Originally created 11/06/02

Hawks top Nuggets



DENVER -- Glenn Robinson was held below 30 points for the first time this season, but the Atlanta Hawks still gained their third straight victory by defeating the Denver Nuggets 103-87 Tuesday night.

Robinson, who scored 34, 30 and 30 in Atlanta's first three games, had 23 points on 9-for-18 shooting. Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Alan Henderson scored seven of his 17 points and Dion Glover had 10 of his 14 in the fourth quarter when the Hawks pulled away.

Juwan Howard led Denver with 25 points and 15 rebounds. James Posey had 21. The Nuggets were 23-of-28 from the line after making their first 10 free throws.

Robinson put the Hawks ahead by three with the first points of the final period. Ryan Bowen's free throw made it 80-78, but Henderson began a 10-1 run with a layup and Jason Terry finished it with a 3-pointer with 6:15 left to put Atlanta ahead 90-79.

Chris Anderson got Denver as close as 90-81 with a rebound basket, but Glover sealed the win five straight points.

After trailing by 15 at the break and 20 prior to that, a 19-2 run keyed by six of Posey's 10 points in the quarter brought Denver back. Howard's tip with 2:01 tied the game at 70.

Atlanta took advantage of Denver's 1-for-10 start to a 13-2 lead after a dunk and a 3 by Abdur-Rahim. Howard matched Abdur-Rahim with eight points in the period and helped close the gap to 25-18 by the end of the first quarter.

Notes: Atlanta is 9-20 in Denver. The Hawks have won the last four meetings and were the first team to score 90 points against the Nuggets. ... Howard played his first game of the year after serving a two-game suspension then missing Saturday game at Portland with a stomach virus. ... The Nuggets began their first of two four-game homestands. ... The Nuggets have held opponents below 20 points in seven of 16 quarters.