Atlanta beats Wizards 94-82 for third straight win

GEORGE HENRY | 1/14/2010, 12:05 p.m.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Joe Johnson scored 24 points, Jamal Crawford added 22 and...

ATLANTA (AP) -- Joe Johnson scored 24 points, Jamal Crawford added 22 and the Atlanta Hawks won their third straight game with a sluggish 94-82 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, Jan. 13.

Despite 25 points from Antawn Jamison, the Wizards lost their third straight and seventh in their last nine as the team tries to play through problems related to Gilbert Arenas' suspension.

The Hawks, winners of three straight and four of five, led by as many as 22 points on Al Horford's free throw late in the second, but Washington came within two when Jamison's turnaround jumper made it 66-64 early in the fourth.Crawford's 3-pointer pushed the lead to 12 with 5:43 remaining, and the Wizards were unable to mount another significant threat.

Washington coach Flip Saunders was hoping a two-game road trip, which ends Friday in Chicago, would help his players concentrate more easily on basketball with a criminal investigation that led to Arenas' indefinite NBA suspension Jan. 6.

Instead, the Wizards were outscored 50-22 in the paint and 21-3 on fast-break chances. Randy Foye finished with 18 points, and Caron Butler added 15 for Washington.

Marvin Williams scored 16 points for Atlanta, and Josh Smith had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

NOTES: Washington played without G Mike Miller (straight right calf). ... The Hawks were without C Zaza Pachulia (flu) and G Maurice Evans (birth of child). ... The Wizards fell to 1-11 committing more turnovers on the road, 5-16 overall. ... Atlanta improved to 14-2 at home, 22-4 overall, when entering the fourth quarter with a lead.