Hawks vs. Wizards - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 101-100 in overtime at Philips Arena. This was the ninth-straight home win over the Wizards for the Hawks. With the win, the Hawks improved to 6-4 on the season and took a 1-0 lead in the regular season series with the Wizards. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, and Josh Smith and Al Horford in the frontcourt. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with a game-high 25 points. He also grabbed 12 boards, giving him a double-double on the night. Kyle Korver added 16 points on a season-high-tying five three-pointers. Al Horford contributed 15 points, a career-high 10 assists, and nine rebounds (a double-double, but nearly a triple-double), but only made one of his 10 attempts at the charity stripe. Jeff Teague scored 14 points and dished out seven assists. Devin Harris had 13 points and five assists. The leading scorer for the Wizards was Kevin Seraphin, with 21 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks went on a 14-2 run, the tail end of which started Al Horford's strech of eight-straight points for the Hawks. The Hawks outscored the Wizards 26-24 in the quarter. In the second quarter, the Hawks outscored the Wizards 24-23 to extend their lead to 50-47 at the break. The third quarter featured a 9-0 Wizards run, and the Wizards cut the Hawks' lead to 68-66 heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter down 90-88, Devin Harris sank both free throws with 3.7 seconds to go in regulation to tie the game at 90. Newly-acquired Shaun Livingston's desperation three-pointer was off the mark for the Wizards, and the game was headed to overtime. In the extra period, trailing 98-96, Al Horford scored the layup off an inbounds-pass from DeShawn Stevenson, set up by the perfectly-executed inbounds play. If nothing else, I am starting to like Coach Larry Drew's ability to draw up offensive plays in pressure situations very much. Kevin Seraphin answered with a baseline jumper to give the Wizards a 100-98 lead over the Hawks. On the next Hawks possession, Kyle Korver hit a deep three-pointer off the dribble set up by a great pick from Devin Harris to give the Hawks a 101-100 lead over the Wizards with 1.9 seconds remaining. Kevin Seraphin missed an elbow hook shot over Al Horford, but Martell Webster came flying in from the right baseline (a poor man's version of what Josh Smith did back on March 25, 2010 against the Orlando Magic) for the lay-in. It was originally counted, but after further review the officials waved it off as having left his hands after the final buzzer -- Hawks win! I think there were a few keys to this win for the Hawks. First off: ball movement. The Hawks had 30 assists as a team, and all five starters scored in double-figures. Both Hawks point guards had at least five assists, while Al Horford went Marc Gasol with a double-digit assist night. Secondly, the Hawks forced 20 Wizards turnovers, while only turning it over 13 times themselves. They really put a lot of pressure on A.J. Price and Shaun Livingston with John Wall out of the lineup, stealing the ball 12 times. Thirdly, the Hawks didn't allow the return of Nene to throw off their inside scoring, outscoring the Wizards 54-40 in the paint. Great win for the Hawks against the division-rival Wizards.