"When I'm in the game an doing my thing, everything is under control," said Atlanta Hawk forward John Drew after he came off the bench to score 10 fourth-quarter points and lead the Hawks to a 107-99 victory over the Bullets last night.
Drew, the Hawks' leading scorer this season, scored only eight points in Sunday's first game of the series. He had only four in the first three quarters last night.
He also was being beaten at the defensive end of the floor by the Bullets' Bobby Dandridge and was in foul trouble most of the game.
But when the Hawks needed that offensive push, Drew was there to provide it.
He put in an offensive rebound to tie the score at 81, then scored on an 18-footer to give his team a lead it never relinquished.
"I came in with the attitude that I had to do it," Drew said. "I may have been selfish, but I had to do something."
Another Hawk who decided to do something was 7-foot center Three Rollins. After going scoreless and getting only one rebound in the first game of the series, he scored 13 points last night, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots.
"When Rollins is doing his thing, we are very tough," said Atlanta coach Hubie Brown, "because we have two shot-blockers in the game with him and Dan Boundfield. We realize we wouldn't have won this game without him."
Brown said the critical point in the game was when Elvin Hayes fouled out with 6:39 to play and the Bullets down, 86-83.
"They just aren't the same without him," Brown said.
Brown added that he made one defensive move "to neutralize the Bullets' strength. That was going with Tom McMillen on Hayes, and Roundfield on Dandridge when Drew got into foul trouble."
With the bigger Roundfield on Dandridge, the Hawks didn't have to double-team him as much as they did when Drew or Jack Givens was guarding him, so they could concentrate more on stopping the other Bullers.
"Dandridge was once again playing 'Horse' by himself," Brown said, "but we seemed to control things in the fourth period when we needed to.
"They (the Bullets) hurt us in the transition garbage game and they had six long passes for layups after we screwed up at our end. But in the last quarter and a half, they got no second shots and no long passes. Tonight, we were the ones who made the quick spurt in the fourth period and it was us who made the shots and they didn't
The Hawks now return to Atlanta for games three and four of the best-of -seven series tied at one game apiece.
"When you're playing the world champs on their floor, all you can hope for is a split," Drew said. "We're satisfied with what went on here. We've won 17 in a row at home, you know. We haven't played 18 yet, but we'll be ready."
Guard Terry Furlow, another of Atlanta's endless parade of capable reserves, scored 14 points had four rebounds and four assists and kept the Hawks fired up in the final quarter with his agressive play.
"The fourth quarter tonight was indicative of the Atlanta Hawks," Furlow said. "That's our style, an all-around team game."
The Hawks played five reserves and they scored 45 points.
"We know that the only way we can win is if we play together, play everybody and pull for each other," said guard Armond Hill. "We knew we kind of died in the fourth quarter in the first game. This time we just concentrated on executing better and Hubie led us through."
The officiating was subject to question at time, but Furlow said, "all of their calls were fair calls. If they call all of their games this well, the Hawks will do fine. The Bullets pride themselves on what they can get away with. They use that and sound, fundamental basketball."