Washington at Atlanta

Hawks' preseason success continues with victory against Wizards

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Josh Smith and Marvin Williams scored 24 points apiece, leading the Atlanta Hawks to another preseason victory -- 103-99 against the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

The Hawks (6-1) have reached their most preseason victories since 1995 with one game remaining. Atlanta has not had a winning season or made the playoffs since '99.

"We're just trying to build chemistry with our team," coach Mike Woodson said. "We have a few guys that are still nicked up, but for the most part I'm pleased with the progress of this team, and how we're starting to come together."

Washington (4-2) had a chance to tie after Anthony Johnson missed two free throws with 23 seconds remaining. But Roger Mason came up short with a 3-pointer, and Dominic McGuire couldn't connect after yanking down an offensive rebound.

Williams rebounded and sank two free throws with 7.2 seconds left to seal the victory.

Washington (4-2) built an 11-point lead early in the second quarter, but the Hawks bounced back with a 19-5 run. The game was tied at 48 at halftime and neither team led by more than six points over the final two quarters.

Smith also had 11 rebounds, six assists and four blocks, a couple of the spectacular variety. Josh Childress added 22 points for the Hawks, who overcame a 3-of-14 shooting performance by Joe Johnson.

"We have to build confidence starting in preseason," Smith said. "We're trying to show our fans that we're capable of getting wins this season."

Gilbert Arenas paced the Wizards with 19 points in 29 minutes. Antawn Jamison had 12 points and nine rebounds.

"We're just looking to get into a rhythm by getting your timing and chemistry together with your other teammates," Arenas said. "We try to get all the positions ready so we can get off to a good start when the season begins."

The Hawks played without center Zaza Pachulia (knee) and guards Speedy Claxton (knee) and Acie Law (wrist). But guard Tyronn Lue appeared for the first time in the preseason, scoring 8 points and dishing out five assists in nearly 21 minutes of action; he missed the first six exhibition games with an ailing knee.

Washington got a good look at its younger players. First-round pick Nick Young and fellow rookie McGuire were on the court at the end of the game. Third-year pro Andray Blatche played 28½ minutes.

"The core guys will be fine, but you're looking at the addition of the young fellas," Caron Butler said. "They pretty much ran the fourth quarter, and they looked great."

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