Beal, Harrell lead Wizards over Hawks 122-111

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Montrezl Harrell added 25 with 13 rebounds to lift the Washington Wizards to a 122-111 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.

The Wizards (4-1) continued their impressive start under new coach Wes Unseld Jr., winning this time without new point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Washington rested Dinwiddie, who missed almost all of last season because of a knee injury, on the second night of a back-to-back. The Wizards were also without Daniel Gafford because of a thigh issue.

Harrell had his second straight impressive game in Gafford's absence. He had 25 points and 11 rebounds in a win at Boston on Wednesday night, when Gafford played only seven minutes.

The Hawks cut a 20-point second-half deficit to five in the fourth quarter, but Harrell dunked off a pass from Beal, and then a dunk by Beal made it 115-106.

Washington led 64-55 at halftime and extended its advantage to 20 during the third quarter. Atlanta actually shot 54.5% on the night, but the Wizards' advantages in free throws (17-9) and 3-pointers (13-6) were too much for the Hawks to overcome.

John Collins led Atlanta with 28 points on 14-of-16 shooting, and Trae Young added 15 points and 13 assists.

Harrell came to the Wizards along with Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope when Washington traded Russell Westbrook to the Lakers during the offseason. All three newcomers have contributed. Kuzma and Caldwell-Pope scored 21 points each Thursday.

The Hawks, who won at New Orleans the night before, took an early 16-10 lead against Washington but couldn't build on it.

TECHNICALS

Officials spent plenty of time handing out technical fouls. Young, Collins and De'Andre Hunter each received one for Atlanta, and Bertans and Harrell did for Washington. The Hawks also received a delay of game technical.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Cam Reddish scored 20 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 14.

Wizards: Beal shot 11 of 26 from the field, his first time all season shooting over 40%. His 27 points were a season high, and he managed to make a 3-pointer after going 0 of 6 from long distance against Boston.

UP NEXT

Hawks: At Philadelphia on Saturday night.

Wizards: Host Boston on Saturday.

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Noah Trister, The Associated Press

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