Washington Wizards (10-32) At Atlanta Hawks (24-19)
Friday, March 16, 2012
In a three-way deal involving the Nuggets and Clippers, the Wizards acquired Nene from Denver, Brian Cook and a 2015 second-round pick (from the Los Angeles Clippers via the New Orleans Hornets) from the Clippers. The Wizards traded centers JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf to the Nuggets and guard Nick Young to the Clippers. In his 10th NBA season, Nene has averaged 12.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 555 career games (451 starts) with Denver. The 29-year-old Brazilian is averaging 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals this season. In his ninth NBA season, Cook has averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 405 career games (74 starts). Cook has played with five NBA teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers (2003-08), Orlando (2007-09), Houston (2009-10) and the Los Angeles Clippers (2010-2012).
-Tonight’s game is the second of two meetings between the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks won the first meeting, 101-83, on December 28th in Atlanta. The two teams will meet for a final time this season on March 24th in Washington.
-Last game versus New Orleans...The Wizards defeated the New Orleans Hornets, 99-89, last night in New Orleans...John Wall led all scorers with 26 points to go along with 12 assists… Roger Mason scored 19 points on 7-of-9 from the field (4-of-6 from three-point range)...Jordan Crawford scored 17 points...Trevor Booker scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds...Kevin Seraphin scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his second start of the season...Chris Kaman led the Hornets with 20 points and seven rebounds.
-Wall and Jason Kidd are the fastest active NBA players to reach 900 career assists (111 games).
-Since the NBA began tracking steals in 1973-74, Wall is the fastest player in the NBA to record at least 1,800 points, 900 assists, 500 rebounds and 175 steals (111 games).
-Wall is averaging 20.1 points, 9.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting .478 from the field in nine games since the All-Star break.
-Wall is averaging 19.0 points, 7.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds in five career games versus the Hawks.
-Trevor Booker is averaging 13.6 points and 9.0 rebounds in nine games since the All-Star break.
-Wizards-Hawks connections...Hawks head coach Larry Drew served as a Wizards assistant coach for three seasons from 2000-03… Wizards assistant coach Randy Wittman’s draft rights were traded to the Hawks after he was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the 1983 NBA draft with the 22nd pick, Wittman played five seasons with the Hawks…Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich averaged 11.1 points and 4.4 assists in 48 games for the Wizards during the 2010-11 season... Wizards forward Chris Singleton is a native of Canton, Georgia...Wizards guard/forward Maurice Evans played for the Hawks from 2008-11 before being traded to Washington… Wizards guard Jordan Crawford appeared in 16 games for the Hawks before being traded to the Wizards last season.