Originally written on Wizards Extreme  |  Last updated 11/18/14
hawks 84 wizards 8212/7/2012 - Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GAESPN BoxscoreNBA.com Game Highlights   The MVP for the Wizards tonight was Bradley Beal.  After picking up two quick first quarter fouls, Beal played a solid, well-controlled game.  Beal made five of his 12 shots, including a total of 16 points in the second half.  He also grabbed two nice steals. I question Wittman’s decision to sit Beal as long as he did in the 4th, as he was playing very well. Here’s to hoping tonight’s game was the confidence boost Beal needed to begin playing more consistently. Kevin Seraphin spelled a largely ineffective Okafor and came on to score 19 points off the bench.  Kevin worked through some questionable first half shooting to secure a field goal percentage of over 50%, hitting nine of 16 from the floor.  He also grabbed seven rebounds and made 2 blocks. This performance was more of what the Wizards have grown accustomed to as Seraphin continues to develop his game. For a player maligned by his home crowd for taking long jumpers, Josh Smith's game tonight should temporarily pacify the critics.  Josh scored 23 points on a respectable 45% shooting from the floor, while also grabbing 15 rebounds. His impact, however, would be felt much deeper, as he presented match-up problems and trouble on the boards for the Wizards throughout the game.  Josh was also a big part of the final run by the Hawks in the closing few minutes that put the game firmly out of the Wizards’ reach. THE GOOD After trailing by double digits for nearly the entire game, the Wizards played very well in the third quarter, successfully bringing the Hawks’ lead down to as few as 2 points.  The Wizards shot well from the floor, created turnovers, and played slightly better perimeter defense. Combining this effort and the solid play to begin the 4th quarter, the Wizards made what seemed to be an early blowout into a competitive game.  The Wizards would go on to outscore the Hawks 54-50 in the second half.THE BADThe key difference in this game was mostly likely the first quarter deficit the Wizards worked themselves into.  While the remaining three quarters were played fairly evenly, Washington worked itself into a 12-point hole early on thanks to poor shooting and bad defensive rotating. Chris Singleton started well, but was soon outplayed by the Hawks’ more skilled front court.  Emeka Okafor did little to offset the poor play and was quickly benched, while  Shaun Livingston picked up three very quick fouls and essentially saw his night come to an end. THE UGLY The Wizards once again struggled to defend their opponent’s three-point shooters.  The Hawks enjoyed sustained success behind the arc, including a 5-11 line from former Wizard DeShawn Stevenson.  The Wizards surrendered several three pointers from the corners, as Hawks shooters leaked out all game. Also chipping in from long distance for the Hawks were Louis Williams, Josh Smith, and Devin Harris. The Wizards fall to 2-14 on the season.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Yankees wanted Rollins but Phillies' price was too high

Pop misses game for medical reasons; Messina takes over

John Beilein upset with ESPN for late start time to game

Tyson Chandler felt like Knicks' scapegoat at times

Fred Jackson has 'no respect' for Donte Whitner

Devon Still responds to unpaid child support allegations

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Diamondbacks sign Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas

Josh Gordon felt alienated by some in Browns organization

Jerry Jones: I'm a big admirer of Robert Griffin III

Raiola fined for uneccesarily striking Pats' Zach Moore

Report: Michigan keeping Jim Hackett on as athletic director

LeBron James on Ferguson: 'Violence is not the answer'

Steelers turned down chance to be called 'America's Team'

Report: Small chance Raiders-Rams could be moved to Indy

Todd Gurley begins rehab after surgery on knee for torn ACL

Brodeur to practice with Blues

OSU player posts Michigan player's girlfriend as his 'WCW'

Jim Harbaugh's family may not eat turkey thanks to NBC

Ole Miss' The Grove threatened by Mississippi State fan

Is it time for the Redskins to move on from Robert Griffin III?

Top 10 fantasy football turkeys for 2014

WATCH: Coyotes lose in ugly fashion, score own goal in OT

Warriors are having tons of fun on team plane

Jenn Sterger hints she'll be back in her FSU cowgirl gear for game

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Steelers could have been America's Team

John Beilein upset with ESPN

Should Washington move on from RG3?

Dominic Raiola fined for cheap shots

Game of the week: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Rose leaves with injury again

WATCH: Pierce signs for fan during game

Report: McCoy to start over RG3

Braxton Miller headed to Oregon?

10 most one-sided college football rivalries

Pierce: C's Big Three like 'Holy Trinity'

Maclin unhappy with Cooper comments

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.