Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 100, Wizards 95 OT (updated)

Vivlamore reporting.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It wasn’t supposed to be this close. But was it ever.

DeShawn Stevenson, who the Hawks hoped not to play, hit a key 3-pointer with 2:07 remaining in overtime to help the Hawks to a 100-95 victory over the lowly Wizards Tuesday night at the Verizon Center.

The Hawks could have sealed the game at the free-throw line in the final two minutes. However, Stevenson and Al Horford each hit only one of two free throws. After a Jordan Crawford basket and a missed Hawks shot, the Wizards trailed 98-95 and had the ball with 24 seconds remaining. The Wizards’ Nene missed a shot in the paint and Kyle Korver sank two free throws with 7.7 remaining to clinch the victory.

The Hawks ordinarily don’t play the veteran Stevenson in back-to-back games and wanted to save him for Wednesday’s game against the Thunder. However, with Anthony Morrow out and Devin Harris injured during the game, coach Larry Drew had no option. When Harris couldn’t return for the second half, Stevenson got his ankles taped during the intermission.

“We were a little short-handed and I got in a situation where I was running out of bodies particularly on the perimeter and we had guys in foul trouble,” Drew said. “So I had to choice put the play DeShawn and he really stepped it up big time for me. He came in and did a great job defensively, knocked a 3 down, got a tip-in follow on a fast break.”

The Hawks (15-7) defeated the Wizards for the third time this season and sixth straight overall. It was the Hawks’ 18th victory over Washington in the past 19 games between the teams. The only game Atlanta has lost came when Josh Smith was out with an injury April 9, 2011.

The Hawks held the Wizards to five overtime points.

“It was tough,” Stevenson said of his late entrance. “I’ve been through so much in my career, getting played in the fourth quarter for two minutes and two seconds. I’m just mentally strong. We needed that win and we got it.

The Hawks have won 12 of their past 15 games. They play the second of four games in five days Wednesday at home against the Thunder.

Lou Williams led the Hawks with 24 points, including a basket and free throw in overtime. Josh Smith had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Korver finished with 16 points.

“I continued to play and stay aggressive,” Williams said. “Any time that I thought I saw a crease I was able to take it. Tonight was one of those games we didn’t play with a lot of energy so I just wanted to be aggressive any time I had the ball.”

The Wizards (3-19) lost for their fourth straight game. They were led by the former Hawk Crawford with a game-high 27 points. Crawford did a lot of talking during the game, to Jeff Teague and the Hawks bench. Teague was called for a foul after hitting Crawford in the face and it got under the skin of the guard, who hit five 3-pointers.

“That’s my homeboy,” Teague said. “We played together for half a season so we are really good friends. We were just talking a little bit – bragging rights for the summer. … We joked about it after the game. I said ‘You finally made some shots against us.’ He laughed about it.”

With the Hawks holding a one-point lead, 87-86, Smith was fouled going to the basket with 1:05 remaining. However, he missed both free throws and opened the door for the Wizards.

After a Bradley Beal floater gave the Wizards the lead, Williams answered with a 3-pointer with 43.8 seconds remaining. Back came the Wizards on a jumper from Emeka Okafor that tied the game, 90-90, with 23 seconds remaining.

Playing for the final shot, Teague drove to basket but was called for a charge with 2.7 remaining setting up overtime. Crawford missed at the buzzer to force the extra session.

“Coach told me to make a play at the rim and put it on the officials,” Teague said of the final play of regulation. “I guess they made a good play.”

When asked if he thought it was a charge, Teague said “No, but it was the call that was made.”

In three games against the Wizards this season, Smith has averaged 21.7 points and 13 rebounds.

The Hawks led by as many as eight points in the first half and took a 52-46 lead into intermission. Korver had 10 first half points, including three 3-pointers.

Coach and players pointed to the team’s defensive effort in the overtime as the reason for the victory. However, the effort will have to be there again Wednesday.

“We locked down and played solid defense,” said Al Horford, who had five points and 11 rebounds. “We need to be more consistent in that end. Tomorrow that has to be a point of emphasis because Oklahoma is probably the best team in the NBA right now. We are going to have our hands full.”

Notes

* Harris left the game in the second quarter and did not return with what the team described as a sore left foot. The guard had eight first-half points before leaving with the injury.

* Ivan Johnson left the game in the second quarter with a cut on his right hand that required four stitches. The cut was between the fourth finger and pinkie. He returned following halftime.

