Hawks 105, Wizards 95
Jamal Crawford knows how to deliver an encore performance.
One night after leading a victorious Atlanta squad in scoring
and in the process connecting on a four-point play, the Hawks’
sixth man repeated his heroics across the board against the
Crawford scored 23 of his game-high 28 points in the second
half, made his NBA- record 28th four-point play and started the
decisive 11-0 run in the fourth quarter in Atlanta’s 105-95 victory
over Washington on Saturday night.
“That’s my job, to come off (the bench) and figure out how to
spark (the team), whether its myself scoring or setting up other
guys scoring,” said Crawford, who led the Hawks the previous night
against Toronto with 25 points. “I just try to play the right way
and be aggressive when need be.”
Joe Johnson scored 20 points to help the Hawks remain in third
place in the Eastern Conference. The win also snapped their
six-game road losing streak and finished off their season sweep
over the Wizards.
“I thought in the fourth quarter is when you got to have it and
we stepped up,” Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. “Our defense
really picked up. We were able to score the ball a little
Neither team led by more than six points through three quarters
and the Hawks trailed 76-71 with 1:34 remaining in the third
But Crawford scored the Hawks next 11 points, including a jumper
with 3.2 seconds remaining the quarter that tied it at 78 and he
finished off his personal run with a 3-pointer early in the fourth
After the Wizards tied it again at 83, Crawford made another
3-pointer, this one starting a decisive 11-0 run to put the Hawks
up 94-83 with 5:56 remaining. He led the Hawks in scoring for the
27th time this season.
“He’s been huge for us all year,” said Al Horford, who
finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. “He’s the sixth man of
the year. I don’t think there is any question about that.”
Crawford’s finishing touch was getting fouled on his fifth made
3-pointer of the night. The subsequent free throw helped him add to
his league record four-point play total and gave the Hawks a 103-90
lead with 2:42 remaining.
“It has to be concentration. I don’t think he practices them,
but it’s pretty impressive,” Horford said about Crawford’s ability
for making shots from beyond the arc despite contact. “Usually the
ball won’t even make it to the rim, but he manages to make the
Crawford averaged 23.7 points in four games against the Wizards
“I try to take advantage of what the defense does,” Crawford
said. “Usually they panic a little bit and I shoot it. I’m already
in shooting motion when they try to react. They are fouling, but I
already have the shot off.”
Andray Blatche finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven
assists, and Nick Young had 23 for the Wizards, who have been swept
by the Hawks in consecutive seasons and have lost nine straight
overall against the Southeast Division rival.
The Hawks, who remain a game ahead of Boston, had their hands
full with a resurgent Wizards squad that had won four of six after
a 16-game losing streak.
Young connected on all three of his 3-point shots, hit eight of
his first nine field-goal attempts and scored 19 points, but the
Hawks led 52-50 at the end of a competitive first half. With both
sides shooting over 50 percent from the floor, there were 13 lead
changes, four ties and neither team led by more than six points.
Every Atlanta starter made at least half of their attempts and the
Wizards shot 72.2 percent (13 for 18) in the first quarter before a
sellout crowd of 20,173.
The fourth quarter was another story as the Wizards made only
six of 19 shots (31 percent) and committed four of their 17
“Teams that make the playoffs have guys that make plays in the
fourth quarters,” Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. “Teams that
aren’t playoff-type teams have guys that are inconsistent in making
those plays. That’s the difference between being good and not-so
Mike Bibby, Josh Smith and Maurice Evans all scored 10 points
for the Hawks, who made 16 of 18 from the free throw line.
Mike Miller scored 16 points, and Shaun Livingston added 15
points for the Wizards.
NOTES: The Wizards announced that they have signed guard Cedric
Jackson for the reminder of the season. Jackson originally signed
March 31 and has averaged 1.3 points in three games for the
Wizards. … The Hawks’ final two games of the season are against
fellow playoff squads. Monday they play at Milwaukee and then
return home for the season finale against Cleveland on