Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/9

Game 1: Tuesday, December 9th
Game 2: Saturday, January 3rd

Hawks 84

(10-25, 5-15 away)

Nuggets 76


    Coverage: FSS

    8:00 PM ET, January 3, 2004

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 20 25 24 1584
    DEN 16 26 26 876

    Top Performers

    Atl: S. Jackson 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Den: C. Anthony 26 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Stl

    13-2 fourth-quarter run propels Atlanta

    DENVER (AP) -- Stephen Jackson keyed a fourth-quarter run and scored a season-high 25 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to their seventh straight victory over the Denver Nuggets, 84-76 Saturday night.

    Jackson scored seven points in a 13-2 run that gave Atlanta an 84-76 lead.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 17 points for Atlanta, which hasn't lost to the Nuggets since Feb. 24, 2001. The win was only the third for the Hawks in their last 13 games.

    Carmelo Anthony led Denver with 26 points. The Nuggets managed only eight points in the fourth quarter and lost for just the fifth time at home.

    Earl Boykins hit two jumpers to put the Nuggets ahead 72-71 early in the fourth quarter, but Glover's two baskets and a jump shot by Jackson the Hawks a 79-72 lead.

    Marcus Camby ended the run with dunk with 5:16 remaining, but Denver went scoreless on its next seven possessions and Atlanta pulled away as Jackson tipped in a miss by Abdur-Rahim and then buried a 3-pointer with 3:03 left to make it 84-74.

    Anthony had four points as Denver opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run to move ahead 48-45, but Abdur-Rahim scored six points in an 8-0 run as the Hawks regained the lead, 53-48. Glover's free throw enabled Atlanta to take a 69-68 lead into the fourth quarter.

    The Hawks were up 20-16 after one quarter as Jackson had six points and Theo Ratliff blocked two shots.

    Anthony closed Denver to 34-32 with a pair of free throws and a short jumper and Andre Miller tied it at 36 with a baseline jumper. The game was tied two more times before Jackson's 3-pointer put Atlanta ahead 45-42 at halftime.

    Game notes

    Atlanta played its third game in a six-game road trip. ... Ratliff has blocked a shot in 26 consecutive games. ... The Hawks are 5-15 on the road and have been outscored in the second quarter of six straight games. ... Anthony has reached double figures in all but two games for the Nuggets. ... The Nuggets lost to Atlanta 112-98 on Dec. 9 in Atlanta. ... Denver is 6-6 on the second night of back-back games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 84 76
    FGM-FGA 34-81 (.420) 30-78 (.385)
    3PM-3PA 2-7 (.286) 1-12 (.083)
    FTM-FTA 14-19 (.737) 15-17 (.882)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-47 11-37
    Assists 20 19
    Turnovers 18 12
    Steals 6 8
    Blocks 4 9
    Fast Break Points 4 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 15 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Stephen Jackson Jackson
    Points: 25
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 26
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0