NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Washington
(Wednesday, January 11th)
Final Score: Washington 103, Atlanta 72
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jared Jeffries tied a career-high with 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds, as the Washington Wizards routed the Atlanta Hawks, 103-72, at the MCI Center.
Donell Taylor scored a career-high 15 points and Caron Butler netted 14 for the Wizards, who have won two of their last three games.
Royal Ivey led the Hawks with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting while Al Harrington added 10 points in the loss, Atlanta's second in a row and sixth in its last eight attempts.
"This is just what the doctor ordered," said Washington coach Eddie Jordan. "I respect what Mike Woodson has done with Atlanta. They are a dangerous team. We wanted to make sure that there was 100 percent defensive commitment from our players for the first four to six minutes of the game. We hoped that if we continued to put the pressure on Atlanta, then the pressure would bother them."
Washington won the rebounding edge, 52-31, led by Michael Ruffin's nine and shot 50.6 percent from the field in the lopsided victory. The Hawks, on the other hand, connected on just 39.4 percent of their shots, including 2-of-12 from beyond the arc.
The Wizards built a 24-13 lead courtesy of a 12-4 run, capped by Andray Blatche's jumper with 48 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Washington shot 60 percent from the field and eventually held a 26-15 edge after 12 minutes of play.
Atlanta got down 45-25 points late in the second, but then used an 11-4 streak to cut the deficit to 13 late in the half. The Wizards led 51-36 at the half, despite connecting on just 8-of-14 shots from the foul line.
After the Hawks again narrowed the gap to 13 points in the third period, Washington responded with an 11-2 run, culminated by Jeffries' alley-oop dunk from Butler, to make the score 62-41 with 7:33 left in the quarter.
The Wizards were up 72-53 after three periods.
Washington then used a 16-7 spurt to begin the final quarter, including six points from Antonio Daniels and four each from Taylor and Brendan Haywood, to claim a commanding 88-60 edge with 5:55 remaining in the final frame.
The margin grew as high as 35 points in the final minutes.
Washington's Antawn Jamison did not start for the first time in 33 games, but finished with 13 points...The Wizards scored 60 points in the paint, compared to only 32 from Atlanta...The Hawks committed 23 turnovers.
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