January 22, 2022

Washington Wizards Game 6 Review: Fourth quarter spurt by Atlanta dooms Wiz

The Washington Wizards believe they should be considered at the top of the Southeast Division with the Atlanta Hawks. They had their first chance to prove it Saturday, but a fourth-quarter spurt by Atlanta proved the difference and the Wizards fell 114-99 at Phillips Arena.

The Hawks won their seventh consecutive after an opening night loss to Detroit.

The Wizards fall to 3-3 after consecutive road losses to Boston and the Hawks.

Otto Porter Jr went for a career-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooing and John Wall added 19 points and 12 assists. But Bradley Beal had an off night, going 5 of 12 and 0 for 2 from beyond the arc for 11 points. Marcin Gortat added 10 points and 10 rebounds, but all that wasn’t enough to counter 25 turnovers, the second game in row with 24-plus, a mark they reached just once last season.

Washington was down by one with 5:07 left after a driving layup by Beal, but the Hawks ran off 12 straight points to salt this one away.

NEXT GAME: Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Oklahoma City.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP


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