Wizards Vs. Hawks: Atlanta Stuffs Washington In Thanksgiving Blowout, 116-96

The Wizards celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, but they looked like they were full tonight. The Hawks dominated them, winning going away 116-96 in a game that wasn't even really that close.

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Wizards Vs. Hawks: Atlanta Stuffs Washington, Winning 116-96 In Thanksgiving Blowout

The Wizards entered tonight's Thanksgiving game against the Atlanta Hawks looking for their first road win of the season. They left with their fourth 20-point blowout.

In a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated, the Wizards fell 116-96 to the Hawks, prolonging their road woes. The Hawks jumped on the Wizards late in the first quarter, led by 17 points at halftime and never looked back. They led by 26 points entering the final quarter, rendering the final 12 minutes as garbage time.

Atlanta won by absolutely dominating the paint. They outrebounded the Wizards 49-38, and that margin was greater prior to the fourth quarter. Josh Smith led the way with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, absolutely dominating his matchup with Andray Blatche. Joe Johnson had 21 points, while Al Horford had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Gilbert Arenas led Washington with 21 points, but many of those came in the fourth quarter. Nick Young added 20 points off the bench, but nobody else really stepped up. John Wall looked noticeably slowed by injury, and Blatche and JaVale McGee were pushed around all night.

The Wizards are now 5-9 with the loss. Atlanta is now 9-7.

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Wizards Vs. Hawks: John Wall And Washington Looks For First Road Win In Atlanta

At 5-8, the Washington Wizards are off to a relatively decent start considering the team's lack of talent. Last Tuesday's thrilling win over the Philadelphia 76ers showed their resiliency. And yet, they have one major achilles heel: their inability to play on the road.

The Wizards are 0-6 away from the Verizon Center this season, and in many games, they have been non-competitive. They fell by 29 points to the Orlando Magic, 21 points to the New York Knicks and 31 points to the Boston Celtics. Tonight, they will take on the Atlanta Hawks in the first game of a Thanksgiving TNT doubleheader.

The Wizards will play without small forward Al Thornton in this game. Thornton sprained his left ankle against the 76ers and will miss a couple games, according to Flip Saunders. Yi Jianlian is also out of action, and Saunders said he could be out "for a while." There's a strong possibility that Saunders will elect to start a three-guard lineup of John Wall, Gilbert Arenas and Kirk Hinrich in this game. 

The Wizards will be playing Atlanta for the second time this season. The Hawks slipped by with a 99-95 win back on October 30.

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