A poster of Markieff Morris’ face hung out in the stands with tear running down the eyes. The game after his comments about Paul Millsap being a baby Morris’ team would have to board a plane back home this time for a game five in Washington D.C.
The Atlanta Hawks had seven players scoring double figures on Monday night as the balanced attack outlasted a better effort from the Wizards in game four. Paul Millsap led the way again for the Hawks with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Dwight Howard was finally able to have a game we are using to seeing from the big man. Howard would finish with 16 points and 15 rebounds. All series high for him.
The Hawks received additional help off the bench from Kent Bazemore and Jose Calderon. Bazemore would play 23 minutes off the bench and produced 16 points, four rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Calderon added 10 points and five assists.
With under five minutes left in the fourth quarter Dennis Schroder knocked down a three-point basket to put the Hawks up 10 and they never looked back. Overcoming this shooting struggle from game three, Bradley Beal scored 32 points on 11-of-23 shooting. John Wall who has led the Wizards all series, scored 22 points alongside five rebounds and 10 assists.
Morris would finish with nine points and four rebounds opposing Millsap, couldn’t get the last laugh in game four. Offensively, the Wizards struggled to match the pace of the Hawks down the last stretch of the game.
Game five is in Washington D.C. on Wednesday night. Tip-off time is TBD.
Baseline Times Staff Writer