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Losses continue to add up for Wizards

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Crawford's triple-double not enough against Hawks

The Wizards went to overtime Tuesday night for the second time in three games in four weeks against the Atlanta Hawks.

It still added up to zero wins as Atlanta clinched the season series with a 100-95 victory at Verizon Center.

Former Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson's 3-pointer with 2:08 left in the extra period put the visitors in front 96-93, and he waved his hand in front of his face in familiar fashion. The Wizards (3-19) went 2-for-9 from the field in overtime and set a franchise mark for the worst record after 22 games.

"I look up there every morning and make sure the sky's there and not falling in on me," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "Trust me. This has not been fun, but we're going to continue to fight."

Jordan Crawford (27 points, 11 assists, 11 rebounds) had his first triple-double since April 2011 and kept Washington afloat with nine straight points on a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Earl Barron came off the bench to start the second half, pulling down seven of his game-high 14 rebounds in the final period to go with four blocks. He missed his first eight shots but knocked down an elbow jumper with 23.0 seconds left to tie the game at 90-90.

Louis Williams paced the Hawks (15-7) with 24 points, while Josh Smith added 17 and 13 rebounds.

Crawford got hit in the face by Jeff Teague (13 points, six assists) to start the third quarter and turned it into a crusade. He fed Martell Webster (11 points) with a long alley-oop, then spun to hit a tough jumper and added a 3-pointer.

"The way we play you would think -- giving ourselves a fighting chance in all these games -- that the record should be flipped," Webster said. "But the reality is what it is."

Bradley Beal (17 points) made a bank shot over Kyle Korver to give the Wizards a 58-56 lead, but he then landed hard after getting his dunk rejected by Smith. Beal momentarily went to the locker room, where he was cleared of a concussion, but the Hawks took advantage, taking a 65-58 lead off back-to-back slams by Teague and Smith.

Wittman called a timeout two and a half minutes into the game after the Wizards watched the Hawks hit four of their first five shots and take a 10-2 lead. The wakeup call worked as Beal connected on the second of four straight shots to start his night.

Washington had its first lead at 32-31, replacing a lackluster effort with efficient shooting and a mountain of assists. Nene (18 points, six assists, four rebounds) and Kevin Seraphin combined to hit five of their first seven shots, and the Wizards finished with 15 helpers on 18 first-half baskets.

But after Nene played all but 17 seconds of overtime to go four minutes over his 20-minute limit, Wittman has more than just four straight losses to contend with in Orlando on Wednesday.

"That's a new thing for me, trying to monitor on the fly, taking one of your best players out two minutes into overtime," Wittman said. "I had fans heckling me. ... They're killing me. I had to turn around and say something to them today. That doesn't help either."

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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