Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 5)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Friday, October 30th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 13th
Game 3: Saturday, February 6th
Game 4: Thursday, March 11th
Game 5: Saturday, April 10th

Wizards 82

(12-25, 6-14 away)

Hawks 94

(25-13, 15-4 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    7:00 PM ET, January 13, 2010

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 13 20 29 2082
    ATL 17 28 21 2894

    Top Performers

    WSH: A. Jamison 25 Pts, 19 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Atl: J. Crawford 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Johnson, Crawford lift Hawks to third straight victory

    Associated Press

    ATLANTA -- Joe Johnson knew the Washington Wizards would compete at a high level despite problems off the court.

    "We knew it would be a tough game," Johnson said. "We knew they wouldn't give up. They play hard."

    Johnson scored 24 points, Jamal Crawford added 22 and the Atlanta Hawks won their third straight with a sluggish 94-82 victory over Washington on Wednesday night.

    Despite 25 points and a season-high 19 rebounds from Antawn Jamison, the Wizards lost their third straight and seventh in their last nine as the team tries to play through problems related to Gilbert Arenas' suspension.

    "I don't think it's ever going to be out of our minds," Washington coach Flip Saunders said.

    The Hawks, winners of three straight and four of five, led by as many as 22 points on Al Horford's free throw late in the second, but Washington pulled within two when Jamison's turnaround jumper made it 66-64 with 11:41 remaining.

    Crawford's 3-pointer pushed the lead to 12 with 5:43 left, and the Wizards were unable to mount another significant threat.

    "If I miss my first 10 shots, that doesn't faze me," Crawford said. "In the fourth quarter, I make my shots."

    Saunders was hoping a two-game road trip, which ends Friday in Chicago, would help his players concentrate on basketball amid the criminal investigation that led to Arenas' indefinite NBA suspension Jan. 6.

    Instead, the Wizards were outscored 50-22 in the paint and 21-3 on the break.

    "The way we started the game, it could have been really ugly," Saunders said. "I think it shows the character of a guy like Jamison that we didn't quit. We've got to get off to better starts."

    Added Jamison, who had 17 points in the second half: "That first half, I'm missing shots that I make with my eyes closed. During the course of the season, you're going to have games like that. It was a back to back, and the ball just wasn't going in for us, but we didn't stop playing. We chipped away and pretty much made a game out of it."

    Randy Foye finished with 18 points, and Caron Butler added 15 for Washington.

    "What did we get down?" center Brendan Haywood said. "Twenty-one? Twenty-two? When you dig that deep a hole, we gave the Hawks a cushion they had to work with the whole game. We had a hard time containing them off the dribble."

    Marvin Williams scored 16 points for Atlanta, and Josh Smith had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

    The Hawks went on a 20-3 run to begin the second, taking a 21-point lead at the 4:50 mark on Johnson's 3. Washington, though, ended the second on a 15-6 run.

    "The last three or four minutes of the second quarter, we let them back in the game," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "We just didn't close the quarter out. In the third quarter, they had their way, but we were able to regain our composure in the fourth and bring it home."

    Game notes

    Washington played without G Mike Miller (straight right calf). ... The Hawks were without C Zaza Pachulia (flu) and G Maurice Evans (birth of child). ... The Wizards fell to 1-11 when committing more turnovers on the road, 5-16 overall. ... Atlanta improved to 14-2 at home, 22-4 overall, when entering the fourth quarter with a lead.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 82 94
    FGM-FGA 29-81 (.358) 37-85 (.435)
    3PM-3PA 6-12 (.500) 6-21 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 18-21 (.857) 14-20 (.700)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-48 15-49
    Assists 19 26
    Turnovers 13 8
    Steals 2 5
    Blocks 0 7
    Fast Break Points 3 21
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (1/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 22

    Top Performers

    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 25
    Reb: 19
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jamal Crawford Crawford
    Points: 22
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0