2003-04 Season in Review

It was a season of ups, downs and blockbuster trades for the Hawks. With a total of 27 different players appearing on the roster during the year, Atlanta clearly moved into rebuilding mode as the trade deadline rolled around. Moving forward, new management and salary cap flexibility should certainly give Hawks fans reasons to be excited about the future. But for now, we'll take a look back at the 2003-04 campaign. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the Hawks.com Postseason Awards, your chance to have your say and cast a vote.

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Jason Terry

Record: 6-12
Top Scorer: Abdur-Rahim, 19.5 ppg
Top Rebounder: Abdur-Rahim, 9.8 rpg
Top in Assists: Terry, 5.0 apg
Of Note: After two overtime losses in their first three games (Atlanta would go 0-6 in overtime for the season), the Hawks won their first game of the season, a 90-80 home win over the Hornets ... With some uneven efforts, the Hawks would go on to win just five of the next 14 contests, including several close calls, and a couple of blowouts ... Atlanta did survive its early season West Coast swing, winning two-out-of-five, taking contests in Seattle and Phoenix ... But a couple of nice wins (at Milwaukee for the first time since 1998 and at home over Cleveland in Atlanta's first look at rookie sensation LeBron James) were offset by heartbreaking home losses to Detroit and Toronto (Vince Carter scored 43) as the Hawks move into December.

  • Game of the Month: The Hawks won for the first time ever at America West Arena, and snapped a 12-year losing drought in Phoenix, coming away with a 99-94 win as Dion Glover scored 23 points.
  • October/November results

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    DECEMBER 2003

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim

    Record: 3-12
    Top Scorer: Abdur-Rahim, 20.8 ppg
    Top Rebounder: Abdur-Rahim, 9.5 rpg
    Top in Assists: Terry, 5.4 apg
    Of Note: Three straight losses to start the month, and 10-of-11 defeats overall sent Atlanta to a 7-22 mark by Dec. 20 ... The losses included road games in Toronto, Cleveland, Memphis, Indiana, Miami, New York and New Orleans ... The only win in the bunch was a 112-98 home win over red-hot Denver on Dec. 9, who lost for the 14th consecutive time in Atlanta ... The Hawks closed out the month with two wins in four contests, including an 83-73 win in Washington to close out the calendar year 2003 ... After starting all 18 games in October and November, Dion Glover started in seven out of 14, but continued to contribute.

  • Game of the Month: Jacque Vaughn came up with a career effort of 23 points on 9-13 FGs in the 112-98 win over the Nuggets, as the Hawks extended Denver's futility streak in Atlanta to 15 years.
  • December results

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    JANUARY 2004

    Theo Ratliff

    Record: 6-9
    Top Scorer: Abdur-Rahim, 18.7 ppg
    Top Rebounder: Abdur-Rahim, 8.3 rpg
    Top in Assists: Terry, 4.8 apg
    Of Note: Perhaps the low point of the season, Atlanta saw the end of a difficult West Coast trip end in embarrasing fashion with three consecutive blowout losses (105-89 at Sacramento, 113-67 at the Lakers, 92-71 at Utah) before coming home to turn the tables with an 86-77 home win over defending NBA champion San Antonio, who had beaten Atlanta by 39 points back in November ... That win helped spur the Hawks to finish the month 5-5 after the difficult start ... Even the losses in that particular stretch were tough ones, including a three-point loss to Indiana, and a two-point heartbreaker to New York ... While Theo Ratliff had his best month of the season, it wasn't enough to keep the Hawks in the playoff picture.

  • Game of the Month: An unexpected 91-82 road win in Detroit on Jan. 25, a place Atlanta hadn't won since 1999. The Hawks shot 46.7 percent against the league's best defensive team, and led virtually the entire way.
  • January results

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    FEBRUARY 2004

    Rasheed Wallace

    Record: 4-7
    Top Scorer: Abdur-Rahim, 24.2 ppg
    Top Rebounder: Abdur-Rahim, 10.2 rpg
    Top in Assists: Terry, 5.7 apg
    Of Note: Change is the best word to describe February for the Hawks ... Despite it being the lightest schedule of the season (11 games) due to the NBA All-Star break, Atlanta stayed in the headlines with multiple trades, signings and releases ... Among the comings and goings - acquiring Rasheed Wallace and Wesley Person from Portland for Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Theo Ratliff and Dan Dickau on Feb. 9; aquiring Michael Doleac (from New York) and Joel Przybilla (from Milwaukee), along with a 2005 second-round pick, sending Nazr Mohammed to the Knicks; acquiring Bob Sura, Zeljko Rebraca and a first-round pick from Detroit in exchange for Rasheed Wallace ... Lost in the shuffle were nice home wins over Minnesota and Dallas prior to the trades.

  • Game of the Month: On the night (Feb. 9) of the first blockbuster trade (before the deal was finalized), Stephen Jackson scored a then-career high 30 points to lead Atlanta to a thrilling 102-96 win over Dallas, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Mavs ... A very close second - Atlanta's unbelievable 123-121 triple overtime loss in Houston on Feb. 22 in Bob Sura and Zeljko Rebraca's debut as Hawks.
  • February results

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    MARCH 2004

    Stephen Jackson

    Record: 5-11
    Top Scorer: Jackson, 23.6 ppg
    Top Rebounder: Przybilla, 7.5 rpg
    Top in Assists: Terry, 5.7 apg
    Of Note: As the Hawks changed their entire style of play, Stephen Jackson took over as the club's scoring leader, and elevated his play to help lead the underhanded Hawks to some surprising wins ... Despite a four-game losing streak towards the start of the month, Atlanta remained competitive almost every night, and Jackson, Jason Terry and Bob Sura made themselves an entertaining combination to watch when on the court together ... Unfortunately, Joel Przybilla saw his season end due to tendinitis, but prior to that point was able to display some of the rebounding and shot blocking skills he hadn't been able to since his rookie year in Milwaukee ... Two late month heartbreaking losses to Memphis (double OT) and Miami cost Atlanta a chance at putting together a nice winning streak.

  • Game of the Month: Without a doubt, the Hawks' first road win in Dallas in more than six years, a thrilling 111-110 win in which the Hawks ran out to a humongous 26-point lead, then hung on for dear life. Stephen Jackson scored 31 of his 36 points in the first half.
  • March results

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    APRIL 2004

    Bob Sura

    Record: 4-3
    Top Scorer: Jackson, 27.0 ppg
    Top Rebounder: Sura, 8.0 rpg
    Top in Assists: Sura, 7.4 apg
    Of Note: In Atlanta's only winning month of the season, Bob Sura came up big, time and again for the Hawks ... After gaining national attention for becoming the first NBA player in seven years to gather three consecutive triple doubles, the NBA disallowed Sura's final rebound from Apr. 12, leaving him with simply another outstanding effort ... Two road wins and two home wins (including a season-long three-game win streak) highlighed the month ... Stephen Jackson continued to score at a torrid pace, while he, Terry and Sura kept entertaining the fans with their wide-open style of play ... Boris Diaw and Travis Hansen crashed through their rookie walls, each playing some of their best ball of the year late.

  • Game of the Month: The Hawks put 129 points on the board against the two-time defending Eastern Conference champ Nets, cruising to the huge win in Atlanta's home finale. Jason Terry quietly put up a season-high 30, while three other Hawks put up 20 or more.
  • April results

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