Dennis Schroder produces well as Atlanta drops Game 2

That is a significant decision when the starting unit has been Atlanta's most played lineup and by far its worst from a performance standpoint over the first two playoff games. Is it even possible for Atlanta to stop John Wall and Bradley Beal?

Following the Washington Wizards' 109-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series, Beal had the solitary spotlight. He made 7 of his 12 made field goals outside of the paint. "We know that they are going to play a lot better basketball and we feel like we haven't played our best basketball yet". "We were doing a great job of making shots, but also making the right reads for our teammates".

With a win on Wednesday, the Wizards will head to Atlanta this weekend up 2-0 in the series. Gordon scored 22 points and Williams had 21, as they each shot 8-of-14 and hit three triples apiece.

The Atlanta Hawks struggled again in Game Two to put four quarters together, and the Washington Wizards took advantage. Washington wants to exact revenge for their series loss to the Hawks during the 2015 playoffs.

In Game 2, Millsap finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, mainly coming from dump down buckets off Schroder assists.

"We had a chance in both games", Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. "That is what we have to keep doing".

Millsap scored 14 points in the third quarter, including six during a 13-0 run by the Hawks that took them from a deficit to a 74-67 edge with a little more than 3 minutes left in that period. Gortat has gotten the best of Atlanta center Dwight Howard, who was limited to six points and seven rebounds in Game 2 and played only 20 minutes. Fair or foul, his comments set the tone for the rematch.

The game wasn't pretty and featured 55 foul calls and 71 free throw attempts between the two teams.

I think the scariest part about Wall's sensational start is how he hasn't been a game-changer on defense. "Wasn't too insane out there". McCollum were unbelievable, combining for 75 points, but the Blazers got very little else and could not withstand the constant pressure the Warriors put on opponents. That lead remained until the Wizards reserves made their biggest contribution.

The veteran guard, acquired by Washington last month, hit back-to-back jumpers and fed Jason Smith for a tying dunk during a 70-second flurry.

"I'm proud of the way Brad played", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "The game rewards you". However, Howard was much better in Game 2, posting a +4.7 net rating that was best among Hawks with double-digit minutes.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 19 points on an off night, JaVale McGee sparked Golden State off the bench with 15 points, and the short-handed Warriors beat Portland in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series without injured leading scorer Kevin Durant.

The pros outweighed the cons with Jennings, who was plus-3 on the night. The Hawks are 4/25 from beyond the arc in the series on catch-and-shoot.

Washington won three of the four regular-season meetings.

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