Wizards Vs. Hawks: Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams Lead Atlanta To 101-83 Win Over Washington

Marvin Williams finished with 17 points and eight rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Washington Wizards 101-83 in their home opener at Philips Arena

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Wizards Vs. Hawks: Marvin Williams, Jeff Teague Solid In Two Atlanta Wins

It has just been two games but Jeff Teague as the starting point guard for the Atlanta Hawks looks pretty good. In two games he is averaging 12 points and four assists while making 50 percent of his shots. However, it is defensively where Atlanta is benefiting the most in having Teague in the starting lineup.

In the opener, Teague helped harass New Jersey's Deron Williams into a 10 point, one assist, six turnover night in the Hawks 106-70 victory. Wednesday night brought another match-up with a dynamic point guard in Washington's John Wall who had better luck finishing with 20 points, six assists but also six turnovers. Although he was able to get to the free throw line, Wall wasn't terribly efficient going 6-15 from the field.

Marvin Williams has put together some good stretches in the past but off-season back surgery has him looking much more athletic this time around.

"Knock on wood, he looks pain-free," Drew said. "He's really shooting the ball well when he gets his feet set. When teams double on the block he has to be able to hit those shots. Last year when he caught the ball at times he wasn't even looking at the rim. Now when he's catching the ball in his shooting range he's looking to score."

In the first two games Atlanta has benefited from Williams and Teague's aggressiveness. The Hawks offense has been free flowing and hasn't required that the ball be forced through Joe Johnson, Al Horford or Josh Smith.

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Wizards Vs. Hawks Final Score: Atlanta Wins Second Straight 101-83 Over Washington

The Atlanta Hawks weren't nearly as dominant as their Tuesday night victory but they were good enough to hand the Washington Wizards a 101-83 loss in their home opener at Philips Arena. Atlanta started the game with an 11-0 run and has an answer for every Washington run in the game.

After the game, Larry Drew wasn't as pleased with the Hawks effort citing that they didn't seem as locked in at both ends of the floor. Washington successfully cut a big Hawks lead down to 13 points in the fourth quarter before Atlanta woke up enough to stretch it back out.

Joe Johnson led the way for the Hawks with 18 points and four assists. Marvin Williams had his second straight good game finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds. Both Josh Smith and Al Horford logged double-doubles while Jeff Teague finished with 11 points and five assists. Atlanta hit 43 percent of their field goal attempts and went inside for 36 points in the paint. The intent on getting the ball inside paid off with Atlanta going 28-35 at the free throw line.

Nick Young led the Wizards with 21 points and John Wall finished with 20 points and six assists. JaVale McGee finished with a double-double 15 points and 12 rebounds but Andray Blatche was a non-factor finishing with four points on 2-13 shooting.

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Wizards Vs. Hawks Score: Atlanta In Control Leading Washington 85-64

The Atlanta Hawks are one quarter away from a 2-0 start to the 2011-2012 regular season. The Hawks have had an answer for everything Washington has thrown at them and take a 85-64 lead into the fourth quarter.

Joe Johnson leads four Atlanta Hawks players in double figures with 18 points including four threes. Marvin Williams is working on another solid effort with 17 points and seven rebounds. Josh Smith and Jeff Teague have 12 and 11 points respectively.

Nick Young leads the Wizards with 16 points and John Wall has 16 points and six assists. Rashard Lewis has 13 points and JaVale Mcgee has a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds but spent much of the third quarter on the bench with four fouls.

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Wizards Vs. Hawks Score: Atlanta Takes 55-42 Lead Into Halftime Against Washington

Atlanta jumped out to an early lead against the Washington Wizards before Nick Young threatened to shoot the Wizards back in front. Midway through the quarter, Atlanta dug in defensively and took the ball to the basket to regain control and take a 55-42 lead into halftime.

Atlanta once again is using a balanced attack offensively led by Marvin Williams' 12 points and six rebounds. Joe Johnson scored 11 in the first half and hit three first quarter three-point baskets. Josh Smith has 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks including one against John Wall right at the rim that sent Washington's point guard crashing to the floor. Jeff Teague finished with nine points and a steal in the first half.

Nick Young came off the bench to score 14 points on 5-6 shooting. John Wall has 12 points and three assists while JaVale McGee has 11 points and six rebounds. Andray Blatche went scoreless in the first half going 0-7 from the field.

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Wizards Vs. Hawks Score: Joe Johnson Leads Atlanta To 26-17 Lead Over Washington

The Atlanta Hawks didn't waste any time in picking up right where they left off Tuesday night jumping out to a 26-17 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Hawks started the game with a quick 11-0 run highlighted by three-point buckets from Marvin Williams, Jeff Teague and Joe Johnson. Atlanta hit their first five attempts from beyond the arc with Johnson making three.

Jeff Teague picked up his second foul of the quarter with 5:57 remaining in the quarter and Atlanta's offense ground to a halt until Tracy McGrady hit a jumper with just over three minutes remaining. Joe Johnson scored a team-high nine points in the first. Jeff Teague, Marvin Williams and Tracy McGrady all finished the quarter with five points each.

John Wall helped pull the Wizards back to within shouting distance with a game-high 10 points. Washington shot just 28 percent in the first and committed six turnovers.

For more on this game, Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops and Wizards fans should visit Bullets Forever. For everything NBA basketball check out SB Nation's NBA hub.

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Wizards Vs. Hawks: Zaza Pachulia Tests Shoulder, Will Play Against Washington

Atlanta Hawks back-up center Zaza Pachulia woke up with a sore shoulder Wednesday morning and was listed as a game-time decision by Atlanta for Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards.

After testing the shoulder out in pregame warm-ups, Pachulia told Hawks beat writer Michael Cunningham that he would play in Wednesday's home opener.

Pachulia was a big part of Atlanta's season opening victory on Tuesday against the New Jersey Nets logging a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Pachulia had the shoulder checked out this afternoon with doctors telling him it was tendinitis in the shoulder.

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Wizards Vs. Hawks: Zaza Pachulia Game-Time Decision With Sore Shoulder

The Atlanta Hawks back up center Zaza Pachulia is a game-time decision for Wednesday's home opener against the Washington Wizards with a sore shoulder. Larry Drew told the media before the game that Pachulia woke up with pain in his shoulder and went to the doctor this afternoon to have it checked. Pachulia was out testing the shoulder in pregame warm-ups to see how he felt before a decision will be made on his playing status.

Drew expressed transition defense as one of the key points for Wednesday's game citing that the Wizards were a top five team last season in fast break points. He was extremely pleased with the effort defensively that he saw from his club in Tuesday's win over the Nets. He said that he and his coaching staff had been "preaching to the team" about being a better defensive club for some time.

Drew also cited the play of the bench who came in and played with a lot of energy and enabled Drew to rest his starters before Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

Kirk Hinrich and Donald Sloan will be inactive for the game.

For more on this game, Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops and Wizards fans should visit Bullets Forever. For everything NBA basketball check out SB Nation's NBA hub.

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Wizards Vs. Hawks: Atlanta Hosts John Wall, Washington In Home Opener

The Atlanta Hawks will open the home portion of their schedule on Wednesday against John Wall and the Washington Wizards. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on SportSouth.

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