ATLANTA (AP) -- Eddie Jordan knew it would take at least a year
to turn the Washington Wizards into a winner.
Mike Woodson might be wondering how long it will take the
Atlanta Hawks to experience a similar turnaround.
Larry Hughes scored 19 points and led seven players in double
figures Friday night, helping the Wizards reach four games over
.500 for the first time in four years with a 114-90 rout of the
"It's about coming together," said Jordan, who won 25 games
last year in his first season. "You can't do it in two months. It
took us a year and we still have a long way to go."
Jordan said he was proud to see his team deliver a knockout
punch after leading 62-35 at halftime.
Washington, which never trailed, pushed its lead to 20 points
for the first time with a 21-2 run in the first period. The
Wizards' biggest lead was 35 points, at 108-73.
In other games this year, the Wizards had relaxed after building
"We talked about coming out in the third quarter after having
the lead," Jordan said. "I like the growth. I see it."
The Hawks' eighth straight loss left them with their worst
record (2-13) after 15 games since moving to Atlanta in 1968. The
2000-01 Hawks were 2-12 before winning their third game.
"It was one of those games where we just didn't compete from
the beginning to the end," said Woodson, in his first season with
Atlanta. "And that's inexcusable. These guys get paid big money to
play. ... I'm sorry to the fans because that's bull that these guys
come out and not compete any better than that."
Washington (9-5) had not been four games over .500 since Feb.
15, 2002, when it was 27-23. The Wizards have won six of seven
"We know the offense better," said Wizards second-year forward
Jarvis Hayes. "It was tough last year with a new coach, new
system, new players. We didn't know how to play with each other."
The Hawks are attempting a similar rebuilding effort under
Woodson. Boris Diaw is the only player on the active roster who
began last season with the team.
Friday night's effort was a low point for the Hawks.
"That was a nightmare," veteran Kevin Willis said. "That was
a team we should have beaten or at least been competitive
The Wizards, meanwhile, played a complete game while committing
only 11 turnovers and holding the Hawks to 43-percent shooting from
"We take a lot of positives out of the streak we have right
now, but we've got to continue to play defense, share the ball and
just win," Hughes said. "We know we won't win all our games, but
we want to minimize our opponents' scoring, we want to share the
The balance on Washington's roster was obvious as 10 players
logged at least 20 minutes, but none played more than 28 minutes.
The Wizards, second in the league in scoring, put up 100 or more
points for the 10th time in 14 games.
The Wizards don't rank among the league leaders in defense, but
they have held four of their last six opponents to 90 or fewer
points. They allowed the third-fewest points in franchise history
in Wednesday night's 95-68 win over New Jersey.
Atlanta set a season high with 26 turnovers, leading to 29
points for Washington.
"They were the more aggressive team," said Antoine Walker, who
led the Hawks with 26 points.
"We've got to get out of this losing streak. When you're in an
eight-game losing streak, everybody starts nitpicking."
Al Harrington added 16 points for Atlanta. Josh Smith, with 11
points, was Atlanta's only other scorer in double figures.
The Wizards led 62-35 at the half.
Atlanta F-C Kevin Willis appeared in his 1,400th career
game. ... Washington made 7 of 10 3-point shots in the first half.
... Hawks C Peja Drobnjak returned after missing four games with a
sprained right ankle. He scored two points in nine minutes.