Wall, Beal shine as Wizards topple Hawks

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

People of the Atlanta and Washington can't be able to watch this match on online. Here are the three keys to victory for the Atlanta Hawks to win not only Game 2 but to take down this series and advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. This series between Southeast Division rivals has been feisty so far.

"He just played basketball", Budenolzer said.

In Game 1 of this best-of-seven series, the Wizards didn't exactly take control and make their superiority undeniable, but they did set the kind of tone that you doubted they could establish as they meandered through the final few weeks of the regular season. The Wizards went under on the pick-and-roll for much of the game to give Schroder the outside look.

Game 2 is Wednesday night. He finished with seven points and 14 rebounds. His midrange shooting unlocks a lot of stuff for the Wiz on offense and his defense is consistent enough to make him a player who should be reliable in playoff bench situations. Like I said, I play in the moment. Forward Markieff Morris scored 11 of his 21 points. He just been outclassed by Wall on his ascendance to bona fide superstardom. Dealing with the first blow from the Hawks will be important.

Despite an unfavourable first-game result, Millsap remained upbeat about Atlanta's chances this series.

Washington hosted its first Game 1 in the playoffs since the 1979 NBA Finals, when the franchise was known as the Washington Bullets.

The second quarter was more of the same and Washington's 9-2 run at the outset provided cushion.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to the basket against Atlanta Hawks' Tim Hardaway Jr.

Paul Millsap (27 points on 14-of-15 free-throw shooting) needed no adjusting to the style he sought and hunted fouls relentlessly. Atlanta made 86.8 percent of its attempts at the charity stripe.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks was impressed. Wall's game score is the fourth-highest in the playoffs heading into Monday's games. Otherwise, we could be looking at a series sweep at the hands of the Wizards. "It's all love of the game". Though the Wizards did technically win Game 2, one could argue the officials definitely tried to steal the game from both teams.

In Oakland, the Warriors beat Portland 110-81 in Game 2 of their first-round series without the injured Kevin Durant.

Sunday, April 16: Atlanta at Washington, 1 p.m. Gortat scored 14 points, had 10 rebounds and two blocks. Atlanta center Dwight Howard had 7 rebounds, 6 points and 4 fouls in 19 minutes on Wednesday night. The Hawks seemed just a step behind John Wall and company the entire day. John Wall was enormous, not taking for a six minute stretch like he did on Sunday but instead contributing consistently throughout the game.

Butler had 30 points and nine rebounds and the Bulls outlasted top-seeded Boston 106-102 in Game 1 on Sunday on an emotional night for grieving Celtics star Isaiah Thomas. The Hawks can win a game or two at home, but this feels like a series that Washington will win in five or six games.

Latest News