Originally posted on Wizards Extreme  |  Last updated 12/8/12
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.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Claude Julien: Illegal hit on Patrice Bergeron warrants ‘further consequences’

Foster’s return to game after head injury raises questions

Lions owner Martha Ford is not happy with NFL about blown call on MNF

New details on Duke Williams dismissal

Baylor’s RG3 statue vandalized by TCU fans

FSU’s Dalvin Cook looking good to play Saturday against Miami


Rangers survive war of attrition in Game 1 vs Blue Jays

NBA Players Union to fund cardiac screenings for retired players

Dolphins fire defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, promote Lou Anarumo

Rob Manfred isn’t a fan of tweaking playoff format

Matt Barnes opens up about Derek Fisher fight

Bennett: QBs make too much money, not enough left for OL

Pacquiao says he is in talks with Mayweather about rematch

Wisconsin looks to bounce back against Nebraska

Jack Del Rio: Raiders will go after Peyton Manning, want to ‘take him down’

Charles Barkley will guest star on 'The NFL Today'

Week 5 NFL power rankings

Poor Royals grounds crew member gets eaten by tarp

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason; will return in 2016

Colin Kaepernick’s contract structure protects team from overpaying struggling QB

Vladimir Putin celebrates birthday by scoring seven goals in hockey game

The Cowboys clearly don't trust the Patriots

Report: Chargers, Rams favored by NFL owners for LA

Brady or Rodgers? Sampling of NFL execs split on debate

Real reason for Sam Bradford's struggles is...his glutes?

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.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Week 5 NFL power rankings

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason

Putin celebrates birthday by scoring seven goals in hockey game

"Friday Night Lights" writer calls Chip Kelly a fraud

Women in sports this week: Is this 2015 or 1965?

Three reasons each AL team can win the pennant

Garrett addresses Hardy's comments about Gisele

Five outrageous predictions for NFL Week 5

Rex makes players do push-ups in practice after penalty calls

Weeden compares QB situation to 'backing up Derek Jeter'

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker