"We're pretty far down in the standings and not a lot of people
really want to watch us," said Jackson, who had 31 points in the
second half. "But we still want to win. We still want to compete.
We started off soft. They were scoring too many easy baskets, and
we weren't helping on defense."
The last team to have five players score 20 points or more in a
game was Orlando, which did it on Jan. 26, 1993. Atlanta last did
it in 1968 at Seattle.
"Any history I can get right now, I'm happy with," said
Collier, who signed a 10-day contract March 8 and has made a strong
case for an extended stay, scoring 33 points in two games. "We've
got some kind of offensive arsenal. We'll be down 10 and then you
look up and we're up 20. It's weird."
The loss was the fifth straight for the Wizards, while Atlanta
snapped a four-game losing streak.
"We just didn't have a clue what they were doing," said
Washington's Jerry Stackhouse. "You don't expect that from a team
with that record. They probably didn't have a whole lot of fear of
In all, the game featured eight 20-point scorers; Gilbert Arenas
led Washington with 30, giving him 70 over the Wizards' last two
games, while Jerry Stackhouse had 29 and Juan Dixon 21.
Atlanta scored 83 points after intermission.
"That was an old-fashioned shootout," said Sura. "That was a
late-1980s NBA score. It was a lot of fun, though, getting up and
down, scoring points. That's the way the game should be played."
Washington, led by as many as 18 in the first half. Atlanta
closed to 62-55 at intermission and opened the second half with a
9-3 run to cut it to one.
Jackson's 3-pointer pulled Atlanta even at 69, and Terry's steal
and dunk with 7:27 left gave Atlanta the lead.
Sura, Terry and Jackson each hit a 3-pointer in an 11-1 run that
gave the Hawks a 96-83 lead. The Wizards got as close as four
(107-103), but Atlanta answered with an 11-0 run.
Washington's Jarvis Hayes missed his second straight game
with a pulled hamstring ... Atlanta's Stephen Jackson averaged 20.0
points over the previous 24 games ... Fourteen of the Hawks' 21
wins have come against teams at .500 or better ... The five Magic
players to score 20 points in the 1993 game were Tom Tolbert (24),
Scott Skiles (22), Shaquille O'Neal (26), Anthony Bowie (20) and
Nick Anderson (20)