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Wizards Drop the Final L of 2023, Hawks Soar in 130-126 New Years Eve Battle

The Hawks and Dejounte Murray Took Advantage of the Wizards Late in the Fourth Quarter to Grab the Final Victory of 2023

Story By: Sol Tucker

Photos By: Sol Tucker

Washington, D.C–

If there was any year the Wizards would like to forget it most certainly would be 2023. Today they had hoped to maybe go out on a winning note after a solid performance against the Nets on Friday night… that was not going to happen at the expense of Trae Young and Hawks.

The Hawks went on to outscore the Wizards by a margin of 42-28 in the second quarter, largely thanks to Jalen Johnson. The Hawks led 70-58 at halftime.

Atlanta outrebounded the Wizards 58-42 and most of the starting lineup had a good day on the glass. Capela (17), Johnson (13), and Bey (11) all finished with double-digit rebounds and Washington could not keep the Hawks off the glass and that was instrumental in their victory.

“We have to do a better job in the close games. We had the game to 5 points in the final minute, but just could not find the combination to get any closer,” said Wizards Head Coach Wes Unseld Jr.

Kyle Kuzma who had his best game in over two weeks with 38 points hitting on seven 3-pointers for Washington, which was trying to secure its first consecutive wins of the season.

Four of Kuzma’s 3s came in the first quarter as the Wizards sprinted to an early 17-4 lead only to give it back before the period ended.

Washington will get a couple days off before heading to Cleveland for back to back games this week.

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