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Peachtree Hoops: Hawks suffer third loss in Las Vegas, 76-71

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Concluding the pre-scheduled action.

For the second straight game, the Atlanta Hawks took the floor without No. 4 pick De’Andre Hunter, who was sidelined with a sore knee, on Thursday evening in Las Vegas. After 40 minutes of action, the Hawks fell to 1-3 in the desert with a 76-71 loss to the Washington Wizards.

The day began with a pair of threes from Charlie Brown Jr. and Tahjere McCall, giving the Hawks a brief lead.

After the Wizards counter-punched, Atlanta continued to throw long-range haymakers, with McCall, Matt Mooney and Jordan Sibert combining for a 9-0 run from beyond the arc. That actually became a 14-0 overall run by the Hawks to close out the period, giving Atlanta a 22-13 lead after ten minutes of action.

Washington didn’t score for more than seven full minutes and, well, that was on-brand for Summer League basketball. The first half was not marked with impressive offense and, at the halftime break, the Hawks held a 34-32 edge despite only 31 percent shooting.

There were some nice moments, including a flash from Bruno Fernando.

McCall also continued to cement his status as a fan favorite.

The third quarter wasn’t especially forgiving on Atlanta’s side, with the offense sputtering. The Hawks scored only two points over a four-minute period and, in general, it was pretty ugly. Mercifully, the Wizards didn’t pull away amid their own offensive issues, and that kept things competitive.

Ultimately, the Hawks were outplayed in the fourth quarter (on the way to the end result) but there was at least more flash from Fernando.

McCall (12 points, nine rebounds) and Brown (16 points on 6 of 9 shooting) were the individual bright spots for Atlanta, with some solid work from Mooney and an improved game (when compared to previous installations) from Jaylen Adams.

The Hawks will play one more game in Las Vegas, though the time, date and opponent will not be announced until the conclusion of pre-scheduled games on Thursday evening. Atlanta will either play on Friday or Saturday but will not advance to the eight-team tournament.

Stay tuned.

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