Bradley Beal scored 19 of his 24 points in the first half for Washington, which had its three-game win streak halted and lost its fifth in a row at State Farm Arena. A victory would’ve given Washington (5-2) its best beginning to a season the 1974-75 Bullets got off to a 7-0 start.
Young went 11 for 11 from the free-throw line as Atlanta finished 29 for 29 on foul shots.
Washington struggled to pull within double digits after De’Andre Hunter’s turnaround jumper made it 105-94 with 5:12 remaining. Bogdanovich followed with a 3 from the left wing, and the Wizards missed a third straight jumper before Reddish, falling near the baseline, fed John Collins with a behind-the-back pass and an easy lay-in to put Atlanta up 110-94 with 3:32 to go.
The Wizards closed the lead to eight after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stole the ball from Young and fed Kyle Kuzma for a layup that made it 110-102 with 1:27 remaining. Hawks coach Nate McMillan quickly called timeout.
Young followed by hitting a pair of free throws, but Spencer Dinwiddie answered with a three-point play that trimmed the lead to 112-105 with 1:14 to go.
After Reddish hit a pair of foul shots, the Wizards called timeout with 57.5 seconds to go before Caldwell-Pope missed a 3, and Collins knocked down two free throws to give the Hawks a 114-105 advantage.
That essentially ended it.
The Wizards, who seemed out of sorts while Atlanta kept switching between man and zone defenses, didn’t score in the third quarter until Caldwell-Pope’s three-point play at the 7:20 mark. Young and Bogdanovich each hit a 3 that made it 75-60, and Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. called timeout.
Danilo Gallinari hit a 3 from the left corner that gave the Hawks a 25-21 lead and caused the Wizards to call timeout with 3:09 to go in the first. Gallinari scored from the same spot a couple of minutes later, and Young hit a layup before knocking down a pair of free throws that made it 32-21 for Atlanta’s first double-digit lead.
The Hawks closed the first on an 18-5 run.
Wizards: Daniel Gafford responded well at the shootaround and was put in the lineup after missing two games with a right quad contusion. He finished with four points and five rebounds in 15 minutes. … F Davis Bertans collided with Gorgui Dieng in the lane late in the first and hit the floor after hurting his left ankle. He got up limping, hit a pair of free throws and then limped off the floor and into the locker room. He did not return.
Hawks: G Kevin Huerter was given the night off to rest. … Atlanta outscored the Wizards 20-5 in free throws in the first half. The Hawks were 20 for 20 at the line before intermission. The team’s previous high in free throw attempts was 21 in a win over Detroit.
Wizards: Host Toronto on Wednesday.
Hawks: At Brooklyn on Wednesday.
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