Kent Bazemore scored a career high 25 points and Paul Millsap chipped in with 21 as the Hawks outscore the Wizards 39-21 in the fourth quarter and win 114-99.
The Wizards lacked focus tonight and turned in their most embarrassing performance of the season turning the ball over an unheard of 26 times leading to 33 points. The Wizards have 50 turnovers in their last two games combined and have given up 114+ points in both games.
This game started out ugly for both squads as the Hawks were 0-8 from the field and the Wizards shot 1-4 but turned it over three times early. After the Hawks’ dreadful start, they went 6-8 from the field and took and early 17-15 lead on a Thabo Sefalosha jumper.
Even though the Wizards shot 47% for the quarter, they turned it over seven times and found themselves tied with the Hawks at 19 after one.
The Hawks opened up the second quarter on a 5-0 run but John Wall found a streaking Otto Porter for a transition dunk for two of his career high 23 points.
The Wizards were completely uninterested on defense, committed lazy turnovers, and were getting out-hustled; but they somehow held the lead, 45-41 at halftime.
The Wizards came out of halftime and ran a beautiful pick-and-roll for Gortat who finished with an easy slam. Maybe the Wizards gathered themselves at halftime? The Hawks countered with a 10-0 run including back-to-back three pointers from Kent Bazemore in as many possessions.
Otto Porter kept the Wizards in this game and provided timely buckets when the Wizards needed one. Porter scored his career high 22nd and 23rd points on free throws with just seconds left in the third quarter as the Wizards held the lead 78-75.
The first Hawks possession of the fourth quarter epitomized the story of the game as they gathered four offensive rebounds leading to an easy basket around the rim. Kyle Korver curled off of a screen to knock down a straight on three pointer to give the Hawks a 82-80 lead that they would not squander.
Bradley Beal who was ice cold for the first three quarters showed some life scoring seven points in the quarter but left with an apparent shoulder injury. It wouldn’t be enough as the Hawks use one last 8-0 run and close this game out 114-99.
In back-to-back nights, the Wizards gave up 114+ points and turned the ball over 24+ times. This team is lazy, lacks discipline, and doesn’t seem too concerned with playing defense. The Wizards must turn things around and do so quickly as Kevin Durant and the Thunder come to town on Tuesday night. At this rate, it wouldn’t be surprising if he and Russell Westbrook combined for 80.