Today would mark the first game between the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks in their Playoffs series. The last times these two ball clubs met up in the postseason was in 2015 as Atlanta would defeat Washington, 4-2. With the Wizards having home court advantage, they would look to get revenge against this Atlanta Hawks team.
In the first quarter, Dennis Schroder would drop eight points, including one 3-pointer. He would also grab two rebounds and dish off two assists. Ersan Ilyasova would come off the bench to collect seven points of his own as he shot 100% from the field. On the other end, John Wall would chalk up seven points and throw out five assists. The first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Otto Porter Jr., would help out by scoring five points for Washington but it would be the visiting team that ended the quarter with a 29-25 lead. John Wall would continue to struggle in the second quarter as he shoots only 28% from the field, earning himself six points. Markieff Morris would chalk up five points of his own, shooting only 25% from the field. Four-time All-Star, Paul Millsap, would drop eight points for the Hawks, shooting 33% from the field as the Georgia team would walk into halftime holding onto a 48 to 45 lead. Things would start to look good for the home team in the third quarter as they go on a 38-28 run. John Wall come alive as he scores fifteen points, including two 3-pointers. He would also pull down three rebounds and give out four assists. Markieff Morris would also collect eleven points, which would also include one 3-pointer. As for Atlanta, Schroder would add seven points to his scoring total, which included one 3-pointer but it was the Washington team that would eventually grab a lead, ending the third period with a 83-76 advantage. Bradley Beal would come alive in the fourth quarter as he scores twelve points, which would include one 3-pointer. He would shoot 62% from the field while he was on the floor. The first-round pick in the 2015 draft, Kelly Oubre Jr., would chalk up five points, which contained one 3-pointer as well. On the other end, rookie Taurean Waller-Prince would put up ten points, including two 3-pointers but it was the Washington Wizards that would defeat the Hawks, 114-107, as they take a 1-0 lead in the series. John Wall would finish with thirty-two points (his new career-high Playoffs points), four rebounds and fourteen assists. Dennis Schroder would finish with twenty-five points, three rebounds and nine assists.