WASHINGTON (AP) — The jawing and the chippiness kept accumulating in a game Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce known as “messy” and “wild.”
So did the technical fouls — nine complete — and ejections — three in all, including for Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo, as Atlanta held NBA scoring leader Bradley Beal to a season low in points, and Trae Young’s 41 helped the Hawks top the Washington Wizards 116-100 Friday night.
“True deserve to preserve targeted,” Atlanta’s Danilo Gallinari stated. “Personally I don’t have all that vitality to employ on technicals and talking to refs and stuff.”
Westbrook, who matched Beal with 26 points and time and again traded words with Rondo, blamed himself for getting tossed in the fourth quarter.
Rondo waved goodbye as Westbrook left.
“I can’t allow myself to stoop down to any one’s stage. It’s no longer my character,” the previous NBA MVP stated. “I clutch stout responsibility with all of that. I don’t agree with the 2d tech, but that’s neither right here nor there.”
Wizards coach Scott Brooks additionally concept Westbrook ought to had been known as for a inner most infamous there, saying that if “you’re going to call that, you might well presumably also as effectively call them early in the game.”
But referee Mark Ayotte stated a technical used to be warranted on sage of Westbrook pushed Rondo, calling it bodily taunt.
Young scored 18 in the fourth quarter to preserve off a comeback by Washington, which trailed by as many as 23 in the third but obtained within 10 in the final interval.
“He honest provides us multi-layered, multi-stage, attack mentality,” Pierce stated.
The topic of commerce hypothesis, Beal came in averaging 35.4 points for a closing-characteristic Wizards team that has been short-handed due to COVID-19 points, no longer too long ago had a half-dozen games in a row postponed and is now 3-12.
But with Cam Reddish playing tough protection, Beal missed all eight makes an attempt from 3-point vary Friday and entered the fourth quarter with honest 13 points.
“I honest didn’t have it going,” Beal stated. “I informed the blokes I gave them nothing. I’ve obtained to be loads better.”
He drew one of many six techs whistled on Washington, which misplaced center Robin Lopez in the 2d half after he obtained two wait on-to-wait on.
“True too many techs — on each and each aspect,” Beal stated.
The Wizards are 0-4 since returning from a series of postponements that left them with no game for 13 days. Six avid gamers examined sure for COVID-19, and one other three were sidelined after contact tracing.
Rui Hachimura, Davis Bertans and Moe Wagner returned Friday. Brooks expects Deni Avdija, Troy Brown Jr. and Ish Smith to be wait on for Washington’s next game.
“We bear in mind the truth that no-one’s going to feel sorry for us,” Beal stated. “We’ve obtained to dig ourselves out of this gap.”
Hawks: De’Andre Hunter left in the main half with an injured honest knee. … Clint Capela’s 14 rebounds gave him 14 straight games with no longer no longer up to 10.
Wizards: Westbrook’s four assists raised his complete to 7,394 and moved him previous Maurice Cheeks (7,392) for 13th on the NBA profession listing.
T ’EM UP!
Westbrook and Rondo were separated by an official and each and each assessed technical fouls with a minute left in the main half. Beal obtained a tech in the third quarter, upset after no infamous used to be known as when he took a demanding plunge at the offensive quit. Rapidly after, he used to be jawing wait on-and-forth with Rondo, who used to be on the Atlanta sideline and no longer in the game at the time. … Lopez used to be out of the game in the third quarter when Beal used to be known as for a lengthen of game sooner than attempting a free throw. A medical cowl pulled down below his nostril and mouth, Lopez stated something to an official that brought on his one-after-the-other techs.
Hawks: Inaugurate a four-game homestand Monday against the Lakers.
Wizards: Host the Nets on Sunday.
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