2-1 down in the series, the Atlanta Hawks woke up to deliver like the top-seeded side in game 4 at Washington. The Hawks edged past Washington Wizards 106-101 on Monday night to tie the 7 match semifinal series 2-2.
“That’s how we play. That’s how we’ve been playing all year,” Atlanta’s All-star Paul Millsap said. “Things we didn’t do, pretty much all series, we did tonight.”
Jeff Teague topped with 26 points, Millsap added 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds to the tally. Al Horford chipped in with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
“We were in attack mode the whole night,” Teague said in the locker-room. “Everyone was just being aggressive, trying to make plays.” His pair upfront, Dennis Schroder scored 14 points and eight assists.
Washington’s Paul Pierce missed a 3 pointer that could have tied the game with just 9.5 seconds remaining. It was Pierce who hit a buzzer to pull off game 3 for the Wizards on Saturday. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with career playoff high 34 points.
“I thought it was going in. … That open one’s always the hardest one to make,” Beal said of Pierce’s miss. Wizards’ lone All-star, point-guard John Wall missed the third consecutive game on a row due to fractured left arm.
The pivotal Game 5 is scheduled night on Wednesday at Atlanta.