* Morrow missed his second straight game with a sore back. The guard practiced Monday and participated in the shoot-around Tuesday but was declared out prior to the game. Drew said the team was being cautious with the injury by giving Morrow extra rest. The team is still listing Morrow as day-to-day and his status for Wednesday’s home game against the Thunder is uncertain.

- Chris Vivlamore

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157 comments Add your comment

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
10:17 pm

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
10:18 pm

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
10:18 pm

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
10:19 pm

Allstar Al finished with 5 points..

Rod from College Park

December 18th, 2012
10:21 pm

“So far this year, the difference hasn’t been as pronounced, but over their careers, Lou has been significantly better in that department.”

I’d take the better scorer anyday. Not

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
10:21 pm

Josh and Sweet Lou share the game ball tonight

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
10:24 pm

That last interior block on the big NeNe by Josh was a game saver..Al was outside the free throw line watching..

Figures…

MrNique

December 18th, 2012
10:24 pm

I’ll take the W, but.

I think on a night like tonight, Pop would have given Morrow/Harris’ minutes to Jenkins. Lets see what he can do.

Otherwise, glad we squeaked it out. Hope Deshawn can go tomorrow too.

Rod from College Park

December 18th, 2012
10:24 pm

“So far this year, the difference hasn’t been as pronounced, but over their careers, Lou has been significantly better in that department.”

I’d take the better scorer anyday.

High-sider

December 18th, 2012
10:31 pm

Najeh Davenpoop [FTPB],

“Over his career, Lou has been significantly better at getting to the line. Lou averages 6 FTA/game for his career; Jamal is at 3.9. Jamal has averaged over 5 FTA/game once in his career; Lou has been over 6 FTA/game in two of the last three seasons. So far this year, the difference hasn’t been as pronounced, but over their careers, Lou has been significantly better in that department.” – Najeh Davenpoop @10:08pm, 12/18/2012

Please keep in mind you are using “Per 36 Minutes” stats which are “theoretical” [or projected] stats and are not “actual” stats. Over their respective NBA careers, Lou Williams has averaged 3.7 FTA/game while Jamal Crawford has averaged 3.4 FTA/games. That’s a very marginal difference of 0.3 FTA/game. Jamal Crawford’s career FT % is 85.5% while Lou Williams’ career FT % is 80.1%.

It still all cancels/washes (out). I hate to belabor this (these) point(s).

High-sider

December 18th, 2012
10:35 pm

^Correction: “…Lou Williams has averaged 3.7 FTA/game while Jamal Crawford has averaged 3.4 FTA/[game*].”

Mookie Blaylock

December 18th, 2012
10:42 pm

In these games where Stevenson needs rest, why not just give his minutes to Jenkins and tell him to do the same thing Stevenson does, shoot 3s?

heat check

December 18th, 2012
10:42 pm

1) Rick Sund deserves a retroactive GM of the year for 2010-11. Great stuff!!

2) Someone please get Nique a calculator or show him some Reggie Miller/Rodney Rogers footage. With 1:10 left and Hawks up by 5, it’s not safe to write this one up as a W. Not by a long shot. You can hear Rathbun wanting to reel him in on that, but he probably has visions of the courtside suit guy in his head and lets it slide.

heat check

December 18th, 2012
10:45 pm

Minutes to Jenkin? Are you out of your mind??? He’s a rookie and has no idea what he’s doing out there! Let him rot….I mean sit on the bench for a couple years to pick up the nuances of the game.

bama52

December 18th, 2012
10:50 pm

Watched the game tonight great win. My question is at what point will our rookies get to play. We need their energy. Jenkins was drafted 23rd round one, numerous other rookies are playing big minutes. The Hawks draft players to sit on the bench. Most successful teams Boston, Miami, Chicago, and San Antonio draft players in the first round and play them. LD got 2 players hurt now is the time to get the rookies in. They should be playing as much as possible both of them are solid ball players. L Drew may do like Woodson did to Jeff Teague, hold him back for 2 years while Bibby walked the ball up the court. Wake up LD the rookies are very talented and don’t pulled them when they make the slightest mistake.

heat check

December 18th, 2012
10:59 pm

Bama, Woody coached JT’s 1st year and LD coached his 2nd. He didn’t get a chance with either until Kirk’s injury in the playoffs. If it wasn’t for the injury, he’d never got a chance to prove himself.

I agree 100%. Jenkins looks like he could really give us something and he’s just sitting there waiting for a 30pt lead so he can get on the court. I’m sure it’s doing loads for Jenkins’ (and Scott’s) confidence. LD thinks development is something you do to a letter before you put it in the mail.

