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Hawks vs. Wizards: Larry Drew says Stevenson 'stepped it up big time' in win

Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew was quite pleased with how DeShawn Stevenson played when he wasn't expected to.

Rob Carr

The Atlanta Hawks try to avoid playing forward DeShawn Stevenson back to back games, but because of foul trouble and other factors, Hawks head coach Larry Drew says that he had no choice but to play him. After Stevenson scored eight points in 13 minutes and helped the Hawks win Tuesday against the Washington Wizards 100-95 in overtime, Drew couldn't be happier with how he played:

"We were a little short-handed and I got in a situation where I was running out of bodies particularly on the perimeter and we had guys in foul trouble," Drew said. "So I had to choice put the play DeShawn and he really stepped it up big time for me. He came in and did a great job defensively, knocked a 3 down, got a tip-in follow on a fast break."

The win for the Hawks was their third win against the Wizards this season, their sixth in a row against the Wizards and their third win the last four games overall. The win was also No. 18 in the last 19 games against the Wizards, the only loss coming without Josh Smith on April 9, 2011.

The Hawks next play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night at Philips Arena. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip off and the game will be broadcast on Sports South.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.