WASHINGTON (AP) — Taurean Prince scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and hit five of Atlanta’s 20 three-pointers, helping the Hawks defeat the Washington Wizards 137-129 on Monday night.
Rookie guard Kevin Huerter added 19 points and also hit five three’s in his return to the region where he played college ball at Maryland. Two of those three’s came during an early 16-2 run that put Atlanta up 28-16 late in the first quarter, a lead they did not give back.
Vince Carter scored 16 points in 16 minutes after halftime. John Collins had 15 points and 11 rebounds despite exiting at halftime with a cut on his face.
Trae Young added 10 points and 10 assists as nine Hawks reached double figures. Atlanta outrebounded the Wizards 51-39 and finished 20-of-41 from beyond the arc to close a 4-3 road trip.
Bradley Beal had 18 of his 27 points in the fourth for the Wizards, who slipped into a 10th-place tie with Orlando in the Eastern Conference playoff race, three games back of eighth-place Miami.
Jeff Green scored 26 points, Trevor Ariza had 25 and Jordan McCrae added a season-high 20 off the bench. But the Wizards never got within a possession after halftime.
STILL GOT IT
Carter entered to a notable ovation in the third quarter. The 42-year-old, who is 12 years removed from his 10th and final All-Star appearance, then hit his first three shots — including two three’s. He finished 6-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Hawks: Are 9-7 when grabbing at least 50 rebounds. . Collins’ double-double was his 21st of the season. . C DeWayne Dedmon fouled out with 5:30 remaining.
Wizards: Started 0-for-10 from three-point range before Tomas Satoranksy made one with 9:18 left in the first half. They finished 12-of-38. . Beal picked up his third foul with 8:41 left in the first half and sat until the break. . Reserve F Troy Brown sat out and will miss at least one more game with an ankle injury.
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