The center didn't score (0 for 1) but had two rebounds and a blocked shot in just over three minutes on the floor.
Bradley Beal, the Wizards first-round draft pick out of Florida, had a game-high 22 points on 6 of 14 shooting. Chris Singleton added 20.
Hawks first-round pick John Jenkins scored 19 points and was 4 for 5 from 3-point range. Keith Benson also had 19 for the Hawks.
Washington will play Houston on Saturday at 10 p.m. Atlanta returns to action Sunday against San Antonio.