Saturday , Feb , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Jamison lead Wizards over Hawks

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Antawn Jamison scored a game-high 27 points
and pulled down 15 rebounds in Washington’s 98-85 victory over the Atlanta
Hawks at the MCI Center.

Gilbert Arenas added 22 points and Caron Butler contributed 18 points and
seven boards for the Wizards, who have won three of four contests overall and
posted their eighth consecutive win over Atlanta.

Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 16 points and Tyronn Lue added 14 points off the
bench in the loss. Zaza Pachulia tallied 13 points and Josh Childress donated
12, as the Hawks had their three-game winning streak halted.

Atlanta made just 3-of-16 shots from the floor in the first quarter and found
itself trailing 24-15. Then, the well went completely dry for the Hawks in the
second stanza.

The Hawks did not make a field goal in the final six minutes of the quarter,
and Washington slowly built a double-digit lead. The Wizards weren’t dominate
offensively either, but outscored Atlanta 10-4 during the Hawks’ field-goal
drought.

Brendan Haywood made two free throws with just less than a minute remaining,
then after Royal Ivey drained two from the line, Haywood scored in close to
cap the scoring and give Washington a 46-33 lead at the break.

Washington came out of the gates strong in the second half, posting a 20-point
lead on the heels of a 9-2 burst. Arenas tallied five points and Butler’s two
free throws opened a 55-35 advantage.

Two inside baskets by Jamison increased the lead to 66-41 with 6:26 to play in
the third period. Atlanta then sliced into the large deficit with a 13-2
burst. Lue scored five points, Johnson buried a trey and two free throws by
Marvin Williams got the Hawks within 68-54.

Atlanta stayed on the attack and Childress’ three-point play made the score
73-64 with 1:23 left in the period. Salim Stoudamire then drained a trey from
the left corner to make it a six-point game. Washington held a 78-71 lead
after three stanzas.

Jamison’s wide-open trey with 6:23 left in the contest extended the edge to
88-77. Pachulia’s finger roll with 2:40 remaining got Atlanta within 90-81,
but Butler picked Pachulia’s pocket on the next possession and went coast-to-
coast for a layup to increase the advantage back to double digits.

Daniels’ two free throws with 1:32 left gave Washington a 94-82 lead and
sealed the victory.

Game Notes

Washington improved to 14-9 at home this season and won its third straight at
the MCI Center…Atlanta fell to 4-18 on the road during the 2005-06
campaign…Al Harrington had nine points and 10 rebounds in the loss…Daniels
tallied 10 points in the win…Atlanta hasn’t beaten Washington since March
12, 2004.

ATL WAS