The Wizards who were still searching for their first win of the season last night when they hosted the Hawks at home. Washington fans were anxious for the first victory of the season after the Wizards fell to Toronto in the home opener.
The backcourt for the Wizards, Bradley Beal and John Wall combined for 31 points after three quarters. Going into the fourth quarter the focus would be holding on to the lead and not falling to a record of 0-4. Washington’s fourth quarter struggles continued as they saw their lead get knocked down to just two points early on. At one point the Wizards were able to push the lead back up to double digits, but the Hawks responded with a run again.
The Hawks were able to pull within three points off a triple by Kyle Korver, his only three of the game. After an air ball by Beal the Hawks got a chance to tie the ball game, but Kyle Korver would miss the attempt from deep. The Wizards escaped the game with their first win of the season and they evened the series between them and the Hawks, 1-1. Beal was the high scorer of the game with 28 points and Wall added 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Rebounds – On the glass both teams were just about equal with the Hawks having 47 rebounds, 10 of those on the offensive end and the Wizards having 46 rebounds. Of Washington’s 46, 11 of them were on the offensive end. Rebounding is an effort type stat, while Washington did lose the battle the held their own which is something that hasn’t happened consistently thus far.
Charity Stripe – Washington as a team shot 80% from the free throw line with Beal going 13-14 (92%). As a team, the Hawks shot 64%, Dwight Howard would connect in six of his 12 attempts.
The Long Ball – Neither team shot the ball well from behind the arc, the Wizards shot 25% and the Hawks shot 20%. That’s one area where the Wizards could definitely improve and get that percentage up as a team. They have a few capable shooters, it’s still early in the season so that number should start to trend up as we go forward.
Dropping Dimes – Surprisingly, Wall didn’t have double digit assists last night and it showed in the assists matchup between the teams. The Hawks as a team had 22 assists while the Wizards only had 13.
Closing – The Wizards need to improve on closing out games, it’s simple as that. Their inability to sustain or extend a lead allowed the Hawks to get within three points. Their biggest lead of the game was 16 points, they need to find a way to keep up the pressure and not allow teams to get back into the game.