On Wednesday the Atlanta Hawks visited the Washington Wizards in game two of the first round in the NBA Playoffs. The Wizards came out on top, running out eventual 109-101 winners, taking the series lead to 2-0.
Throughout the game the referees were very bad for both teams with the Wizards leading the foul count 29-26. Two players had five fouls for each team; Atlanta’s Mike Muscala and Kent Bazemore, and Washington’s Markieff Morris and Jason Smith.
The Wizards protected home court with a foul-filled Game 2 win.
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 20, 2017
John Wall had an outstanding game for the Wizards. Wall scored 32 points, dished nine assists, and grabbed five rebounds. Marcin Gortat also contributed well for Washington. Gortat had a double-double scoring 14 points to go with his 10 rebounds, he also had five blocks and three assists. Bradley Beal was another potent threat, scoring 31 points.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 20, 2017
The second unit also played a key part for the Wizards as Brandon Jennings had 10 points and four rebounds in just 16 minutes of play. Jason Smith put in some decent minutes off the bench, too, as he notched eight points and eight rebounds.
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After a quiet game one, Paul Millsap was a large contributor across the boards for the Hawks. Millsap had 27 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Along with Millsap’s helpful scoring Dennis Schröder had 23 points, six assists, and four rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr had 19 points and was a key contributor, also.
The Hawks played admirably, but the Wizards posed too difficult a challenge for the hosts to overcome. Questions were asked of Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer when he chose to sit star center Dwight Howard for the entire fourth quarter. This lead many to believe that Wizards head coach Scott Brooks had won the battle on this occasion once again.
The first two games of the series were played in Washington. The next game is in Atlanta on Saturday at 5:30 EST.