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Washington at Atlanta

Hawks 94, Wizards 82

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Joe Johnson knew the Washington Wizards would compete at a high level despite problems off the court.

"We knew it would be a tough game," Johnson said. "We knew they wouldn't give up. They play hard."

Johnson scored 24 points, Jamal Crawford added 22 and the Atlanta Hawks won their third straight with a sluggish 94-82 victory over Washington on Wednesday night.

 Arenas probe taking toll on weary Wizards

Despite 25 points and a season-high 19 rebounds from Antawn Jamison, the Wizards lost their third straight and seventh in their last nine as the team tries to play through problems related to Gilbert Arenas' suspension.

"I don't think it's ever going to be out of our minds," Washington coach Flip Saunders said.

The Hawks, winners of three straight and four of five, led by as many as 22 points on Al Horford's free throw late in the second, but Washington pulled within two when Jamison's turnaround jumper made it 66-64 with 11:41 remaining.

Crawford's 3-pointer pushed the lead to 12 with 5:43 left, and the Wizards were unable to mount another significant threat.

"If I miss my first 10 shots, that doesn't faze me," Crawford said. "In the fourth quarter, I make my shots."

Saunders was hoping a two-game road trip, which ends Friday in Chicago, would help his players concentrate on basketball amid the criminal investigation that led to Arenas' indefinite NBA suspension Jan. 6.

Instead, the Wizards were outscored 50-22 in the paint and 21-3 on the break.

"The way we started the game, it could have been really ugly," Saunders said. "I think it shoes the character of a guy like Jamison that we didn't quit. We've got to get off to better starts."

Added Jamison, who had 17 points in the second half: "That first half, I'm missing shots that I make with my eyes closed. During the course of the season, you're going to have games like that. It was a back to back, and the ball just wasn't going in for us, but we didn't stop playing. We chipped away and pretty much made a game out of it."

Randy Foye finished with 18 points, and Caron Butler added 15 for Washington.

"What did we get down?" center Brendan Haywood said. "Twenty-one? Twenty-two? When you dig that deep a hole, we gave the Hawks a cushion they had to work with the whole game. We had a hard time containing them off the dribble."

Marvin Williams scored 16 points for Atlanta, and Josh Smith had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Hawks went on a 20-3 run to begin the second, taking a 21-point lead at the 4:50 mark on Johnson's 3. Washington, though, ended the second on a 15-6 run.

"The last three or four minutes of the second quarter, we let them back in the game," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "We just didn't close the quarter out. In the third quarter, they had their way, but we were able to regain our composure in the fourth and bring it home."

Notes

Washington played without G Mike Miller (straight right calf). ... The Hawks were without C Zaza Pachulia (flu) and G Maurice Evans (birth of child). ... The Wizards fell to 1-11 when committing more turnovers on the road, 5-16 overall. ... Atlanta improved to 14-2 at home, 22-4 overall, when entering the fourth quarter with a lead.

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Washington (12-25) 1320292082
Atlanta (25-13) «1728212894
WAS:A. Jamison 25 Pts
WAS:A. Jamison 19 Reb
WAS:R. Foye 8 Ast
ATL:J. Johnson 24 Pts
ATL:J. Smith 11 Reb
ATL:J. Smith 8 Ast
Players of the Game
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J. Johnson

A. Jamison
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Washington
R. Foye, PG467-152-248218
A. Jamison, PF4610-223-5193125
C. Butler, SF426-182-2113315
B. Haywood, C343-77-7100313
N. Young, SG211-60-00122
D. Stevenson, SG201-20-00203
A. Blatche, C171-74-54156
E. Boykins, PG90-30-00100
D. McGuire, PF50-10-00000
M. James, PGDid Not Play
F. Oberto, CDid Not Play
J. McGee, CDid Not Play
M. Miller, SFDid Not Play
J. Crittenton, PGDid Not Play
Totals 29-8118-2148191682
 35.8%85.7% 
Atlanta
J. Johnson, SG4410-230-052124
J. Smith, SF382-86-8118410
M. Williams, PF376-134-682216
A. Horford, C333-71-210357
M. Bibby, PG261-70-01602
J. Crawford, SG319-182-353322
M. West, SG122-31-15025
J. Teague, PG82-30-00204
J. Smith, PF72-30-04014
J. Collins, C40-00-00010
M. Evans, SFDid Not Play
R. Morris, CDid Not Play
Z. Pachulia, CDid Not Play
Totals 37-8514-2049261994
 43.5%70.0% 
Other Games
Pho 114 Final
Ind 122
NY 93 Final
Phi 92
Bos 111 Final
NJ 87
LAC 94 Final
NO 108
SA 109 Final
OKC 108
LAL 100 Final
Dal 95
Min 114 Final
Hou 120
Orl 97 Final
Den 115
Mil 108 Final
Port 120
Mia 115 Final
GS 102