Young, Capela help Hawks end Wizards’ 3-game winning streak

Nov 1, 2021, 7:16 AM | Updated: 8:08 pm
Washington Wizards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) dribbles past Atlanta Hawks Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) ...

Washington Wizards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) dribbles past Atlanta Hawks Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)

(AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)

              Washington Wizards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) dribbles past Atlanta Hawks Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Atlanta Hawks head coach Nate McMillan talks with the referee during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Washington Wizards Aaron Holiday (4) defends Atlanta Hawks Trae Young (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Atlanta Hawks John Collins (20) shoots over Washington Wizards center Daniel Gafford (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Atlanta Hawks Gorgui Dieng (10) fouls Washington Wizards center Montrezl Harrell (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Washington Wizards Kyle Kuzma (33) moves the ball up the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Washington Wizards Kyle Kuzma (33) scores during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Washington Wizards Spencer Dinwiddie (26) dribbles past Atlanta Hawks Danilo Gallinari (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Atlanta Hawks Clint Capela (15) shoots over Washington Wizards Bradley Beal (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Washington Wizards Bradley Beal (3) makes a layup during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Atlanta Hawks Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Washington Wizards head coach West Unseld Jr. signals a play during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Washington Wizards Raul Neto (19) shoots over Atlanta Hawks Trae Young (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Atlanta Hawks Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) moves the ball past Washington Wizards Kyle Kuzma (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Atlanta Hawks Trae Young (11)  moves the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 26 points, Clint Capela had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 118-111 on Monday night.

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.

The Hawks, who lost 122-111 at Washington last week, snapped a two-game skid. Bogdan Bogdanovich finished with 16 points for Atlanta (4-3), and Cam Reddish added 15 off the bench.

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 first thing, it always starts with moving the ball,” Collins said after tying a career high with six assists. “Moving the ball from side to side is always hard to guard in this league. We have guys that can contribute at a high level and we just wanted to make sure we were executing and putting guys in position where they can play their game. We continued to do that tonight. When we’re playing that way, it’s always easy to win.”

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.

It didn’t make much of a difference initially as the Hawks padded the lead to 80-64 on Young’s three-point play, but the Wizards closed the quarter on a 17-9 run to make it 84-77 entering the fourth.

“There were at least three stretches where we’d go two and half to three minutes where we wouldn’t score,” Unseld said. “We made plays late and saw an uptick in the numbers, but those stretches were hurtful. Obviously in the third quarter we struggled and were only able to muster 17 points.

“You know, it’s one of those things when those moments happen, we were getting good looks, and it kind of gets frustrating when those don’t go down. We can’t allow that to affect the other end of the floor.”

Atlanta led by as many as 13 in the first half, but the Wizards closed to within three on Beal’s 14-footer in the closing seconds before the break. Washington scored 37 in the second quarter.

The Hawks closed the first on an 18-5 run.

“I think we’re starting to understand where we need to be on offense,” Young said. “Guys are getting to their spots quicker and guys are ready to make plays. I think it’s going to take time. We’re starting to get in more of a flow.”

TIP-INS

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.

UP NEXT

Wizards: Host Toronto on Wednesday.

Hawks: At Brooklyn on Wednesday.

__

More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Brazil's Neymar smiles during a training session at the Grand Hamad stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday,...
Associated Press

Neymar in Brazil’s lineup against South Korea at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Neymar is in Brazil’s starting lineup for the match against South Korea in the round of 16 at the World Cup on Monday. The star forward hadn’t played since injuring his right ankle in the team’s group stage opener against Serbia. Coach Tite had said Neymar would play from the start […]
1 day ago
South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston, top, reaches for a rebound against Memphis forward Hannah Rid...
Associated Press

Stanford’s VanDerveer tops women’s AP Top 25 appearances

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer stands atop The Associated Press women’s basketball poll with the most appearances all time, breaking a tie with the late Pat Summitt. VanDerveer’s Cardinal remained No. 2 behind top-ranked South Carolina on Monday, giving her 619 weeks with one of her teams in the AP Top 25: 592 weeks with Stanford […]
1 day ago
North Carolina forward Pete Nance reacts to the team's 103-101 loss to Alabama in four overtimes in...
Associated Press

Preseason No. 1 North Carolina drops out of AP Top 25

Houston and Texas remain firmly entrenched atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, while preseason No. 1 North Carolina has dropped out entirely after a fourth straight loss. The Cougars earned 37 of 62 first-place votes in Monday’s poll, extending the program’s first stay at No. 1 since the “Phi Slama Jama” days in […]
1 day ago
Croatia's goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saves from Japan's Maya Yoshida during a penalty shootout at...
Associated Press

Croatia beats Japan 3-1 in penalty shootout at World Cup

AL WAKRAH, Qatar (AP) — Croatia is going deep at another World Cup, and the team is taking the long route once again. Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved three penalty kicks Monday in Croatia’s 3-1 win over Japan in a shootout, securing a return to the quarterfinals for the runner-up in the 2018 tournament. On its […]
1 day ago
FILE - Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) walks off the field after his teams loss to...
Associated Press

Panthers waive struggling QB Mayfield, a former No. 1 pick

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The short-lived Baker Mayfield era is over in Carolina. The Panthers waived the struggling quarterback on Monday after the 2018 No. 1 draft pick asked for his release. Mayfield would be subject to waivers and become a free agent if he goes unclaimed. The move does not come as a surprise, […]
1 day ago
Soccer fan Misty Alvarez reacts at watch party after the Netherlands scored a goal on the United St...
Associated Press

Americans’ World Cup-ending loss seen by 16.5M on US TV

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The United States’ tournament-ending 3-1 loss to the Netherlands at the World Cup was seen by 16.5 million on U.S. English- and Spanish-language television and digital streams, according to figures released by Fox and Telemundo. Fox said its coverage of the round of 16 match, which started at 10 a.m. EST […]
1 day ago
Young, Capela help Hawks end Wizards’ 3-game winning streak