Originally created 11/30/00

Wright key in Hawks victory

WASHINGTON -- Lorenzen Wright was unstoppable during Atlanta's bid to snap a 22-game road losing streak.

Wright had a season-high 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks won away from home for the first time since Feb. 25 with a 102-75 victory at Washington. The 27-point win was the largest margin of victory for the Hawks since they beat the Los Angeles Clippers 103-74 on Feb. 27, 1999.

"Everything was just coming to me," Wright said. "I was working hard, and every time I would turn around, I'd see an open shot. I was just being aggressive and taking the shots."

Wright didn't miss a shot before halftime, going 8-for-8 from the field.

"Lorenzen sure had a huge first half," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "He was very aggressive. He made jumpers. He took the ball to the goal strong and finished plays."

Alan Henderson added 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 Hawks lost 29 away games in a span of two seasons in 1975-76.

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

"They're kind of like us," Wright said. "They have a squad whose confidence is not that high. But I'm not one, with a 3-12 record, to criticize anybody. It's been a long time since we've run anybody out. They probably looked at us as an easy win."

The game, which featured two of the worst offensive teams in the NBA, was decided by the halftime. Atlanta broke the game open by holding Washington to two baskets the final 8« minutes of the second quarter.

The Hawks closed the quarter with a 20-5 run to build a 50-30 halftime lead, and they weren't threatened in the second half.

Atlanta earned its first road win of the season without its leading scorer, Jim Jackson, who was placed on the injured list Friday with a sprained right knee. The Hawks, who started the season 0-7, have won two of their last four games.

The Wizards shot 33 percent from the field and were outrebounded 50-38.

"We're extremely discouraged by the way we performed," Washington Coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We feel there is no excuse. We have nobody to blame but ourselves."

Notes: Washington traded forwards Cherokee Parks and Obinna Ekezie to the Clippers for forward Tyrone Nesby. ... Atlanta activated guard Dion Glover from the injured list before the game. Glover had been sidelined since Oct. 30 with a stress fracture in his left foot. ... Gar Heard, an assistant coach with the Hawks, returned to the MCI Center for the first time since he was fired as the Wizards' head coach. ... Washington guard Mitch Richmond played for Kruger at Kansas State from 1986-88. This is the first time they faced each other in the NBA.


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