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.

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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.

John Wall scores a playoff-high 32 points as Wizards win game 1, 114-107

All five Wizards starters score in double figures led by John Wall with 32 points and 14 assists as the Wizards take control in the second half and beat the Hawks in game 1, 114-107. Bradley Beal scored 22 points while Markieff Morris made his presence known with 21 points including some monstrous dunks in his playoff debut.

Everything was going well for Washington from the beginning. Shots were falling, they were winning the 50/50 balls, and Wall was finding his teammates in transition as Washington pulled out to an early 20-10 lead. But the reserves came in towards the end of the first quarter and it was a different story. Atlanta used a 17-2 run over the last three minutes of the quarter against mainly Washington’s reserves as Atlanta led, 29-25 after one.

The Wizards scoring drought carried over into the second quarter. But although shots weren’t falling for Washington, they stayed engaged and active on the defensive end. After a late three-pointer from Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris would get fouled on a three-point attempt as time expired. Morris would knock down all three free throws as the Wizards trailed 48-45 at halftime.

But before the teams could enter the tunnel, Morris and Milsap had some choice words for each other and had to be separated.

The scuffle seemed to fire Morris up as he scored a quick seven points (11 in the period) for Washington as the Wizards regained the lead 53-52. The Wizards got back to their bread and butter and pushed the ball in transition leading to layups for Wall or Wall dishing to teammates for open shots. Washington used a 15-3 run to take a 10 point lead which included several Markieff Morris posterizing dunks.

John Wall scored 15 in the period as the Wizards took a 83-76 lead into the fourth quarter.

Washington’s defense picked up where it left off from earlier in the season as two straight deflections led to layups for Bogdanovic on the other end. The Hawks made one last run and were able to cut the lead to five, 108-103 with 2:05 remaining as Taurean Prince hit a corner three for Atlanta. But Washington would hit their free-throws and Morris would find Wall for a touchdown pass and a layup as the Wizards take game 1, 114-107.

John Wall has his best career playoff performance

John Wall notched his first ever 30 point, 10 assist playoff game tonight as he ended the night with 32 points and 14 assists. Wall came out of the gate hot, struggled in the second quarter, but exploded in the third quarter for 15 of his 32 points.

John Wall looked to push the pace and also did a great job of getting Marcin Gortat some easy baskets. Wall was a perfect 6-6 from the line and connected on 2-4 three-point attempts.

Playoff Markieff Morris looks very good

This was Markieff Morris’ first playoff game tonight and he didn’t show any signs of rust or jitters. Morris scored 21 points to go along with four rebounds and four blocks as he won the matchup with Paul Milsap. Morris was very active on defense and took the matchup with Milsap personal as the two were chirping at each other the entire night. If we get this type of effort from Morris, this could be a quick series.

The bench remains a minor concern

The bench looked to get their act together towards the end of the regular season but reverted back to their old ways at times tonight. The reserves blew the lead in the second quarter which forced Brooks to shuffle in starters with the reserves in the second half. Kelly Oubre played very well in his playoff debut with 11 points and three rebounds but was a little overzealous to start. The only other reserve to score was Bogdanovic with four points.

It didn’t matter tonight and may not matter during this series, but the Wizards will need better production from their bench, especially with Mahinmi out.

Hawks at Wizards Final: Wiz use late run to drop Hawks, 104-100

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.