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Despite a triple-double by Jordan Crawford, the Wizards fell in OT for the second time this year to Atlanta, 100-95.

The two teams traded blows through most of the fourth quarter and the Wizards found themselves trailing by two with 43 seconds to go after a Lou Williams three. Earl Barron, who played a season high 26 minutes and grabbed a season high 14 boards, then hit a tough jumper deep in the shot clock with 23 seconds to go to tie things up. On the ensuing Hawks possession, the Wizards locked down on defense and Nene drew a charge on Teague to give the Wizards a last chance with 2 seconds left. Crawford's three ball would come up just short though to send the game to OT.

Looking to avenge the heartbreaking loss the Wizards endured during their last OT meeting, the two teams entered the overtime period tied at 90 all. The Wizards took an early 93-92 lead in the extra period but Atlanta then rattled off six straight points, including four points by Deshawn Stevenson, to go up 98-93. The Wizards got a Barron bucket and a stop to make it a 3 point game with 24 seconds to play but could not convert on their ensuing possession as Josh Smith blocked Nene's attempt with nine seconds left. Korver would ice the game with a couple of free throws.

The Wizards had 28 assists on their 36 buckets and turned the ball over less than Atlanta, who have the third most steals in the league per game, but it was not enough. Jordan Crawford had the WIzards first triple-double since he performed the feat in April of 2011 as he went for 27 points, 11 boards and 11 assists in this one. The other Wizards in double figures were Nene with 18 points, Beal with 17 and Webster with 11. For the Hawks, Lou Williams had 24 points and Smith had a double-double with 17 points and 13 boards.

The Wizards now travel to Orlando to take on the Magic on Wednesday night, tip-off at 7pm.


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Points: 4
Rebounds: 5
Assists: 0

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Points: Jordan Crawford - 27
Rebounds: Earl Barron - 14
Assists: Jordan Crawford - 11
Blocks: Earl Barron - 4
Steals: Nene - 3

On tonight’s loss:

“I can’t fault our effort. It really just kind of boiled down, as it has a lot this year, to making a play, making a shot, making an open shot, making a play coming down the stretch. I thought in the second half I found guys that were going to go out there and play the right way.”

On Jordan Crawford:

“I think obviously the game is easier for Jordan when Nene is on the floor at that position because we can throw and play through Nene a lot. It gets the ball out of his hands and he does not necessarily have to start every thing. I think obviously having Nene back tonight helped him. He’s a competitive kid to come in and keep fighting. Jordan’s always going to keep fighting. He might not always take the best shots, I might scratch my head and look to the ceiling sometimes, but I do know he’s going to compete. He’s going to try. That’s who he is.”
On the Hawks:

“They made a couple of big shots. That kind of took the life out of us a little bit. They are a good team and they pulled it out.”

On playing against his former team:

“I know the coaching staff and a couple players over there. They have a good time with me and I have a good time with them.”
On what Coach Wittman wanted out of his play tonight:

“He just wanted to see some energy, and for me to try to give us a little boost out there. He wanted me to just play hard. At halftime he told me I was going to start, so I just had to prepare myself.”

On the fourth quarter:

“I know those shots that I missed I will make in the long run, but I had to just keep plugging at it. My shot wasn’t falling, but I just had to help the team on the defensive end.”
On the game:

“We gave ourselves a chance. The execution down the stretch hurt us. Coming up with some big rebounds, we missed those. Those are the little things you have to secure, especially in the last two minutes of regulation. Getting rebounds, not fouling, keeping guys in front of you and allowing them one bad contested jump shot.”

On Jordan Crawford:

“Extraordinary, that’s all you can say. He led the team. He kept us in it along with Earl (Barron) playing big minutes. I haven’t seen that, that was amazing.”