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.