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Carter provides needed spark as Hawks beat Wizards 137-129

WASHINGTON (AP) As the old man on an Atlanta squad jammed with youngsters, Vince Carter knew what challenges the longest road trip of the season would present.

Now he's the reason the Hawks are heading home on a rare high.

The 42-year-old Carter scored 16 points in 16 minutes after halftime, helping Atlanta hold off the Washington Wizards 137-129 on Monday night to complete their seven-game trip with four wins.

''We've never been in a situation where we've played two weeks. Everybody is tired,'' said Carter, 12 years removed from his eighth and most recent All-Star appearance. ''And we find a way to close a road trip and we didn't lay down.''

With center John Collins exiting at halftime due to a cut on his face, Carter came on midway through the third quarter to a notable ovation from the Washington crowd and promptly hit his first three shots - including two 3-pointers.

He finished 6 of 8 from the floor and 4 of 6 from beyond the arc to help the Hawks stay up by multiple possessions throughout the second half after nearly giving back a 19-point advantage in the first.

''He knew John was out,'' said Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce, whose team was 6-19 on the road prior to this trip. ''He knew we needed every boost that we could get from another guy, and he was that guy tonight. It's just a lot of fun as a fan. I think the fans here started rooting for Vince regardless of who they were really rooting for.''

Taurean Prince scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and rookie Kevin Huerter added 19 points for the Hawks. Each hit five of Atlanta's 20 3-pointers. Collins finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Omari Spellman had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Trae Young added 10 points and 10 assists.

Nine players reached double figures for the Hawks, who outrebounded Washington 51-39 and finished 20 of 41 from behind the arc.

''Our whole team (is) probably just ready to get home,'' said Huerter, who hit two 3s during an early 16-2 run that put Atlanta up 28-16 late in the first quarter.

Bradley Beal had 18 of his 27 points in the fourth for the Wizards, who slipped into a 10th-place tie with Orlando in the Eastern Conference playoff race, three games back of eighth-place Miami.

Jeff Green scored 26 points, Trevor Ariza had 25 and Jordan McRae added a season-high 20 off the bench for Washington, which has 29 games left to make up ground.

''We've got to use these to our advantage to try to put ourselves in a position to get in the playoffs, and I think we will,'' Green said.

HUERTIN' FOR HOME

In Huerter's second game in Washington, fewer than 10 miles from where he played college ball at Maryland, he started quickly before a crowd that included several former teammates.

''Hopefully I'm going to see a couple of them,'' Huerter said. ''They're having a great season. They play Wednesday. I'll return the favor and I'll be watching them, too.''

MCRAE OF LIGHT

McRae has appeared in Washington's last five games after making only eight appearances before that. All three of his double-digit performances have come in those five games.

''I'm just going out there and playing hard,'' he said. ''If I see an opening, I take it.''

TIP-INS

Hawks: Are 9-7 when grabbing at least 50 rebounds. ... Collins' double-double was his 21st of the season. ... C DeWayne Dedmon fouled out with 5:30 remaining.

Wizards: Started 0 for 10 from 3-point range before Tomas Satoranksy made one with 9:18 left in the first half. They finished 12 of 38. ... Beal picked up his third foul with 8:41 left in the first half and sat until the break. ... Reserve F Troy Brown sat out and will miss at least one more game with an ankle injury.

UP NEXT

Hawks: Host the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.

