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Hawks, Wizards meet fresh off road wins
Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards
- Atlanta swept the season series against Washington last season, averaging 120.3 points in the three meetings. The last two games between the teams were decided by a total of five points.
- Through four games this season, the Hawks are averaging 53.3 rebounds, which is second-most in the NBA, behind Miami (54.3). Atlanta's 213 rebounds are the most through four games for the team over the last 35 seasons.
- Trae Young averaged 36.7 points in Atlanta's three games against the Wizards last season. The only players to have better scoring averages in a single season (minimum 3 games) against the Wizards are Tracy McGrady (40.8 in 2003-04), Michael Jordan (39.3 in 1992-93) and Wilt Chamberlain (38.3 in 1964-65).
- Dating back to last season, Washington is 10-1 in its last 11 home games including a win over the Pacers in its lone home game this season. The Wizards were 4-7 in the 11 home games prior to their current run.
- Montrezl Harrell came off the bench to have 25 points and 11 rebounds in Washington's 116-107 win over Boston. Harrell is the 10th Wizards player in the last 30 years to have a 25-point, 10-rebound performance off the bench with none of those players ever doing so more than once.
- Clint Capela and John Collins each had 12 rebounds in Atlanta's 102-99 win over New Orleans. It is the 14th time Collins and Capela have each had 10 rebounds in the same game, which is the most times for a teammate duo in the NBA since Capela joined the Hawks before last season.
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The Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards will each attempt to sweep a back-to-back set when the clubs meet on Thursday in the nation's capital.
Both teams scored impressive road wins on Wednesday, each winning for the third time in four games to open the season.
Washington knocked off the Boston Celtics 116-107, while Atlanta edged the New Orleans Pelicans 102-99. Both teams are halfway through their first back-to-back of the campaign.
The Hawks swept all three games against the Wizards last season, winning both games in Atlanta during the season's final week by a combined five points after posting a 16-point victory at Washington in January.
Since an uninspired loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in their second game, the Hawks have done a better job moving the ball. They had 21 assists on 40 baskets on Wednesday.
"We were making the right reads, we were getting in the paint and then finding guys in there ... making one more pass," Atlanta guard Trae Young said. "It was just reading what the defense gave us. We just made plays."
Young scored 31 points on Wednesday, topping the 30-point mark for the second straight game. Young also had seven assists while committing only three turnovers. John Collins and Clint Capela dominated the glass against New Orleans. Both grabbed 12 rebounds, and Collins produced 16 points.
The defense was key against the Pelicans. The Hawks trailed by 16 early and took a seven-point lead entering the fourth quarter. Atlanta took a two-point lead on a Collins dunk with 55.3 seconds left. The Pelicans got one point on a free throw, then had two chances to win at the end before the Hawks came up with a big defensive stop.
"Our defense showed up in the second half," Atlanta coach Nate McMillan said. "It was kind of a gut check for us tonight, going back and forth with the lead, being down, and I thought the guys stayed with it and found a way to win."
The Wizards led by 10 at halftime against Boston but got outscored by nine in the third quarter to set up a close finish.
"Sometimes we have moments when we think you just flip the light switch and win," Washington guard Bradley Beal said. "We've got to be better at moving bodies, moving the ball ... and that starts with me. I've got to be better all-around."
The Wizards got a season-high 25 points and 11 rebounds from Montrezl Harrell and 22 points from Spencer Dinwiddie. Beal scored 17, although he shot just 7-for-25 from the floor and 0-for-6 from 3-point range.
Dinwiddie said, "We've got to refocus and get back to our principles."
Beal, who missed the season's second game with a bruised right hip, has been tough against Atlanta, averaging 21 points in 28 career games. He scored 26 points in the first game against the Hawks last season but missed the next two meetings.
The Hawks got De'Andre Hunter back on Wednesday after he missed Monday's game with a non-COVID illness. He returned to score 13 points.
The Wizards likely will be without Daniel Gafford, who had to be helped to the locker room Wednesday with a right quad contusion sustained after bumping knees with Jaylen Brown. Gafford was due to undergo an MRI exam on Thursday.
--Field Level Media
Updated October 28, 2021