The Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 104-95 at home at Philips Arena.  This was the fifth and final game of a five-game homestand for the Hawks.  This was also the first game of a back-to-back for the Hawks.  With the win, the Hawks improved to 11-5 on the season, 2-0 in the regular season series with the Wizards, and 4-1 on their homestand.  The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, DeShawn Stevenson and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center.  Kyle Korver (back spasms) did not play.  The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with a game-high 23 points.  He also grabbed 15 rebounds, giving him a double-double on the night.  Jeff Teague added 19 points and six assists.  DeShawn Stevenson and Devin Harris contributed season-highs of 15 points apiece.  Harris also dished out six assists.  Al Horford had 14 points and 14 boards, giving him a double-double on the night also.  The leading scorer for the Wizards was Kevin Seraphin, with 19 points.  In the first quarter, the Hawks went on both 12-2 and 10-0 runs and took a 31-19 lead after one.  In the second quarter, the Wizards went on a 7-0 run.  The Hawks responded with an 8-1 run featuring two threes from DeShawn Stevenson and a layup by Jeff Teague with 0.8 seconds to go before halftime to give the Hawks a 54-41 lead at the break.  In the third quarter, the Hawks took their biggest lead of the game at 18, 70-52, with 7:10 to play in the quarter.  The Wizards answered back with an 8-2 run to cut the Hawks' lead to 80-71 heading into the final frame.  In the fourth quarter, the Wizards went on a 16-4 run and cut the Hawks' lead down to two twice.  The Hawks were able to make a final 10-2 run (eight of those 10 coming from Josh Smith) to secure the nine-point victory.  I think there were a couple keys to this win for the Hawks.  First off, the Hawks outrebounded the Wizards 47-32 and snapped Kevin Seraphin's streak of three consecutive double-doubles.  Secondly, Josh Smith did a great job of exploiting the mismatch when Coach Larry Drew put him at small forward in the fourth quarter.  Great win for the Hawks agains the division-rival Wizards.
Josh Smith going to the bucket vs. WAS