The Atlanta Hawks traveled north for a matchup with the Washington Wizards after going 0-2 earlier in the week at home against the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets. The Hawks elected to go with same lineup they used Wednesday, a smaller unit featuring John Collins at center.
Tonight's starters vs. the Wizards pic.twitter.com/g9CzyxZYte— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 10, 2020
Bradley Beal was questionable to return to action for much of the deal but ultimately ruled out for the Wizards.
The opening moments were closely contested, with the Hawks leading 9-8 at the 7:00 mark in the first quarter.
A 10-0 run by the Wizards in the ensuing moments left the Hawks down by as many as nine. Huerter was active with seven early points.
The Hawks trailed 30-21 heading to the second quarter, with the Wizards offense clicking to start the game (punctuated by the highlight below).
Davis Bertans with a monster jam! pic.twitter.com/261bLGJBrX— The Render (@TheRenderNBA2) January 11, 2020
Washington lead by as many as 15 early in the second behind an 8-0 run that carried over from late in the first.
Atlanta was unable to find much of any rhythm offensively in the first half as a team, with Huerter being the only Hawk in double-digit points with 4:21 left in the first half.
Despite the sloppy play from the Hawks, the Wizards allowed them to hang around with less than stellar play of their own. An Alex Len putback cut the deficit back to single digits at 53-44 with 2:46 left in the first half. A Len dunk cut it to seven moments later, then a three from Huerter made it a 9-0 run and a four-point game.
It was ultimately a small miracle that the Hawks trailed just 56-51 at half despite going 2-for-13 from three-point-range and 9-for-17 from the free throw line, while also committing eleven turnovers. The Hawks also allowed the Wizards to grab 13 offensive rebounds in the first two quarters.
Despite all of that, Young and Huerter lead all first-half scorers with 13 points each.
Troy Brown had 12 points and four rebounds at the break for Washington, while Gary Payton II had 11 points and four rebounds.
Atlanta took a 60-59 lead with a 9-3 run out of the half, their first lead since leading 11-10 early in the first quarter.
De'Andre gets it done on defense to give the Hawks the lead!!! pic.twitter.com/jEucYsG4qZ— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) January 11, 2020
The scored stayed tight from there, with the Hawks leading 74-72 at the 4:21 mark in the quarter after a fast break score from Collins.
Washington led 81-79 heading to the fourth, closing the quarter strong with a pair of threes.
Brandon Goodwin opened the fourth-quarter scoring with a three-pointer, giving the Hawks a one-point lead. A 10-2 Atlanta run left them up 89-83 inside the eight minute mark as Goodwin stayed hot from range.
A 9-0 spurt by the Wizards put them back in front 99-93 with 3:35 to go. Jordan McRae hit a three to put the Wizards up seven under the three-minute mark. Atlanta was unable to close the gap from there, ultimately falling 111-101.
Collins tallied 15 points and 15 rebounds to go along with four blocks. Huerter finished with 16 points and six fouls, fouling out with 3:35 left in the fourth. Young had 19 points and six assists in the loss. Goodwin scored 14 points in 23 minutes off the bench.
Len posted another double-double off the bench with ten points and 14 rebounds in 25 minutes. Cam Reddish was quietly really solid in this game, posting nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a nice all-around performance. De’Andre Hunter was also solid, scoring 13 points and grabbing five rebounds to go along with two assists and two steals.
Offensive rebounds were the story of the game for the Wizards, as they recorded 19 of them in the win. Atlanta also lost the turnover battle, leading to the Wizards getting a lot more shots up than the Hawks. That sort of volume was difficult for the Hawks to overcome.
Jordan McRae (29) and Troy Brown (18) led Washington scorers, while Davis Bertans added 14 points and seven rebounds in his return from injury.
The Hawks will be back in action Sunday night as they travel to New York to play the Brooklyn Nets.