NBA Playoffs Round 1: Washington Wizards Best Atlanta Hawks 114-107

In that fixture - the Wizards were eliminated from the playoffs in a heartbreaking loss.

John Wall led the way with 32 points and nine assists, while Bradley Beal went off for 31 points. And this particular streak went a long way in helping the Wizards secure a playoff win.

"That's the last time I was in the playoffs". "It's just a good mix of guys that we're going to stick with". Few players are more risky with a head of steam in pick-and-roll situations, and the Hawks might have made a mistake by dropping back and giving him room to see the floor.

"'I jumped in head first", Morris said. "You know he puts so much pressure whenever he has those outlets and he knocks those shots down, it is kind of hard to (cover him)". "The intensity was sky high".

On an average night, the Washington Wizards' John Wall is one of the best point guards in the National Basketball Association.

"They were the aggressor for more of the 48 minutes than we were and they were probably more physical for more of the 48 minutes than we were", said Budenholzer. "That's who we've been playing against all year", Porter said.

"He can score on the perimeter and in the post".

Mahinmi is the backup center but he logs a lot of minutes and is the team's best rim protector.

"When he's playing as well as he did today for us, we're unstoppable". Gortat, Markieff Morris and Jason Smith were creeping toward foul problems early in Game 1.

He led the Wizards with a playoff career-high 32 points (including 15 in the third quarter) and dished out 14 assists.

Bryce Harper, of course, is that person, and like John Wall, he had himself a helluva day on Sunday. But like the first quarter, the refs took over this quarter as they continued to blow the whistles. Scott Brooks entered, and following a 2-8 start, helped the Wizards win their most games since going 54-28 in the 1978-79 season. "We think we play small ball better than anybody in the league".

Off the court, All-Star forward Paul Millsap shook things up by dressing down the team when things looked especially bleak - a change of pace for the normally soft-spoken player. Some of that is self-inflicted, but Morris also presents a matchup nightmare that Wall knew was possible when the Wizards traded a first-round pick for the power forward at the 2016 trade deadline.

Halfway through the quarter, off a steal, John Wall rocked his defender right, and then left, before finding a cutting Morris with a scoop pass, who finished with an emphatic stuff to stretch the Wizards lead to double-digits.

Credit Morris for preventing Millsap from being the dependable baseline scorer and rebounder that Atlanta needs to play winning basketball. A chorus of "M-V-P" chants reverberated around the Verizon Center, capping off an explosive 38-point quarter for the Wizards.

Millsap didn't want to get caught up in a back-and-forth with Morris on and off the court. Coach Mike Budenholzer revealed Friday that Tim Hardaway Jr. and Taurean Prince will start Game 1.

Wall and Beal are the first pair of Wizards to each score at least 30 points in a playoff game since 2006 (Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas) and the first to do it in a playoff win since 1986 (Jeff Malone and Cliff Robinson). After 448 regular-season games, Morris finally made it to the postseason with the Washington Wizards, catching fire in the second half.

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