Hawks rally falls short against Wizards in D.C.
WASHINGTON — John Wall had 26 points and 12 assists, Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and made five 3-pointers, and the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-101 on Saturday night.
The Wizards have won six of their last eight, and have won eight games in November for the first time since 1984.
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Martell Webster added 19 points for Washington and also had five 3-pointers. Nene, who returned after missing Friday’s game at Indiana with a right Achilles tendon injury, had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Paul Millsap had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta, which cut an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to 81-79 with 9:42 left, but could not get closer.
Al Horford added 16 points and Jeff Teague had 15 for the Hawks.
Ariza scored eight points in the final 9:20 to help secure the win.
Atlanta came in as one of just three Eastern Conference teams with a winning record, but fell to 9-9.
“It’s so early in the season,” first-year Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I’m sure it will all balance out in time.”
The Wizards, now 8-9, have one of the better records in the conference.
“Nothing in this league really surprises me,” Washington coach Randy Wittman said. “There aren’t a lot (of winning teams), so that’s been good for us.”
Washington took the lead early in the first quarter and led 28-20 after one. Thanks to two 3-pointers late in the second quarter by Webster, the Wizards led 54-44 at halftime.
Washington hit on five of its first six shots in the third quarter to take a 66-48 lead with 8:12 to play.
The Hawks answered with an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 66-59 with 4:20 to play, and Washington led 79-70 after three.