Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Tuesday, December 17th
Game 2: Saturday, December 28th
Game 3: Thursday, April 3rd
Game 4: Saturday, April 12th

Hawks 76

(12-17, 2-13 away)

Wizards 84

(13-16, 9-6 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 28, 2002

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 16 20 19 2176
    WSH 22 16 21 2584

    Top Performers

    Atlanta: J. Terry 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast

    Washington: J. Stackhouse 29 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    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.

    Jerry Stackhouse

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 84
    FGM-FGA 30-79 (.380) 28-70 (.400)
    3PM-3PA 6-19 (.316) 7-19 (.368)
    FTM-FTA 10-12 (.833) 21-27 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-45 7-40
    Assists 17 20
    Turnovers 12 8
    Steals 5 6
    Blocks 4 8
    Fast Break Points 3 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 15 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 22
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Jerry Stackhouse Stackhouse
    Points: 29
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1