DeMarre Carroll guided the Atlanta Hawks to win 106-90 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday at Atlanta. The top-seeded Hawks have now tied the best of seven series 1-1. Atlanta succumbed to a shock defeat at home in the series-opener, but were upbeat minutes before the match as the Wizards announced their roster without super-star John Wall.
Wall was ruled out due to an arm injury.
”It’s dangerous, man,” Atlanta’s Kent Bazemore pointed out. ”Oh, their best player is not playing, so they don’t have a chance… But they still have a very dangerous team.”
Carroll scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and had 4 assists. Kyle Korver came back sharply after under-performing in the first half. Defense-man Carroll scored in twenties for six consecutive games.
“We knew this was a game we had to win,” Carroll said. “It was kind of a funky game.”
The winners led 53-46 at the half-time.
Ramon Sessions replaced John Wall and did a commendable job for the Wizards by notching up 21 points. The match was keenly contested till the final quarter. Washington narrowed the margin to 84-81 at one stage, but Al Horford and Korver turned the game in Hawks’ favor. Korver scored thrice from the 3-point range in the 2nd session, the third of which came at a critical moment with only less than 3 minutes remaining. Atlanta finished off with a 11-2 run, handing Washington their first post-season defeat.
The series now moves onto Washington for Game 3 on Saturday.