Originally created 01/05/02

Hawks top Grizzlies



MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim, facing his former team for the first time, had 22 points and 13 rebounds in the Atlanta Hawks' 113-109 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

Atlanta acquired Abdur-Rahim in an offseason trade for Lorenzen Wright, Brevin Knight and the rights to first-round pick Pau Gasol. Abdur-Rahim spent five seasons with the Grizzlies in Vancouver.

Jason Terry added 20 points and 11 assists for the Hawks.

Shane Battier led five Grizzlies in double figures with 22 points. Stromile Swift had 19 points, including seven straight to keep Memphis in the game late. Jason Williams and Grant Long had 17 each for Memphis, which lost its third straight.

The Hawks took an 85-84 lead into the fourth after Toni Kukoc scored on a layup late in the third period.

The two teams were tied three times midway through the period before the Hawks opened a five-point advantage behind Terry and Emanual Davis, who finished with 10 points.

But Swift scored seven straight points for the Grizzlies in just over 2 minutes to tie it at 104 with 1:13 to play.

Turnovers and missed shots hindered Memphis down the stretch, and the Hawks hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute.

The Grizzlies led 61-57 at halftime behind Battier's 15 points. Williams had 13 points and six assists in the half.

Kukoc scored 12 points to lead the Hawks' first-half attack, hitting 5-of-7 from the field. He finished with 17 points.

Notes: Gasol, the Grizzlies' leading scorer got off only one shot in 18 minutes of play in the first half, but had nine rebounds in the half. ... Memphis' Grant Long missed a free throw in the third quarter after hitting 18 straight. ... The Hawks are 8-3 when leading or tied after three quarters. ... Memphis blocked eight shots in the first half and a season-high 11 for the game.