The Atlanta Hawks wrapped up a four city trip in five days with a 93-83 loss to the Washington Wizards Saturday night at the Verizon Center. It looked like early on that the grueling schedule caught up with the Hawks who struggled out of the gate and in the second half. Compounding problems for the Hawks was that the Wizards were well rested having not played since Monday and were further energized by the return of John Wall from a knee injury that sidelined him for the first 33 games of the season.
The Hawks fell behind 27-17 after one and made it six straight games that they have trailed by double figures in. Just like on Friday night, Atlanta's second unit provided a spark and the Hawks pulled to within just one point at halftime trailing 51-50. Atlanta's legs went in the second half and they combined to score just 33 points over the final 24 minutes of play.
John Wall took on the part of closer for the Wizards providing them with a go to guy to initiate their offense at crunch time. Wall finished with 14 points and four assists in just under 21 minutes of action. Bradley Beal and A.J. Price led Washington with 16 points each.
Jeff Teague did his best to keep Atlanta in it at the end but it was too little too late. Teague led the Hawks with 19 points and added four assists while going 6-10 from the field. Al Horford added another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Josh Smith added 11 points and eight rebounds but committed four turnovers and was just 4-13 from the field.
Atlanta's rebounding issues returned as Washington owned the glass to a 51-38 clip. The Wizards hit 46 percent of their shots to Atlanta's 39 percent. The Hawks were 7-24 from beyond-the-arc and just 16-25 from the free throw line.
Atlanta will get Sunday off before continuing their short road trip with a matchup in Chicago on Monday.
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