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FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 24 26 24 23 97 ATLANTA 20 17 15 25 77 FINAL


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WASHINGTON (97) AT ATLANTA (77)

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

DAVIS F 24 2-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 4 HOWARD F 39 10-16 0-0 2 6 8 2 3 1 3 20 THORPE C 33 4-6 1-3 0 8 8 1 5 1 2 9 RICHMOND G 36 12-19 2-2 0 3 3 3 1 0 3 28 STRICKLAND G 33 8-12 2-3 1 3 4 11 1 0 6 18 CHEANEY 20 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 1 0 4 JACKSON 2 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 MCINNIS 2 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 T MURRAY 18 3-3 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 8 WALLACE 18 0-1 0-2 0 4 4 0 4 0 2 0 C WHITNEY 15 1-3 4-4 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 6 J WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-71 10-16 3 35 38 21 22 5 16 97 (.592) (.625) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

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

ELLIS F 31 5-9 0-0 0 7 7 1 2 1 2 10 LONG F 45 6-15 4-7 2 8 10 2 2 1 3 17 MUTOMBO C 27 2-5 2-4 0 2 2 2 4 0 4 6 BLAYLOCK G 29 2-8 2-2 0 4 4 4 1 2 1 6 CORBIN G 37 5-10 1-3 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 12 GRAY 8 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 JOHNSON 25 6-11 2-3 2 2 4 5 1 2 1 14 SHEPPARD 17 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 1 2 5 WEST 21 1-6 1-2 1 4 5 1 3 0 0 3 CRAWFORD DNP - LACERATED RIGHT THUMB HENDERSON DNP - BACK SPASMS MCLEOD DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 31-76 12-21 6 29 35 17 17 7 15 77 (.408) (.571) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(24 PTS)

WASHINGTON 24 26 24 23 - 97 ATLANTA 20 17 15 25 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - THORPE, DAVIS. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO, CORBIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-7 (.429), RICHMOND 2-4, T MURRAY 1-1, C WHITNEY 0-2. ATLANTA 3-10 (.300), LONG 1-2, BLAYLOCK 0-2, CORBIN 1-3, GRAY 0-2, SHEPPARD 1-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, TED BERNHARDT, HANK ARMSTRONG. A - 8,139. T - 2:01.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Davis 24 2-2 0-0 0-3 0 5 4 Howard 39 10-16 0-0 2-8 2 3 20 Thorpe 33 4-6 1-3 0-8 1 5 9 Richmond 36 12-19 2-2 0-3 3 1 28 Strickland 33 8-12 2-3 1-4 11 1 18 Cheaney 20 2-5 0-0 0-3 2 2 4 Jackson 2 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Mcinnis 2 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 T Murray 18 3-3 1-2 0-1 1 1 8 Wallace 18 0-1 0-2 0-4 0 4 0 C Whitney 15 1-3 4-4 0-2 1 0 6 J White DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-71 10-16 3-38 21 22 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.592, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Richmond 2-4, T Murray 1-1, C Whitney 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Thorpe, Davis). Turnovers: 17 (Strickland 6, Howard 3, Richmond 3, Thorpe 2, Wallace 2). Steals: 5 (C Whitney, Cheaney, Howard, T Murray, Thorpe).

ATLANTA (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ellis 31 5-9 0-0 0-7 1 2 10 Long 45 6-15 4-7 2-10 2 2 17 Mutombo 27 2-5 2-4 0-2 2 4 6 Blaylock 29 2-8 2-2 0-4 4 1 6 Corbin 37 5-10 1-3 0-1 0 1 12 Gray 8 2-6 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Johnson 25 6-11 2-3 2-4 5 1 14 Sheppard 17 2-6 0-0 1-1 2 2 5 West 21 1-6 1-2 1-5 1 3 3 Crawford DNP - lacerated right thumb Henderson DNP - back spasms Mcleod DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-76 12-21 6-35 17 17 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Long 1-2, Blaylock 0-2, Corbin 1-3, Gray 0-2, Sheppard 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Mutombo, Corbin). Turnovers: 16 (Mutombo 4, Long 3, Ellis 2, Sheppard 2, Blaylock, Corbin, Gray, Johnson). Steals: 7 (Blaylock 2, Johnson 2, Ellis, Long, Sheppard). ____________________________________________ Washington 24 26 24 23 - 97 Atlanta 20 17 15 25 - 77 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:44 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Washington 1 (Wallace, 3:11 1st). A: 8,139. T: 2:01. Officials: Steve Javie, Ted Bernhardt, Hank Armstrong.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The absence of Steve Smith, Alan Henderson and a handful of others has turned back the clock on the Atlanta Hawks' offense to the 60s and 70s.

