Originally created 11/29/00

Hawks finally win on road



WASHINGTON - Something had to give when a team that can't win on the road played a team that can't win at home.

Behind Lorenzen Wright's season-high 23 points and 12 rebounds, the Atlanta Hawks snapped a 22-game road losing streak with a 102-75 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

The 27-point win was the largest margin of victory for the Hawks since they beat the Clippers 103-74 on Feb. 27, 1999.

"We knew if we came out and played aggressive, we would probably get a win here," Wright said. "We had 22 consecutive road losses, but we had to do something."

Alan Henderson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who had lost eight straight road games this season and hadn't won away from home since Feb. 25 in Seattle. It was the franchise's longest road losing streak since the 1975-76 Hawks lost 29 consecutive away games in a span of two seasons.

"I'm happy for the guys," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "There have been a lot of long rides home. This one will be enjoyable. The long losing streak goes into last season and a lot of these guys have been a part of it. It was nice to get a win on the road."

Rod Strickland scored 17 points for Washington, which missed the opportunity to earn back-to-back wins for the first time this season. The Wizards have won just two of seven home games.