Atlanta (22-46) at Washington (21-46)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Fri Mar 19, 2004
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A recent bright spot in Washington’s dismal season, Kwame Brown hopes to continue his development as the Wizards host the Atlanta Hawks.

Brown, the first overall pick in the 2001 draft, had his best game as a pro Wednesday with career highs of 30 points and 19 rebounds in a 114-108 home win over the Western Conference-leading Sacramento Kings.

The 22-year old forward played all 48 minutes for the first time in his three-year NBA career, hitting 12 of 16 from the field and making all seven of his free-throw attempts.

“I hit the first one, hit the second one, got a good feeling, started playing hard,” said Brown, averaging a career-best 11 points this season. “I just felt confident tonight. I hit a couple of shots, and I felt like I couldn’t miss. I wanted the ball every time down.”

Brown has averaged 21.3 points and 12.0 rebounds while shooting 68 percent (25-for-37) over the last three games after missing two with a sprained ankle.

Gilbert Arenas added 27 points, 10 assists and a career-high eight steals for the Wizards on Wednesday. He’s averaging 30 points over his last 11 games.

The Wizards, who haven’t made the playoffs since the 1996-97 season, snapped a seven-game losing streak with the win, but are 9 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot in the East with 15 to play.

The Hawks also are coming off an impressive victory, snapping the Dallas Mavericks’ nine-game home winning streak with a 111-110 win on Wednesday.

Stephen Jackson scored 36 points for Atlanta. Jason Terry had 25 points and Bob Sura added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who had lost six of seven.

“We were just playing great team ball,” said Jackson, averaging 33.8 points over his last four games. “We had a lot of open shots. We got good looks and I was just able to knock them down.”

STANDINGS (through March 17): Hawks - 7th place, 28 1/2 GB, Central Division. Wizards - 6th place, 20 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Hawks - F Jackson, F Josh Davis, C Jason Collier, G Sura, G Terry. Wizards - F Jared Jeffries, F Brown, C Brendan Haywood, G Mitchell Butler, G Arenas.

TEAM LEADERS: Hawks - Jackson, 16.9 ppg and 4.5 rpg; Terry, 5.3 apg. Wizards - Arenas, 20.8 ppg and 5.4 apg; Brown, 7.4 rpg.

SEASON SERIES: Hawks, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: March 12; Hawks, 138-124. At Atlanta, the Hawks became the first team in 11 years to have five players top 20 points in a game, led by Jackson’s career-high 42. Washington, which led by as many as 18, got a team-high 30 points from Arenas.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Hawks - 8-27 on the road; Wizards - 15-20 at home.

INJURIES: Hawks - C Joel Przybilla (knee); F Alan Henderson (back); F-C Obinna Ekezie (knee); C Zeljko Rebraca (back). Wizards - F Jarvis Hayes (hamstring); G Larry Hughes (wrist); G Chris Whitney (ankle).

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