Hawks at Wizards final score: Washington loses to Hawks 103-97, adding to the list of embarrassing defeats

Just when you think it can’t get any worse, the Wizards lay another egg, this time to the Atlanta Hawks at home losing 103-97 on Friday night. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 32 points tonight but it didn’t matter on a night when the Wizards no-showed yet again to a sub .500 team.

After trailing for nearly the entire game, Washington was able to regain the lead by six, 93-87 on the heels of a personal 7-0 run from Bradley Beal. However, that quickly evaporated as the Hawks used a 12-0 run late in the fourth quarter to regain the lead and drop Washington to their latest embarrassing loss of the season.

No effort and no energy from the beginning

The Wizards couldn’t have cared less about tonight’s game – and you saw that right from the beginning. Washington played with no energy and even less urgency against a team compiled of rookies, G-League call-ups, and guys who you’ve probably never heard of before.

Washington found themselves down 11, 50-39 in the second quarter and you wondered if the rest of the Wizards team might pack it in for the evening like Markieff Morris did early in the game (he was ejected in the first quarter).

Save for a run where they took the lead midway through the fourth quarter, Washington looked like a team ready for the season to be over so they could hit the beach; not a team looking to hit its stride right before the playoffs.

Just when you think it can’t get any worse, the Wizards find a way to disappoint that much more. We’ve seen this movie before though.

Kelly Oubre finds his shot from three

Kelly Oubre’s struggles from three-point range have been well documented over the past six games. The third-year player connected on just 2-35 attempts from distance coming into tonight’s game.

After missing his first three-pointer of the night, Oubre connected on his next three and ended the night 3-7 from three-point range. It’s not like Oubre was lights out tonight, however, it was very relieving to see him knock down more three-pointers tonight than in the last six games combined.

As mentioned, Oubre isn’t completely out of his funk evidenced as he missed all six two-point attempts.

Next Up: Washington hosts the Boston Celtics in the final home game of the season.

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Wizards at Hawks Final Score: Washington combines for a season-high 40 assists to take down Atlanta, 129-104

Six Wizards players scored in double-figures tonight led by Markieff Morris with 23 as Washington takes down the Atlanta Hawks, 129-104. Mike Scott added 19 points off the bench while Otto Porter and Bradley Beal chipped in with 18 each as the short-handed Wizards take care of business in Atlanta without John Wall.

John Wall missed tonight’s game due to soreness in his knee but his replacements provided more than just a spark. Tomas Satoransky knocked down a three-pointer for the game’s first basket and that would be indicative of the night he’d have. Sato ended the game with 11 points (3-3 from three-point range) to go along with seven assists in his first start of the season.

The Wizards were up by more than 20 in the second half but the Hawks were able to trim the lead to 14 to make Washington sweat a bit. But Bradley Beal killed all of that momentum with a nifty dunk to end the third quarter as time was expiring.

Scott Brooks emptied the bench with just under four minutes to play as Washington breaks a two-game losing streak and is able to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.

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Yes, the Hawks defense is bad, but credit the Wizards offense as the ball rarely got stuck and was zipping around the arc getting Washington open shots all night. With John Wall out, it was that much more important that the Wizards get nice efforts from everyone and no better way to do that than making the extra pass and turning down good shots for wide open shots.

40 of Washington’s 49 made field goals (82 percent) were assisted on led by Tim Frazier who had a team-high 14 assists off the bench. Tomas Satoransky, who started in place of John Wall dished out seven dimes and Bradley Beal added five as the Wizards had a season-high 40 assists this evening.

Washington was very unselfish tonight and as a result, they got the easy W.

Markieff Morris steps up

For as long as John Wall is out, Markieff Morris is the guy who quite possibly needs to step up the most. Morris came out like a man on a mission knocking down his first three three-pointers (4-5 for the night) and scored 15 points to go along with five rebounds prior to halftime.

Morris’ usage wasn’t as high in the second half but was extremely efficient knocking down three of his four field goal attempts. The tenacity wasn’t as prevalent on the defensive end in the second half as he didn’t grab a rebound but regardless, the Wizards need this Markieff Morris to show up on a nightly.

Wiz go hot from three-point range

Not only were the Wizards whizzing the ball around the arc, but they were knocking down their three-point shots when they got those open looks. Washington shot an impressive 18-32 (56 percent) from three-point range that enabled them to get out to an early lead and take control of this game early on.

