation.''
Jalen Rose scored 24 points for Chicago, which fell short of its
first 3-0 start since 1997. The Bulls had their last lead two minutes
into the game.
Atlanta took an early seven-point lead with an 8-0 run in the
first period, then held Chicago scoreless for a 3:09 stretch in the
second to build a 45-30 advantage. The Hawks' largest lead was
''If we can give ourselves a chance to win every night, that's
all we can ask for,'' Chicago coach Bill Cartwright said. ''But
overall we didn't share the ball that well.''
Chicago's Jay Williams, the second overall choice in the draft this year, shot just 3-for-12 from the floor and had his layup attempt
blocked by Theo Ratliff in a one-on-three fastbreak early in the third
''The young guys have to learn, Ratliff is one of the best shot
blockers in the league,'' Chicago's Donyell Marshall said. ''You're
going to have to take it to him stronger and hit the jumper more
The Hawks, who won three of the four meetings last season, led
57-44 at the half and 80-65 with 9:41 left in the game. But an 11-0
Chicago run trimmed the lead to four, sparked by two baskets each
from Marcus Fizer and Marshall.
Robinson stopped the run, rebounding his own miss and putting it
back with 5:45 left.
''He's been very, very openly accepted by the guys,'' Atlanta
coach Lon Kruger said. ''Guys know who's playing hard and
effectively. They appreciate what he does.''
Chicago closed to three on a three-point play by Williams
with 3:34 left, but Atlanta converted 10 free throws in the final
3:10 to seal the victory, the final two by Robinson with 18.3 seconds
Robinson shot 10-for-20 from the field and had seven rebounds.
Atlanta forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who had two
double-doubles in three games against the Bulls last year, scored
13 points and grabbed six rebounds. ... Dominique Wilkins, Lou
Hudson and Bob Pettit are the only other Hawks to score 30 points
in the season's first two games. ... Williams' two free throws with
32 seconds left in the first half were the first he made in the
NBA. He entered the game 0-for-5 on the season. ... Atlanta Falcons
quarterback Michael Vick and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Brian
Jordan were in attendance.