Washington hands Atlanta its seventh consecutive loss

Washington Wizards 114, Atlanta Hawks 97
Wizards' Marcin Gortat shoots over the Hawks' Elton Brand. Gortat had 14 points and 12 rebounds.



ATLANTA — John Wall scored 21 points and the Washington Wizards recovered after almost blowing a 20-point lead to beat the reeling Atlanta Hawks 114-97 on Wednesday night.

Paul Millsap had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Elton Brand, a fill-in starter at center, had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost seven in a row.

Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal each had 19 points for the Wizards, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Washington ended an 11-game skid in Atlanta, winning for the first time since Jan. 11, 2008.

The Hawks were without center Gustavo Ayon Ayon, who hurt his right shoulder in Tuesday night’s loss at Indiana.


TRADES: A person familiar with the deal says the Los Angeles Lakers have traded point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for reserve guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Wednesday night because the trade was still pending NBA approval. The Los Angeles Times first reported Blake had been traded.

• The Brooklyn Nets acquired guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans on Wednesday, removing two little-used veterans from their aging roster and hoping a younger one can rediscover his scoring touch.


KNICKS: Amare Stoudemire sat out the Knicks’ game Wed­nesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Knicks coach Mike Wood­son says Stoudemire’s left knee was sore following Tuesday night’s 98-93 loss at Memphis. Woodson says trainers have indicated Stoudemire has no new injury of any significance.

Stoudemire has played in 40 of New York’s previous 53 games this season, averaging 10.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game. In late January, he missed seven games with a left ankle sprain.



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