Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/3

Game 1: Friday, December 3rd
Game 2: Sunday, January 2nd
Game 3: Wednesday, March 16th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 30th

Hawks 101

(5-24, 2-11 away)

Wizards 104

(16-13, 9-5 home)

    Coverage: WBDC

    12:00 PM ET, January 2, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 26 20 25 30101
    WSH 26 24 22 32104

    Top Performers

    Atl: A. Walker 18 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    WSH: A. Jamison 19 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Hughes led the Wizards with 26

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Juan Dixon finds the hardest part about coming off the bench is never knowing when he'll play.

    It didn't seem to hurt his game Sunday.

    The reserve guard scored all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter, leading the Washington Wizards to a 104-101 victory over Atlanta for the Hawks' fourth straight loss.

    "It's tough sitting there on the bench, but you have to stay prepared and be in the right mind-set," said Dixon, who scored 15 points in 14 minutes after playing only 33 minutes in the previous five games. "You never know when your number is going to be called. I cheered the guys on in the first half, then I had to go out there and be aggressive and make plays."

    Larry Hughes led the Wizards with 26 points while Antawn Jamison added 19 and Gilbert Arenas 17 for Washington, which had lost its previous two games.

    "Juan played great," Hughes said. "He came in aggressive and took good shots. He definitely was the difference."

    Antoine Walker, who finished with 18 points, hit a 3-pointer to pull the Hawks to 102-101 with 3.1 seconds left. Jamison's two free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining sealed the victory.

    Tony Delk led the Hawks with 19 points and Tyronn Lue added a season-high 16 against his former team. Al Harrington finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

    Walker's 3-pointer drew the Hawks to 99-96 with 33.5 seconds to go. After Hughes made the first of two free throws, Lue's reverse layup pulled the Hawks to 100-98 with 22.8 seconds left. Harrington's dunk made it 93-89, but Hughes answered with a 3-pointer for the Wizards.

    "We ran out of time," Harrington said. "We played hard for the most part of the game -- the last minute we really turned it up. If we could have done that with four minutes to go we would have probably came out on top."

    Walker said that's been the story of the Hawks' season.

    "We've played good basketball and put ourselves in position to win but for whatever reason we don't make a shot or we turn it over," he said. "But at 5-24, moral victories don't matter. We're playing well enough to win games but it's unfortunate that we keep coming up on the short end of the stick."

    After Predrag Drobnjak gave Atlanta a 79-78 lead with 9:30 remaining, Dixon scored 10 of Washington's next 12 points to give the Wizards a 90-81 lead with 5:48 left. Dixon made two 3-pointers during the surge.

    "Juan was Superman for us today," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "He really stepped in and laid it out there. He has kept his poise, sees his opportunities and he feels good about himself. We really needed him today."

    Josh Childress and Harrington each scored four points in the Hawks' 12-0 run to a 69-64 lead late in the third quarter.

    "I can't say it got away because we did some nice things," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "I thought when we made the run in the third quarter we were playing pretty well. We let (Juan) Dixon come in and have his way."

    Arenas' follow-shot capped a 7-0 run and gave the Wizards a 62-51 lead midway through the period. Hughes scored six points and Haywood five as the Wizards took an 18-8 lead. The Hawks answered with a 10-0 run, capped by Kevin Willis' tip-in to tie the score.

    "With good basketball comes ugly basketball sometimes," Hughes said. "We definitely weren't in sync and weren't in rhythm, but we got it done in the end."< ^Notes: The Wizards had a winning record in the first two months of the season for the first time since 1984-85 when they opened 9-5. Their 15-13 start is a seven-game improvement over last season. ... Arenas (22.7), Jamison (21.0) and Hughes (20.1) are the only three teammates in the league averaging more than 20 points. No three Wizards have accomplished the feat for an entire season. ... Jamison, who posted his 12th double-double of the season, is the only Wizard to start all 29 games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 104
    FGM-FGA 38-87 (.437) 37-86 (.430)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 6-17 (.353)
    FTM-FTA 21-25 (.840) 24-34 (.706)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-47 11-42
    Assists 20 20
    Turnovers 22 20
    Steals 9 8
    Blocks 6 5
    Fast Break Points 14 24
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 22 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 5 11

    Top Performers

    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 18
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 19
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0