Hawks hold on, sweep Wizards

Guard Jamal Crawford scores 28 — 23 in the second half — to help the Hawks snap a six-game road losing streak.

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Guard Jamal Crawford scores 28 — 23 in the second half — to help the Hawks snap a six-game road losing streak.

WASHINGTON — Jamal Crawford scored 23 of his 28 in the second half, and the Hawks snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 105-95 victory over the Wizards on Saturday night.

Joe Johnson scored 20 to help the Hawks remain in third in the East and sweep the season series with the Wizards.

Andray Blatche scored 24 and Nick Young had 23 for the Wizards, who have been swept by the Hawks in consecutive seasons and have lost nine straight overall against the Southeast Division rival.

Neither team led by more than six through three quarters, and the Hawks trailed 76-71 with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter.

But Crawford scored the Hawks' next 11, including a jumper with 3.2 seconds remaining in the quarter that tied it at 78, and he finished off his personal run with a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter.

After the Wizards tied it at 83, Crawford made another 3-pointer, this one starting a decisive 11-0 run. His finishing touch was getting fouled on his fifth made 3-pointer. The subsequent free throw gave him his 28th career four-point play and the Hawks a 103-90 lead with 2:42 remaining.

The Hawks, who entered a game ahead of the Celtics, had their hands full with a resurgent Wizards squad that had won four of six after a 16-game losing streak.

Young connected on all three of his 3-pointers, hit 8 of 9 field-goal attempts to start and scored 19, but the Hawks led 52-50 at the end of a competitive first half.

With both sides shooting better than 50 percent from the floor, there were 13 lead changes and four ties, and neither team led by more than six points in the half.

The Hawks starters made at least half of their attempts, and the Wizards shot 72.2 percent (13-for-18) in the first quarter.

Game highlights: Larry Hughes scored 18, D.J. Augustin hit the go-ahead jumper with just more than a minute left, and the host Bobcats used their depth to hold off the Pistons 99-95. The Bobcats improved to 31-9 at home and kept their slim hopes alive for overtaking the Heat for the sixth seed in the East. Ben Gordon scored 17 of his 21 in the second half, and Jason Maxiell added 14 points for the Pistons, who missed four straight shots with a chance to take the lead in the final minute as their three-game winning streak was snapped. Playing without ill point guard Raymond Felton, the Bobcats struggled to put away the Pistons, who had knocked off the Hawks and Heat in the past week after an 11-game losing streak. … Troy Murphy had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead the streaking Pacers to a 115-102 victory over the visiting Nets. Danny Granger scored 16 of his 22 in the second half for the Pacers, who won their fourth straight. Brook Lopez had 20 points and Yi Jianlian added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Nets, who had won five of their previous nine.

Around the league: Celtics forward Kevin Garnett sat out against the host Bucks to get some rest. Coach Doc Rivers said nothing is wrong with Garnett but that he looked sluggish in a 106-96 loss to the Wizards on Friday night. Garnett was 3-of-12 from the field in 25 minutes, finishing with eight points and four rebounds. Rivers said they need Garnett, but it's important to make sure he's ready for the postseason and healthy. Garnett didn't take the decision to sit very well at first, but Rivers said Garnett was doing his part in the locker room before the game. … Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin was to play against the Spurs late Saturday after missing 18 games with patellar tendinitis in his left knee, acting coach Adrian Dantley said. Martin said he was a "game-time decision." … Timberwolves forward-center Al Jefferson traveled to New Orleans for today's game after missing the past two games while tending to a hospitalized family member. … The Wizards signed guard Cedric Jackson for the rest of the season. Jackson, who originally signed March 31, has averaged 1.3 points in three games.

Hawks 105, Wizards 95

ATLANTA (105): Williams 3-6 2-2 8, Jos.Smith 5-8 0-1 10, Horford 3-7 2-2 8, Bibby 4-6 0-0 10, Johnson 8-14 2-2 20, Crawford 9-13 5-5 28, Teague 1-4 0-0 2, Pachulia 2-4 3-4 7, J. Smith 1-4 0-0 2, Evans 4-8 2-2 10, West 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-74 16-18 105.

