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.

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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.