In addition to Morris’ hot shooting from range, Tomas Satoransky knocked down a career-high three three-pointers (3-3) while Kelly Oubre, Otto Porter, and Bradley Beal added two three-pointers apiece.

Tip Ins

  • The Wizards have struggled from the free-throw line in the past but were 13-14 from the charity stripe tonight.
  • The Wizards improved to 6-6 this season in games where John Wall doesn’t play.
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. threw down this nasty dunk on John Collins’ head

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No time to rest as the Wizards take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night, this time at the Capital One Arena.

Wizards at Hawks Final Score: Washington falls to the NBA worst Atlanta Hawks 113-99

The win over Boston was supposed to be the turning point, right? Tonight’s game just reminded us that we should have known better.

The 8-25, NBA worst, Atlanta Hawks drop the Washington Wizards 113-99 in yet another embarrassing defeat for Washington. Dennis Schroder led the Hawks in scoring with 21 points while Ersan Ilyasova added 20 as the Hawks win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Six Washington players scored in double figures tonight led by Bradley Beal with 20 but that doesn’t matter as the Wizards flunk another test against a sub .500 team.

The Wizards embarrassed themselves tonight

After an impressive win in Boston on Christmas Day, the Wizards had an equally unimpressive loss tonight. Once again they got outhustled, outrebounded, and looked a like a team that hasn’t learned it’s lesson about playing down to the competition of bad teams.

All the excitement from the Boston game, that’s all gone as the Wizards reminded us that they haven’t turned the corner.

The Wizards fall to 9-10 this season against sub .500 teams.

Final Score Hawks at Wizards Game 5: Wizards use strong defensive effort to beat Hawks, 103-99

Bradley Beal leads the way for Washington with 27 points while John Wall’s performance wasn’t too shabby as he added 20 points and 14 assists as the Wizards beat the Hawks 103-99 to take a 3-2 series lead. Otto Porter, who’s been quiet for much of the series scored 17 points and the Wizards got some nice production off the bench from Bojan Bogdanovic who added 14 points.

Bradley Beal was a one man show to start this one as the shooting guard connected on his first four field goals and scored nine of Washington’s first 13 points. However, Dennis Schroder who’s been playing great in this series, also started off hot connecting on his first three three-point attempts in the quarter as the Hawks took an early 21-15 lead. Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris combined for 17 of the Wizards’ 23 first quarter points but they trailed 25-23.

After falling into a bit of a hole, the Wizards got out in transition and used an 11-2 lead behind baskets from Wall and Porter who was able to get to the line during that stretch. The Wizards were able to get Paul Millsap in foul trouble as the big man picked up his third foul at the 1:44 mark but the Wizards couldn’t take advantage as they held a slim, 50-49 lead at halftime.

Otto Porter was shot out of a cannon to start the third quarter as he connected on two three-pointers and his first three field goal attempts in the third quarter. Washington opened the quarter on a 19-9 run to take an 11 point lead but the Hawks countered with an 11-0 run of their own to tie the game. The highlight of the night happened when Wall blew by Bazemore and got some help from Gortat to clear out the lane for the left-hand slam.

Washington led 83-79 entering the fourth quarter.

Jennings had a great stretch in the fourth quarter where he stripped Jose Calderon and finished with a layup on the other end. Jennings then used some nifty And-1 moves to find a cutting Bogdanovic as the Wizards stretched the lead to seven, 90-83 early in the fourth quarter.

However, the Hawks always had an answer. Hot shooting from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dennis Schroder allowed the Hawks to stay within striking distance.

A questionable sequence happened late in the fourth quarter when Markieff Morris dove on the floor for a loose ball and got whistled for his fifth foul. Morris then picked up a technical at the worst time possible with just 3:26 remaining.

Again, the Hawks wouldn’t go away as the Wizards made a few mental mistakes on the defensive end and cut this lead to two, 101-99. John Wall would hit a nice elbow jumper to stretch the lead to four, 103-99 and the Wizards would just need one more stop. The Wizards were able to get the stop and were able to run out the clock when Gortat gathered an offensive rebound but he inexplicably shot the ball and missed it. It didn’t burn the Wizards as the Hawks missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer.

Wizards win 103-99, take a 3-2 series lead.

