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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 29 22 23 19 93 ATLANTA 32 26 30 23 111 FINAL


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WASHINGTON (93) AT ATLANTA (111)

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

HOWARD F 39 9-16 0-1 2 2 4 4 3 0 1 18 SMITH F 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 J WHITE C 22 3-10 0-0 4 4 8 0 3 0 1 6 HAMILTON G 36 6-15 6-8 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 19 STRICKLAND G 35 7-15 5-5 0 3 3 6 1 1 2 19 AUSTIN 15 2-9 0-0 3 2 5 1 2 0 0 4 A WILLIAMS 32 4-9 2-3 4 7 11 1 5 0 0 10 JORDAN 10 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 C WHITNEY 13 2-5 2-2 1 1 2 1 1 2 0 7 T MURRAY 9 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 3 L WILLIAMS 16 1-1 0-0 4 6 10 0 4 1 1 2 PROFIT 5 1-3 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 3

TOTALS 240 37-92 16-21 20 29 49 16 23 4 12 93 (.402) (.762) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 31 7-12 5-6 2 1 3 0 4 0 1 19 JACKSON F 36 8-17 1-2 0 8 8 5 3 2 3 20 MUTOMBO C 36 6-9 5-6 6 13 19 0 3 0 0 17 COLES G 27 1-7 2-2 2 5 7 9 4 1 0 4 RIDER G 40 12-20 2-3 1 0 1 5 2 1 2 28 ELLIS 24 2-4 2-4 4 4 8 1 1 2 1 6 CRAWFORD 7 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 TERRY 21 2-9 2-2 0 1 1 4 1 1 2 6 WRIGHT 12 1-1 7-10 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 9 BOWDLER 3 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 JOHNSON 3 0-2 0-0 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 GLOVER DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 39-84 28-37 19 34 53 24 22 8 11 111 (.464) (.757) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(7 PTS)

WASHINGTON 29 22 23 19 - 93 ATLANTA 32 26 30 23 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - A WILLIAMS 2, L WILLIAMS 2, JORDAN. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 6, WRIGHT, HENDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-7 (.429), HAMILTON 1-2, C WHITNEY 1-3, T MURRAY 1-2. ATLANTA 5-13 (.385), JACKSON 3-6, COLES 0-1, RIDER 2-2, TERRY 0-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, JIM CLARK, LEON WOOD. A - 15,998. T - 2:03.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 39 9-16 0-1 2-4 4 3 18 Smith 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 J White 22 3-10 0-0 4-8 0 3 6 Hamilton 36 6-15 6-8 2-4 0 1 19 Strickland 35 7-15 5-5 0-3 6 1 19 Austin 15 2-9 0-0 3-5 1 2 4 A Williams 32 4-9 2-3 4-11 1 5 10 Jordan 10 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 C Whitney 13 2-5 2-2 1-2 1 1 7 T Murray 9 1-7 0-0 0-1 0 2 3 L Williams 16 1-1 0-0 4-10 0 4 2 Profit 5 1-3 1-2 0-1 0 0 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-92 16-21 20-49 16 23 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Hamilton 1-2, C Whitney 1-3, T Murray 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (A Williams 2, L Williams 2, Jordan). Turnovers: 12 (Jordan 2, Profit 2, Strickland 2, T Murray 2, Howard, J White, L Williams, Smith). Steals: 4 (C Whitney 2, L Williams, Strickland).

ATLANTA (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 31 7-12 5-6 2-3 0 4 19 Jackson 36 8-17 1-2 0-8 5 3 20 Mutombo 36 6-9 5-6 6-19 0 3 17 Coles 27 1-7 2-2 2-7 9 4 4 Rider 40 12-20 2-3 1-1 5 2 28 Ellis 24 2-4 2-4 4-8 1 1 6 Crawford 7 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Terry 21 2-9 2-2 0-1 4 1 6 Wright 12 1-1 7-10 1-2 0 4 9 Bowdler 3 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Johnson 3 0-2 0-0 3-3 0 0 0 Glover DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-84 28-37 19-53 24 22 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.757. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Jackson 3-6, Coles 0-1, Rider 2-2, Terry 0-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Mutombo 6, Wright, Henderson). Turnovers: 11 (Jackson 3, Rider 2, Terry 2, Ellis, Henderson, Johnson, Wright). Steals: 8 (Ellis 2, Jackson 2, Bowdler, Coles, Rider, Terry). ____________________________________________ Washington 29 22 23 19 - 93 Atlanta 32 26 30 23 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Washington 1 (Howard, 9:11 3rd). A: 15,998. T: 2:03. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Jim Clark, Leon Wood.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- After surprising the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers on Friday, the real Washington Wizards showed up in Atlanta.

