Wizards can’t finish job, fall to Hawks in OT

  • Atlanta Hawks guard Devin Harris drives around Washington Wizards guard Shaun Livingston in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Atlanta Hawks guard Devin Harris drives around Washington Wizards guard Shaun Livingston in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford drives around Atlanta Hawks guard DeShawn Stevenson during overtime of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. Crawford scored 27 points, but the Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford drives around Atlanta Hawks guard DeShawn Stevenson during overtime of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. Crawford scored 27 points, but the Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford shoots over Atlanta Hawks guard Louis Williams during overtime of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. Crawford had 27 points, but the Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford shoots over Atlanta Hawks guard Louis Williams during overtime of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. Crawford had 27 points, but the Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague goes up for a duynk as Washington Wizards center Earl Barron watches, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. Teague scored 13 points, as the Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague goes up for a duynk as Washington Wizards center Earl Barron watches, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. Teague scored 13 points, as the Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Washington Wizards center Earl Barron shoots as Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. The Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Washington Wizards center Earl Barron shoots as Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. The Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin passes the ball in front ot Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford during the second half of an NBA game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. The Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin passes the ball in front ot Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford during the second half of an NBA game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. The Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Atlanta Hawks guard Louis Williams shoots between Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin (13), from France, and center Nene (42) from Brazil, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. Williams had 24 points. The Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Atlanta Hawks guard Louis Williams shoots between Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin (13), from France, and center Nene (42) from Brazil, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. Williams had 24 points. The Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Washington Wizards center Nene, from Brazil, drives with ball against Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Washington Wizards center Nene, from Brazil, drives with ball against Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman talks with Jordan Crawford, left, Bradley Beal, and Martell Webster, right, during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. The Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman talks with Jordan Crawford, left, Bradley Beal, and Martell Webster, right, during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. The Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew calls a play in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. The Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew calls a play in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. The Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague shoots over Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague shoots over Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford (15) reacts as he talks with a member of the Atlanta Hawks after an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. The Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford (15) reacts as he talks with a member of the Atlanta Hawks after an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington. The Hawks won 100-95 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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With 23 seconds to play on Tuesday night at Verizon Center, the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks were tied. It was anybody’s game at that point, but the Wizards had the momentum. They were tired of getting manhandled by the Hawks, who had beaten them in their last five meetings.

The score would stand through regulation and the teams went to overtime, where the Hawks pulled away in the final two minutes for a 100-95 victory, extending their winning streak to six.

The loss drops the Wizards to 3-19, while the Hawks improved to 15-7.

Jordan Crawford, still functioning in a dual role as point guard and No. 1 scoring option, led the way for Washington with a triple double, including a season-high 27 points, 11 assists, 11 rebounds. Nene added 18 points, four rebounds and six assists.

“They made a couple of big shots, kind of took the life out of us a little bit,” Crawford said. “They’re a good team and they pulled it out.”

The most pivotal of those big shots came with 2:08 left in the extra period, former Wizard DeShawn Stevenson broke a 93-93 tie with a 3-pointer.

Washington rookie Bradley Beal also got off to the the kind of fast, aggressive start he wanted to, connecting on six of seven shots in the first half. But with five and a half minutes to go in the third quarter, he went up for a dunk and landed hard after a foul by Josh Smith. Beal left the court, but returned to the bench less than three minutes later, his hands on his lower back.

Bruised and banged up, but not injured, Beal returned in the fourth quarter and finished with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists.

“I feel fine,” said Beal, who hit his head and his back when he fell. “My back is tight. I’m glad I don’t have a concussion or anything. I’m just banged up. I should be good to go.”

Wizards coach Randy Wittman also turned to little used center Earl Barron, who got the start in the second half and played a season-high 26 minutes. Barron struggled on offense, with just four points on 2-for-10 shooting, but more than made up for it on defense, with 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.

“I tried to give us a little boost, just some energy,” Barron said. “I just played hard and tried to change the game up.” Barron also played the entire overtime period in place of starter Emeka Okafor, who didn’t play at all.

“In this league,” said Barron, a six-year veteran, “it’s just a matter of being ready when your name is called.”

Barron got the nod because Wittman needed a spark at center.

“I’m not getting enough activity out of that spot,” Wittman said. “I’m looking for somebody that’s going to step up and show me that, and he [Barron] did tonight. We can’t just continue along and go through the motions and think you’re going to play night in and night out.”

The Hawks were led by Lou Williams, who scored 24 points off the bench. Smith added 17 and Kyle Korver had 16.

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