Washington Wizards swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association on Friday for kicking the ball into the stands at the end of the team's 109-101 Game 2 win over the Atlanta Hawks, according to the Washington Post's Candace Buckner. "They played off of that. We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball, especially in the fourth quarter". It was the sixth career playoff triple-double for Westbrook, who had an NBA-record 42 in the regular season. He averaged 5.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 31 games this season.
The game was tied before Houston scored10 straight points with 3-pointers from Harden, Patrick Beverley and Eric Gordon to make it 114-104 with 1:22 remaining.
That is a significant decision when the starting unit has been Atlanta's most played lineup and by far its worst from a performance standpoint over the first two playoff games. But Dwight Howard had only seven rebounds, half his Game 1 total, and six points. It was hardly akin to a mixed martial arts bout, but the officials sure seemed determined to use their whistles upon seeing anything resembling a foul. If the Wizards can continue to limit Howard, the Hawks have no chance.
There were 29 personal fouls in the opening 24 minutes, 55 for the game. He was 2/7 from beyond the arc, and as he said after the game, was really struggling to get his shot going. A fifth game, if needed, would return to Washington on April 26.More news: Intel could launch Coffee Lake processors as early as August
Wizards: Backup C Ian Mahinmi sat out again with a strained left calf; Brooks said he'll miss Game 3. "Just a little bit of a gut feel".
Beal entered the fourth quarter of Game 2 only 6/18 from the field for 15 points.
"Turnovers killed us", Millsap said.
According to Millsap, Atlanta has a big edge when both teams play with smaller lineups, something Washington was forced to do as fouls accumulated.