High-sider

December 18th, 2012
10:59 pm

Jazz tangle[s] Nets, 92 – 90.

The “No. 2 pick” in the 2005 NBA Draft who coincidentally wears the No. 2 [Utah Jazz] jersey this season “put up” a double-double (11pts, 10rebs). Joe Johnson scored a game-high 21 points for the Nets.

Oh yeah, Hawks, thanks for “takin’ care of business” against the Wizards even though it (the game) was “too close for comfort.”

http://www.nba.com/games/20121218/UTABKN/gameinfo.html?ls=iref:nbahpgt0021200358

Najeh Davenpoop

December 18th, 2012
11:10 pm

“Please keep in mind you are using “Per 36 Minutes” stats which are “theoretical” [or projected] stats and are not “actual” stats.”

Yeah, I followed that up by correcting myself, but the point is the same. Per-36 stats are not “theoretical”; they are just actual stats per minute, instead of actual stats per game. There are times when per-36 stats don’t matter much (like when you are comparing a starter to a bench player, or when you don’t account for the roles that different players play) but in this case, Lou and Jamal both play nearly identical roles for their respective teams, so per-36 (or per-minute) provides a better picture of how much impact each player makes in the time they play.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 18th, 2012
11:12 pm

“In these games where Stevenson needs rest, why not just give his minutes to Jenkins and tell him to do the same thing Stevenson does, shoot 3s?”

I would have liked to see Jenkins too, but Stevenson is a decent defender, not just a spot up shooter. Nobody knows yet whether Jenkins can also be a decent defender, but from everything I heard about him around draft time that wasn’t his strong suit.

heat check

December 18th, 2012
11:19 pm

Wait….what? We’re supposed to want JJ and Duck back? I didn’t realize they’ve been lighting it up. Let’s see here…….Marvin’s playing 26min/gm…..3.5RBs…..less than one AST, STL and BLK per game……less than 10PTs/gm…..all for the low low price of 7.5M/yr. And JJ……yep, he still isn’t worth half of his salary and apparently his dog just died again, based on his body language. What were we thinking?? Please tell me Danny didn’t say no backsies!

High-sider

December 18th, 2012
11:21 pm

Najeh Davenpoop,

Wrong. “Per 36 Minutes” stats ARE theoretical or projected stats. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure “Per 36 Minutes” stats are NOT used when making Player of the Week selections, Player of the Month selections, MVP selections, SMOY selections, DPOY selections, MIP selections, All-NBA selections, All-Star selections and HOF selections. Right?

Raj

December 18th, 2012
11:24 pm

There is a difference between “hoped not to play” and “didn’t think he would play”!!

Section 303

December 18th, 2012
11:28 pm

Hawks were just coasting today. Other than Lou Williams and Ivan, I did not think anyone played well.

Hated the way Teague handled that last possession of regulation. He waited too long, as ‘Nique pointed out. Also, got caught in the air and failed to find the correct man who was wide open. He has to do better than that…I won’t go into Jordan Crawford handing him his ars the whole night.

They have to play better tomorrow. I think they will. They’re really lucky to pull this one out tonight.

High-sider

December 18th, 2012
11:31 pm

Najeh Davenpoop,

“Per 36 Minutes” stats ARE a “projection” of what a player would average or produce (statistically) if that player averaged or played 36 minutes per game and are based on that particular player’s “actual stats.” “Actual stats” are used in calculating a player’s “Per 36 Minutes” stats. I can’t believe you can’t see (or understand) this (concept); (I know) you’re better (and smarter) than this. Don’t disagree just to be disagreeable.

keith

December 18th, 2012
11:35 pm

Josh and Al will need to man-up and play “Grown-man basketball against OKC. None of this passive, weak, non-emotional, “don’t hurt me” Basketball!!!!

keith

December 18th, 2012
11:42 pm

In 44 minutes, Al has 5 points, 6 assists, 1 Block, and 1 steal….SMDH…If i am the coach, Al comes off the Bench tomorrow night!!! If you earn 12mil/per season, you can not not play like a BENCH SCRUB!!!! SMDH some more!!!

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
11:48 pm

The Wizards (3-19) lost for their fourth straight game. They were led by the former Hawk Crawford with a game-high 27 points. Crawford did a lot of talking during the game, to Jeff Teague and the Hawks bench. Teague was called for a foul after hitting Crawford in the face and it got under the skin of the guard, who hit five 3-pointers.

“That’s my homeboy,” Teague said. “We played together for half a season so we are really good friends. We were just talking a little bit – bragging rights for the summer. … We joked about it after the game. I said ‘You finally made some shots against us.’ He laughed about it.” C-Viv

JC2 is scary.

