Hawks return favor, beat Wizards

Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:41pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Atlanta had its five-game winning streak snapped Monday by the Washington Wizards. In the conclusion of a home-and-home set against their Southeast Division rival, the Hawks were motivated to return the favor.

Dennis Schroder scored 23 points off the bench and the Atlanta Hawks used a season-high 17 3-pointers to fuel a 122-101 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

Paul Millsap had 17 points and Kyle Korver made five 3-pointers for the Hawks (42-30), who kept pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race while exacting revenge after the Wizards triumphed 117-102 Monday in Atlanta.

Trailing 56-52 at halftime, the Hawks took control with a 22-5 run and outscored the Wizards 70-45 in the second half. Washington had won a season-high five in a row

"They had us one day, and we tried to get them back and that is the reason why we came motivated," Schroder said. "Everybody was focused. I think we did a great job tonight."

The Hawks had a season-high 42 attempts from beyond the arc and shot 53.6 percent from the field. Korver, one of eight Atlanta players with at least one 3-pointer, scored 15 points and Al Horford had 13.

Marcus Thornton scored 23 points and Markieff Morris had 19 for the Wizards (35-36). The loss snapped Washington's momentum and hurt its playoff hopes.

The Wizards fell 2-1/2 games behind Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons defeated the Orlando Magic 118-102.

Atlanta remains tied with the Boston Celtics for fourth in the East while moving 1/2 game over the idle Charlotte Hornets.   Continued...

Mar 23, 2016; Washington, DC, USA;Washington Wizards forward Marcus Thornton (15) shoots the ball over Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott (32) during the second half at Verizon Center. The Hawks won 122-101. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports