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Glover's last-minute 3 gives Hawks a cushion

1/12/2003

ATLANTA (AP) -- Dion Glover finally found the remedy for his poor shooting. He took the tape off his injured shooting hand.

Glover hit a 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds left -- his only one of the game -- and the Atlanta Hawks held on to beat the injury-depleted New Orleans Hornets 87-80 Saturday night.

Jason Terry and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added two free throws apiece in the closing moments for the Hawks, who won their second straight after a six-game losing streak.

Glover has taped his right hand for weeks after he slept on it wrong, but just before the hitting decisive shot, he removed the tape.

"I had already made up my mind that if it came to me, I was going to shoot it,'' Glover said. "That's why I cut the tape off.''

Abdur-Rahim led Atlanta with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Terry and Mike Wilks added 13 points each.

Hawks' leading scorer Glenn Robinson missed his second straight game with a sore right elbow. Atlanta improved to 3-0 this season without him.

"It starts with defense and we work from there,'' Terry said.
"Offensively, we know we can get whatever we want. Our defense is
where we've had our struggles all year long. The last three or four
games, we've been giving a good, maximum effort.''

The Hornets, without Baron Davis (back spasms) for the sixth straight game and missing sixth-man Courtney Alexander (strained left groin), lost their fourth in a row. David Wesley had 22 for New Orleans.

"We have to play with who we have,'' New Orleans forward Jamal Mashburn said. "It's part of the game. You take your lumps. We need to get through it.''

Both teams were playing for the second straight night, and the
Hornets lost in overtime a day earlier to the Pistons.

With the score tied at 80 and the shot clock winding down,
Glover had the ball with Stacey Augmon guarding him closely. Glover
lofted a jumper with two seconds left on the clock, and it swished
through.

"Mike passed it to me with about four seconds on the clock,'' Glover said. "He had been telling me to shoot the ones when I was wide open. I just tried to get it up and put it up high.

"I knew I had good arc on it, and I knew it was either going to
hit the back of the rim or bounce where somebody might could get
the rebound. But it fell right in the hole.''

New Orleans missed its final two shots.

"That's the way our luck is going right now,'' Wesley said.

When Augmon inbounded the ball from in front of Atlanta's bench before the last possession, Atlanta coach Terry Stotts asked him if Glover had hit that 3-pointer over him.

"He might've,'' Augmon said with a smile.

The Hawks went 4½ minutes without scoring in the fourth quarter,
and New Orleans scored nine straight to tie it at 80 on a
three-point play by Robert Traylor with 1:50 left.

Traylor took a nice feed from Wesley in close and dunked it over
Darvin Ham, who was called for a foul on the play.

Atlanta led throughout the second half, stretching the margin to 13 a couple of times late in the third quarter.

"We did an excellent job in the last quarter to get back in the game,'' New Orleans coach Paul Silas said. "But we couldn't get over the hump.''

Game notes
After Glover's shot, Stotts walked to the scorer's table
and asked aloud, "Nice offense, huh?'' ... Mashburn shot just
6-for-18, and Wesley was 8-for-21. The Hornets shot 35 percent. ...
The late shooting slump cost the Hawks a chance to shoot at least
50 percent for the first time in 17 games. The last time they hit
that figure was Dec. 5 against Milwaukee.