Surely, adjustments were inevitable by the Atlanta Hawks after they were drubbed on their home floor by the Wizards two days ago. They forced nine more turnovers (18), made four more three-pointers (17) and broke open a close game after halftime.
When it was over, the Wizards (35-36) had their five-game winning streak snapped 122-101 Wednesday at Verizon Center as they again failed to get over .500. They'd won 117-102 in Atlanta on Monday.
Dennis Schroder (23 points, eight assists) led six players in double figures followed by Paul Millsap (17 points, nine rebounds, six assists), Kyle Korver (15 points), Tim Hardaway (14 points), Al Horford (13 points) and Mike Scott (10 points, seven rebounds).
Marcus Thornton (23 points) led the Wizards in scoring, followed by Markieff Morris (19 points, nine rebounds), Marcin Gortat (14 points, 14 rebounds), John Wall (13 points, 10 assists) and Otto Porter (11 points, six rebounds).
The Wizards led 56-52 at halftime as Wall dominated his matchup with Jeff Teague (nine points, six assists). They led 70-67 at 4:34 of the third when the wheels came off. Wall and Bradley Beal (seven points) combined for two points in the third as Atlanta pulled away.
- Again, the Wizards were willing to allow Teague to beat them from the outside -- keeping him out of the paint -- and he couldn't. When Gortat caught caught on switches, he stayed off Teague, allowed him to jack up a shot that he tried to contest with his wingspan. He didn't block it but Teague didn't make it, either. It was good discipline by the bigs in general to not bite his pump fakes and force him to take threes. Teague shoots almost 40% from distance but it was better than the alternative which is go penetrate the lane for layups or get kick outs to Korver, Kent Bazemore (two points) and Millsap have all of them draining threes. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer went with Schroder instead and that's when business picked up. They had a 20-7 edge in fast-break points alone and put pace into the game that the Wizards lacked.
- Korver was a non-factor in the last meeting with only three points in 19 minutes. The Wizards were fortunate as they blew several rotations in that game that left him wide open. Porter was guilty of it then and fell asleep in this one when Korver made consecutive threes. Korver was able to get loose and made 5 of 10 threes. The Hawks pushed the pace with Schroder and got easy looks. They were 17 of 42 from three (40.5%), both season highs.
- Morris picked up his third foul by 1:59 of the second and had to go to the bench, but the Wizards were able to get away with Dudley on Millsap. The Hawks went to the matchup but Dudley fought him for position on the low block and forced a turnover. Though Horford is listed as the center, he's spending more time on the arc while Millsap, the stretch power forward, is playing closer to the basket. But Morris' foul trouble (he eventually would foul out) had the Wizards out of sync. Garrett Temple (no points) picked up four fouls in four minutes.
- Beal was quiet in the first half, getting up just six shots and only making two. He was a non-factor in this game, unlike previously when he combined with Wall for 52 points. Beal only got up eight shots in 32 minutes.
- Atlanta's bench was too much and kept them close when Teague and the starters were ineffective. It had 66 points, with former Wizards forward Kris Humphries (nine points) and Thabo Sefolosha (eight points) among the contributors. Temple shot 0-for-2, Nene (two points) shot 1-for-5 and Ramon Sessions (two points) went 0-for-3.