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Wizards snap three-game losing streak

WASHINGTON (AP) -- No complaints from Jerry Stackhouse this time.
He got the ball in the fourth quarter, and the Washington Wizards
won.

Stackhouse, who ruffled some team chemistry when he said he
wasn't involved enough in the offense in Thursday's loss to
Detroit, scored 15 of his 29 points in the final period as the
Wizards broke a three-game losing streak with Saturday night's
84-76 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

"I think he feels he left something on the court (Thursday),''
said Michael Jordan, who had 10 points and five assists. "I think
he wanted to come in and more or less be that guy for us whenever
we need him.''

Stackhouse recovered from a 3-for-12 first half to finish
8-for-21 from the field, and 11-for-14 from the free-throw line. He
was 3-for-4 from the field and 8-for-10 from the line in the fourth
quarter.

He started the final period with a 3-pointer after the Hawks cut
the Wizards' lead to one. He added a pair of free throws and an
emphatic one-handed driving dunk in a decisive 13-4 run that put
Washington ahead by 10 with 5 minutes left.

That was quite a contrast from Thursday's 87-82 loss to Detroit,
when Stackhouse took just one shot in the fourth quarter and
afterward questioned coach Doug Collins' strategy.

Stackhouse had fewer words in victory Saturday.

"Especially late game situations, I'm looking to try to get the
ball and trying to close the game out, so that's a good scenario
for us,'' Stackhouse said.

Asked to elaborate, Stackhouse said: "I ain't gotta talk about
that. That's already been said this week.''

Collins didn't change his game plan because of Stackhouse's
comments, and that the two had not met to air any differences. He
said Saturday's game was different because the Hawks played a zone
for the last three quarters, and Stackhouse's ability to penetrate
was needed to swing the tide in a sluggish game.

"We started attacking inside instead of living on the
perimeter,'' Collins said. "I told our guys we had to get
inside.''

The Hawks, playing their second game under new coach Terry
Stotts, failed to capitalize on the momentum from Friday night's
buzzer-beater victory over San Antonio. They lost their ninth
straight road game, falling to 2-13 away from home.

"We started a little flat,'' Stotts said. "I don't know if it
was emotional or not, but it was a sluggish start. We did a lot of
good things last night that did not come easy, and we have to
realize that it's going to be a fight every night.''

Jason Terry led Atlanta with 22 points and seven rebounds.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Glenn
Robinson scored 11 points on 5-for-20 shooting for the Hawks, who
entered tied with Washington and Milwaukee for the final playoff
spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks made the first shot of the game to take their only
lead.

They missed their next 12 shots as Stackhouse led the Wizards to
15-2 lead. Mike Wilks then hit a 3-pointer, and Robinson followed
with two long jumpers for an 8-0 run that kept the first quarter
from becoming an embarrassment.

Abdur-Rahim and Terry scored 18 of Atlanta's 20 points in the
second quarter. Abdur-Rahim had a 6-0 run by himself late in the
half, and Terry's running baseline dunk cut the Wizards lead to
38-36 at the break.

Game notes
Abdur-Rahim became the fifth-youngest player to score
10,000 points. He is 26 years, 17 days old. The youngest four were
all 25: Bob McAdoo, Shaquille O'Neal, Jordan and Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar. ... Stotts made a lineup change in his first game
Friday, starting Wilks at shooting guard instead of Ira Newble.
Newble was back as a starter Saturday, but he played only six
minutes to Wilks' 34. "I kind of have four starters, and that's
the only position where I can change things up a little bit,''
Stotts said.

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