Wizards at Hawks Game 4: Washington can’t overcome Atlanta’s balanced attack. Lose, 111-101.

Seven Hawks players led by Paul Millsap scored in double figures as Atlanta beats Washington 111-101 to even the series at 2-2. Bradley Beal led the way for Washington with 32 points and John Wall added 22 points and 10 assists but like Game 3, the Wizards didn’t get much help from anyone else.

Unlike Game 3, the Wizards got off to a hot start in the beginning of this one. Beal was knocking down open jumpers and Wall was getting out in transition as the Wizards took an early 25-18 lead. The Wizards shot 58 percent in the period as they led after the first quarter for the first time in the series, 35-28.

But in the second quarter, none of that momentum carried over. The Hawks used a quick 9-0 run to tie the game at 38. Washington, who didn’t commit a turnover in the first quarter, let Atlanta back in this one as they committed eight turnovers in the second period. Washington shot just 25 percent in the period (5-20) and was outscored 31-15 as Atlanta led, 59-50 at halftime.

This time, it was the Hawks turn to go cold. Atlanta scored just two points through the first 4:10 of the third quarter, as the Wizards were able to get back in this one. Washington used an extended run to tie the game at 77 entering the fourth quarter.

Surprisingly, the Wizards looked gassed in the fourth quarter. A quick run by the Hawks had them up 89-81 with Washington playing catch up. Washington answered with a 7-0 run of their own to cut the lead to one but Atlanta had an answer. Two three-pointers down the stretch including one which got a very friendly come court roll put this one out of reach. Washington falls 111-101.

Terrible second quarter dooms Wizards

Washington was terrible in the second quarter as they were outscored 31-15 in the period. It wasn’t just the bench, but the starters too who struggled. Washington had no answer for Dwight Howard who had two alley-oop dunks in the quarter. Washington didn’t take care of the ball as they committed eight turnovers in the period. The Wizards’ lead quickly evaporated as they shot just 25 percent from the field in the period.

Balanced attack crushes Washington

Seven Hawks players scored in double figures tonight led by Millsap with 19. Dwight Howard, who’s been quiet for most of this series came alive with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Howard was able to finish around the rim and gobbled up all of the loose rebounds that came his way. In addition, the Hawks got unexpected contributions from Kent Bazemore and Jose Calderon who combined for 26 points off the bench.

Wall and Beal don’t get a lot of help

Wall and Beal came to play on offense but the same can’t be said for the rest of the guys. Porter and Bogdanovic chipped in with 13 points a piece but didn’t come alive until the second half. Washington isn’t going to win many games if Wall and Beal are the only ones to show up on the offensive end. Additionally, Gortat, who’s been solid for most of this series, was held to just two points tonight.

Wizards at Hawks Game 3 Final: Hawks blow out Wizards 116-98.

Paul Millsap leads the way for the Hawks with 29 points while Dennis Schroer wasn’t far behind with 27 as Atlanta gets a much-needed home win by blowing out the Wizards, 116-98. John Wall scored 29 points to go along with seven assists while no other Wizards player scored in double figures until the game was already out of hand.

The Hawks came out on fire connecting on 8-11 of their field goals to take an early 17-4 lead and never looked back. This one was ugly early as the Hawks shot 65 percent from the field in the first quarter as Atlanta led by as many as 25 in the period. The highlight of the period and probably the game for the Wizards came when Wall took the ball from end to end for this behind the back dunk.

The Wizards lazy and careless play carried over into the second quarter as they committed four turnovers just three minutes into the quarter. The combination of Schroder and Millsap was too much for Washington as the duo combined for 35 points in the half as the Hawks led, 64-46.

Washington was able to get as close as 13 in the third period as Otto Porter connected on a three-pointer to bring Washington within striking distance. But Atlanta answered with a run of their own to stretch the lead to 90-67, entering the fourth quarter.

The reserves played decently in garbage time and cut the lead to 12 at one point, but then Scott Brooks put the starters back in who blew the lead.

Atlanta protects home court and blows out the Wizards, 116-98.

John Wall was the only Wizard to get off the bus

No one on Washington came ready to play tonight besides Wall who scored a game-high 29 points. This game would have been a lot uglier if it weren’t for Wall’s effort. Wall scored 14 of the Wizards’ 20 first quarter points and 21 of the team’s 46 first half points. The rest of the starters combined for just 30 points tonight.

