Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/3

Game 1: Friday, December 3rd
Wizards114Final
Hawks90
Game 2: Sunday, January 2nd
Hawks101Final
Wizards104
Game 3: Wednesday, March 16th
Wizards122Final
Hawks93
Game 4: Wednesday, March 30th
Hawks99Final
Wizards102

Hawks 99

(11-60, 3-34 away)

Wizards 102

(40-30, 25-9 home)

    7:00 PM ET, March 30, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 19 27 25 2899
    WSH 26 25 26 25102

    Top Performers

    Atl: A. Harrington 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    WSH: G. Arenas 36 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Atlanta has lost 10 straight

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Having shown they can win without several of their key players, the Washington Wizards proved again they can also do it without their coach.

    Eddie Jordan left the game in the first quarter with a virus, returned, then left for good in the second quarter to be treated for dehydration. That's no big deal to a team that has lost 271 man-games due to players' injuries and illnesses, so the Wizards made do once again with what they had in Wednesday night's 102-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

    "Everybody has to take their turn," said guard Larry Hughes, whose turn consisted of 20 games on the sidelines with a broken thumb earlier this season. "It's something we have to deal with. We have to go out and win without Coach."

    The Hawks made it interesting before losing their 10th straight and 23rd in 24 games. The game was tied five times in the fourth quarter, but Gilbert Arenas scored nine of his 36 points in the final 3½ minutes, including the go-ahead basket on a driving layup in traffic with 34 seconds to play.

    Arenas then drew a charge on Al Harrington with 20 seconds left, denying the Hawks their best chance to send the game to overtime. Tyronn Lue also missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    "Everybody wants to play free," said Arenas, explaining the Wizards' inability to put the Hawks away. "It's not the same kind of basketball as when Coach is in. When you're head coach goes out, you just want to go play. But we found a way at the end to get something going that was working for us."

    Assistant coach Mike O'Koren coached the Wizards in Jordan's absence. The Wizards went 1-1 in November with O'Koren in charge when Jordan was hospitalized with a blood clot.

    Jordan is expected to return for Friday's game at Orlando.

    Hughes scored 26 points, Etan Thomas had 16 and Jared Jeffries had a career-high 10 assists as the Wizards won their third straight and improved to 25-9 at the MCI Center, the most since the arena opened during the 1997-98 season.

    The Wizards have been playing without Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood and Jarvis Hayes, but they just completed their best West Coast road trip in five years and are jockeying for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They haven't made the postseason since 1997.

    Harrington, returning after missing one game with a knee injury, led the Hawks with 20 points. Josh Smith scored 17 as Atlanta fell to 3-34 on the road.

    "It gets frustrating, but you've got to go through it," rookie forward Josh Childress said. "You've got to learn. We've got to learn how to finish games."

    The Wizards didn't trail through the first three quarters, but they never had a comfortable lead. Early in the fourth, Tony Delk sank a 3-pointer that put the Hawks ahead for the first time.

    But Arenas took command down the stretch. He tied the game at 93 with a pair of free throws with 1:55 remaining, then hit a 20-foot baseline jumper off an inbounds pass to give the Wizards the lead with 1:18 to play. Harrington tied the game again with a 10-foot fadeaway over Kwame Brown with 50 seconds left, but Arenas responded with the layup that put Washington ahead to stay.

    Game notes


    Before succumbing to the virus, Jordan made a starting lineup change, inserting Laron Profit in place of Brown against the smaller Hawks frontcourt. It was Profit's fourth start of the season. ... The Wizards swept the season series 4-0 and have won five straight overall against the Hawks. ... Washington signed forward Damone Brown to a second 10-day contract.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ATL
    WSH
    Points 99 102
    FGM-FGA 40-79 (.506) 34-69 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 3-13 (.231) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 16-18 (.889) 29-36 (.806)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-37 6-30
    Assists 23 17
    Turnovers 23 18
    Steals 5 12
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 6 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 35 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 11

    Top Performers

    Atlanta
    Washington
    Al Harrington Harrington
    Points: 20
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 36
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0