By Jeremy Batka @EastCoastAssn
Wizards fans were hoping their team could do something in Atlanta that they couldn't do in New York, win their second game in a row. Josh Smith and company had other plans though as the Hawks handled Washington 104-95.
The Wizards battled late in the third quarter to make this a game and at one point in the second half they trailed by only two. But once again they were unable to complete the comeback and dig themselves out of an 18 point hole.
Kevin Seraphin lead the Wizards with 19 points on his birthday, he also added 7 rebounds and for a few stretches in the second half his post game actually looked impressive. He also boasted a new hair cut that looked..... interesting, and that's being kind.
Another positive for the Wizards was Bradley Beal's play in the third quarter. Beal had 14 of his 18 in the third and got in a pretty good rhythm with his long range shot. Unfortunately though outside of the third Beal looked like a rookie who is struggling with the transition to the NBA.
Martell Webster made the start for the injured Trevor Ariza and the Wizards offense struggled, scoring only 19 in the first quarter. Webster also posted a -21 rating tonight, by the far the worst on the team.
Jeff Teague scored 12 of his 19 in the first half and defensively Washington could do nothing to contain him. The former Wizard, DeShawn "Can't see me" Stevenson also had a big night, he had 15 points all coming from beyond the arc. You think the Wizards defense would have remembered he liked to shoot the trey but then you'd be giving them too much credit.
Josh Smith led the hawks with 23 points including a three pointer to put Atlanta up six and seal the win with just over two minutes. For some reason though Buckhantz didn't pull out the "DAGGER" call. Maybe he's used to watching this team fail in many, many different ways.