Balanced Hawks hold off Wizards 111-101, even series 2-all

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They had seven players score in double figures with Dwight Howard (16 points, 15 rebounds), Kent Bazemore (16 points, seven assists), Millsap (19 points, nine rebounds), Schroder (18 points), Taurean Prince (11 points, seven rebounds) and Jose Calderon (10 points, five assists) coming up with big shots at every turn.

The series shifts back to the nation's capital for a pivotal Game 5 on Wednesday.

Toronto lost Game 6 on the road at IN in the first round and at Miami IN the second round previous year, rebounding to win Game 7 at home each time. He has failed to live up to expectations since signing a big contract in the offseason, but tonight he showed the energy that Hawks fans came to love previous year.

Many in the sellout crowd of 20,251 rose to their feet and chanted "Raps in six" in the final minute of the game. Calderon wasn't supposed to be with the Hawks. "I think [head coach Mike Budenholzer] like it", he added, at which point Schroder said, "I don't know", to laughs.

However, it was not looking good for Schroder in the first half of this game. The duo tallied 10 points apiece hitting multiple big shots down the stretch, and all 18 of Schroder's points came in the second half after he too battled foul issues early Monday night. He was 6 of 15 from the field and 4 of 4 at the line with three rebounds.

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Wizards' Markieff Morris called Hawks' Paul Millsap a "crybaby" after Game 3. It didn't prevent Morris from getting in Millsap's face after knocking down an innocuous 3-pointer.

Paul Millsap was also relatively quiet in the first half, but that didn't last very long.

Afterward, Calderon sat alongside Dwight Howard at the postgame news conference, a sign of the major role they both played.

The frontcourt of Morris and Gortat dealt with foul trouble throughout the game, and it clearly affected their rhythm.

"We probably have to pressure him a little more, make him uncomfortable, try to get the shot clock down", Wall said.

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A couple of the National Basketball Association old-timers just laughed Monday night at Phillips Arena, and for a slew of good reasons. Washington was led by Bradley Beal with 32 points. John Wall scored a series-low 22 points and added 10 assists and five rebounds.

Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic had 13 points each for Washington. In this one, he scored 9 points on 10 shots, he was limited to 23 minutes because of foul trouble, and only finished with four rebounds. Washington turned on the intensity midway through the first quarter, which effectively quieted the raucous Atlanta fans. After three-point play, though, the Wizards' offense went dark for almost five minutes.

With Beal finally knocking down some jumpers, Washington shot almost 58 percent in the opening period and built a 35-28 lead. But right when it looked like the Wizards might be able to put their stamp on the game, the Hawks' reserves, went on a 14-0 lead to take the lead and change the game. Howard looked like his old self at times, throwing down monster alley-oop jams and owning the boards.

The Wizards avoided the dismal start that essentially ruined their hopes in Game 3 before the first quarter was done. "It actually makes us better", Millsap said.

"We're going to miss some shots, and we can't let our offense dictate our defense", Bucks coach Jason Kidd said postgame. It's a matter of how we retaliate, and how we bounce back from it. "Again, we were playing catch up in the fourth quarter, and it kind of catches up to you down the stretch".

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The teams entered the final quarter tied at 77, but Atlanta created distance against Washington's shaky bench. Atlanta briefly built a five-point lead but could not take control.