Wall, Beal pace Wizards past Hawks

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"Jimmy is going to have his turn to guard him".

They had to change because this game forced them to do so.

"I wasn't exhausted", Westbrook said.

Here are some of the biggest headlines heading into Game 2 of the East first-round series.

So, let's fast forward to the final quarter where the Wizards erased a four-point deficit and squeezed out another win to stretch the series lead to 2-0. "I've still got some climbing to do".

Morris and Millsap had a heated exchange after a jump ball in the first half.

Even as each team shot 28 percent from 3-point territory, scoring wasn't a problem. He has enjoyed the best season of his career since signing a new contract with the Wizards, and they are incredibly tough to beat when he and Wall are both clicking. "We've been in these situations where coaches know we're going to get the ball". "They were just able to finish, but over the course of 48 you just try to wear them down".

But Brandon Jennings (10 points on 4-of-5 shooting with four rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes) got hot at the right time, and Bradley Beal (31 points) finally warmed up in the fourth quarter.

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. "I definitely felt good out there". He went up against Millsap most of the game and had a dunk off the ally oop during the Wizards' big third quarter when they went on a 20-7 run.

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Five observations from the Hawks' 109-101 loss to the Wizards in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

John Wall scored a playoff career-high 32 points and Markieff Morris added 21 in his National Basketball Association playoff debut as the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-107 Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round series. "He's a tremendous competitor and he plays with toughness and he gets shots - 32 and 14, that's high level All-Star game".

John Wall: This team rises and falls with Wall. Conscious that he couldn't do it all himself, Wall embraced the role as defensive stopper and facilitator on Sunday. However, they failed to contain the monstrous Morris, Beal, and Wall. Like I said, I play in the moment. "It did concern me, but I like guys that play with effort".

Scoring droughts and minor injuries are going to happen in that environment.

Along with Wall's production, all Wizards starters combined to score 99 points. "He plays with toughness", Brooks said.

After Washington won the series opener over the weekend, Millsap bemoaned aloud about how things went, saying: "The difference in the game is we were playing basketball and they were playing MMA".

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer credited Washington for attacking and putting the Hawks on their heels in the third quarter. "Usually the aggressor is rewarded".

HOUSTON - James Harden scored 37 points to outshine Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets pulled away in the third quarter and coasted to a 118-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. The Hawks are 0-18 in series when trailing 2-0 in a best-of-seven.

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