Robinson and Abdur-Rahim each scored 23 points as the Hawks beat
the Detroit Pistons 94-92 Saturday.
Robinson added a season-high 13 rebounds for Atlanta, which won
its third in a row at home and second consecutive overall in front of
a crowd of only 7,856 for the early start.
''We're all about getting our points wherever they come from,''
Robinson said. ''In the first half, I stepped back and watched him
go to work. In the third quarter, they backed off me a little bit,
and I got my game going.''
Richard Hamilton had 25 points for the Pistons, who have lost
three in a row and four of five.
''It's frustrating because you want to get the win,'' Hamilton
said. ''We know we have to go back to the drawing board and keep
Atlanta led throughout the second half and took an 11-point lead
into the fourth quarter. But Detroit steadily cut the margin,
closing to one when Theo Ratliff was called for goaltending on
a layup by Chucky Atkins.
Atkins also was fouled on the play but missed the free throw,
and Abdur-Rahim hit a 15-foot jumper to give the Hawks a 94-91 lead
with 1:03 left. Robinson then blocked a shot by Atkins, and grabbed
an offensive rebound on the other end to keep the possession alive.
The Pistons had another chance to tie, but Hamilton was fouled
before he could get off a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left.
He made the first free throw then missed the next intentionally,
and grabbed his own rebound. But his attempt from the baseline
bounced off the rim just before the final buzzer.
''We had a few opportunities down the stretch,'' Detroit coach
Rick Carlisle said. ''We had them a few times ... when we had good
stops, and just couldn't come up with the rebounds.
''It's going to be a continued area of concentration where we're
just going to have to get better.''
The Hawks hadn't won back-to-back games since a three-game
winning streak ended Nov. 20. They improved to 10-10.
''We can't think we're on the right track, we have to go out and
prove it,'' Abdur-Rahim said. ''We just have to go out and do it
every night. When we think too much of ourselves, that's when we
get in trouble.''
Robinson struggled a bit in the first half, going just 3-for-7
for eight points. But he warmed up after halftime, hitting five of seven shots in the third. Abdur-Rahim carried the load in the fourth, finishing
with 10 points in the quarter.
''There's going to be situations where Glenn's going to carry
us, I'm going to carry us, and we're just going to play off of
that,'' Abdur-Rahim said. ''Down the stretch, we had enough
confidence to keep coming to me, and I was able to make the
Atkins played most of the game in place of Chauncey Billups
(flu) and finished with 14.
''Atlanta made a lot of plays,'' Atkins said. ''They got a lot
of rebounds near the end. It's hard to win on the road when you
don't make those hustle plays.''
The Hawks fell behind by 10 late in the first quarter but roared
back to take a 47-37 lead with 36 seconds left in the half. They
shot 56 percent in the second and held Detroit to 21 percent,
holding a 47-38 lead at the break.
The game started at 2 p.m. ET because the Southeastern
Conference championship game was scheduled to start four hours
later in the Georgia Dome, which is next to Philips Arena.
The teams combined for 18 fouls in the third quarter, which
slowed the pace of the game. But it was still well short of the
record of 32, set in 1982 by Denver and Dallas. ... Hawks guard Emanual
Davis (flu) and forward Chris Crawford (knee) both missed the game, the
second in a row for Davis. ... The teams meet again Wednesday in
Detroit, the next game on the schedule for both.
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