Seven Hawks players led by Paul Millsap scored in double figures as Atlanta beats Washington 111-101 to even the series at 2-2. Bradley Beal led the way for Washington with 32 points and John Wall added 22 points and 10 assists but like Game 3, the Wizards didn’t get much help from anyone else.
Unlike Game 3, the Wizards got off to a hot start in the beginning of this one. Beal was knocking down open jumpers and Wall was getting out in transition as the Wizards took an early 25-18 lead. The Wizards shot 58 percent in the period as they led after the first quarter for the first time in the series, 35-28.
But in the second quarter, none of that momentum carried over. The Hawks used a quick 9-0 run to tie the game at 38. Washington, who didn’t commit a turnover in the first quarter, let Atlanta back in this one as they committed eight turnovers in the second period. Washington shot just 25 percent in the period (5-20) and was outscored 31-15 as Atlanta led, 59-50 at halftime.
This time, it was the Hawks turn to go cold. Atlanta scored just two points through the first 4:10 of the third quarter, as the Wizards were able to get back in this one. Washington used an extended run to tie the game at 77 entering the fourth quarter.
Surprisingly, the Wizards looked gassed in the fourth quarter. A quick run by the Hawks had them up 89-81 with Washington playing catch up. Washington answered with a 7-0 run of their own to cut the lead to one but Atlanta had an answer. Two three-pointers down the stretch including one which got a very friendly come court roll put this one out of reach. Washington falls 111-101.
Terrible second quarter dooms Wizards
Washington was terrible in the second quarter as they were outscored 31-15 in the period. It wasn’t just the bench, but the starters too who struggled. Washington had no answer for Dwight Howard who had two alley-oop dunks in the quarter. Washington didn’t take care of the ball as they committed eight turnovers in the period. The Wizards’ lead quickly evaporated as they shot just 25 percent from the field in the period.
Balanced attack crushes Washington
Seven Hawks players scored in double figures tonight led by Millsap with 19. Dwight Howard, who’s been quiet for most of this series came alive with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Howard was able to finish around the rim and gobbled up all of the loose rebounds that came his way. In addition, the Hawks got unexpected contributions from Kent Bazemore and Jose Calderon who combined for 26 points off the bench.
Wall and Beal don’t get a lot of help
Wall and Beal came to play on offense but the same can’t be said for the rest of the guys. Porter and Bogdanovic chipped in with 13 points a piece but didn’t come alive until the second half. Washington isn’t going to win many games if Wall and Beal are the only ones to show up on the offensive end. Additionally, Gortat, who’s been solid for most of this series, was held to just two points tonight.