Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/3

Game 1: Friday, December 3rd
Game 2: Sunday, January 2nd
Game 3: Wednesday, March 16th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 30th

Wizards 122

(35-27, 12-18 away)

Hawks 93

(11-53, 8-23 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, March 16, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 28 21 31 42122
    ATL 20 24 29 2093

    Top Performers

    WSH: G. Arenas 29 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl

    Atl: J. Childress 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast

    Washington uses 24-2 run to break it open

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas had no worries when the Hawks cut Washington's lead to six points early in the fourth quarter. Knowing Atlanta is stocked with inexperienced players, Arenas stayed patient.

    Arenas had 29 points and Larry Hughes added 23 as the Wizards had a season-high point total in a 122-93 victory on Wednesday night.

    The Wizards used a 24-2 run in the fourth quarter to earn consecutive wins for the first time since Feb. 9 -- a span of 13 games.

    "We tried to just keep going, keep going," Arenas said. "Hopefully they'll give up some time and some of the young boys did. You could see Al Harrington yelling at them. And we just kept going at them."

    "We're not lacking confidence," Arenas said. "We know we've got to keep bringing it because it's playoff time coming up."

    Official Bernie Fryer gave Atlanta coach Mike Woodson his first ejection as a head coach with 6:16 remaining for complaining during the 24-2 run about a disparity in fouls. Atlanta was called for 29 fouls to 18 for the Wizards, who outscored the NBA's worst team 28-13 at the foul line.

    "I'd had enough, and I wanted to go to the locker room," Woodson said. "The fourth quarter was just atrocious. We didn't get anything accomplished."

    Harrington's 18-footer with 10:43 remaining cut the Wizards' lead to 84-78, but the Hawks failed to score a field goal on their next 13 possessions.

    Arenas, who was 4-for-6 on 3-point attempts, hit two treys during the 24-2 run.

    Reserve guard Steve Blake matched a season high with 17 points. Starting forwards Jared Jeffries and Kwame Brown combined for 27 points and 13 rebounds.

    Atlanta lost its fifth straight at home. Overall, the Hawks have dropped 15 of 16.

    Josh Childress was the only starter to score in double figures for Atlanta with 15. Tony Delk finished with a team-high 16 points.

    "You don't want to forget that one," reserve center Jason Collier said. "You want it to linger a while. You want it to motivate you."

    Though the Wizards shot 82.4 percent in the fourth quarter, hitting 14 of 17 from the floor, Hughes considered his team's defense the catalyst.

    "They hit some 3s there in that third quarter that kept them in it," Hughes said. "For the most part they played good basketball for those six minutes into the third when the caught up. We just really locked down on defense and got some easy looks."

    Coach Eddie Jordan agreed.

    "We had 10 steals, and Gil and Larry had all of them," Jordan said. "When our guards are getting after it and being active, they motivate us and they are the catalysts at both ends of the floor. When they can be our catalyst at the defensive end -- both guards, not just Larry -- then that's going to be a good Wizards team out there."

    Washington improved to 2-8 on the road since winning consecutive games at Indiana and Cleveland Jan. 22 and 24.

    Washington, the No. 4 team in the Eastern Conference, had its previous season high Jan. 18 at Dallas, scoring 120.

    "It does something for our confidence," Brown said. "Even though they're the Atlanta Hawks, they played the Detroit Pistons in overtime in a loss. First they came out and kind of knocked the wind out of them. To get a win like this says something about our team."

    Game notes

    Jordan couldn't give a timetable for the return of All-Star F Antawn Jamison, who left a win Monday over the Lakers with a sore knee. ... Former Georgia standout Jarvis Hayes, out since March 2 with a fractured right patella, didn't make the trip with the Wizards.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 122 93
    FGM-FGA 43-72 (.597) 36-82 (.439)
    3PM-3PA 8-12 (.667) 8-14 (.571)
    FTM-FTA 28-39 (.718) 13-17 (.765)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-34 15-40
    Assists 17 26
    Turnovers 12 20
    Steals 10 9
    Blocks 5 1
    Fast Break Points 18 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (2/0) 29 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 30 1

    Top Performers

    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 29
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Josh Childress Childress
    Points: 15
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0