Kyle Kuzma, Wizards top Hawks to end 6-game skid

Kyle Kuzma poured in a game-high 29 points to help lead the visiting Washington Wizards to a 127-99 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

Jordan Poole added 20 points for Washington, which snapped a six-game losing streak overall and picked up its first road win since Dec. 21. Deni Avdija chipped in 19 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists and Bilal Coulibaly added 12 points for the Wizards, who shot 48.5 percent (47-for-97) from the floor. Corey Kispert scored 11 points for Washington.

Trae Young led Atlanta with 21 points and 10 assists, while Saddiq Bey added 16 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 14 points for the Hawks, who have lost four of their past five games and are eight games under .500 for the first time this season. Dejounte Murray scored 13 points for Atlanta, which made just 32 of its 93 field-goal attempts (34.4 percent).

Murray’s 3-pointer gave the Hawks a 15-13 lead at the 5:37 mark of the first quarter. Coulibaly responded with a 3-pointer and gave the Wizards a lead that they would not give up.

The Wizards led by 13 points with 3:07 left in the second quarter before the Hawks answered with an 8-2 run. Kuzma then scored the final four points of the first half, including a buzzer-beating layup to give Washington a 58-47 halftime lead.

Kuzma led the Wizards with 22 first-half points on 8-for-14 shooting from the floor. Murray paced the Hawks with nine points in the first half. Atlanta struggled mightily in the opening half, connecting on 16 of 52 shots (30.8 percent), including a 7-for-25 showing from 3-point range (28 percent).

Washington outscored Atlanta 41-24 in the third quarter and held a 99-71 advantage entering the fourth.

The Hawks’ streak of 94 consecutive games with at least 100 points ended Saturday. The streak was the third-longest in NBA history.

Washington beat the Hawks for the first time since Feb. 28, 2023. The Wizards had dropped the past six meetings between the teams.