Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Sunday, November 9th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 16th

Hawks 91

(2-5, 1-4 away)

SuperSonics 81

(3-1, 2-1 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    6:00 PM ET, November 9, 2003

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 28 24 23 1691
    SEA 20 17 24 2081

    Top Performers

    Atl: J. Terry 23 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Sea: R. Murray 24 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Terry leads Hawks to win

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Jason Terry and Theo Ratliff made sure the Seattle SuperSonics did not remain the league's only unbeaten team.

    Terry scored 23 points and Ratliff was a shot-blocking menace as the Atlanta Hawks topped the Sonics 91-81 on Sunday night.

    Terry, who grew up in Seattle, led the way as all five Atlanta starters reached double-digit scoring. He scored 14 of his points in the first half, shot 7-of-13 from the field -- including 4-of-7 from 3-point range.

    Stephen Jackson had 15 points, Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Dion Glover scored 13 points for Atlanta. The Hawks won their first road game after losing their first four away from home.

    Ratliff added 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

    ``When you have a shot blocker and a shot changer in the paint, it makes a big difference,'' Hawks coach Terry Stotts said. ``I thought Theo was terrific in the paint.''

    The Sonics shot a mere 37.8 percent from the field. Because of their struggles in getting the ball past Ratliff on the inside, they put it up from long range. That didn't work either. Seattle was a miserable 1-of-18 from 3-point range.

    Ronald Murray scored 24 points in his fourth start in place of the injured Ray Allen. It matched his career high, which he's reached three times this season. Rashard Lewis, who entered with a league-leading 32 points per game, was held to 16 for Seattle.

    ``We knew we couldn't go 82-0, but we set the tone as to how this game was going to be played in the first three or four minutes of the ballgame,'' Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. ``We had five turnovers early in the quarter. We wanted to play fast, but we don't want to turn the ball over.''

    Terry was beaming after the game, mentioning that he had about 75 friends and family in attendance.

    ``We never trailed in this one,'' Terry said. ``It felt great. We needed it as a team to build our confidence.''

    The Hawks led by as many as 24 when Jackson's 3-pointer put them ahead 69-45 with 6:25 to play in the third quarter. The Sonics made a 10-2 run over the final 2:41 of the quarter to close Atlanta's lead to 75-61.

    The first half was filled with sloppy play as the teams combined for 22 turnovers. Lewis scored 10 of his points in the quarter, but the Sonics shot only 27.7 percent from the field in the first half.

    The Hawks led by as many as 17 in the first half. With under a minute to the play in the half, Jacque Vaughn drove toward the basket and slipped when he stepped on Brent Barry's foot.

    Barry was called for a foul, and then Lewis received a technical foul for complaining to the officials. Terry made the technical free throw, and Vaughn split his two free-throw attempts and increased Atlanta's lead to 52-35. The Hawks led 52-37 at halftime.

    ``We beat them at their own game tonight,'' Glover said. ``Everyone just played great.''

    Notes: Ratliff, the league leader in blocks in two of the last three seasons, has 33 in just seven games. ... Atlanta G Dan Dickau was activated from the injured list on Saturday and made his first appearance of the season. He played the final 1:04 and missed his only shot. ... Barry's assist on Murray's jumper at 8:55 of the first quarter was the 2,000th of his career. On Friday, Barry came up with his 700th steal.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 81
    FGM-FGA 34-71 (.479) 33-87 (.379)
    3PM-3PA 8-15 (.533) 1-18 (.056)
    FTM-FTA 15-19 (.789) 14-19 (.737)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-41 16-46
    Assists 16 12
    Turnovers 21 16
    Steals 12 14
    Blocks 7 5
    Fast Break Points 3 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 21 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 23
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Ronald Murray Murray
    Points: 24
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1