After failing to garner any separation through the first three quarters, the Hawks used a 12-0 fourth quarter run to take control of the game. Mike Scott scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth to help push the Hawks out in front. Jeff Teague kept them there with nine of his game-high 28 points coming in the final 12 minutes.
Washington mounted a late rally thanks to four three-pointers in the final 49 seconds of the game. Paul Pierce trimmed Atlanta's lead to just three points at 105-102 with just two seconds remaining. Atlanta inbounded the ball to Shelvin Mack who was fouled and then converted one of two at the line to seal the win.
Teague was 8-18 from the field and 12-14 from the free throw line for his 28 points. Paul Millsap logged a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Mack added 13 points off the bench. Atlanta wins despite minimal contributions from Al Horford and Kyle Korver who combined for just nine points.
John Wall led the Wizards with 21 points and 13 assists. Paul Pierce finished with 14 while Bradley Beal added 13 off the bench but was saddled with seven of the Wizards' 25 turnovers.
The Hawks return to Atlanta on Wednesday to complete a back-to-back with a matchup against the East leading Toronto Raptors at Philips Arena.