Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Saturday, November 2nd
Game 2: Monday, January 20th
Game 3: Friday, February 28th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 18th

Bulls 92

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Hawks 98

(2-1, 2-0 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, November 2, 2002

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 21 23 21 2792
    ATL 28 29 17 2498

    Top Performers

    Chi: D. Marshall 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Atl: G. Robinson 30 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast

    Robinson first Hawk to hit 30 three times to start season

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Glenn Robinson is off to the best scoring start in Atlanta Hawks history.

    Glenn Robinson

    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 55-39.

    ''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 quarter.

    ''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 often.''

    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 left.

    Robinson shot 10-for-20 from the field and had seven rebounds.

    Game notes

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 98
    FGM-FGA 35-92 (.380) 34-80 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 2-13 (.154) 3-8 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 20-28 (.714) 27-33 (.818)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-45 14-49
    Assists 13 23
    Turnovers 12 21
    Steals 11 3
    Blocks 11 8
    Fast Break Points 4 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/1) 20 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Donyell Marshall Marshall
    Points: 17
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5
    Glenn Robinson Robinson
    Points: 30
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0