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Home, sweet home: Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks, 103-99

WASHINGTON (AP) John Wall figured the credit went to the down-the-stretch defense displayed by his Washington Wizards.

Neither Dennis Schroder nor coach Mike Budenholzer found any flaws with the way their Atlanta Hawks handled things late.

Either way, the odd manner in which Atlanta seemed to allow the final half-minute or so to slip away while trailing - not fouling Washington to try to extend things; passing around the ball, instead of shooting it, as the clock headed toward zero - left the Wizards on the verge of closing out the teams' Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

Back at home, and back in charge, Bradley Beal scored 27 points, and Wall added 20 points and 14 assists, leading Washington to a 103-99 victory in Game 5 on Wednesday night for a 3-2 series lead.

''I thought they were going to play the foul game - or at least try to trap. But they let us run the clock down,'' Wall said, noting that he felt as if he and his teammates finished ''with the best scrambling defense we had.''

Schroder led the Hawks with 29 points, making a career high-tying five 3s, and 11 assists. But after his basket from beyond the arc pulled Atlanta within 101-99 with 70 seconds left, Wall responded with a 21-foot pull-up jumper. Neither team would score the rest of the way.

''It was right there,'' Schroder said. ''We've just got to be better in crunch time.''

A miss followed from Paul Millsap, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds, but after Wall's jumper was off the mark, the Hawks never managed to put the ball in the basket - including sort of fiddling around as if they didn't realize they were trailing by four.

''We tried to get a clean look,'' Tim Hardaway Jr. said, ''but they just did a good job of ... making it tough on us.''

Budenholzer's take?

''I'm not, off the top of my head, frustrated with what we got offensively,'' he said.

The host has won every game in this series so far.

Washington can reach the conference semifinals by winning Game 6 at Atlanta on Friday night.

''It's got to be us,'' Budenholzer said, ''that's the aggressor.''

As it is, the series has been filled with physical play, referee whistles and smack talk, including a ''Crybaby'' accusation and a comparison to MMA fighting.

Dwight Howard - who finally came to the fore in Game 4 with 16 points and 15 rebounds - didn't play much in the second half, picking up his fourth foul with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter and his fifth off the ball with 8 1/2 minutes to go.

Washington's Markieff Morris picked up No. 4 after 2 1/2 minutes of the third quarter and didn't return until there were less than 6 minutes remaining in the fourth. About 2 1/2 minutes after going back in, Morris drew his fifth foul - plus a technical for arguing, eliciting derisive chants about the officiating from spectators.

''It's been the hardest it's ever been,'' Morris said, ''for me to stay out of foul trouble.''

TIP-INS

Hawks: Howard scored five points. ... Schroder started 4 for 4 on 3-pointers.

Wizards: C Marcin Gortat attempted his first free throws of the entire series with 6:09 left in the fourth quarter. He made the first, rolled his head back as if to say, ''Finally!'' and then made the second, too.

VEEP

Former Vice President Joe Biden received the loudest ovation of the first half, with plenty in the sellout crowd of 20,356 rising to cheer him when the videoboard showed him sitting courtside.

INJURY NEWS

Wizards front-court reserve Jason Smith left with a bruised left calf and did not return. Coach Scott Brooks said his status is day-to-day. Washington has been without backup C Ian Mahinmi (strained left calf) all series.