WASHINGTON (95): Miller 6-10 0-0 16, Blatche 11-24 2-3 24, Oberto 1-1 0-0 2, Livingston 6-9 3-4 15, Young 10-19 0-0 23, Singleton 0-2 0-0 0, McGee 3-8 2-3 8, Boykins 1-3 0-0 2, Thornton 2-3 1-2 5, Martin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-79 8-12 95.

Atlanta 30 22 26 27— 105

Washington 30 20 28 17— 95

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 9-18 (Crawford 5-6, Bibby 2-2, Johnson 2-6, Williams 0-1, Evans 0-3), Washington 7-12 (Miller 4-5, Young 3-5, Blatche 0-1, Thornton 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 34 (Horford 10), Washington 45 (McGee 10). AssistsAtlanta 22 (Jos.Smith 8), Washington 26 (Blatche, Livingston 7). Total FoulsAtlanta 15, Washington 17. TechnicalsWashington defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Pachulia. A20,173 (20,173).

Bobcats 99, Pistons 95

DETROIT (95): Prince 3-9 1-2 8, Jerebko 3-5 0-0 8, B.Wallace 3-6 0-0 6, Bynum 4-12 4-5 12, Gordon 7-20 7-8 21, Maxiell 6-6 2-7 14, Daye 3-7 2-2 9, Summers 0-1 0-0 0, Villanueva 5-10 1-2 12, Atkins 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 36-79 17-26 95.

CHARLOTTE (99): G.Wallace 5-9 4-6 14, Diaw 3-6 2-2 8, Ratliff 4-6 0-0 8, Augustin 6-12 0-0 13, Jackson 4-11 5-6 14, Chandler 1-1 9-10 11, Hughes 6-10 2-2 18, D.Brown 1-4 0-0 2, Graham 5-6 0-0 11. Totals 35-65 22-26 99.

Detroit 20 23 26 26— 95

Charlotte 19 31 24 25— 99

3-Point GoalsDetroit 6-21 (Jerebko 2-2, Prince 1-1, Atkins 1-2, Villanueva 1-3, Daye 1-3, Summers 0-1, Bynum 0-3, Gordon 0-6), Charlotte 7-15 (Hughes 4-6, Graham 1-1, Augustin 1-4, Jackson 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 43 (B.Wallace 10), Charlotte 43 (Jackson, Ratliff 6). AssistsDetroit 26 (Gordon 7), Charlotte 27 (Augustin 9). Total FoulsDetroit 23, Charlotte 22. A19,328 (19,077).

Pacers 115, Nets 102

NEW JERSEY (102): Williams 7-15 1-1 15, Yi 7-12 4-4 18, Lopez 8-16 4-6 20, Harris 5-13 1-1 12, Lee 7-11 1-1 15, Douglas-Roberts 1-4 0-0 2, Dooling 1-3 0-0 3, Humphries 5-6 3-4 13, Boone 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 43-82 14-17 102.

INDIANA (115): Granger 9-20 2-3 22, Murphy 10-18 2-2 25, Hibbert 8-10 0-2 16, Watson 3-7 0-0 7, Rush 5-6 0-1 12, Dunleavy 1-4 2-2 4, D.Jones 6-12 6-6 18, McRoberts 3-5 0-0 6, Price 1-4 0-0 3, S.Jones 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 46-86 14-18 115.

New Jersey 34 26 19 23— 102

Indiana 25 31 32 27— 115

3-Point GoalsNew Jersey 2-11 (Dooling 1-2, Harris 1-4, Yi 0-1, Williams 0-1, Lee 0-3), Indiana 9-24 (Murphy 3-7, Rush 2-2, Granger 2-8, Watson 1-2, Price 1-3, Dunleavy 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Jersey 46 (Williams 8), Indiana 40 (Murphy 9). AssistsNew Jersey 21 (Williams 7), Indiana 26 (Watson 6). Total FoulsNew Jersey 18, Indiana 13. TechnicalsIndiana defensive three second. A18,165 (18,165).

Hawks hold on, sweep Wizards 04/10/10 [Last modified: Saturday, April 10, 2010 11:47pm]

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