Pachulia’s career night leads Hawks over Wizards
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Zaza Pachulia scored a career-high 27 points
and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Hawks over the Washington
Playing without starter Joe Johnson due to a calf injury and key contributor
Marvin Williams because of a back ailment, Atlanta got output from an unlikely
source. Anthony Johnson scored 19 points for the Hawks, who ended a six-game
Josh Smith and Salim Stoudamire tallied 13 points each for Atlanta, which
began a four-game homestand by ending a two-game slide at Philips Arena.
Gilbert Arenas had 28 points to lead Washington, which had a three-game win
streak halted. Antawn Jamison had 22 points for the Wizards, who struggled to
get a key road win.
With the game tied at 67 late in the third quarter, Johnson hit a pair of free
throws to start a 6-0 surge that gave the Hawks the lead for good. Solomon
Jones’ bucket sent the Hawks into the fourth with a 71-67 edge and his two
free throws in the early stages of the final quarter extended the lead to
Washington later drew within 77-76 after a pair of Antonio Daniels free
throws, but Atlanta answered with a 9-2 run to take control. Stoudamire’s
bucket with a little less than six minutes left ended the run for an 86-78
The lead later reached 11 points following two Johnson free throws, 94-83.
However, poor free throw shooting down the stretch allowed Washington to get
within 96-93, but with 10 seconds left Tyronn Lue hit two free throws to ice
Caron Butler had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Washington, which led 31-21
after one quarter and went into halftime ahead 52-44.
The Wizards led 60-50 in the third, but the Hawks used a 13-2 run to take the
lead. Johnson’s three-pointer capped the surge for a 63-62 edge, giving
Atlanta is first lead since early in the opening quarter.
Atlanta improved to 11-18 at home…Washington fell to 10-18 on the
road…Atlanta ended a two-game slide to the Wizards, who lead the season
series 2-1…The Hawks beat the Wizards for just the second time in 12 games.