Hawks use balanced scoring to even series with Wizards

26 April, 2017, 08:39 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • No crying just scoring Paul Millsap shoots over Washington Wizards Markieff Morris Saturday

By Friday evening, Washington will either be on the edge of ending another season well before it feels it should or on the verge of closing off a series in held a two-game advantage in before it slipped away.

(At) Toronto 118, Milwaukee 93: Norm Powell scored a career playoff-high 25 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 10 assists and Toronto beat Milwaukee in Game 5 of the first-round playoff series.

The Hawks now trail the best-of-seven series 2-1 but will look to even the series Monday night at Philips Arena.

The Wizards knocked down Atlanta.

"Jose's spirit has been great, and hopefully we can build on how he plays the game", Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. On Monday night, Calderon was thrown into a hard situation when starting point guard Dennis Schroder picked up his third personal foul late in the first half and had to leave the game.

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) battles Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) for the rebound. In an exclusive interview with Basketball Insiders following Sunday's practice at Philips Arena, Hardaway said he is locked in on his defensive assignment against Bradley Beal. He finished the game with one blocked shot.

"This game was very important for us and I think we came out with the right mentality from the beginning to the end", Howard said. Adding insult to injury, both Markieff Morris and Kelly Oubre Jr. found themselves in foul trouble with three apiece at the half, allowing Morris to play just 10 minutes across the first two frames.

But when they got to Atlanta, they weren't ready to end the Hawks there.

That's to be expected from Howard, an eight-time All-Star who finally showed up in the series.

Not so much from Calderon, whose hair is thinning on top.

In games three and four, Millsap scored 29 and 19 respectively, while pulling down 14 and nine rebounds. The veteran backup point guard answered the call when Dennis Schroder went out in the 3:19 left in the first quarter with his third foul.

Kent Bazemore also turned in a solid performance off the bench with 16 points and tied for the team lead with seven assists.

But Calderon was the one who really made a difference.

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Schroder was key for the Hawks.

"He came in, played well, took care of the game", Washington coach Scott Brooks said. "He's just a victor".

Bradley Beal scored 32 points, bouncing back from a dismal performance in Game 3, and John Wall had another stellar performance with 22 points and 10 assists. That's not good, but they are more than making up for it out on the wing with their beastly backcourt.

When Hawks forward Paul Millsap compared Game 1 to MMA, Morris couldn't resist.

Monday night's Game 4 in Atlanta started nothing like the Game 3 blowout the Wizards suffered at the hands of the Hawks on Saturday night.

"Teams go on runs". Gone is the back-and-forth, gone is the trash talk.

Millsap and Schroder helped the Hawks pull away down the stretch.

Schroder scored on two 3-pointers, a jump shot and a driving layup in the final four minutes as the Hawks rebuffed Washington's comeback effort.

Howard believes cutting off the pick-and-roll and easy assists for Wall makes him uncomfortable.

He worked on it when he was a youngster in Louisiana. "It was just a hustle play". Three games of being in Millsap's torture chamber is quite enough. He shoots the ball well. It's just a matter of how we retaliate. They turned the ball over 37 times over the first two games.

Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. was able to play after leaving Game 3 with a strained neck. In Game 1, they scored almost half of their points in the paint.

Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 6- 1 ATS in their last seven games following a win.

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