NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Washington
(Friday, December 21st)
Final Score: Atlanta 97, Washington 92
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson had a game-high 32 points and dished out eight assists as Atlanta won in Washington for the first time since December 30, 2003, 97-92.
Marvin Williams tallied 22 points and Josh Smith netted 16 points with 14 rebounds for the Hawks, winners in four straight and seven of nine.
"We've been playing very good basketball," Hawks head coach Mike Woodson said. "This team (Washington Wizards) has been playing well also. To come in here and beat this team is something we haven't done in awhile."
Antawn Jamison had a team-high 30 points and snagged nine boards for the Wizards, who have lost two in a row after winning four straight.
"We had a roll going but we need to get a new roll going in Indiana," Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson said. "We've got to play better defense and rebound a little better."
Smith's three-pointer with 1:02 remaining gave the Hawks the lead for good, 89-86. However, the Wizards didn't go away quietly.
After two free throws from Washington's Nick Young cut the deficit to one point, 89-88, Josh Childress' putback of a Smith missed jumper made the score 91-88 with 25.8 seconds to play.
After a Washington timeout, the team inbounded the ball to Young. He drove to the hoop and hit a layup with 18.3 seconds remaining to make the score 91-90.
Johnson answered with two free throws with 16.2 seconds remaining to expand the Hawks' lead back to three, 93-90.
Young then missed a three-pointer with just over 10 seconds left that would've tied the game. Instead, Mario West grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled. He hit both resulting free throws to secure the win for the Hawks.
Young ended with 14 points and Caron Butler was held to 13 for the Wizards, who had won seven straight at home against the Hawks. Stevenson dropped 18 points for Washington, which lost to Atlanta for just the third time in 15 meetings.
The Hawks were held scoreless for the last 2:19 of the first quarter and, after leading 25-13, went into the second with a 25-21 edge.
Midway through the second quarter, the Wizards went on a 12-0 run that was capped by a Jamison layup with 4:50 left in the half for a 39-33 lead.
Jamison scored 17 first-half points and the Wizards went into the locker room up by two, 47-45.
The Hawks overcame a nine-point third quarter deficit and went into the final quarter up by a point, 68-67.
The Wizards will travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers Saturday night...The Hawks have off until they host the Pacers on December 26.
12/21 22:48:16 ET