ATLANTA, March 12 (Ticker) --
It appears anyone can get a career high
against the Washington Wizards.
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scored 42 points and journeyman Jason Collier
added 22 -- both career highs -- as the Atlanta Hawks raced to a
138-124 victory over the defenseless Wizards, who have lost five
On Wednesday, the Wizards allowed Orlando's Tracy McGrady
score a staggering 62 points. Their inability to stop opponents
continued against Atlanta, which reached 130 points for the
first time since April 19, 1997 vs. Philadelphia.
"When they're doing anything they want, it's like everybody is
looking at everybody else," Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas
Jackson shattered his previous career high of 30, most recently
set Monday against Cleveland. He made 14-of-24 shots, including
4-of-5 3-pointers, and 10-of-10 free throws.
"If he hit his layups in the first half, he would have had 50,"
Hawks coach Terry Stotts
said. "He did the same thing he did
against Cleveland. He picked everything up."
Collier, a center who was signed to a 10-day contract earlier
this week, came off the bench to make 7-of-8 shots and 8-of-9
free throws to eclipse his previous high of 16, which also came
Monday in his Hawks' debut.
had a season-high 28 points, 10 assists and nine
rebounds for the Hawks, who had five players with at least 20
points for the first time since Nov. 13, 1968. They were
the first NBA team with five 20-plus scorers since Orlando on
Jan. 26, 1993.
"I have to talk to the statistician," Sura said. "I think there
were 10 rebounds in there somewhere."
scored 23 points and Chris Crawford
added 20 as the
Hawks shot 55 percent (46-of-83) and ended a four-game slide.
"That was an old-fashioned shootout," Sura said. "That was a
late 1980s NBA score. It was a lot of fun, though, getting up
and down, scoring points. That's the way the game should be
Arenas had 30 points and 10 assists and Jerry Stackhouse
29 points for the Wizards, who actually led by 18 points midway
through the second quarter before allowing 83 points in the
"In the second quarter, we had some turnovers that were very
careless, and that got them going," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan
said. "That got them on a run and gave them a lot of confidence
going to halftime."
The Hawks trailed 62-55 at halftime but scored 45 points in the
third quarter to open a 100-88 lead. Jackson had 14 points and
Sura 10 in the period.
"We started playing the last five minutes of the first half and
kept going from there," Stotts said.
Stackhouse returned after declaring his season over due to
chronic knee woes two weeks ago. He scored just eight points
"I felt good," he said. "I got tired in the second half."