Wall scores playoff-best 32 as Wizards beat Hawks in Game 1

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Thabo Sefolosha did not play, but Budenholzer said he was healthy.

Did all of those misses bother him?

The Hawks trailed by just three points with two minutes to go but Tim Hardaway Jr. came up empty on a driving lay-up attempt. "Everybody's confident in me". He's the most mild-mannered person that I've been around that has a competitive spirit. "So I just rise up and shoot it".

WASHINGTON - After John Wall told Markieff Morris what to expect in his National Basketball Association playoff debut, the Washington Wizards' All-Star guard showed everyone his postseason best. "I thought those four or five minutes that he was out there he was active on the defensive end and then did a good job of getting himself some shots". "We need him to be the scorer for us", Wall said.

McGee shined on a night none of the usual stars found their consistent shooting strokes. As soon as Beal let the ball fly, Wall raised both arms in celebration. Gortat and Morris really stepped up in this first game of the playoffs.

Markieff Morris and Otto Porter provided virtually nothing offensively while dealing with foul trouble. The Hawks spoke about the Wizards being physical after game one and that they'd have to match their physicality but it was the refs that took notice.

Paul Millsap had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks.

Center Dwight Howard finished the game with 14 rebounds but scored just seven points and Kent Bazemore scored 12 points off the bench for the Hawks, who dominated inside, but couldn't contain the Wizards guards. Fouled by Millsap while shooting a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining in the first half, Morris hit the three free throws and then scored seven points early in the third quarter as the Wizards took the lead for good.

The 114 points the Hawks allowed in Game 1 was the 4th most points any team allowed during the playoffs heading into Wednesday's action. It was hardly akin to a mixed martial arts bout, but the officials sure seemed determined to use their whistles upon seeing anything resembling a foul. Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, is guarded by Atlanta Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova, left, during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Washington, Sunday, April 16, 20. The over/under total for the game is listed at 210.5 points. Washington knows it won't have Ian Mahinmi to start the series because of a strained calf, and his 6-foot-11 frame will be sorely missed.

Howard finished with a hair under 20 minutes and only took five shots. If any team had a 4-man that could score, we could go right back to him and he can score on the perimeter and score in the post. "Just a little bit of a gut feel".

Elsewhere, Eric Gordon and Lou Williams caught fire in the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets rallied for a 115-111 playoff win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lost despite another historic 50-point night by Russell Westbrook.

"So, that's a great feeling when your PG [point guard] has that confidence in you", Beal said.

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