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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 18 26 26 19 0 89 ATLANTA 19 20 23 27 9 98 FINAL IN 1ST OT


WASHINGTON (89) AT ATLANTA (98) - FINAL IN OT

WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

GRANT F 33 2-12 1-2 3 5 8 0 6 1 0 5 HOWARD F 48 8-19 4-4 4 4 8 1 5 1 4 20 DAVIS C 38 1-8 1-2 4 8 12 0 6 0 2 3 CHEANEY G 43 7-15 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 1 1 14 STRICKLAND G 46 9-15 4-4 1 6 7 10 2 2 2 24 T MURRAY 31 4-15 2-2 3 4 7 1 4 1 2 11 WHITNEY 14 1-4 2-2 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 HAM 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 WALLACE 3 1-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 WILLIAMS 4 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 SHAMMGOD DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEBBER DNP - LOWER BACK SPASMS

TOTALS 265 35-92 15-17 17 33 50 13 29 7 13 89 (.380) (.882) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

CORBIN F 43 3-12 1-2 5 6 11 2 2 2 1 8 LAETTNER F 48 9-22 6-8 3 8 11 3 5 1 2 24 MUTOMBO C 39 5-15 4-6 4 7 11 0 2 0 1 14 SMITH G 14 2-9 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 0 3 5 BLAYLOCK G 53 10-20 3-3 1 5 6 2 2 3 1 24 GRAY 33 5-12 4-6 2 2 4 2 3 1 3 14 BROWN 18 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 2 LIVINGSTON 12 1-1 3-4 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 5 ANDERSON 5 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HENDERSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 265 37-95 21-29 19 32 51 12 20 8 11 98 (.389) (.724) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

WASHINGTON 18 26 26 19 0 - 89 ATLANTA 19 20 23 27 9 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - GRANT 2, DAVIS 2, HOWARD, STRICKLAND, T MURRAY, WHITNEY. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 6, LAETTNER 2, BLAYLOCK, ANDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 4-12 (.333), STRICKLAND 2-4, T MURRAY 1-4, WHITNEY 1-4. ATLANTA 3-9 (.333), CORBIN 1-1, LAETTNER 0-1, SMITH 1-2, BLAYLOCK 1-4, GRAY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 12,809. T - 2:19.


WASHINGTON (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 33 2-12 1-2 3-8 0 6 5 Howard 48 8-19 4-4 4-8 1 5 20 Davis 38 1-8 1-2 4-12 0 6 3 Cheaney 43 7-15 0-0 1-6 0 4 14 Strickland 46 9-15 4-4 1-7 10 2 24 T Murray 31 4-15 2-2 3-7 1 4 11 Whitney 14 1-4 2-2 1-1 1 1 5 Ham 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Wallace 3 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 3 Williams 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Shammgod DNP - coach's decision Webber DNP - lower back spasms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-92 15-17 17-50 13 29 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.380, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Strickland 2-4, T Murray 1-4, Whitney 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Grant 2, Davis 2, Howard, Strickland, T Murray, Whitney). Turnovers: 15 (Howard 4, Davis 2, Strickland 2, T Murray 2, Cheaney, Ham, Whitney). Steals: 7 (Strickland 2, Cheaney, Grant, Howard, T Murray, Whitney).

ATLANTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 43 3-12 1-2 5-11 2 2 8 Laettner 48 9-22 6-8 3-11 3 5 24 Mutombo 39 5-15 4-6 4-11 0 2 14 Smith 14 2-9 0-0 1-2 2 1 5 Blaylock 53 10-20 3-3 1-6 2 2 24 Gray 33 5-12 4-6 2-4 2 3 14 Brown 18 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 3 2 Livingston 12 1-1 3-4 0-0 1 1 5 Anderson 5 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Crawford DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision Henderson DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-95 21-29 19-51 12 20 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.389, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Corbin 1-1, Laettner 0-1, Smith 1-2, Blaylock 1-4, Gray 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 10 (Mutombo 6, Laettner 2, Blaylock, Anderson). Turnovers: 11 (Gray 3, Smith 3, Laettner 2, Blaylock, Corbin, Mutombo). Steals: 8 (Blaylock 3, Corbin 2, Gray, Laettner, Livingston). _________________________________________________ Washington 18 26 26 19 0 - 89 Atlanta 19 20 23 27 9 - 98 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,809. T: 2:19. Officials: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Derek Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Rookie Ed Gray scored half of his career-high 14 points in overtime as the Atlanta Hawks improved to 11-0, holding the Washington Wizards scoreless in the extra session en route to a 98-89 victory.

Atlanta is off to the best start in franchise history and is one of just two undefeated teams in the NBA, joining the Los Angeles Lakers (8-0). The Hawks have stayed undefeated despite winning their last eight games by a combined 30 points.

"It was a little bit of struggle for us tonight," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We can't just show up. Teams are going to come out and go after us. I think it shows the character of the ballclub. We would not give up."

The Hawks need four more wins to match the best start in NBA history, set by the Washington Capitals in 1948 and matched by the Houston Rockets in 1993. Atlanta also is just three wins away from tying the longest winning streak in team history, set during the 1993 campaign.

Christian Laettner scored a season-high 24 points and hit the first basket of overtime before Gray scored the final seven points. He helped secure the victory with a driving layup and two free throws in the final 19 seconds.

"It feels good to get used to the guys and get a chance to play," Gray said. "They (Washington) had a whole bunch of big men running out at me (in overtime) so I could take it to the hole a lot easier."

Since the advent of the shot clock in 1954, it was just the sixth time ever that a team has failed to score a point in an overtime and the first time since Denver was blanked by Charlotte on January 13th.

Washington misfired on all eight shots from the field in the extra session as Atlanta, which improved to 7-0 at home, won its 10 straight game involving overtime.

Trailing 83-77 with just over four minutes left in regulation, the Hawks reeled off the next nine points. Dikembe Mutombo scored six points in that spurt and 12 of his 14 in the fourth quarter.

"I think a lot of it has got to do with our mental toughness," Mutombo said of the winning streak. "The only thing we could do is keep playing as hard as we can and don't lose focus."

Rod Strickland had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. He scored six straight Washington points in the final minute of regulation, including the tying layup with 11 seconds left.

Atlanta's Mookie Blaylock missed the potential go-ahead jumper in the waning seconds of regulation but finished with a season-best 24 points. His starting backcourt mate, Steve Smith, left the game in the first half with back spasms.

Wizards All-Star forward Chris Webber missed his second straight game due to back spasms. Washington's Juwan Howard had missed the last two games with the same injury but returned to register 20 points and eight rebounds.

"They (Atlanta) had the poise enough to withstand the pressure and play hard and win," Howard said. "Both teams fought hard, both teams wanted to win. In overtime, we just could812l- baskets."

Laettner, Mutombo and Corbin grabbed 11 rebounds apiece, helping Atlanta to a 51-50 edge on the glass. The Hawks have outrebounded their opponents in every game this season by a combined 504-395 margin.

Strickland drove the left side of the lane and hit a tough, scooping layup to tie the game, 89-89. Blaylock missed an off-balance shot and Corbin was well off with his follow attempt, sending the game to overtime.

"The most important thing is to put ourselves in a position to win and we did that on the road," Strickland said. "They definitely played tough, they're a great defensive team. They just kept fighting and overcame the deficit and pulled out the victory."

Calbert Cheaney scored 14 points and Tracy Murray added 11 as the Wizards shot just 38 percent (35-of-92) from the field.

Grant and center Terry Davis were unable to pick up the slack for Webber. They both fouled out and combined for just eight points. Davis grabbed 12 boards but was just 1-for-8 from the field and Grant had eight rebounds but shot 2-of-12.

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