Outside of Jennings, the bench no-shows again

Jennings was the only player on the Wizards bench who played well while the game wasn’t completely out of hand. Jennings looks to have gotten his scoring back as he scored 13 points to go along with four assists. Bogdanovic and Oubre scored 11 and nine points respectively but most of those came in garbage time. The Wizards are going to need much more production from the bench if they are going to win game 4.

No need to panic

It would have been nice if the Wizards showed a bit more effort but there’s no need to overreact here. The Hawks did what they were supposed to do in winning on their home court. The Wizards have a chance to bounce back on Monday night.

Wizards vs. Hawks Game 2 final score: Washington scrapes past Atlanta 109-101, takes 2-0 series lead

John Wall and Bradley Beal took over in the fourth quarter as the Wizards overcame a second half deficit and beat the Hawks, 109-101 to take a 2-0 series lead on Wednesday. The House of Guards combined for 63 points, led by Wall with 32 and Beal with 31. Marcin Gortat also notched another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Wizards protected home court.

Just like in Game 1, Washington was able to get out to an early lead in this one, using a 14-0 run to take a 16-6 lead midway through the first quarter. However, the refs were very loose with the whistle throughout the game and it hurt Washington as Markieff Morris and Otto Porter were sidelined with two early fouls.

The bench had a much better showing in the first half this time as Brandon Jennings hit a layup on a blocked Kelly Oubre dunk while Bogdanovic knocked down his first three of the series on the very next play as the Wizards built a cushion with their bench. But like the first quarter, the refs took over this quarter as they continued to blow the whistles.

Atlanta opted to go small to end the second quarter with Mike Muscala at center and Gortat made them pay. Gortat scored eight points in the period as the Wizards stretched the lead out to eight and led, 51-43 at halftime.

The stop and start play carried over into the second half as the refs continued to enjoy hearing themselves blow the whistle. The Wizards were in the penalty just 3:15 in the third quarter and Morris, Porter, and Oubre all picked up their fourth personal fouls during that time frame. The Hawks adjusted as they kept going with Millsap on the offensive end and the Wizards couldn’t do anything about it defensively fearing they’d get called for a foul. Millsap scored 14 in the period as the Wizards lost their eight-point lead and trailed 78-74 entering the fourth quarter.

Brandon Jennings picked the most opportune time as a Wizard to get hot. With the Wizards trailing by six, Jennings connected on three straight field goals followed by a drive and dish to Smith for the dunk to tie the game at 84.

The lead seesawed back and forth but Bradley Beal rose to the occasion and knocked down some big shots en route to 16 fourth quarter points to help Washington take the lead.

With the Wizards up three, John Wall poked the ball behind from Kent Bazemore and Otto Porter threw him a touchdown pass for a dunk as the Wizards took a 103-98 lead. On the next possession, John Wall found Bradley Beal who curled off a screen for a three-pointer for the dagger.

Wizards come up big when it counts most

For a majority of this one, it looked like the refs were getting in the Wizards’ heads, and you couldn’t blame them. The game had zero flow to it and Washington was looking for calls every time down the court. In the fourth quarter, that all changed as they took matters into their own hands. Bradley Beal came alive with 16 points in the money quarter including a three-pointer with under a minute to play to all but ice the game. John Wall was hitting jump shots, getting to the free-throw line, and came up with big defensive plays down the stretch.

It wasn’t pretty, but it’s very nice to see a game like this where there’s no flow and Washington was out of sync yet still found a way to win the game.

Jennings picks his best time of the year to get hot

With the Wizards down 84-78, Brandon Jennings picked the best time of his short career as a Wizard to get hot. Jennings knocked down three straight jumpers in as many possessions to pull the Wizards within two points. The next time down, Jennings would drive into the lane and find Jason Smith for an easy dunk as Washington tied the game at 84 in the fourth quarter to erase the deficit.

Zero flow to this game

It all started in the first half in what was a borderline unwatchable game at times. The Hawks spoke about the Wizards being physical after game one and that they’d have to match their physicality but it was the refs that took notice. The officials took all of the flow out of the game as 29 fouls were committed in the first half (16 by Washington, 13 by Atlanta). The Wizards wanted to get out in transition but were unable to due to all of the quick whistles.

The teams combined for 55 fouls tonight.