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.