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Wall scores playoff-best 32 as Wizards beat Hawks in Game 1

20 April 2017

"John can take over games, he can take over quarters, he can take over plays", coach Scott Brooks said.

Despite the Hawks making 39 trips to the free-throw line, compared to the Wizards' 17, the difference was the third quarter when Morris and Wall took over.

Morris made life hard for Paul Millsap all game. Howard leads in rebounds with 12.7 and in blocks with 1.2 per game. Bradley Beal overcame a slow start to score 22 points, and Markieff Morris contributed 21 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in his National Basketball Association playoff debut. Paul Millsap and Morris had chippy interactions throughout Game 1 and it's nearly a sure bet that they will butt heads more in Game 2. "They were playing MMA". Even before a mid-season trade that sent Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers, the Hawks had already fallen way off in long-range proficiency.

"We broke 100 points tonight so, offensively, I think we did a pretty decent job", said Millsap. CSN Mid-Atlantic's J.

"Kind of?" Brooks said. He's a high-IQ basketball player, and I tell him this all the time, I'm going to tell him this tomorrow: 'You can dominate a game on the defensive end, you can dominate the game on your passing ability. "That's a sign of his toughness that he brings to our team". The Wizards outscored the Hawks by 10 points in the second half.

According to, the Wizards are 5.5 point favorites against the Hawks with a total consensus of 212 points.

-Beal had his share of open shots and mismatches but was indecisive.

The uneven affair ended in a 109-101 as the Wizards took a 2-0 lead in front of another sellout of 20,356. It was a rough showing from Tim Hardaway Jr. At the next dead ball, Hardaway was furious, telling Millsap "come on". He missed all six three-point attempts.

The last time the Washington Wizards played in a playoff game at home was May 15, 2015 - against the Atlanta Hawks.

Playing a day after 22-year-old sister Chyna Thomas was killed in a vehicle accident in their home state of Washington, Thomas led the Celtics with 33 points. They relied too much on the starting five and they will need more scoring from Bogdanovic and Oubre.

After a regular season marked largely by perplexing inconsistency, the Hawks turned in some of their best performances over the final week. "That's just the first step in us getting better". Atlanta closed the first quarter on a 21-7 run after Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Muscala checked in with 4:33 remaining.

Washington's bench is a glaring weakness. Watch Atlanta Hawks vs Washington Wizards Game 2 postseason by using the guide which given below. Atlanta needs its wings to get it going because Beal may not have many games in the series where he shoots as poorly.

These two teams split their season series 2-2.

"We don't look at who's the underdog", he said. "We didn't have to double-team in the post anymore".

The Warriors, aiming to get back to the NBA Finals for a third straight year and regain the crown they surrendered last season to the Cleveland Cavaliers, beat the Trail Blazers four times in the regular season. "He's doing everything to help our team win, and when he's playing as well as he did today for us, we're unstoppable".

Wall was just fine.

Dwight Howard: Here's a hot take about Dwight Howard: he's fine. Porter recovered it and was fouled by Bazemore. With that shortened lineup on the floor for the opposition, the Hawks were able to make a run, slashing the lead to two in a hurry as Paul Millsap got loose against Jason Smith. Despite all of Atlanta's struggles and all the great things Washington did, this was a tight game.

The Atlanta Hawks know the key to slowing down the Washington Wizards' up-tempo offense.

Budenholzer said after the game that Sefolosha is healthy and will have a role in the series.

The Hawks had their moments - after a sluggish start their reserves outplayed the Wizards backups to start the second quarter. Only the Cavaliers (9-0) have a better record in the first round over that period.