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But Washington came no closer.

“If you look at the stats, we still played a good game,” said Haywood, who had 19 points and nine rebounds. “We just turned the ball over too much and gave them too many free throw opportunities. Some of it was being aggressive, and some of it was something I can’t comment on.”

Andray Blatche added 13 points and six rebounds off the bench and was Washington’s only other double-digit scorer. Josh Smith led five double-digit Atlanta scorers with 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks.