3. Bradley Beal entered the game with a league-leading 35.4 points per game, and the Hawks knew they’d have to limit him to get the win. Beal had 13 points in the fourth quarter but the Hawks held him to 26, well under his average, and he went 0-for-8 from 3-point range. Kevin Huerter started on Beal, and Cam Reddish guarded him more as the game went on. Westbrook added 26 points, as well.
4. With as shorthanded as the Hawks have been, they had a few games where the bench hasn’t contributed much. Since they’ve gotten a few bodies back in Danilo Gallinari and Rondo, that was a different story in Friday’s win. The bench combined for 34 points, with Gallinari scoring 11, Rondo adding eight, Reddish contributing seven, rookie Onyeka Okongwu finishing with six and Solomon Hill scoring two.
5. De’Andre Hunter exited the game midway through the second quarter and was attended to by the training staff. Hunter did not return to the game and was suffering from right knee discomfort, according to the team. After the game, Pierce said that Hunter was sore and would be reviewed further Saturday.
Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins, right, dunks past Washington Wizards center Moritz Wagner (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Stat of the game
72 (the amount of free throws in a foul-heavy game, as the Hawks went 26-for-34 and the Wizards went 31-for-38)
Star of the game
Young (led the Hawks in scoring with a game-high 41 points)
“I believe I’m up there. I think for me, I don’t really worry about that too much. I let y’all decide that.” (Young, who is averaging 37.6 points per game over the past five games, when asked if he’s the best scoring point guard in the NBA right now)