Wizards squeak out win to go up 3-2 on Hawks

Atlanta Hawks Tim Hardaway Jr. battles Washington Wizards Kelly Oubre Jr. for a lose ball in an NBA playoff basketball game, in Atlanta on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Also, Beverley is going to make an NBA All-Defensive team. I think at times, when we have leads, we give up two or three threes in a row to get those guys back into the game.

It would be incredibly reductive to frame this as "Howard was -4 in the game, and Atlanta lost by four points". Bradly Beal erupted for 27 points while John Wall had 20 points and 14 assists.

Howard, who was a non-factor through the first three games, had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Star guards led the way once again for the Washington Wizards.

Gortat had five points and 10 rebounds. He scored 20 points and dished out 14 assists.

ATLANTA (99) - Prince 4-11 2-2 10, Millsap 8-19 5-6 21, Howard 2-3 1-4 5, Schroder 10-18 4-5 29, Hardaway Jr. Look for this series to go seven games. So is Markieff Morris, who's so nettled by Paul Millsap that he has more fouls (19) than baskets (16).

"Schroder had an unbelievable three-point night tonight", Brooks said at the podium.

The Warriors jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the start. The Hawks will be disappointed that they didn't capitalize on their quick start as they led by 34-27 midway through the second quarter before the Wizards took the lead and stayed in front for the rest of the game. The Hawks shot 40.9 percent from the field and just 9-of-31 from the 3-pt range.

They have it going now. The Wizards won't dare to force pocket passes to him on screen-and-roll plays and neither can they possibly depend on him to post up the chiseled Dwight Howard.

What role players will step up for the Wizards? The team came extremely close on Wednesday night, but couldn't quite finish things up in the final minutes. It would have taken a miracle for them to win in the final 30 seconds, but instead of taking their chances, Atlanta simply did nothing. But they were sent away happy. Schroder has averaged 24.0 points and 7.2 assists on 46% shooting and 44% shooting from the perimeter. He made just 6-of-18 shots, missed 7 of ten three point tries and both free throws. He was up almost three points from his career average of 14 a game. It's nearly impossible to get less involved and shoot each time ball find you. The Hawks got double-figure scoring from seven players, including huge contributions off the bench from Kent Bazemore and Jose Calderon. Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Atlanta 43 (Millsap 11), Washington 42 (Gortat 10). "Took a brief day off or two and now just get back to work and get ready for whichever team we're getting ready for".

Fans of the Wizards are pretty thrilled with his play, but not every journalist covering the team seems to be enamored with what he's doing on the other end of the court. But Philips Arena is hardly a stronghold.

The playoffs are not going well overall for the Atlanta Hawks. But Johnson's Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports was strong enough to contend with Kyle Larson, the points leader and most dominant driver of the day.

Smith Calf Injury Jason Smith left Game 5 with a calf contusion and has been listed as day-to-day. We've seen it all. Defensively, the Hawks are yielding 104.0 points per game against the opposing teams.

Since game six is at home, the Hawks (if recent trends are at all indicative) should play much better on Friday night. "That was my goal this game, and I feel like I did it", Bradley said.

  • Julie Sanders