Crawford’s Triple-Double Goes For Not As Wizards Lose Again
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP)–Lou Williams scored a season-high 24 points and Josh Smith had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 100-95 overtime win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.
Kyle Korver had 16 points and Jeff Teague added 13 as Atlanta (15-7) won for the third time in three meetings with the Wizards (3-19) this season.
Jordan Craword had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Wizards. Nene scored 18 points, Bradley Beal had 17 and Martell Webster 11.
After Washington took a 93-92 lead on a jumper by Earl Barron with 3:05 to play in overtime, the Hawks scored six straight points to go up five with 1:29 to play.
Williams hit one of two free throws to tie the score, and Stevenson hit a 3-pointer with 2:08 left to put Atlanta back ahead for good, 96-93. After he made the shot, the former Wizard turned toward the booing crowd, waving his hand in front of his face.
Stevenson and Al Horford each made 1 of 2 free throws, and Crawford hit a jumper with 48 seconds left to pull Washington to 98-95.
Nene had a jumper blocked by Smith with 9 seconds to play, and Korver made two free throws to cap the scoring.
Barron scored his first basket of the game with 23 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 90. He missed his previous eight field goals.
With the score tied at 58-all, Beal went up for a dunk. Smith blocked it, and Beal fell hard to the floor, stayed motionless for a few moments and left the game with 5:29 to play in the third quarter. A minute later, Beal left the floor with trainer Eric Waters.
Without Beal, the Hawks ran off a quick seven straight points on a 3-pointer and a dunk by Teague and another dunk by Smith. Beal returned to the bench a few minutes later. After three quarters, Atlanta led 72-69.
The Hawks led through nearly the entire first half with a 52-46 advantage at halftime. Beal was 6 for 7 from the field and had 12 points in the opening half.
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Bradley Beal after the game said, “I feel fine, my back’s tight…I’m just banged up. I should be good to go tomorrow, though.”
Beal said they did give him a concussion test and he passed, so he was allowed to return.
“I think he really banged his head pretty good,” Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman said. “They brought him back to check for a concussion, to make sure nothing like that transpired. I’m sure he’s going to be sore in the morning. I saw he had heat packs on the bench on his back too. He came back and said he wanted to play.”
Nene played four minutes over his limit, and with the back-to-back in Orlando tomorrow, they will have to see on how much he can do against the Magic.
“I talked to him and I took him out in the overtime,” Wittman said. “He said he wanted to go back, so I wanted to make sure the soreness wasn’t there or anything. That’s another thing hard to deal with in coaching, is minutes and that’s new for me in trying to monitor that. Taking one of your bet players out two minutes into overtime. I had fans heckling me. This guy’s on a minute limit.”
Listen here to what Randy Wittman, Jordan Crawford, Bradley Beal, Earl Barron & Martell Webster had to say following the loss.
Randy Wittman Postgame Audio
Jordan Crawford Postgame Audio
Bradley Beal Postgame Audio
Earl Barron Postgame Audio
Martell Webster Postgame Audio