Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
With a few new additions for the Atlanta Hawks and a healthy Wizards team for the first time in a few seasons, the season opener against the Hawks should have been a better final result for the Wizards, yet it was just the opposite. Another fourth quarter demise, another Wizards game in the loss column.
The biggest story line of the night was the absence of John Wall in the scoring column.
Wall started 0-8 from the field and didn’t hit his first field goal of the game until there was 2.9 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Hawks, who led only 81-80 heading to the final period, outscored the Wizards 33-19 over the final 12 minutes.
Markieff Morris led Washington with 22 points, but it was a tough night for the Wizards’ dynamic backcourt duo. Bradley Beal was held to 13 in the debut for new Washington coach Scott Brooks.
“We got a lot of good looks. Some went down, some didn’t,” Beal said. “But at the end of the day, we can’t control our offense. We can control our defense and our effort. We just gave up the last quarter and a half.”