Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/11

Game 1: Wednesday, January 11th
Game 2: Saturday, January 14th
Game 3: Saturday, February 4th
Game 4: Friday, April 7th

Hawks 72

(9-24, 3-15 away)

Wizards 103

(14-19, 9-8 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 11, 2006

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 15 21 17 1972
    WSH 26 25 21 31103

    Top Performers

    Atlanta: Z. Pachulia 9 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Stl

    Washington: J. Jeffries 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Wizards pound Hawks on boards, get win

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington coach Eddie Jordan tinkered with the starting lineup and the Wizards played one of their best games of the season, but not everyone was happy.

    While regular starters Brendan Haywood and Antawn Jamison started the game on the bench, rookie Donell Taylor scored a career-high 15 points and Jared Jeffries tied his career best with 15 points as the slumping Wizards cruised to a 103-72 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

    Haywood and Antawn Jamison, the only two Wizards to start every game this year, were scratched from the starting lineup before the game. Wizards coach Eddie Jordan called Jamison on Tuesday to inform him of the change, but Haywood said he did not find out until the lineups were posted 20 minutes before the game.

    Haywood did not enter the game until more than six minutes had elapsed in the third quarter and finished with 10 points.

    "Eddie didn't say anything to me about it," Haywood said. "I probably would have liked to have it done a different way, you know what I'm saying, come talk to me, sit down and tell me why that's happening. But he still hasn't said anything to me about it. Probably won't. I guess that's his M.O."

    Jamison entered the game six minutes into the game and finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.

    The more defensive-minded lineup seemed to have an impact on the Wizards, who had lost five of their previous six games. The Wizards (14-19) finished with a 52-31 rebounding margin, and held the Hawks to a season-low point total for a Washington opponent. The Wizards also had 27 second-chance points, 23 steals and seven blocked shots.

    Jordan said he got the idea for the lineup during practice on Tuesday, when Jamison went down briefly with a knee injury and Michael Ruffin replaced him and joined reserve forward Calvin Booth and starters Jeffries, Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler.

    "They went up and down a few times, and I really, really liked it -- it really got me going" Jordan said. "I talked to Antawn... at length about it. He was a true professional about it. He said, 'Coach, if you want to try it, I want to do anything to get us going."

    Jamison, who won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award for the Dallas Mavericks in 2003-04, said he was happy to oblige, but has no intention of winning that honor again.

    "I don't see myself as a guy coming off the bench," Jamison said. "But we won tonight, so even though I was coming off the bench, I'm happy."

    But Haywood said he could not hide his displeasure with the benching.

    "I'm not going to sit here and lie to you, I'm not really happy about it," Haywood said. "I guess I wasn't important enough on this team to have him call me and let me know that after starting for the last couple years for him, I wasn't going to be starting tonight."

    The postgame drama overshadowed career efforts by rookies Taylor and 19-year-old forward Andray Blatche, who both set career marks for minutes played. Blatche set new personal bests with nine points and seven rebounds.

    Taylor's effort started on the defensive end and carried over to offense, where he finished 6 for 8 shooting.

    "It means a lot to me that my coaches and teammates have a lot of faith in me," Taylor said. "I just want to go out there and play as well as I can on the defensive end, and anything I do on the offensive end is a plus."

    Atlanta (9-24), playing for the second straight night, scored on the game's first possession and then never led again as it lost to Washington for the sixth straight time.

    Royal Ivey had 11 points and Al Harrington added 10. After the first quarter, Atlanta never got closer than 11 points.

    "They beat us every way you can beat a team," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "I don't know if that was because of the back to back, but we haven't had a game like this in a long time."

    Gilbert Arenas, the Wizards leading scorer, finished with only nine points, but he played a key role in a 7-0 run that gave the Wizards a 10-point lead late in the first quarter. Arenas had a layup, a free throw and an assist as the Wizards took a 21-11 lead with two minutes left in the first period.

    Game notes

    Wizards G Chucky Atkins missed his second straight game due to the birth of his third child. He is in Orlando with his family, and Jordan said he did not know when Atkins would return.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 72 103
    FGM-FGA 26-66 (.394) 41-81 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 2-12 (.167) 6-12 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 18-26 (.692) 15-31 (.484)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-31 22-52
    Assists 15 21
    Turnovers 24 19
    Steals 8 15
    Blocks 3 7
    Fast Break Points 8 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 22 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 2 35

    Top Performers

    Zaza Pachulia Pachulia
    Points: 9
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jared Jeffries Jeffries
    Points: 15
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2