3. There weren't many positives for the Hawks from that fourth quarter, given that they let their lead slip away, but backup point guard and two-way player Brandon Goodwin scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth to give the Hawks a chance to win. Goodwin has continued to be a reliable backup presence behind Trae Young, which allows the Hawks to rest Young without the offense falling apart. Outside of Goodwin (5-for-8 in the fourth), the Hawks shot 4-for-13 in the fourth quarter (overall, the were outscored 30-22).
4. The Hawks did themselves no favors by going 50% from the free-throw line (12-for-24), wasting opportunities for points (the Hawks are 76.1% from the free-throw line on the season). “We missed 12 free throws,” Young said. “That can’t happen.”
5. John Collins was active on defense and finished with a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds -- that’s his second double-double in a row and his fifth in his 13 games played this season. He had four blocked shots, which brings him to 10 in his last three games. In the fourth quarter, though, Collins sat out from the 5:15 mark to the 1:14 mark, with Pierce explaining postgame that he had gotten tired and needed a break: “That’s fatigue, and that’s why you sub. When you compete, you should play to exhaustion. Trying to keep bodies on the floor that aren’t giving you 100%, is tough. It wasn’t that he wasn’t giving us 100%; he played to exhaustion, and so you’ve got to get him out.”
By the numbers
11 (the amount of steals the Wizards tallied)
“It was just super frustrating. I could not get a shot to fall tonight.” (Trae Young on his performance, particularly in the fourth quarter, after tallying 19 points on 7-for-20 shooting, with seven assists and six turnovers)