Friday , Apr , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Smith leads Atlanta over Washington

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Josh Smith had 25 points, eight rebounds and
four blocks as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Washington Wizards, 114-101, at
Philips Arena.

Joe Johnson posted 20 points and seven assists and Zaza Pachulia totaled 16
points and eight boards for the Hawks, who have won two straight games. Josh
Childress finished with 12 points in the contest.

Gilbert Arenas had a game-high 41 points and also dished out seven assists and
Antawn Jamison contributed 24 points and seven rebounds for the Wizards, who
were playing without Caron Butler (sprained thumb) and Antonio Daniels
(sprained wrist). Brendan Haywood registered a double-double with 11 points
and 10 boards in the loss, Washington’s first in its last three games.

Washington has a 2 1/2 game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks, who are currently
playing the Memphis Grizzlies, for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference
playoff race.

Arenas’ layup gave the Wizards a 15-8 lead, but the Hawks came back with a
10-3 run, capped by Smith’s basket, to tie the game at 18. Washington led
32-28 after 12 minutes of play.

Atlanta opened up the second quarter with a 16-7 surge, highlighted by three-
point plays from Pachulia and Johnson, to take a 44-39 advantage. However, the
Wizards countered with a 10-4 burst, including five points from Haywood, to
move in front 49-48. The lead was short-lived as the Hawks led 55-53 at the
break.

Jamison’s layup tied the game at 61, but Atlanta reeled off an 11-3 spurt,
showcased by Al Harrington’s tip-in, for a 72-63 margin. Washington responded
with an 8-2 rally, including a pair of threes from Arenas to pull within
74-71.

A pair of Arenas free throws with four ticks remaining in the third period cut
the deficit to 80-75 heading into the final frame.

Jamison’s jumper pulled the Wizards within five, 86-81, but the Hawks came
back with a 9-2 run, highlighted by Smith’s trey, for a 95-83 margin with five
minutes to play.

Arenas’ four-point play broke up the streak but the Wizards didn’t get any
closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Washington had won the previous eight meetings…Arenas has scored 40 or more
in 10 games this year…Atlanta shot 49 percent from the field, while
Washington connected on 39 percent of its shots…The Hawks bench outscored
the Wizards reserves, 43-22…Harrington finished with 10 points…The Hawks
had seven blocked shots.

ATL WAS