Gilbert Arenas led the Wizards with 29 points -- all in the first
The Hawks, coming off seven straight losing seasons, trailed by
20 points in the third quarter.
Marvin Williams, newly installed as a starter as he begins his
second NBA season, sparked Atlanta's comeback from an 88-74 deficit
through three quarters.
Williams' 3-pointer with 6:29 left gave the Hawks a 95-93 lead --
Atlanta's first lead since the opening minutes of the game. Jamison
answered with Washington's next four field goals to put the Wizards
back in front.
The Hawks missed three free throws in the final 2:04, including
one miss by Joe Johnson with 17 seconds left that left Washington's
lead at 107-105. Antonio Daniels' two free throws pushed the lead
to four points.
Johnson led Atlanta with 28 points and Williams added 17. Josh
Smith posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, but
Washington still claimed a 45-36 advantage in rebounds.
The Hawks committed 22 turnovers, leading to 30 Washington
Arenas hit four 3-pointers as Washington led 58-47 at halftime.
Washington, coming off back-to-back playoff seasons, evened its
preseason record at 3-3. Atlanta fell to 4-3.