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“We threw the ball all over the place,” Wittman said. “Dribble, dribble, dribble. We all took turns just dribbling the ball.”

Drew said the difference for his team was improved defense.

“I knew we could be a better defensive team than we were showing,” Drew said. “We just had to make our mind up to go out and guard people and not rely on help.”

Teague had 14 points for Atlanta, while Zaza Pachulia chipped in with 10 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven assists.

The Hawks improved to 14-2 when Johnson has 20 or more points.

The Hawks, coming off a 2-4 road trip, had difficulty pulling away from the Wizards, who were looking for their second road win in two nights.

The two players acquired by the Wizards at Thursday’s trade deadline, center Nene and forward Brian Cook, have not joined the team. Wittman said Cook may meet the team Sunday in Memphis and Nene’s debut may come Wednesday at New Jersey.

Washington traded guard Nick Young and centers JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf to Denver in Thursday’s three-team deal with the Clippers. The short-handed Wizards won at New Orleans on Thursday night, ending a three-game losing streak.

Wittman said the limited roster was no excuse.

“We’ve got guys in there that are NBA players,” he said. “We don’t need to wait on anybody.”

Notes: Washington’s last win in Atlanta came on Jan. 11, 2008. … Atlanta was without backup guard Willie Green (hamstring). … President Obama visited Atlanta, leading to traffic backups near Philips Arena before the game. Wittman’s scheduled media availability before the game had to be pushed back as he tried to make his way to the arena.