ATLANTA (AP) — John Wall scored 42 points, Bradley Beal added 31 and the Washington Wizards withstood a furious Atlanta comeback to close out the Hawks with a 115-99 victory Friday night, winning the opening-round playoff series 4-2.
The Hawks fell behind by 22 early in the third quarter before making a game of it down the stretch. But the home team never led, and Wall stymied the rally with huge plays at both ends of the court.READ MORE: Morgan State University Awarded $6.25M From Apple & Google
Wall’s block of Dennis Schroder’s layup kept the Hawks from closing within a single point, and Wall hit every big shot in the closing minutes. He scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, ensuring that Washington picked up the first road victory by either team in the series.READ MORE: How One Baltimore Business Owner Is Carrying On The Legacy Of The Women's Industrial Exchange
The Wizards advanced to face either Chicago or Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals.MORE NEWS: 5 Suspects, Including 2 Juveniles, Charged In Ocean City Armed Robbery
Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 31 points.