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

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

"The difference in the game was we were playing basketball and they were playing MMA", Millsap said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

John Wall treated the Atlanta Hawks like chess pieces on Sunday, manipulating their fourth-ranked defense as he pleased. Despite a relatively mediocre end to the season, Washington should be able to pull out the series victory. Though statictisally it didn't look lopsided, it was indeed. Morris told Millsap to shut up.

"The ball is like gold now".

After seizing the Eastern Conference top seed from the Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics went into their series opener against the Chicago Bulls with uncertainty surrounding scoring dynamo Isaiah Thomas, whose sister Chyna was killed in a road accident on Saturday.

Budenholzer said the starting lineup will remain unchanged for Game 2, although he will consider changes as the series progresses if it becomes necessary. They were better in the second half but feel that needs to improve.

He made all three foul shots after Millsap ran into him on a three just before the halftime buzzer and had words with his foe on the way out.

After a sloppy first half for both teams with plenty of fouls, missed shots and free throws, Wall and Morris stepped it up a notch in the third quarter. "The start of the season was not the way we wanted to start, so you're looking like, 'I hope we're not going through the same process as previous year.' To be back in the playoffs ... couldn't ask for (anything) better". "He's been doing that the last couple of games of the season".

The Wizards ended the day with a 1-0 lead in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, which is about all they could have asked for on Sunday.

The edge Morris had goes beyond numbers. Howard tends to be reluctant to vacate and that's how Morris made one of his three-pointers.

The Chick-fil-A Family Pack is available for purchase for Games 3 & 4 here, and includes four tickets to a Hawks home playoff matchup and four Chick-fil-A meals. As soon as Hardaway committed, Wall set up Markieff Morris for a vicious dunk. The Atlanta Hawks, when playing well, can beat the Wizards at their place. Drew Gooden wasn't up for the task. "Having (Bazemore) off the bench has been good for us too". He can get to his spots at will and it forces Atlanta to help.

Marcin Gortat (14 points, 10 rebounds), Kelly Oubre Jr.

"'I jumped in head first", Morris said. Coach Brooks showed us the film and said, "That's the team I need to see on a nightly basis". He makes us a better team by playing the way he plays on both ends of the floor. "All the people who don't believe in us, that's "they.' You've got to keep 'they" outcha life".

There was a lot of speculation during the offseason about why the Wizards hired Scott Brooks to coach the team. The right-hander allowed only one more baserunner - a leadoff walk to Schimpf in the fifth before Hunter Renfroe hit into a double play. He had never been to the playoffs before.

Line: Wizards -5. Total 209. That means the Wizards don't have to leave shooters open to compensate for a deficiency like they used to do. Paul Millsap began the effort immediately after Game 1, comparing Washington's style to mixed martial arts. He went up to draw contact that Morris avoided, left his feet and came down with the ball for a traveling violation. As noted in Basketball Insiders' Game 2 Preview, there has been criticism of Howard's defense on the roll man in pick and rolls. I'm excited that I have a couple teammates getting the chance to experience it for the first time this year.

Markieff Morris got his first taste of the playoffs on Sunday and you could barely notice. "That's what we're all trying to do". Each scored in double figures.

On the Wizards' next possession, Wall and Morris executed a ideal alley-oop.

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