Atlanta's top two scorers again sat out with injuries and the offense bogged down in a 97-77 loss to the hot-shooting Washington Wizards, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Smith is on the injured list with a sprained right knee and sat out his sixth straight game. During that stretch, the Hawks are 2-4 and averaging only 82.2 points per game, with a pair of contests in the 60s and another in the 70s.

Henderson missed his third straight game with back spasms. Also out tonight were rookie forward Roshown McLeod, who has the flu, and guard Chris Crawford, who cut his finger on the rim while dunking.

Mitch Richmond scored 28 points for the Wizards, who shot 59 percent (42-of-71) from the field and gave assistant Jim Brovelli his first win as an NBA coach. Brovelli, who compiled a 291-285 record in 21 seasons as a college coach, filled in for flu-ridden Bernie Bickerstaff for the second straight game.

"It feels great," Brovelli said. "After four in a row we lost, it feels great to break the drought. The guys came out after a tough loss last night, they came out and did some soul-searching, had a great effort on both ends of the ball and sustained it for four quarters."

Richmond made 12-of-19 shots as he bounced back from a 4-of-15 performance against Philadelphia on Monday. Also rebounding was Rod Strickland, who had 18 points and 11 assists.

"It was a great win and it was great to see some guys come out of mini-slumps like myself," Richmond said. "Tonight, we just wanted to go out and have fun and I think all the guys got together, `Let's go out and play the best we can and let the chips fall where they may.'"

"Well, I think it was big for morale," Strickland said. "You know we have been struggling. I don't think we've been aggressive. Tonight, we just went and played and ran right from the start."

Grant Long had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who had won four in a row and 15 of 19 from the Wizards. Long has led Atlanta in scoring three times since the injury to Smith, who led the team in each of the first nine games.

"It's very tough because it backs up last night's loss," Long said. "Tonight we played against a team like Washington, a team that is not playing very well. But obviously, they have capable scorers in Mitch Richmond, Juwan Howard and Rod Strickland, a team on a regular night I think we can beat. We didn't do a lot of things well tonight."

Long's two free throws pulled Atlanta into a 32-32 tie with 6:33 left in the second quarter but the Hawks managed only 13 points over the next 14 minutes.

Washington closed the first half with an 18-5 spurt. Richmond scored six points and Otis Thorpe and Chris Whitney added four apiece while the Hawks made just two baskets and missed 3-of-4 free throws.

"I think we got up early and played some defense and that's what kind of got us into the open court," Richmond said. "It has to be our best performance of the season, we don't have too many of those, and I think this has to be the best of what he have."

Leading 50-37 at halftime, the Wizards broke open the game by beginning the third quarter with a 19-8 burst. Richmond had seven more and Juwan Howard and Terry Davis added four apiece. Strickland had five assists during the run before capping it at 69-45 with a layup with 4:02 remaining.

Washington led 74-52 after three quarters and by no less than 17 points thereafter.

"When you don't execute, show and help like we talked about, then yeah, you get upset by it," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "Guys are coming off screens when you need to step out and show. We covered it, we talked about it but we didn't do a very good job of it. We gave them too many opportunities and you can't give that type of team opportunities. Washington is a good team. They are much, much better than their record."

Howard had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Wizards, who held a 38-35 rebounding advantage. In his second consecutive start, Thorpe added nine points and eight boards.

Anthony Johnson scored 14 points and Tyrone Corbin added 12 for the Hawks, who shot 41 percent (31-of-76).

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