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The speedy Brown made his presence felt immediately, pushing the ball up the court from the start and setting the tone for crisper ball movement and a faster start than in the last eight games. The Wizards opened up a 13-4 lead and had four assists on their first five field goals.

McGee recorded four points and three rebounds in his first eight minutes of action, but he fizzled, finishing with five points and five rebounds.

Washington held a 20-14 lead before Atlanta responded with a 10-2 run to tie the score at 22-22 before seizing a 28-26 lead by the end of the first quarter.

But the Wizards came back in the second quarter. Jamison scored eight points in an 18-7 run that enabled Washington to go up 44-37 with 5:05 left in the quarter and eventually earn a 50-44 lead at halftime.

Playing their best first half of basketball all season, the Wizards took care of the ball and spread it around for 15 assists. And on defense they forced the Hawks into 10 turnovers, scoring 11 points off them.