The Rundown: Hawks hold off Wizards

Published March 9, 2023, 4:00 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

The Hawks overcame Kristaps Porzingis’ career-high 43 points in the win.


Hawks 122, Wizards 100

Celtics 115, Trail Blazers 93

Cavaliers 104, Heat 100

Pelicans 113, Mavericks 106

Bulls 117, Nuggets 96

Suns 132, Thunder 101

Raptors 108, Clippers 100

What went down

Two Eastern Conference teams battling for a safe playoff spot fought hard down the wire to get a win. The Atlanta Hawks just came off back-to-back losses to the Miami Heat and were looking to get back on the win column against the Washington Wizards.

Trae Young was on-point all throughout the game, then kicked it up a notch in the tight fourth quarter, where he scored 11 of his 28 points. With Dejounte Murray (17 points) struggling with his shooting, Young picked up the scoring load down the stretch to put away the pesky Wizards.

Led by Kristaps Porzingis, Washington wanted to build on a winning streak after beating the Detroit Pistons in their previous game. Porzingis had a field day versus the Hawks’ bigs, scoring a career-high 43 points on 77 percent shooting.

Despite Porzingis’ career game–and Kyle Kuzma and Bradley Beal combining for 49 points–the Wizards fell short in the end.

Young got help from a balanced Atlanta scoring, with a bonus 10 points from Jalen Johnson.

The good news for the Wizards is that they’ll immediately get to bounce back at home in two days against the same Hawks team.

Big-time ballers

Kawhi Leonard looked extra bouncy against his former team. Leonard scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, his second straight double-double after a 34-10 game versus the Grizzlies.

He also destroyed Jakob Poeltl for no reason whatsoever:

Devin Booker, playing without Kevin Durant, also had an extra bounce in his step against the Thunder. DBook dropped 44 points in the win, becoming the first Suns player ever to score more than 35 points in four straight games.

If you missed the Pelicans-Mavericks game, there’s no better time to tune in than that insane stretch in the fourth quarter when CJ McCollum called game. McCollum scored 16 straight points in the clutch for a total of 32 points in the much-needed win. 

What he said 

Kevin Durant hurt his ankle at shootaround, forcing him to miss what could’ve been his Phoenix home game debut. Not to worry, Book said:

"He's fine, it's just a roll. We'll get him right and he'll have the debut another day."

Did you see that?

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the NBA’s best and brightest analysts, hosts, and assistant coaches shared how special it is for them to work in sports: