John Wall and Bradley Beal took over in the fourth quarter as the Wizards overcame a second half deficit and beat the Hawks, 109-101 to take a 2-0 series lead on Wednesday.
"I thought Timmy's defense on [Beal] - I think the attention to detail, hopefully not getting screened [and] mixing up what he does on him - I thought Tim's defense was pretty good".
"They were the aggressor for more of the 48 minutes than we were and they were probably more physical for more of the 48 minutes than we were", said Budenholzer. "He didn't shoot the ball well and he didn't give in to a bad shooting night".
Beal's layup put Washington up for good at 96-94 and Wall's free throw with 25.8 seconds left capped the decisive 16-4 run and put the Wizards ahead 107-98. As soon as Beal let the ball fly, Wall raised both arms in celebration. Markieff Morris, Otto Porter Jr., and Kelly Oubre Jr. were in foul trouble all night, leading to only 20, 23, and 13 minutes respectively on the night.
They managed to stay in the game thanks to their free-throw shooting, going 33-of-38 at the line.More news: Cannabis Act: Canada set to legalise marijuana to keep children 'safe'
Washington's short-handed frontcourt received 14 points and 10 rebounds from Marcin Gortat, who effectively neutralized Atlanta's Dwight Howard (7 points).
"I did it earlier, like I think transition I was pushing and I pitched it back to him and he missed it and then I think on a play or two later he had like one on a floppy play he was wide open and missed and he was kind of frustrated with himself and I was like, "Nah, those are great looks, we're going to keep finding you, you know, those shots are going to come to you and you're going to make 'em". Wizards backup forward Ian Mahinmi injured his calf during the final game of the regular season and could miss the remainder of the series.
The game featured a combined 55 fouls.
When another couple of calls went against Washington in the third quarter, many voices in the sellout crowd of 20,356 rose in unison for full-throated chants of derision directed at the officials.
HOUSTON - James Harden scored 37 points to outshine Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets pulled away in the third quarter and coasted to a 118-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Then, with 10:35 left in the quarter, Brandon Jennings hit a stepback jumper to bring the game within two points. Howard shot just six times in Game 1 and was outplayed by Gortat. "I think it's important that we come out and get this one Wednesday and take it back to Atlanta". "Just a little bit of a gut feel".More news: United States reverses itself on status of deported Mexican
For the quarter, the Wizards 1-2 punch outscored the Hawks 24-23.
"We were a little stagnant on offense", Beal said. The game had zero flow to it and Washington was looking for calls every time down the court.
The difference in the game was we were playing basketball and they were playing MMA.
"It's simple", Millsap said. Not only is he one of the best players in his position, he's one of the best players in the league.More news: Gary Cohn 'top candidate for chief of staff'
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