All five starters score in double figures led by Wall and Beal with 27 and 25 points respectively as the Wizards beat the Hawks in Atlanta and win their fifth straight game. Otto Porter scored 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds, his first double-double since January 1st.
The Wizards jumped out on the Hawks with a quick 7-0 run going 3-3 from the field to start the game. Even though Otto was missing shots, he was very active on the glass early evidenced by his 10 rebounds tonight.
The Wizards early lead quickly diminished as the Hawks used a 8-2 run to close the quarter and led, 30-27.
John Wall would hit a wide-open three-pointer at the 3:20 mark as the Wizards took a 51-48 lead and never trailed the rest of the game.
The Wizards used another 7-0 run to start the second half stretching the Wizards lead out to nine, 68-59. Bradley Beal went off in the third quarter scoring 12 points on 4-5 shooting. Wall and Beal combined for 22 in the period but the Wizards led by just 3, 89-86 after three.
Garrett Temple started the fourth quarter out with a corner three to stretch the Wizards’ lead to six. Late in the quarter, Wall would fire a cross-court pass to Otto who knocked down a three right in front of the Hawks bench that all but sealed it.
Kelly Oubre Jr. even got a bucket for the cherry on top. Wizards win 117-102.
Otto Porter has a big night: Otto Porter turned in probably his best performance of the season tonight scoring 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds in a pivotal game. Porter was very active on the offensive glass as he snatched four offensive rebounds including this put back dunk.
Playoff Otto was in full effect tonight.
House of Guards came to play: John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 52 points tonight in what seemed like a throwback game for the two. It took Wall some time to get going as he started 4-12 from the field but ended the night 10-21. Bradley Beal was 10-15 from the field including 5-6 from three-point range. If the Wizards can get 50+ points from this duo, good things are going to continue to happen.
Free Throw Shooting: It didn’t hurt the Wizards tonight but the team shot 60 percent (12-20) from the charity stripe tonight. We’ve seen this team get burned in games due to poor free throw shooting (Portland, Indiana) but fortunately it didn’t matter tonight.