Isaiah Rider scored 11 of his 28 points in the third quarter as the Hawks pulled away for a 111-93 victory over the Wizards, who suffered their seventh straight road defeat.

"Fast-break points and turnovers at critical times of the game really hurt us," Washington coach Gar Heard said. "The transition really wasn't there tonight. Our defense broke down, especially in the third quarter."

The win snapped a four-game slide for Atlanta, which improved to just 11-9 at home this season. Overall, the Hawks prevailed for just the fifth time in their last 21 contests.

Washington stayed close for 2 1/2 quarters, but Atlanta put away the contest with a 24-6 run that extended into the final period, opening a 94-74 cushion on Jimmy Jackson's basket with 10:23 remaining.

Jackson scored 20 points and Alan Henderson 19 for the Hawks, who took their biggest lead at 101-78 on rookie Jason Terry's jumper with eight minutes to play.

"Me and Jacks are going to have to step up and get 20 every night," Rider said. "That's what we've got to do to win."

Dikembe Mutombo collected 17 points and 19 rebounds for Atlanta after grabbing 20 boards in Friday's 101-79 loss at Miami.

"It's a step in the right direction," Jackson said. "The way we were able to increase the lead in the third quarter, that's been our Achilles heel. That in itself was an achievement. We just stepped it up a little more. We've got to establish something."

Rookie Richard Hamilton and Rod Strickland scored 19 points each for the Wizards, who stopped a five-game losing streak Friday with a 123-113 win over Indiana. It was their first win since Michael Jordan took over as head of basketball operations.

The Hawks have struggled in the third quarter since they were blasted 40-10 in the period against the Pacers in a 116-89 loss on December 29 that triggered a sulking tirade by Rider.

Tonight, Atlanta scored 30 points in the period, turning a 58-51 halftime lead into a 88-74 cushion entering the final quarter.

Washington closed within 70-68 on Williams' free throw with 5:30 left in the third quarter, but Atlanta ripped off eight straight points and opened a 78-68 lead on Rider's free throw with 3:49 to go in the quarter and never looked back.

"We had a two-point game in the third quarter," Heard said. "We have to find the right chemistry to make it work, try to fight through this thing."

The Hawks picked up assists on 24 of 39 baskets and committed only 11 turnovers. They eclipsed the century mark for just the second time in the last seven contests.

"That's the best ball movement in quite a while," coach Lenny Wilkens said. "The team played really well. It's been a long time coming. I'm not going to say we've arrived until I see it some more. We've been emphasizing every facet of the game and tonight it worked."

"We've been struggling a lot," Mutombo added. "We came out to start the third quarter and played very well. That's been our big struggle all year long. Tonight we did an excellent job with that and we were able to push the lead."

Juwan Howard added 18 points for the Wizards, who only shot 41 percent (37-of-92) from the field. Washington attempted eight more shots than Atlanta but was unable to take full advantage of its 20 offensive rebounds.

"They were able to get second shots," Strickland said. "They had a stretch where they made shots and we didn't. We just didn't get it done. I think we played hard. We just might have hit the wall."

The Wizards jumped to a 17-10 lead on Hamilton's 3-pointer with 7:08 left in the first quarter before Atlanta finished the period with a 22-12 spurt to grab a 32-29 lead.

Washington never led thereafter as Atlanta streched its advantage to 56-46 on Jackson's 17-footer with 1:23 remaining in the half.

Rider and Henderson scored 11 points apiece in the third period, when the Hawks broke it open. Atlanta shot 46 percent (39-of-82), with the starters combining for 88 points.

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