Instant analysis: Hawks 101, Wizards 99 OT

Instant analysis: Hawks 101, Wizards 99 OT
December 13, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Highlights: Hawks 101, Wizards 99

The Wizards blew another one in overtime Friday as Al Horford hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer. It was the 11th loss in a row at Phillips Arena for the visitors and negated a spirited fourth-quarter comeback from double digits.

Horford was a force with game-highs of 34 points on 15-for-23 shooting and 15 rebounds to hand Washington (9-12) its third loss in a row. The Wizards are 1-4 in overtime games this season. 

The Wizards started strongly as they led 10-3 on a putback by Marcin Gortat, but the Hawks (12-11) seized contral as the Wizards shot just 38% in the first half, making 18 of 50 shots. 

Still, they trailed just 48-46 at halftime but the starters came out flat in the third quarter when the Wizards only scored 15 points, shot 5-for-17 and had seven turnovers to trail 71-61 going into the fourth. 

Wall missed nine of his first 10 shots. He did, however, spark a fourth-quarter surge as the Wizards erased a 15-point deficit. He had a highlight-reel play in transition, bringing the ball behind his back in traffic for a layup that cut the deficit to 82-81.

Wall's jumper over Paul Millsap gave the Wizards their first lead since the second quarter at 83-82 and his three-pointer made it 86-84. With 22 seconds left, the Wizards had the chance to seal the victory, but Gortat was tentative in the lane and had his shot blocked by Horford. 

Horford made two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to force overtime with the score tied at 86.

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Turning point: After a three-pointer by Trevor Ariza put the Wizards up 93-92, Kyle Korver responded with a long-range shot and Jeff Teague converted a floater in the lane to make it a two-possession game with 1:24 left in the extra period. 

Best in show: Booker. Starting for the fourth time at power forward for Nene (sore right foot), he had his second double-double of the season midway through the third quarter. Booker finished 12-for-19 shooting for 24 points and 14 rebounds, including six points in a row in overtime. 

Bench production: The reserves finally showed up as Glen Rice, Otto Porter, Jan Vesely and Garrett Temple were able to get the Wizards a seven-point cushion in the second quarter. The bench contributed 25 points, led by eight each from Rice and Vesely. Vesely even put the ball on the floor, backed down his man and made soft jump hooks. They all played 16-19 minutes. 

Return of Webster: After missing one game with a sprained left ankle, Webster got out to a fast by scoring 11 points in the first quarter even though he missed 6 of 9 shots. He finished with 15 points on 4-for-12 shooting and eight rebounds in 39 minutes. 

DNP: Eric Maynor promised earlier in the week that he would perform better, but he didn't get the chance. Temple was the first point guard off the bench late in the first quarter. Temple assisted Porter on his first two field goals. Chris Singleton didn't play, either. 

Around the bend: The Wizards traveled back to D.C. immediately after the game and won't shootaround Saturday morning before playing the Los Angeles Clippers at Verizon Center (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).

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