Despite the Atlanta Hawks having a solid night on the offensive end of the floor, they were unable to have that success defensively as the Washington Wizards shot over 50 percent on their way to a 117-102 win on Monday night at Philips Arena.
Going into the fourth quarter, Atlanta was down just three points and in the midst of a nice run to end the third. The Hawks would never cut that deficit to fewer than three in the period thanks to sloppy play offensively and the Wizards continuing to knock down everything from everywhere on the floor. With just more than three minutes remaining, Otto Porter Jr. hit a corner three-pointer, the Hawks turned the ball over, and John Wall hit a layup to give Washington a 13-point lead -- its' largest lead of the game, sticking a dagger in the Atlanta crowd.
Washington got off to a quick start, hitting five of its' first seven shots to take an early 11-4 lead. The Hawks would bounce back quickly with hot shooting late in the quarter. Tim Hardaway Jr. knocked down two three-pointers and Dennis Schroder hit one of his own with two seconds remaining to give Atlanta a 30-27 lead after the first. Though the Wizards attempted seven more shots in the quarter, the Hawks were able to make up for it by knocking down four of their eight attempts from long range and making five more free throws than Washington in the period.
The Hawks continued their hot shooting in the second quarter, led by Jeff Teague and Mike Scott. After a cold shooting start from Teague in the first quarter, he hit three of five in the second quarter, including two from beyond the arc. Scott had seven points off the bench in the period while shooting 3-4 from the field. While the offense was strong in the quarter, the defense was lackluster. Washington shot a blistering 62 percent from the field and scored 34 in the period to take a 61-59 lead into halftime.
Both teams kept up the fast pace in the third quarter as each shot well over 50 percent from the field and from beyond the arc. Bradley Beal and Wall combined for 22 points to lead the Wizards to an 89-86 lead heading into the final period.
Teague led the way offensively with 23 points on 7-17 shooting from the field. He only hit three of his nine attempts from beyond the arc.
Hardaway continued his hot shooting with 16 points in 26 minutes on the floor. He made four of his five attempts from three-point range and was one of only two Hawks that finished with a plus plus-minus on the court, joining Dennis Schroder.
Al Horford finished with a near triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists in 36 minutes. He also added three steals and a block.
The Wizards shot 52 percent from beyond the arc in the game. Atlanta is now 1-5 on the season when the opponent shoots over 50 percent from long range. Washington turned the ball only nine times in the game. It's only the fourth time this season the Hawks have forced nine or fewer turnovers.
The Hawks five-game winning streak was broken in the game. The loss knocks the Hawks back into a three-way tie for the third seed in the East with the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. They will look to bounce back on Wednesday night with a rematch against the Wizards -- this time on the road in Washington. Stay tuned for more.
Coach Budenholzer's comments after the game:
Schroder commenting on the sequence where time wasn't allowed to have him exit the game after an injury and how he felt afterward.