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Key Players
P. Millsap
4 PF
J. Wall
2 PG
36.0 Min. Per Game 36.0
23.5 Pts. Per Game 23.5
10.3 Ast. Per Game 10.3
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
44.7 Field Goal % 46.1
42.1 Three Point % 45.3
76.5 Free Throw % 80.7
  Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat 0:00
  Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
  Defensive rebound by Tim Hardaway Jr. 0:11
  Marcin Gortat missed hook shot 0:13
  Offensive rebound by Marcin Gortat 0:13
  John Wall missed jump shot 0:15
  Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris 0:38
  Paul Millsap missed fade-away jump shot 0:40
+ 2 John Wall made jump shot 0:47
+ 3 Dennis Schroder made 3-pt. jump shot 1:11
  Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap 1:24
Points 99 103
Field Goals 38-93 (40.9%) 37-82 (45.1%)
3-Pointers 9-31 (29.0%) 7-24 (29.2%)
Free Throws 14-21 (66.7%) 22-27 (81.5%)
Total Rebounds 61 51
Offensive 11 9
Defensive 32 33
Team 18 9
Assists 23 21
Steals 3 8
Blocks 2 10
Turnovers 11 6
Fouls 21 20
Technicals 0 1
D. Schroder PG 17
29 PTS, 1 REB, 11 AST
J. Wall PG 2
20 PTS, 6 REB, 14 AST
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5 Hawks 2-3 2524302099
4 Wizards 3-223273320103
Team Stats
Hawks 2-3 105.5 PPG 44.3 RPG 22.3 APG
Wizards 3-2 108.1 PPG 43 RPG 22.8 APG
Key Players
D. Schroder PG 24.7 PPG 2.3 RPG 7.7 APG 45.5 FG%
B. Beal SG 24.8 PPG 3.4 RPG 2.7 APG 47.1 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Schroder PG 29 PTS 1 REB 11 AST
B. Beal SG 27 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
40.9 FG% 45.1
29.0 3PT FG% 29.2
66.7 FT% 81.5
Hawks
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Schroder 37 29 1 11 2 0 1 3 10/18 5/6 4/5 1 0 53 +3
P. Millsap 35 21 11 2 0 0 3 3 8/19 0/3 5/6 1 10 33 -2
T. Hardaway Jr. 37 15 2 0 0 0 0 1 6/18 3/10 0/2 0 2 17 -2
T. Waller-Prince 31 10 6 4 0 1 1 1 4/11 0/3 2/2 2 4 24 -3
D. Howard 28 5 10 2 1 1 2 5 2/3 0/0 1/4 2 8 19 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Schroder 37 29 1 11 2 0 1 3 10/18 5/6 4/5 1 0 53 +3
P. Millsap 35 21 11 2 0 0 3 3 8/19 0/3 5/6 1 10 33 -2
T. Hardaway Jr. 37 15 2 0 0 0 0 1 6/18 3/10 0/2 0 2 17 -2
T. Waller-Prince 31 10 6 4 0 1 1 1 4/11 0/3 2/2 2 4 24 -3
D. Howard 28 5 10 2 1 1 2 5 2/3 0/0 1/4 2 8 19 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Bazemore 22 6 2 2 0 0 2 2 3/12 0/5 0/0 1 1 10 +1
M. Dunleavy 11 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 1/2 2/2 0 1 6 0
M. Muscala 15 4 2 0 0 0 0 3 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 6 +1
E. Ilyasova 8 2 6 1 0 0 1 1 1/6 0/1 0/0 4 2 9 -7
J. Calderon 10 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 5 -7
T. Sefolosha 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
M. Delaney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Kelly - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bembry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Humphries - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 99 43 23 3 2 11 21 38/93 9/31 14/21 11 32 182 -20
Wizards
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 41 27 5 1 3 3 0 2 11/22 1/9 4/6 0 5 40 +2
J. Wall 39 20 6 14 1 0 4 3 9/20 1/3 1/1 1 5 51 +3
O. Porter 31 17 5 1 2 1 0 3 3/4 2/3 9/10 1 4 27 +1
M. Morris 20 8 5 0 0 1 0 5 4/9 0/0 0/0 0 5 14 +10
M. Gortat 39 5 10 1 0 3 1 2 1/6 0/0 3/4 2 8 19 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 41 27 5 1 3 3 0 2 11/22 1/9 4/6 0 5 40 +2
J. Wall 39 20 6 14 1 0 4 3 9/20 1/3 1/1 1 5 51 +3
O. Porter 31 17 5 1 2 1 0 3 3/4 2/3 9/10 1 4 27 +1
M. Morris 20 8 5 0 0 1 0 5 4/9 0/0 0/0 0 5 14 +10
M. Gortat 39 5 10 1 0 3 1 2 1/6 0/0 3/4 2 8 19 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 24 14 6 0 1 0 0 2 4/7 2/3 4/4 3 3 21 +6
J. Smith 15 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 2/9 0/3 1/2 1 1 8 -4
K. Oubre 13 5 3 1 0 1 0 1 2/4 1/3 0/0 1 2 11 -1
B. Jennings 16 2 0 3 1 0 1 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 8 +3
T. Satoransky 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
T. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. McClellan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Ochefu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 239 103 42 21 8 10 6 20 37/82 7/24 22/27 9 33 199 +20