There was no birthday hangover from Atlanta superstar Josh Smith as he led his Hawks (11-5) over the Washington Wizards (2-14) on Friday night in a 104-95 home victory, extending the winning-streak versus Washington to 10 straight.
Atlanta had all five starters reach double-figures, led by Smith who was the obvious MVP in the contest with a double-double performance of 23 points and 15 rebounds (both game-high’s). All-star center Al Horford also posted a double-double in the game with 14 points and 14 boards, while shooting a stellar 64% (7-of-11) from the field overall. The Hawks’ two-headed point guard combo of Jeff Teague and Devin Harris each dished out six assists, while dropping 19 and 15 points respectively. The final starter and trigger happy DeShawn Stevenson hoisted up 11 three-pointers in the game — he didn’t attempt a single shot inside the arc — and hit five treys to finish with 15 points.
The John Wall-less Wizards couldn’t find the magic they needed to pull out their first road win of the season but fought hard for the entire game, cutting the lead down to just two points on two separate occasions in the final quarter after trailing by double-digits for majority of the game.
Kevin Seraphin was the high-point man for Washington with 19 points off the bench, rookie teammate Bradley Beal had 18, Jordan Crawford chipped in with 14, and Nene rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points. The Wizards bench scored 53 of the team’s 95 total points.
The Hawks have to put this win in the rear view and get ready for Memphis on Saturday at 8:00 PM (ET).