ATLANTA (AP) -- Watching a video of some of their worst plays of
the year has helped the Atlanta Hawks get back on track.
One game after all five Atlanta starters scored in double
figures for the first time in 22 games, the Hawks continued to
share the wealth. They set a season high with 35 assists -- with
Dion Glover getting a career-high eight -- and shot 56 percent to
win for the fourth time in five games.
Abdur-Rahim, Terry and Glenn Robinson sat with coach Terry
Stotts to watch the tape of "lowlights," since those three handle
the ball the most.
"I think it's hitting home," Abdur-Rahim said. "I think coach
Stotts is even more and more forceful. Slowly but surely, it's
Glover, who had all of his assists in the first half, added 16
points and eight rebounds. Atlanta won despite getting outrebounded
47-35, including 23-5 on the offensive end. Robinson scored 17
"Coach Stotts jinxed me at halftime," Glover said. "He was
talking about how well we moved the ball, said I already had a
career high in assists. After that, I didn't get another one."
Sam Cassell scored 24 for the Bucks, who lost for the second
straight night. They fell to 32-33, a half game ahead of Washington
for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Gary Payton struggled through an off night and finished with 19 on
"It's crunch time for this ballclub," Cassell said. "This was
a game we needed, and we didn't get it. We'll have to go somewhere
else and make it up."
Milwaukee went on an 8-2 run at the close of the half to tie it
at 52, and led 60-58 after a jumper by Desmond Mason. The Hawks
took control with a 15-4 run, started by consecutive 3-pointers by
Terry and Abdur-Rahim.
When Theo Ratliff closed out the spurt with a jumper, Atlanta
led 73-64, and the Bucks never threatened again.
"We've really been making a conscious effort, moving the ball,
working the ball, working with each other," Abdur-Rahim said. "It
doesn't really matter to me who scores the most points or if I
score the most points. Just sharing the ball gives us a real good
chance to win."
Stotts, who lost his first two games against longtime mentor
Milwaukee coach George Karl, appeared ready for this one from the
start. He grimaced after nearly every missed shot, pounding the
padding on the scorer's table several times.
After Robinson shot a 3-pointer that missed everything early in
the third quarter, Stotts quickly called a timeout and shared his
displeasure with Robinson. The two appeared to have words early
during the stoppage, and after the Hawks broke out of the huddle,
Abdur-Rahim went to Robinson and talked into his ear.
Whatever was said seemed to work, as Robinson made his final
four shots of the game.
"That was the culmination for us,'' Stotts said. "We had
stopped moving the ball on the three possessions before that. I
didn't want it going in that direction.
"That wasn't directed at Glenn."
Robinson shrugged off the discussion, saying, "Stotts is my
man,'' and when he left the locker room after the game, he made of
point of waving to Stotts.
Milwaukee F Anthony Mason sat out with a sore hip. ... The
teams split the season series 2-2, with both winning two games at
home. ... Terry has four double-doubles in his past eight games.
... The Bucks return home to face the Los Angeles Lakers on
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