ATLANTA, April 13 (UPI) -- DeShawn Stevenson scored 25 points Friday night as the Washington Nationals beat Atlanta, 98-85, to break a six-game losing streak.
The game was not as close as the final score indicated. Washington took a 49-35 halftime advantage after a 13-3 Atlanta run early in the second.
Washington led by as many as 20 points for much of the second half.
Jarvis Hayes had 20 points and six assists, Antonio Daniels had 16 points and 12 assists, and Darius Songaila had 16 points and four rebounds for the Wizards, who are the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, two games ahead of New Jersey.
Marvin Williams led Atlanta with 24 points and seven rebounds. Tyronn Lue had 16 points and 10 assists, while Shelden Williams added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who have dropped nine of their last 11 games.