The Washington Wizards attempted to pull away from the Hawks in the third quarter. Likewise the same fashion the previous night of Milwaukee and Toronto’s game six appeared to finish.
The Hawks trailed by 22 points in the third quarter but to only cut the lead down to seven by the end of the third. Paul Millsap help fueled the third quarter run with 13 points of his own in the third. However, it was too much John Wall and Bradley Beal in the fourth quarter. Wall would go on to score 42 points in the game. 20 of the 42 would come in the fourth as he was 7-of-9 from the field including 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Beal would follow behind with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting.
It was too much of the Wizards back court in game six for the Hawks who struggled to handle the ball. Atlanta would turn the ball over 22 times which is a season high. Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder led the way for the Hawks which has been the norm all series. Millsap would lead all Hawks with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Schroder’s play against a well talented back court was the main question all series. Schroder held his own in game six with 26 points and 10 assists.
The Hawks end the season with a 43-39 record in their first season since signing Dwight Howard last summer. As the fifth seed Atlanta made the playoffs for the 10th straight year which is the most of any NBA team.
Washington moves on to play the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The two teams have previous history in the regular reason to be considered a rivalry. Isaiah Thomas versus John Wall will be the ultimate point guard showdown.
Wizards will host the Celtics in game 1 of the series on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is at 1 PM EST on ABC.
Baseline Times Staff Writer