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Hawks find rhythm in 118-111 win over Wizards


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The Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards battled on Monday, with the Hawks looking to get back into the win column after a pair of losses to the Philadelphia 76ers and these Wizards last week. Atlanta avenged their Oct. 28 loss to the Wizards with a 118-111 win on Monday.

The Hawks started out on the right foot in this one, and held a 34-23 lead over Washington at the end of the first quarter.

Bogdan Bogdanovic had his best shooting night of the young season on Monday, going 5-for-9 with 16 points in the win.

The Hawks led just 63-60 at the half after a hot shooting second quarter from Bradley Beal, who finished the night with 24 points.

The Hawks came out of the half on a 12-0 run, which put them up 75-60 midway through the third quarter. Washington flirted with a comeback, but never got over the hump as the Hawks hit all of their free throws down the stretch to close out the win.

Trae Young had 14 points and two assists in the first half, finding a rhythm and pacing Atlanta’s offense nicely.

Young finished with 26 points and 6 assists, and was perfect from the free-throw-line (11-of-11) on a season-high in free throw attempts. The Hawks also hit their season high on free throw attempts, going 29-of-29 from the line in the win. The Wizards also didn’t miss a free throw in the contest, making for a bit of history. It was just the fifth time in NBA history that there was not a missed free throw in a completed game.

It was another solid showing from Cam Reddish as well on Monday night, as Reddish finished with 15 points and four rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.

John Collins may have been the best player on the floor Monday night, even if the box score doesn’t necessarily reflect that. Collins posted 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists. The six assists matched a career-high and are Collins’ most in a game since April of 2019.

The Hawks are now 4-3 this season, and will face a pair of tough tests later this week as they see the Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz on Wednesday and Thursday respectively

Stay tuned.