Wizards pull away late to beat Hawks 114-98

The Wizards started 2019 off on the right foot with a 114-98 win over a frisky Atlanta Hawks squad on Wednesday night.

Five Wizards players scored in double-figures led by Bradley Beal with 24 points and Jeff Green with 22. Thomas Bryant continued his outstanding play with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds and Tomas Satoransky was also terrific posting a near triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.

Washington controlled the first-half but the scoreboard showed otherwise. The Wizards opened the game shooting 57 percent in the first quarter but had trouble slowing down Atlanta as they only led by six, 35-29 after one quarter.

Alex Len, the University of Maryland product, had an out of body performance this evening (24 points) playing just a few miles away from his alma mater. He came off the bench and had his way against the Wizards’ undersized bench and even hit a three to give Atlanta a spark.

Len and John Collins combined for 28 first-half points to keep it from being an early rout. Washington took a comfortable but not too cozy, 11 point lead into halftime.

Like we’ve seen in too many games this season, the Wizards had the Hawks at bay, but their offense went ice-cold for an extended stretch in the third quarter. With Washington leading 83-73, Atlanta cut into the lead with an 8-0 run and trimmed the deficit to four heading into the fourth quarter.

With the game tied at 94 and another #sowizards loss looming, Washington flipped the switch. The Wizards clamped down and forced Atlanta into one too many turnovers which created easy transition opportunities. Washington used the 17-2 run to pull away for a comfortable 114-98 victory.


Washington makes all of the crucial plays in the fourth quarter

Alex Len put back a missed floater by Trae Young to tie the game at 94 with 6:44 left in the game and it looked like the Wizards were in store for another #SoWizards ending.

But that’s when things took a drastic change in Washington’s favor. Bradley Beal, who was held to just 13 points prior to the fourth quarter, snaked his way into the lane for a tough layup. Next time down the floor, Satoransky found a trailing Beal for three quickly putting the Wizards up 99-94. Next time down, Bradley Beal drove baseline, kicked the ball to Satoransky who found Green in the corner for three to go on an 8-0 run in just 91 seconds.

That sparked an extended 17-2 run in which Washington would take control of the game and never look back.

Thomas Bryant continues to roll

Bryant continues to improve every single night.

No, it wasn’t a historic performance like Bryant had a few weeks ago against the Suns where he went 14-of-14 from the field — but it was close. The second-year big man continued to impress this time to the tune of 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds including going a perfect 5-of-5 in the first half and almost logging a double-double by halftime with 16 points and 9 rebounds.

At first, Bryant was the beneficiary of the Wizards guards being able to penetrate the paint as that created easy opportunities for him close in. But then, all of his intangibles, which have earned him this extra playing time, were on display. First, it was doing the dirty work by setting hard screens, rolling hard to the basket, and crashing the offensive glass followed by him sprinting the floor for easy transition opportunities.

Bryant’s production slowed down significantly in the second half but that still didn’t stop him from notching his third double-double of the season.

Up Next: No time for an extended celebration as the Wizards have a brutal six-game stretch leading up to their trip to London later this month. It stars on in Miami on Friday night at 8 pm Eastern Time when they face the Heat, who have won seven of their last nine games.


Wizards vs. Hawks final score: Bradley Beal’s 36 lift Washington to 131-117 win over Atlanta

Six Wizards players score in double-figures, led by Bradley Beal with a season-high 36 as the Wizards took down the Hawks on Wednesday evening, 131-117. Otto Porter scored 20 and Kelly Oubre added 19 points off the bench for a short-handed Wizards squad that was without the services of John Wall (personal reasons) and Jeff Green (sore back) in Atlanta.

After a lackluster start to the game, the Wizards found their footing once they made the decision to lock in defensively. After getting crushed on the glass 11-5 to start this one, Washington ramped up the intensity and took the lead midway through the first quarter. A Thomas Bryant putback dunk followed by a couple of offensive rebounds to keep possessions alive got the Wizards going in this one.

Troy Brown Jr. got some first quarter playing time as a result of the team’s depth issues and took advantage of it early. Beal drove baseline and found the rookie for a floater in the lane for his first basket. A couple of possessions later, Brown returned the favor by gathering an offensive rebound and kicking it to Beal for a three-pointer as the Wizards took an eight point lead after one.

The Wizards opened this one up in the second quarter thanks to their bench. Kelly Oubre Jr.brought instant energy off the bench, scoring 12 points in the second quarter as Washington’s lead ballooned to 23 heading into halftime. It was arguably their best defensive half of the season and it was one of their best on the offensive end as well, as they assisted on 17 of their 24 made baskets.

After a stellar defensive performance in the first half, Washington turned in a clunker in the third quarter. They gave up 45 points in the period, which allowed Atlanta to get right back in the game. Two sloppy plays by Markieff Morris near the end of the quarter allowed the Hawks to get what was a 25-point lead back down to single digits heading into the fourth quarter.

With the Wizards lead trimmed down to five, 105-100 with ten minutes left, Tomas Satoranskycame up with a big three-pointer in transition that shifted the momentum back in Washington’s favor. The Wizards were able to take back control after that three and cruise to their third straight win, and ninth win in their last 14 games.


Bradley Beal calmly dominates the game

It’s really hard to score a quiet 36 points but Bradley Beal did it in this game. He was clearly the best player on the floor this evening and he played like it, scoring a season-high 36 points this evening and dishing out a team-high nine assists for Washington.

He was outstanding early on slicing his way to the basket and taking his man off the dribble for some close-in shots, leading the Wizards with 21 points at halftime.

Whenever the Wizards needed a basket in the second half once things were a little close for comfort, Beal stepped up to the plate. Whether it was a floater in the lane or a three-pointer from the wing, he gave the Wizards just what they needed to keep the Hawks at bay. He channeled the best parts of how he played during the ‘Everyone Eats’ phase last season to help Washington overcome John Wall’s absence.

Tomas Satoransky turns in a rock-solid performance

With John Wall sitting this one out due to personal reasons, that opened the door for Tomas Satoransky to run the show at point. He was outstanding tonight with 14 points on 5-7 shooting and knocked down some timely three-pointers in the fourth quarter when Atlanta clawed back within striking distance.

Scoring aside, he pitched a near-perfect game everywhere else. He led the charge defensively for Washington, forcing two steals and dished out seven assists without committing a turnover.

The Kelly Oubre experience takes its show on the road

Kelly Oubre has been frustratingly up-and-down all season and tonight, he continued one of his odd trends – he’s playing much better on the road than at home. After a 21-point night against the Knicks on Monday, he followed it up with 19 points and 5 rebounds in Atlanta.

Unlike Monday where he caught fire from deep, he did most of his damage in the paint against Atlanta, attacking the hole and getting to the line. He pushed the ball in transition for some easy shots and helped facilitate some ball movement in transition to set up Otto Porter for this layup.

The Wizards take care of a sub .500 team

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here; the Hawks are a lottery-bound basketball team. But, these were the kinds of games that Washington lost countless times last year. They’ve held serve recently against bottom-feeders like the Nets, Knicks, and Hawks. They’ll get another chance in a winnable game on Saturday as they take on the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

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.

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


Up Next

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.