The skid continues as the Wizards lose to Atlanta 105-96. The Wizards have now lost four straight games and three straight to Atlanta overall. The Wizards had no answer for Jeff Teague who led the way for the Hawks with 26 points and eight assists. He did this on an insanely efficient 9-13 shooting.
The Hawks were smoking hot from three point land right from the get go and there was nothing the Wizards could do about it. The Hawks went 6-9 from three point land in the first quarter. This overshadowed a better start to the game for the Wizards than in games past. Regardless, the Hawks went on a 20-7 run to end the quarter and the Wizards found themselves down 29-18 after one. Feels really old writing that…
Bradley Beal continued his aggressive ways as of late and not settling for jump shots. This was on full display throughout the game, especially in the second quarter. He attacked the rim relentlessly and got to the line 10 times as a result. His backcourt mate John Wall had a hot shooting quarter as well. John hit three three pointers in the period.
During this slump, its become clear that Rasual Butler and Andre Miller are getting short changed as neither player started the second quarter as they usually do nor did they enter the game at all.
The Wizards were able to get out in transition but the Hawks three point shooting gave them the advantage as they led by 13 at half.
Marcin Gortat may have broken out of her personal slump as this was on display in the third. Gortat had 14 points and nine rebounds on 4-5 shooting from the field. This includes eight points in the third quarter. He was hitting jump shots and getting to the hole. It looked like Gortat from the first half of the season.
The Wiz were able to climb back in this one and took the lead late in the third quarter on two free throws from John Wall to put the team up one. The Hawks answered right away with a bucket in the paint from Pero Antic.
The Wizards were in this one and looked a lot more engaged than in games past. Down only three entering the fourth, they gave themselves a fighting chance. Once again, the Wizards were able to narrow the lead down to three but then this happened:
The Hawks would stretch this lead into double figures and would win 105-96.
The Wizards won the battle of points in the paint, fast break points, and free throws made. But they were unable to win the 3 point battle as the Hawks hit 11 and the Wizards hit just four. That would be the difference in this one.