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Hawks' Robinson silences Jazz with 30 points

11/1/2002

ATLANTA (AP) -- Glenn Robinson is showing he can do more than
just score.

Robinson scored 30 points and Jason Terry added 21 points and 13
assists as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Utah Jazz 105-98 in their
home opener Thursday night.

The 6-foot-7 forward, who came to Atlanta in an offseason trade
with Milwaukee, also had five rebounds and seven assists. He had 34
points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his Hawks debut Wednesday
night -- a 104-95 loss at New Jersey in the season opener.

"I like being an all-around player, but I don't care about
getting credit, I care about getting wins,'' Robinson said.

He hit 12 of 21 shots from the field and all six free throws.

"That's my job, to try to take this team to another level,''
said Robinson, whose new team hasn't made the playoffs the past
three seasons.

"This probably is the best start I've gotten. I've never opened
up with back-to-back 30-point games. That's a sign that my
conditioning is there,'' said Robinson, who played 40 minutes.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who missed the opener with a sore back,
scored 10 of Atlanta's points in a 15-6 run at the start of the
third period for a 65-52 lead.

The Hawks had their largest lead at 75-57 on a basket by Theo
Ratliff with 3:39 left in the third and led 77-63 entering the
final period.

The Jazz never got closer than seven points at 101-94. That came
with 37 seconds left on a 3-pointer by John Stockton.

Karl Malone led Utah with 20 points. Matt Harpring added 19 and
Jarron Collins had 18.

"We played in spurts. We're not playing a whole half or a whole
quarter,'' Malone said. "We're not starting out like we'd like to.
Hopefully, it's just because it's the start of the season. I think
we'll get better. I know I will.''

Terry's 13 assists matched a career high.

Robinson scored 18 points to help Atlanta take a 50-46 halftime
lead. He had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting as the Hawks opened a
29-23 lead after one quarter.

The Jazz fell to 0-2, losing their opener at New Orleans 100-75
Wednesday night.

Game notes
Malone sat out most of the second period after injuring his
hip early in the quarter. He started the second half. Malone played
all 12 minutes of the first period, scoring four points. ... The
Hawks signed F-C Amal McCaskill to a free-agent contract and placed
C Nazr Mohammed on the injured list with a stress fracture in his
right foot. ... Utah plays its home opener Saturday against Golden
State. ... NBA commissioner David Stern and former Braves and
current Dodgers outfielder Brian Jordan, who makes his home in
Atlanta, were among the spectators. Also on hand was Ted Turner,
the former owner of the Hawks, now on the board of directors.