The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks series has been a very personal one for both teams from John Wall’s constant stare downs on the Hawks’ player to Markieff Morris and Paul Millsap getting into heated arguments on the court. Last night would mark the third game between these two ball clubs as the Hawks looked to take a win in Atlanta. Game 1 was a victory for the Washington team as they would defeat the Hawks, 114-107. John Wall finished with thirty-two points, four rebounds and fourteen assists. Dennis Schroder ended up with twenty-five points, three rebounds and nine assists. The second game was also a victory for the Wizards as they pull away with a 109-101 win. In that game, John Wall scored thirty-two points, grabbed five rebounds and gave out nine assists. Paul Millsap put up twenty-seven points, ten rebounds and four assists. The Wizards looked to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series last night in the Philips Arena.
The Atlanta Hawks would start off on the right foot as they put on a scoring display in the first period, shooting 65% from the field, limiting the visiting team to 30%. Dennis Schroder lit the floor up with fifteen points, including two 3-pointers. Taurean Prince, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard would each score five points. Prince would score three of those from behind the 3-point line while Millsap pulls down six rebounds. On the other end, John Wall would put up fourteen points, which would contain one 3-pointer but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a huge 38-20 lead. The Wizards would look to cut into the lead as both Markieff Morris and John Wall go for seven points. Morris would collect three of those from beyond the arc while John Wall would crash the boards for one rebound and dish off two assists. But the Hawks wouldn’t ease up as former Jazz player, Paul Millsap, drops ten points and grabs three rebounds. Dennis Schroder would add five more points to his scoring total as the Georgia team walks into halftime with a large 64 to 46 lead.
Things would not get any easier for the D.C. team as Millsap comes out of the locker room to score nine points, shooting 67% from the field. Rookie Taurean Prince would shoot a perfect 100% from the field, scoring seven points. Dwight Howard would be held scoreless in the third quarter but he would go to grab four rebounds. North Carolina-native John Wall would try to bring his Washington team back in it as he drops eight points, grabs two rebounds and dishes off two assists but it was the Atlanta Hawks that ended the third with a powerful 90-67 lead. The Wizards would go on a 31 to 26 run in the last quarter as Kelly Oubre Jr. comes off the bench to knock down three 3-pointers and grab three rebounds. Brandon Jennings would also come off the bench to give out three assists and drop seven points, which contained one 3-pointer. On the other end of the court, Baltimore-native Malcolm Delaney would come off the bench to chalk up eight points, which would hold one 3-pointer as the Altanta Hawks defeat the Washington Wizards with a 116-98 win, making the series 2-1. Paul Millsap would finish the game with twenty-nine points, fourteen rebounds and five assists. John Wall woud ended up with twenty-nine points, four rebounds and seven assists.