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Washington Gets Woke Late, Edges Atlanta

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Updated: March 24, 2017

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On Wednesday evening, John Wall walked onto the Verizon Center floor for his pre-game individual warm up, waved to a happy young fan, picked up a basketball from the rack at half-court, and chucked it towards the hoop. The shot went in, and Wall immediately made sure that Marcin Gortat recognized his long-range success. It appeared that this was a positive omen for things to come for the All-Star guard looking to bounce back from a flat outing in Boston.

However, the exact opposite transpired as Wall missed his first eight shots against a shorthanded Atlanta squad, going scoreless in the first two quarters. His teammates compounded the early problems by committing a comedy of errors, including awful outlet passes, fumbling easy balls out of bounds, and blowing easy fast-break opportunities.

In the first half, the Wizards had 13 turnovers, which is one below their per game season average.

Sparked by the bench, Washington was finally able to produce competent professional basketball with a 19-4 run in the fourth quarter to defeat the Hawks, 104-100. During this decisive stretch, Wall and Bell showcased their fantastic talents to ESPN’s national TV audience. Wall found Bradley Beal for a huge 3 and an impressive alley oop. John’s steal, followed by a patented left-handed dunk, woke the sleepy Wizards crowd. The players were dancing and there was much merriment for everyone on Fun Street.

Of course, Washington allowed Atlanta to make a last-gasp effort, but Wizards made some clutch free throws to seal their 43rd win of the season. The Hawks were missing their best player in Paul Millsap, as well as $70 million dollar shooting guard Kent Bazemore. Atlanta’s gutty performance could be considered a moral victory for them.

With a challenging road trip looming, Washington must play way more consistently if they want hold off a charging Toronto squad, owners of the best Defensive Rating since the All-Star break, for the 3-seed in the playoffs.

My colleague Rashad Mobley has an excellent game recap, too. Read it.

The video below is a compilation of many live highlights from the contest. Enjoy!

 

Pictures.

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Social Media.

My Twitter thread on the game.

 

 

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Adam is a bro from the Midwest who's been bopping around the District of Columbia for years. He's down with a range of sports, etc. and has covered the Washington Wizards for TAI since 2010.