Wizards Edge Past Hawks 103-101 In Game 3

Wizards Edge Past Hawks 103-101 In Game 3
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Paul Pierce retrieved the Wizards at the Verizon Center on Saturday after the hosts, without John Wall, let a 21-point lead away in the final quarter. Pierce’s 21-feet jumper with 3 defenders breathing down his shoulder lifted Washington to a 103-101 win in game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards now lead the best of seven Eastern Conference Semifinal Series 2-1.


“Usually,” Pierce said in the locker-room. “I like to save those type of shots for later rounds.”

The Hawks trailed exactly 20 points till 7 to 8 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter and appeared to be the second side to pull off a victory from that situation like what the Clippers did in 2012 post-season against the Memphis Grizzlies. But the Hawks failed, leaving the all-team record 802-1 in that stretch.

The Wizards led by 21 points with less than 10 minutes of regulation remaining. But complacence allowed the Hawks to come back and almost snatch a win. A 17-0 run brought the Hawks within 3 points, and Mike Muscala tied with a 3-pointer as 14.1 seconds remained.

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“We got comfortable,” said Bradley Beal, who contributed 17 points and eight assists to Washington’s tally. “We thought the game was over.”

But the Hawks perished due to the 37-year-old’s magic. Pierce timed his trademark step-back jumper,  released the ball in the last seconds of the game and fell on his back on the court. The ball banked off the back-board before going through the basket.

“Took my time. You know, wanted to make sure I got the shot off with no time on the clock,” Pierce explained the moment of the match. “I’ve been in those situations many times.”

Pierce scored 13 riding on three 3-pointers, as his side netted 10 from the 3-point range.