Buddy Grizzard

December 18th, 2012
11:51 pm

Horford hate thread?

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
11:52 pm

I dont like Al at the 4. He becomes passive and gives up the rock like a hot potatoe!

A chief passer he will become and avg 5-7 assist per night..Do I want my power 4 leading the team in assist nightly?

Najeh Davenpoop

December 18th, 2012
11:56 pm

““Per 36 Minutes” stats ARE theoretical or projected stats. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure “Per 36 Minutes” stats are NOT used when making Player of the Week selections, Player of the Month selections, MVP selections, SMOY selections, DPOY selections, MIP selections, All-NBA selections, All-Star selections and HOF selections. Right?”

OK, then what if I gave you per-minute stats? Those are not theoretical, right?

Jamal gets to the line 0.108 times per minute for his career. Lou gets to the line 0.167 times per minute for his career. In other words, Lou gets to the line about 1.5 times as often as Jamal does for his career.

For comparison’s sake, LeBron scores about 1.5 times more points per minute than Josh Smith for his career. In other words, Lou for his career has gotten to the foul line better than Jamal at about the same rate that LeBron has scored better than Josh.

Per-36 is just per minute stats multiplied by 36. It is theoretical in the sense that if Lou and Jamal actually play 36 minutes a game, their production may not equal what the per-36 stats say they would. It is not theoretical in the sense that it is just based on what they do per minute rather than per game.

The Monger

December 19th, 2012
12:00 am

Author….The Hawks are 15-7, not 15-8. Also, I really like the future of this franchise with Ferry. He highly regards shooting and defense…two things that can swing games vicously. Korver was a BIG pickup, I mean this guys is a career 42 percent 3 point shooter, and it seems everytime I pick up the paper and look at the box score, he is 5 for 6 from 3 or something like that. Teague, Lou, and Devin form a lethal guard combo, and Al and Josh down low are good for 15 points 10 boards a night each. Add in ZaZa and Ivan’s toughness and rebounding, and Morrow and DeShawn nailing 3’s and the Hawks are deep and lethal. The best part is we only have 3 guys under contract next year, so we can build around Horford and Lou, and pick and choose our free agents, maybe Josh (but I am still not sold on him, until he gives up the long jumpers). I would like to get Chris Paul and Resign Josh…A lineup of Chris Paul, Lou Williams, Stevenson/Korver/Free Agent, Josh Smith, and Al Horford looks really good to me….Alot of Atlanta connections, and a potential championship run coming….GO HAWKS!!!

Slimjr

December 19th, 2012
12:01 am

W.R. Terrell

December 18th, 2012
4:43 pm

“A win against the Wizards is more then a possibility unless stupidity takes hold. Lets see, if a certain person rebounds, defends and gets his points off put backs and not standing outside the 3 point line then the HAWKS have a good possibility of winning this game. Is that too much to hope for? oh yeah, he needs to play a lil defense also. Al will be fine, he will give Nene a battle. I say lets start IVAN at PF, Al at center and hopefully that nuddy buddy at SF will play with some sense, if not then the HAWKS gotta big prob if those outside shots are not dropping. LD needs to make a statement about stupid play, if not and the launcher does his thing and goes 4 for 22 then the Wizards will win by 30. Sounds far fetched? Lets see what the wanna be superstar does and if he hinders the team. Maybe he looked at his 1-12 and will decide not to be ignorant. Ha ha gotchaaaaaaaaaaaa.”

5 pts, against a scrub front line? Guess this script will be flipped tomorrow by this [Fan Club] member..Dont hold your breath! .hahahahahah

Najeh Davenpoop

December 19th, 2012
12:01 am

Holy sh-t, the Bobcats are beating the Lakers in LA by double digits.

Slimjr

December 19th, 2012
12:03 am

GO BOBCATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Slimjr

December 19th, 2012
12:07 am

D’Antoni was a [turrible] hire! Hey, isn’t that 7′1″ stiff playing tonight for the Lakers?

Rev in Tampa

December 19th, 2012
12:08 am

“That’s my homeboy,” Teague said. “We played together for half a season so we are really good friends.

Teague is my favorite Hawks player so I hate to correct him, but he is not factually correct in the above quote. To be truthful Teague should have said:

“That’s my homeboy,” Teague said. “We SAT ON THE END OF THE BENCH together for half a season so we are really good friends.

