The Wizards won the regular-season series with the Hawks, 3-1. Here’s a recap of how it happened:
Hawks 114, Wizards 99: The Hawks opened the 2016-17 season with a home victory on Oct. 27 at Philips Arena. They used a 20-4 run to start the fourth quarter to pull away for the win. Paul Millsap led the Hawks with a game-high 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one block. Dwight Howard had 19 rebounds and 11 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. show signs of things to come with 21 points off the bench. There were some fireworks when Kent Bazemore was called for a flagrant foul one for undercutting Wizards guard John Wall on a layup attempt.
Wizards 95, Hawks 92: The Hawks suffered through a miserable shooting game as the Wizards (1-3) won their first game of the season on Nov. 4 at the Verizon Center. The Hawks shot .386 (32 of 83) from the field, including a woeful 5 of 25 from 3-point range. Howard led the Hawks with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Dennis Schroder added 20 points. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with a game-high 28 points and Wall added 21 points.
Wizards 112, Hawks 86: The Wizards led by as many as 30 points in a wire-to-wire victory on Jan. 27 at Philips Arena. The win was the 10th in 12 games for the Wizards, who moved to within a half-game of the Hawks for the Southeast Division lead. The Wizards would soon after overtake the Hawks and win the division. Bazemore led the Hawks with 15 points and Howard had a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Wall led all five Wizards starters in double figures with 19 points.
Wizards 104, Hawks 100: Despite playing without starters Millsap and Bazemore, the Hawks appeared to have the game in hand on March 22 at the Verizon Center. The Wizards went on a 24-8 fourth quarter run, in which the Hawks went 4:41 without a field goal and only five free throws. Hardaway led the Hawks with a game-high 29 points. Schroder added 18 points and Howard had a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds. For the Wizards, Beal had 28 points and Wall had 22 points, all in the second half, and 10 assists.