The Atlanta Hawks didn't need Isaiah Rider on Tuesday night.
"I'm pleased the team gave that kind of effort with all the distractions that went on," said coach Lenny Wilkens, who then sent a not-so-veiled message to Rider. "We are a pretty good team. If you want to be a part of it, great."
"You've got to be professional about it," Jackson said. "A lot of things go on in life that you have to deal with, whether it's on the court or in the office. Nothing goes as smooth as you want it to be. That doesn't mean you can't go out and do your job."
Terry, the Hawks' top draft pick from Arizona, came through with the best game of his young career.
The point guard ignited the Hawks when he came off the bench with 5:12 left in the first quarter, scoring eight points and picking off three steals to help transform a 15-12 deficit into a 32-25 lead at the end of the period.
Then, when the Hornets closed within 96-92 on Derrick Coleman's dunk with 1:43 remaining in the game, Terry took control of the Atlanta offense.
The rookie hit a pull-up jumper in the lane with 1:25 remaining and, countering another basket by Coleman, drove into the lane to draw a foul from David Wesley with 59 seconds to go. Terry hit both free throws to seal the victory.
"This is definitely what we needed coming off the road trip 0-4," said Terry, who also had five assists and four steals. "This is a start."
Mutombo also had 17 rebounds and Alan Henderson pulled down 12, helping the Hawks gain a 49-39 edge on the boards.
The Hornets remained winless on the road, losing their fourth in a row away from the Charlotte Coliseum.
"There's a sense of urgency to really play well on the road," coach Paul Silas said.
"There's not one thing we're not doing," David Wesley said. "We're not shooting the ball well. We're not rebounding. We're not playing defense. We've been giving up a lot of points on the road."
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