Hawks 97 Grizzlies 87
Nov. 07, 2000
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Othella Harrington each scored 18 points as the Vancouver Grizzlies beat the Atlanta Hawks 97-87 on Monday night.
Vancouver's 3-1 record is the best start in the team's six-year history. The Grizzlies' previous best start was a 2-0 record in their initial season, 1994-95.
The Hawks fell to 0-4, one of two winless teams in the NBA.
Lorenzen Wright and Alan Henderson led a depleted Atlanta lineup with 19 points each.
Atlanta, without center Dikembe Mutombo, who is sidelined with malaria, built an early 18-11 rebounding edge in the first quarter.
Vancouver's bench outscored their Atlanta counterparts 22-8 as the Grizzlies opened a 50-36 lead at the half.
The Hawks got no closer than 15 points in the third quarter, but were within four points with just over one minute remaining in the game.
Wright, playing his first game of the regular season after being out with a knee sprain, added 13 rebounds for the Hawks.
Notes: Grizzlies forward Tony Massenburg Monday confirmed reports that he has asked for a trade. The nine-year veteran signed a three-year free-agent contract with Vancouver in the off-season. Grizzlies general manager Billy Knight said he is not contemplating a deal for Massenburg. ... Vancouver reserve guard Damon Jones left the game with a concussion in the first half. ... Atlanta continues its road trip Tuesday in Portland and plays Thursday in Phoenix. Mutombo is eligible to return off the injured list in Phoenix.