The Wizards beat the shorthanded Hawks 108-99 finishing with a record of 29-12 at the Verizon Center. All five Wizards starters scored in double figures but it was John Wall who led the way with 24 points and nine assists. Bradley Beal had 17, Gortat 15, and both Nene and Pierce scored 14.
The Hawks rested their starting five in preparation for the playoffs and the Wizards jumped on them early. After going 3-12 from the field to start the game, the Wizards started launching up threes and connecting. The Wizards went 7-11 from three point range in the first quarter. Seven threes ties the team high for threes in a quarter this season as the Wizards opened up a 38-22 lead.
Ramon Sessions came in and provided some nice minutes off the bench. Even though he’s small, Sessions repeatedly attacked the rim in transition. He’s been looking a lot more comfortable in his role as of late and that’s a good thing heading into the playoffs.
The Wizards led 66-45 at halftime and it looked like it would be clear sailing from here on out. Not so fast.
Turnovers, turnovers, and more turnovers haunted the Wizards in the third quarter. It was predetermined passes and a lack of focus causing the errors. It’s not hard to blame them, a team locked into the playoff position playing against reserves; but on the other hand, slinging the ball cross court, trying to pull of And-1 mixtape sh*t, it’s got to stop. As a result, the Hawks used a 10-2 to end the quarter and cut the Wizards 25 point lead to 15 entering the fourth quarter.
Dennis Schroder was an issue for the Wizards in the fourth. He was able to get into the lane for some nifty lay ins.
More turnovers plagued the Wizards and they also began committing too many fouls in the fourth quarter too. Mike Scott hit a three from the corner with 5:10 remaining to cut the Wizards lead to nine as the game started getting a little too close for comfort for the hometown fans.
The Wizards were able to knock down some key shots and the lead never got below nine as the Wizards would end up winning 108-99 for their first win over the Hawks this season.