Brown, the first overall pick in the 2001 draft, had his best game as a pro Wednesday with career highs of 30 points and 19 rebounds in a 114-108 home win over the Western Conference-leading Sacramento Kings.
The 22-year old forward played all 48 minutes for the first time in his three-year NBA career, hitting 12 of 16 from the field and making all seven of his free-throw attempts.
“I hit the first one, hit the second one, got a good feeling, started playing hard,” said Brown, averaging a career-best 11 points this season. “I just felt confident tonight. I hit a couple of shots, and I felt like I couldn’t miss. I wanted the ball every time down.”
Brown has averaged 21.3 points and 12.0 rebounds while shooting 68 percent (25-for-37) over the last three games after missing two with a sprained ankle.
Gilbert Arenas added 27 points, 10 assists and a career-high eight steals for the Wizards on Wednesday. He’s averaging 30 points over his last 11 games.
The Wizards, who haven’t made the playoffs since the 1996-97 season, snapped a seven-game losing streak with the win, but are 9 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot in the East with 15 to play.
The Hawks also are coming off an impressive victory, snapping the Dallas Mavericks’ nine-game home winning streak with a 111-110 win on Wednesday.
“We were just playing great team ball,” said Jackson, averaging 33.8 points over his last four games. “We had a lot of open shots. We got good looks and I was just able to knock them down.”
STANDINGS (through March 17): Hawks - 7th place, 28 1/2 GB, Central Division. Wizards - 6th place, 20 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Hawks - Jackson, 16.9 ppg and 4.5 rpg; Terry, 5.3 apg. Wizards - Arenas, 20.8 ppg and 5.4 apg; Brown, 7.4 rpg.
SEASON SERIES: Hawks, 2-1.
LAST MEETING: March 12; Hawks, 138-124. At Atlanta, the Hawks became the first team in 11 years to have five players top 20 points in a game, led by Jackson’s career-high 42. Washington, which led by as many as 18, got a team-high 30 points from Arenas.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Hawks - 8-27 on the road; Wizards - 15-20 at home.
INJURIES: Hawks - C Joel Przybilla (knee); F Alan Henderson (back); F-C Obinna Ekezie (knee); C Zeljko Rebraca (back). Wizards - F Jarvis Hayes (hamstring); G Larry Hughes (wrist); G Chris Whitney (ankle).