NBA Game Summary - Washington at Atlanta|
(Wednesday, February 19th)
Final Score: Washington 114, Atlanta 97
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall led seven Wizards in double
figures with 21 points and 12 assists, as Washington topped the Atlanta Hawks,
114-97, at Philips Arena.
Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal donated 19 points apiece for Washington, which
led wire-to-wire and snapped an 11-game losing skid in Atlanta. Marcin Gortat
added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
"We needed it real bad, especially if we're trying to make a push," Ariza
said. "This one was big for us, especially knowing we haven't won here in a
Paul Millsap and Elton Brand scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, with both
grabbing 11 boards in the setback. Jeff Teague had 16 points before leaving
late in the contest with a sprained left ankle, while Kyle Korver extended his
streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 122.
The Hawks, who were without forward DeMarre Carroll (hamstring) and center
Gustavo Ayon (shoulder), have lost seven straight.
"We were a little short-handed," said Brand. "We're trying to find a way to
win. Things aren't going our way right now. We have to find a way to make it
go our way."
The Wizards controlled this one from start to finish. Ariza netted eight in
the first quarter, including five straight midway through that made it 22-12.
Trevor Booker followed a Martell Webster trey with two buckets to conclude
the frame, and the visitors held a commanding 31-14 edge after 12 minutes.
The lead ballooned to 20, 48-28, on a Beal 3-ball 5:40 into the second
quarter, but Atlanta closed the period on a 6-0 run to pull within 11 points
at the break.
Teague started the third period with a triple, and Atlanta found itself down
just a point on multiple occasions during the third. Booker and Wall made
timely baskets, however, to help Washington maintain its lead.
Ariza's 3/4 court shot was pure as time expired in the stanza, giving the
Wizards a 91-83 advantage. It never got under five the rest of the way, with a
Gortat alley-oop slam capping a 9-0 surge to seal it.
Webster and Booker had 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Nene finished
with 10 for Washington ... The Wizards made 13-of-24 from the arc ... Lou
Williams scored 14 off the bench for Atlanta ... The Hawks took 19 more free
02/19 22:53:26 ET