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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