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'I'm back': Wall has 14; Wizards top Hawks 93-83

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm •  Published: January 12, 2013

"He's gonna give them a different dynamic," Hawks guard Lou Williams said. "Tonight, I think he played well enough to get them over the hump."

The lowlight for the Hawks came when Ivan Johnson missed a wide-open layup by throwing the ball completely over the basket and catching it on the other side, thus committing a traveling violation. The basket would have cut the Wizards' lead to four with about 9 minutes to play.

"We had opportunities, and just some plays went wrong," Teague said. "We had some turnovers."

Wall was expected to miss about two months when he was diagnosed with a stress injury to his left kneecap in late September. He began increasing his basketball activity last month, but it wasn't until Wednesday that he had his first full-throttle practice with the team.

After three consecutive days of pain-free workouts, Wall was given medical clearance Friday to suit up. He hit the floor a couple of times Saturday trying to take a charge, but bounced up with no apparent issues with his knee.

Even with Wall's return, the Wizards are far from healthy. Jordan Crawford (sore left ankle) and Cartier Martin (hyperextended left knee) remain sidelined, and four other players are having their playing time monitored. Trevor Booker returned Saturday after missing 24 games with a strained right knee. Price and Trevor Ariza returned from long injury layoffs in Monday's win over the Thunder, and Nene is nursing tendinitis in his right knee.

And, by the way, Wittman told his players that, in his opinion, they don't really have a winning streak yet.

"They say a winning streak is three, so we've got to get this third one," he said.

NOTES: The Hawks were called for three technicals: Smith and Williams in the first quarter, and Teague as part of a double-technical with Kevin Seraphin in the fourth. ... Wizards F Jan Vesely played four minutes and committed five fouls. ... It must be NFL playoff time: Random cheers were heard throughout the game whenever the Baltimore Ravens made a big play in their overtime win over the Denver Broncos.


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