Wizards: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
J. Collins
20 PF
B. Beal
3 SG
37.0 Min. Per Game 37.0
24.7 Pts. Per Game 24.7
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
5.0 Reb. Per Game 5.0
58.4 Field Goal % 46.9
58.6 Three Point % 46.9
73.9 Free Throw % 79.4
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Omari Spellman 0:26
  Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:30
+ 3 Taurean Waller-Prince made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Huerter 0:33
+ 2 Bradley Beal made dunk, assist by Otto Porter Jr. 0:46
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Huerter 0:53
  Bradley Beal missed dunk 0:55
  Offensive rebound by Bradley Beal 0:55
  Bradley Beal missed finger-roll layup 0:57
+ 3 Taurean Waller-Prince made 3-pt. jump shot 1:04
+ 3 Bradley Beal made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeff Green 1:29
Team Stats
Points 137 129
Field Goals 46-92 (50.0%) 48-97 (49.5%)
3-Pointers 20-41 (48.8%) 12-38 (31.6%)
Free Throws 25-29 (86.2%) 21-29 (72.4%)
Total Rebounds 58 49
Offensive 14 12
Defensive 37 27
Team 7 10
Assists 29 34
Steals 7 6
Blocks 2 8
Turnovers 13 8
Fouls 22 20
Technicals 0 0
10 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST
27 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Hawks 18-35 35263838137
home team logo Wizards 22-31 20373240129
Team Stats
away team logo Hawks 18-35 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Wizards 22-31 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Waller-Prince SF PPG RPG APG FG%
B. Beal SG 25.6 PPG 5.0 RPG 5.5 APG 47.5 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Waller-Prince SF 21 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
B. Beal SG 27 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
50.0 FG% 49.5
48.8 3PT FG% 31.6
86.2 FT% 72.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Waller-Prince 21 2 2 7/10 5/7 2/2 0 26 1 0 1 0 2 +5 27
K. Huerter 19 5 4 6/10 5/7 2/2 3 32 1 0 1 1 4 +4 32
J. Collins 15 11 2 4/9 0/0 7/8 1 16 0 0 1 5 6 -9 29
D. Dedmon 12 4 0 5/8 0/2 2/3 6 20 0 1 2 1 3 +3 15
T. Young 10 4 10 2/13 1/6 5/6 1 26 0 0 1 0 4 +3 33
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Waller-Prince 21 2 2 7/10 5/7 2/2 0 26 1 0 1 0 2 +5 27
K. Huerter 19 5 4 6/10 5/7 2/2 3 32 1 0 1 1 4 +4 32
J. Collins 15 11 2 4/9 0/0 7/8 1 16 0 0 1 5 6 -9 29
D. Dedmon 12 4 0 5/8 0/2 2/3 6 20 0 1 2 1 3 +3 15
T. Young 10 4 10 2/13 1/6 5/6 1 26 0 0 1 0 4 +3 33
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
V. Carter 16 0 2 6/8 4/6 0/0 3 15 2 0 1 0 0 -2 21
O. Spellman 16 10 2 6/12 4/6 0/0 1 29 0 0 1 4 6 +15 29
J. Lin 11 4 4 4/9 0/4 3/3 3 21 1 0 2 1 3 +5 22
K. Bazemore 11 3 1 4/7 1/2 2/3 2 16 2 1 1 1 2 -1 18
D. Bembry 4 5 1 2/4 0/1 0/0 2 21 0 0 2 0 5 +8 9
A. Len 2 3 1 0/2 0/0 2/2 0 13 0 0 0 1 2 +9 7
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Adams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Dorsey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 137 51 29 46/92 20/41 25/29 22 235 7 2 13 14 37 +40 242
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 27 6 6 11/24 4/9 1/2 4 35 0 0 2 4 2 -15 43
T. Ariza 25 4 5 9/19 3/11 4/5 3 42 1 1 2 1 3 -1 39
O. Porter Jr. 13 8 2 5/13 0/4 3/6 4 38 1 2 1 2 6 -1 27
T. Satoransky 11 7 9 3/4 1/1 4/6 3 28 1 1 1 3 4 -6 37
T. Bryant 2 3 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 1 0 1 2 -14 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 27 6 6 11/24 4/9 1/2 4 35 0 0 2 4 2 -15 43
T. Ariza 25 4 5 9/19 3/11 4/5 3 42 1 1 2 1 3 -1 39
O. Porter Jr. 13 8 2 5/13 0/4 3/6 4 38 1 2 1 2 6 -1 27
T. Satoransky 11 7 9 3/4 1/1 4/6 3 28 1 1 1 3 4 -6 37
T. Bryant 2 3 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 1 0 1 2 -14 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Green 26 5 5 9/19 2/9 6/6 1 36 0 1 0 0 5 +6 42
J. McRae 20 5 1 8/11 2/3 2/3 1 25 2 2 1 1 4 +22 30
I. Mahinmi 5 1 0 2/3 0/0 1/1 1 8 1 0 1 0 1 -16 6
S. Dekker 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 -7 2
C. Randle 0 0 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 -8 6
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jenkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Brown Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 129 39 34 48/97 12/38 21/29 20 235 6 8 8 12 27 -40 242