Monday , Nov , 17 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards and Hawks to tangle in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Two teams that are struggling early in the
2003-04 season will jump it up tonight when the Washington Wizards travel to
Atlanta to meet the Hawks at Philips Arena.

Atlanta is still searching for some consistency after falling 100-85 to the
New Jersey Nets at home on Saturday night.

Jason Terry had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Hawks, who
have dropped two of three.

Dion Glover and Nazr Mohammed each scored 13 points while Shareef Abdur-Rahim
added 12 for the Hawks, who shot 38 percent (29-of-76) from the floor and went
23-of-30 from the foul line. Atlanta went 4-of-12 from beyond the arc.

The Hawks actually outrebounded the Nets, 39-38, but were dominated in the
paint (40-26) and on the break (17-10).

Atlanta is 1-2 as the host this season.

The Wizards’ woes continued on Saturday night with a disappointing 95-71 loss
to the San Antonio Spurs.

Gilbert Arenas scored 14 points to pace the Wizards, who have lost four
straight games and six of their last eight overall. Juan Dixon chipped in 11
points for Washington.

Washington’s Larry Hughes had 10 points before being ejected in the second
quarter against the Spurs for throwing the ball after being whistled for a

The Wizards are 1-3 on the road this season.

In 2002-03, the teams split four meetings as both teams won once on its home
court and once as the visitor.

Overall, the Hawks have won two straight, while the Wizards have won seven of
the last 10 meetings.