Originally created 02/10/00

High-scoring Hawks run past Rockets



ATLANTA -- Jim Jackson scored 23 points as the Atlanta Hawks matched their highest point total of the season with a 116-100 victory over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night.

Atlanta, which has won six of its last nine games, led by as many as 31 points on a fourth-quarter jumper by Jason Terry.

After starting out 1-for-7, Atlanta made 11 of its next 13 shots to take a 28-15 lead on Jackson's jump shot with 1:31 reamining in the first quarter.

The Hawks felt comfortable enough that All-Star center Dikembe Mutombo, the NBA's leading rebounder, did not return after picking up his fourth foul with 5:28 remaining in the third quarter.

Mutombo's seven rebounds marked the first time in the last 11 games that he failed to pull down at least 12. But with Bimbo Coles leading the way with eight boards, the Hawks outrebounded Houston 52-32.

With 16 points, Coles was one of seven Hawks to score in double figures. Terry and Isaiah Rider finished with 14 points each.

After a lay-in by Hawks backup center Lorenzen Wright with 52.1 seconds left in the third, Houston remained 20 or more points down until the final minutes. The Rockets, who were led by Cuttino Mobley's 30 points off the bench, lost their third straight after a six-game winning streak.

Steve Francis, still somewhat slowed by a bad knee, scored 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting. Hakeem Olajuwon came off the bench to score 12 points.Notes: Referee Jim Kinsey ejected Kelvin Cato after the Rockets center was whistled for consecutive technical fouls with 5:51 left in the third quarter. ... Henderson was assessed a technical at the end of the third quarter and did not return. ... A third-quarter miss by Mutombo broke a personal 12-for-12 streak on free throws. ... The Hawks' 65-point first half was their second-best output this season, topped only by a 66-point effort in a 108-90 win over Cleveland Dec. 23.

Magic -- 107Wizards -- 96

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Reserve Corey Maggette scored 15 points and Ron Mercer and John Amaechi had 14 each as the Orlando Magic won for the eighth time in their last 10 games, over the Washington Wizards.

Orlando outscored Washington 33-20 in the third quarter to take a 14-point lead and stretched it to 22 in the fourth as the Magic pulled away.

Darrell Armstrong had 13 points for Orlando and his backup, Chucky Atkins, added 11. Ben Wallace had 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

Juwan Howard scored 20 points, Mitch Richmond had 14 and Jahidi White added 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Wizards.

Maggette's jumper gave Orlando a 103-83 lead but Washington's Mitch Richmond scored the next seven points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, to close Orlando's lead to 103-90 with 3:37 remaining.

Washington couldn't get below double digits the remainder of the game and has lost three games in a row.

Pat Garrity hit a jump shot at the buzzer to give Orlando a 53-52 halftime lead. Orlando led 50-41 with 5:26 remaining in the half but Washington finished on an 11-3 run.Heat -- 115Warriors -- 100

MIAMI -- P.J. Brown and Alonzo Mourning sparked a third-quarter rally that lead the Miami Heat over the Golden State Warriors.

Brown scored seven points and Mourning six during a 16-5 run that gave Miami an 87-75 lead with 1:14 left in the third. The Heat maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

Jamal Mashburn scored 26 points for Miami, his fifth straight game with 20 or more. Mourning scored 17, as did rookie Rodney Buford, his season high.

Antawn Jamison and Mookie Blaylock scored 17 points for Golden State, Donyell Marshall 16, Erick Dampier 15, and John Starks 14. Marshall added 12 rebounds.

Mourning left with 1:01 to play after landing on his right wrist while fighting for a rebound.

Brown and Mourning also contributed on the boards, particularly during the pivotal third quarter. Brown finished with 13 rebounds, nine in the third, and Mourning with 12, six in the third. The entire Warriors team had nine third-period boards.

Golden State, just 12-34, had won six of its previous 10. But its last five losses have been by a total of 87 points -- 17.6 per game. The Warriors have lost three straight by 20, 20, and 15 points.

Miami built a 10-point lead late in the second quarter, but Golden State scored the final nine points of the period, four by Dampier, closing to 59-58 at halftime.