John Wall scored a game-high 25 points and the Washington Wizards followed up Friday’s impressive win against the Indiana Pacers with another victory Saturday night, holding off the Atlanta Hawks for a close 101-97 win in the nation’s capital.
Wall had seven rebounds, six assists and three steals along with his 25 points. Five other Wizards were in double-figures, as Drew Gooden poured in 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds off the bench, Bradley Beal had 14 points, Trevor Ariza added 13, Maric Gortant chipped in with 12 points, 11 boards and four blocks, while veteran point guard Andre Miller (10) rounded out the bunch.
Jeff Teague had a team-high 19 points for the slumping Hawks, who have now lost the last six games in a row. Paul Millsap added 17 points, Pero Antic and Cartier Martin had 13 apiece, while Lou Williams chipped in with 12 off the bench.
The game was close for the entire first half, but it was Atlanta who had a slim two-point edge at halftime.
The Hawks hit three straight triples early in the third quarter and extended their lead to nine points, but the Wiz Kids fought back and went on a 21-8 run to end the period and go up 75-71 heading into the final 12 minutes.
Atlanta kept scrapping and cut the lead score to a single basket twice in the fourth quarter, the final time being 99-97 with just 39 seconds remaining in the game after Teague got hit while making a layup and converted a 3-point play.
However, Teague got his game-tying shot blocked by Gortat with 11 ticks on the clock, and then Gooden sealed the game with a pair of foul shots after he rebounded the block shot and was fouled intentionally.