The Hawks won the opening tip and immediately took an 8-second backourt violation. That was then followed by the Wizards who took a 24-second violation to pay homage to the legend, Kobe Bryant who tragically passed away on Sunday.
Atlanta took a timeout after those violations as unsurprisingly, both teams were still visibly shaken and heartbroken. And whether we liked it or not, thought it was right or wrong, there was a game to be played.
Trae Young scored 45 points tonight and dished out 14 assists as the Hawks ran the Wizards out of the gym, 152-133. Seven Wizards players scored in double figures led by Bradley Beal 40 and Troy Brown Jr. added 19 off the bench but this one was out of hand at the midway point of the third quarter.
In what were some staggering defensive stats, the Wizards surrendered 70 points with over two minutes to play in the second quarter and Atlanta cracked 100 by the 7:25 mark of the third quarter. Washington had no interest in playing defense tonight and as a result ended up getting thumped by the worst team in the Eastern Conference.
No need to dive into the X’s and O’s of this blowout loss which had a gray cloud hanging over it the entire night. Instead, let’s flashback to December 2015 when Kobe scored 31 points against Washington in his final game at the then-Verizon Center.