With a late collapse, the Hawks (8-31) failed to close out a winnable game in a 111-101 loss to the Wizards (13-25) in D.C. Friday.
Below are some takeaways from the loss:
1. After trailing by as much as 15 points in the first half, the Hawks battled back and briefly took the lead in the third quarter, working their way to an 89-83 lead, their largest advantage of the game, with 8:39 to play. But things broke down quickly and the Hawks let another winnable game slip by as the Wizards responded with a 7-0 run and never looked back -- the Hawks rushed shots and had back-to-back turnovers that led to back-to-back layups by Washington guard Ish Smith as the game turned in the Wizards’ favor and stayed there.