John Wall scored 21 points and added 12 assists, his 20th double-double of the season, to lead the Washington Wizards to a victory over the Atlanta Hawks, 114-97. The Wizards shot really well, finishing 46-89 (51.7%) from the field, including 13-24 (54.2%) from beyond the arc. This snaps a three-game losing streak for Washington (26-28).
Wall went 8-19, including 3-6 from three-point range. Other key performers for Washington were Bradley Beal with 19 points and 6 assists, Trevor Ariza with 19 points and 9 rebounds, and Marcin Gortat with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Despite the loss, Paul Millsap put up 21 points for Atlanta on 7-18 shooting (1-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-8 from the free throw line. Elton Brand contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds.
As expected, the edge on the defensive glass went to the Wizards (86.5% DR%), who took advantage of the Hawks 26th-ranked offensive rebounding (21.6% OR% on the season). Meanwhile, the Wizards rank fourth in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 76.1%. Along with their eFG% of 59.0%, the Wizards connected at a rate of 54.2% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 5-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Hawks are 1-10 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Atlanta (25-28) has now lost seven straight games.
Coming up next, the Wizards square off with the New Orleans Pelicans, who are 23-29 on the year. The Hawks go up against the Detroit Pistons, currently 22-32 this season. The Wizards have a 1-0 record against New Orleans this season. The Hawks have won their last two meetings with Detroit.