John Wall scores 22 points (all in the second half) to go along with 10 assists as the Wizards use a strong fourth quarter effort to beat the Hawks, 104-100. Bradley Beal led the team in scoring with 28 points as the Wizards win the season series against the Hawks 3-1 for the first time since 2007.
This one was ugly early as the Wizards couldn’t buy a bucket in the first quarter. Washington started the game 4-11 from the field and endured a stretch where they missed 10-straight field goals in the first period. Even with the slow start, the Wizards trailed by just four, 20-16 after the first quarter.
Washington’s bench kept them alive in this one sparked by a 15-3 run. The bench combined for 27 points tonight, many coming in the beginning of the second quarter to keep the Wizards afloat. But the starters were the problem in the first half. Tim Hardaway Jr. went on a personal 7-0 run for the Hawks as they raced out to a 39-30 lead in front of a restless Verizon Center.
The Wizards shot just 34 percent in the first half and John Wall was held scoreless for a first half for just the sixth time in his career as the Wizards trailed, 46-40.
John Wall flipped the switch in the third quarter as he knocked down a three-pointer at the 10:57 mark for his first bucket of the game. Wall found Otto for three the next time down the floor and the Wizards were quickly back in this one. The lead seesawed back and forth between the teams for the duration of the third period as we’d be tied up at 67 entering the fourth quarter.
Once again, the bench got things going to start the fourth quarter as Jennings found Oubre in the corner for three as the Wizards regained the lead. Jennings, who’s struggled with his shot since arriving in Washington, stopped and popped in transition for three as the Wizards regained the lead, 77-76.
The lead seesawed back and forth but the Wizards pulled away with a 9-1 run highlighted by this alley-oop from Wall to Beal as the Wizards took control of the game.
Atlanta had one last-ditch effort but Washington hangs on, 104-100.
John Wall comes alive in the second half
After starting the game 0-8, John Wall was 6-13 from the field the rest of the way to go along with 10 assists. But more importantly and for the first time in a long time, Wall really dug in on the defensive end. Wall was diving on the floor for loose balls, fighting over screens and it showed in the box score has he had four steals tonight. Wall’s defense sparked the fourth quarter run that gave the Wizards a 12 point cushion and ultimately, the win.
Horrible first quarter
Not a whole lot went well for the Wizards in the first quarter. Wall missed all of his shots, the team committed six turnovers, and endured a stretch where they missed 10 straight field goal attempts. Fortunately for the Wizards, the short-handed Hawks couldn’t pull away as they just led by four after the first quarter. Coming out with little to no energy worked tonight, however against a better team, the Wizards would have probably found themselves in a much bigger hole.
Too many turnovers
The Wizards committed an inexplicable 19 turnovers tonight with 13 coming in the first half. They cleaned things up in the second half but once again, it’s going to be very hard to win games when you commit 19 turnovers. The Hawks took advantage turning those 19 turnovers into 23 points.