Gary

December 19th, 2012
12:20 am

Forgot how good Ben Gordon is for terrible offensive teams. Whatever you say about him, he will get you points when your offense is doing nothing.

sam'l

December 19th, 2012
12:23 am

that game had loss written all over it…….free throws free throws free throws gonna have to make every one count against the Thunder……who if I remember correctly play one of the fastest games ever…..

Ken Strickland

December 19th, 2012
12:26 am

I don’t remember any of you HORFORD HATERS making an issue of Josh’s lousy 1-12FGAs, 7REBs, and 3PT performance against the Warriors. But then again, STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES!

Jamaaliver

December 19th, 2012
12:54 am

AL had a bad shooting night, but put up great numbers overall. Hit his avg in rebounds and led the team in assists.

Those are the types of things winners do when there shots aren’t falling. Play good defense, distribute the ball, rebound like crazy.

He leads the team in rebounds and double-doubles. He’s ALWAYS productive….That’s why he’s a champion, and an all star.

2 FOR JOHN DREW

December 19th, 2012
1:06 am

Good win HAWKS !!! ….. Tomorrow, Let’s go take care of business !!!

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

December 19th, 2012
1:51 am

Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Mo Evans and a first round pick for Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong.

High-sider

December 19th, 2012
1:51 am

Najeh Davenpoop,

Give it up, dude; you’re wrong. “Per 36 Minutes” stats are based on “ACTUAL” stats. What ANAL-MINDED MORON [GM] evaluates players on a “per minute” basis? Don’t you realize (that) when you calculate a player’s “per minute” stats, those “per minute” stats are derived (or a derivation) from that particular player’s “actual” stats? Don’t tell me you calculate a player’s “per minute” stats using (based on) “arbitrary” stats (sarcasm).

Question No. 1: What are Jamal Crawford’s and Lou Williams’ “actual” [career] FTA/game stats? Think about it.

Question No. 2: What are Jamal Crawford’s and Lou Williams’ “actual” [career] scoring averages?

Game, set [and] match.

yup

December 19th, 2012
1:55 am

Joe Johnson was the only thing keeping JC2 from having big nights against ATL #Truth

Big Daddy

December 19th, 2012
2:58 am

Hawks did enough to win. Later when people look back on this game it will not matter whether the win was 1 point or 15. It will just be a mark in the win column. Tonight will be significant in that you can bet OKC will want to avenge their lost at home against the Hawks early in the season and they will be ready. The Hawks should do their best to make Durant nothing but a jump shooter. They can win this game.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 19th, 2012
3:03 am

High-Sider, if I spend 48 minutes on the court and LeBron spends 1 minute on the court, I am almost certainly going to get more stats than him in at least one category, even if just by accident. That doesn’t make me a better player; it just means I played more minutes. The whole point of per-minute stats is that some players (in this case, Jamal) play more than other players (in this case, Lou) and it’s idiotic to assume they are better just because they played more. If you choose to be an idiot, I can’t help you.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 19th, 2012
3:09 am

Everyone’s favorite jump shooting, shying-away-from-contact SG Joe Johnson attempts nearly the exact same number of free throws per game as Jamal and Lou. I suppose you think he gets to the line just as well as they do too.

drmaryb.(""_*).

December 19th, 2012
5:36 am

Preach!

““That’s my homeboy,” Teague said. “We SAT ON THE END OF THE BENCH together for half a season so we are really good friends.” -Rev in Tampa-
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Wassup Rev? Teague meant, they played in practice? practice? practice??? [in A-Iverson's voice] & on the end of the bench, they played a card game called [C O N C E N T R A T I O N]. lol
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Shout out to Naj & Hi-sider for the PER Debate. I have been often confused about this stats meaning. Now, Im very clear on this. Great Job – Fellas!!!

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I just hope we left something in tank for tonight’s big contest. It will be another dog fight. OKC is a turnover machine so, hopefully we can finish on the breaks, rebound and play some fierce defense on the perimeter.

Let’s Go Ferry-Led Hawks!!!
Make a Statement!

W.R. Terrell

December 19th, 2012
5:47 am

The HAWKS let Jordon Crawford rot on the bench and the Wizards gave up playing time, there’s a lot of astute basketball minds in here. The HAWKS won a basketball game in OT and they should have never been near OT. That’s like giving the game ball to crunch time choke free throw shooters. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh k, I see the big brains are out tonight.

W.R. Terrell

December 19th, 2012
5:52 am

The HAWKS play the Thunder tonight. Can they win? I hope so but that’s assuming the bigs rebound, run the floor and forget that 3 pointers exist and oh, not play point guards and muster up a tad of defense.