Wizards defend home court against Hawks

It was another backcourt duo that delivered in the NBA Playoffs again. Game one was all about John Wall and his 31 points leading the Wizards to a victory. Game two was his backcourt mate Bradley Beal who scored 31 points on 12-of-27 shooting.

The Hawks entered the fourth quarter up four points as they looked to tie the series up before heading home to Atlanta. With 4:54 remaining and the scored tied at 94-94 it was the last time the Hawks would see a lead in game two. In the final four minutes the Wizards were able to hold on as Beal hit a dagger three-point shot with 38.1 seconds remaining in the game as the Wizards went up by eight points. From there it was down to making free-throws for Washington to lock in the victory.

The containment of the backcourt for the Wizards is the concerning factor for Atlanta and remains a theme through the first two games. With Wall scoring 31 points in game and Beal replicating the same in game two the Hawks will have to find an answer defensively for the duo. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dennis Schroder are on the opposing end but struggling to slow down the Wizards guards.

Paul Millsap remained the best player for the Hawks all night as he scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Dwight Howard struggled again as he only scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting and grabbing seven rebounds. These are not typical Howard number’s as he’s averaged 13 points and 12 rebounds this season. Marcin Gortat seems to get the best of him again in game two scoring 14 points and 10 points. Gortat had a strong defensive showing in the first quarter blocking three shots. He would finish with five block shots overall on the night. The defense of the Wizards forced the Hawks to shoot 40-percent from the field (20-percent from three) and overall as a team they blocked 11 shots in game two.

As the series turns to Atlanta game three is on Saturday. Tip-off is at 5:30 PM EST on TNT.

Chevall Kanhai
Baseline Times Staff Writer