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

Win, and they can head to Atlanta this weekend with a firm grip on this series, with a chance to return to the Conference semifinals for the first time since 2015, when they lost to the Hawks.

The Wizards took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, winning 114-107. "It's all part of the game, it's all loving 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.

Bradley Beal scored 22 points and Markieff Morris added 21 in his first-ever National Basketball Association playoff game for Washington, which shot 45.0 percent (45-of-100). When the first two quarters were over, Markieff Morris and Atlanta All-Star Paul Millsap yelled at each other. "They were playing MMA". He changed our team a whole lot, and he understands that. Even before a mid-season trade that sent Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers, the Hawks had already fallen way off in long-range proficiency.

"I heard Millsap saying they don't want Brad and John to score as much and they want to let us [other Wizards] score - basically is what he's saying", Morris said according to The Post. And no matter what Atlanta tried, coach Mike Budenholzer's team just couldn't keep up. Wall continued to run the pick-and-roll and Muscala was unable to defend it (like Howard) but instead of giving up the lane jumper it was clean dives to the rim. CSN Mid-Atlantic's J.

Wizards guard John Wall dunks against the Hawks during the Game 2.

Meanwhile, as Brooks noted, both teams were spatially challenged. "He plays with toughness", Brooks said. A chorus of "M-V-P" chants reverberated around the Verizon Center, capping off an explosive 38-point quarter for the Wizards. Not only is he one of the best players at his position, he's one of the best players in the league.

Story line: Washington was a great comeback story this season, shaking off a 2-8 start like it never happened and putting together the best regular season for the franchise in almost 40 years.

That falls on Tim Hardaway Jr. At the next dead ball, Hardaway was furious, telling Millsap "come on". He was 2 of 11 of the field and 0 of 6 from 3-point range.

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Even though the Hawks will be making their 10th straight postseason appearance, the team has generated little buzz around the National Basketball Association or even in its own city, where home games continue to be marked by thousands of empty seats and most sports fans seem more focused on the start of baseball season, the NFL draft and a promising new soccer team, Atlanta United.

Washington led 51-43 at halftime. They relied too much on the starting five and they will need more scoring from Bogdanovic and Oubre. He had 42 against the Hawks last season.

On the positive side, the Hawks got a significant boost from the bench in the first half. However, Rondo has improved since the All-Star break, averaging 10.8 points and 7.1 assists per game since then. Atlanta needs its wings to get it going because Beal may not have many games in the series where he shoots as poorly. "They were physical. When the game is like that, we have to match their physicality".

"He changed everything right away for us", said Wall. "But again, we've got to go get some moves and bring them back to the court".

Wall is a master of deception just like Chris Paul and James Harden.

"It's fine", Howard told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Porter recovered it and was fouled by Bazemore. Despite all of Atlanta's struggles and all the great things Washington did, this was a tight game.

The Hawks have a few days to make adjustments before Wednesday's Game 2.

Shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha who missed the Game 1 may play in Game 2. Only the Cavaliers (9-0) have a better record in the first round over that period.