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

WASHINGTON (AP) After John Wall told Markieff Morris what to expect in his NBA playoff debut, the Washington Wizards' All-Star guard showed everyone his postseason best.

Wall scored a playoff career-high 32 points and dished out 14 assists and Morris added 21 points as the Wizards rebounded from a rough second quarter to beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-107 Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round series. Feeding off Morris' hot start to the second half, Wall scored 15 points in the third quarter alone as Washington pulled away to take the series lead.

''John can take over games, he can take over quarters, he can take over plays,'' coach Scott Brooks said. ''He's a tremendous competitor and he plays with toughness and he gets shots - 32 and 14, that's high level All-Star game.''

Wall hadn't forgotten the five fractures in his left hand and wrist that cost him three games against Atlanta two years ago, a series Washington lost as a result. Conscious that he couldn't do it all himself, Wall embraced the role as defensive stopper and facilitator on Sunday.

Seconds after feeding Morris for a dunk in his monster third quarter, Wall pointed to the court to deliver the message: ''This is my house.''

''I play with a lot of energy, a lot of intensity,'' Wall said. ''When I'm not being aggressive like that and into it, I'm not a great player. But when I'm into it like that, if I'm scoring or my teammates are scoring, I'm always going to be hyped.''

Even as each team shot 28 percent from 3-point territory, scoring wasn't a problem. Wizards guard Bradley Beal didn't let a 3 for 10 start stunt his confidence, and he finished 6 of 11 for 22 points.

''He's like, just reboot the computer every miss and just focus on making the next shot,'' Brooks said.

That offense from Wall, Beal and Morris was enough to offset 25 points from Atlanta's Dennis Schroder and 19 from Paul Millsap, who wasn't pleased with Washington's physicality and exchanged words with Morris going into halftime.

''The difference in the game is we were playing basketball and they were playing MMA,'' Millsap said.

Despite the Hawks making 39 trips to the free-throw line, compared to the Wizards' 17, the difference was the third quarter when Morris and Wall took over.

''They were more aggressive than us in the third quarter on both ends,'' Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. ''Usually the aggressor is rewarded.''

TIP-INS

HAWKS: Schroder shot 8 of 16 and didn't appear to be hampered by a sprained foot that he said hurt but not enough to keep him out. ... The Hawks' 22 first-half free-throw attempts and 19 makes were their most in the first half of a playoff game since 2009 against Miami. ... Dwight Howard was held to seven points but had 14 rebounds. ... Thabo Sefolosha did not play, but Budenholzer said he was healthy.

WIZARDS: In addition to containing Howard, C Marcin Gortat had 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting and 10 rebounds. ... Wall said he could tell bench players were nervous early, but the second unit responded as Brandon Jennings finished with five assists and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 11 points.

M-V-P WALL

Twice when Wall stepped to the free-throw line, fans serenaded him with chants of ''M-V-P.'' Despite Jennings' Players' Tribune essay making the case for Wall as MVP, Washington's four-time All-Star broke it down as Russell Westbrook vs. James Harden, with Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas and himself in the next tier.

''I won't be finishing first,'' Wall said. ''I've still got some climbing to do.''

FRESH PRINCE

Budenholzer elected to keep Taurean Prince in the starting lineup, and the rookie rewarded that trust with 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting.

''He just played basketball,'' Budenolzer said. ''He does a lot of things on both ends of the court.''

TRANSITION D

Understanding how important transition defense would be against the Wizards, the Hawks had 17 written in their locker room - the number of transition points they allowed in the first half. They were better in the second half but feel that needs to improve.

''We've got to stop the transition,'' said Tim Hardaway Jr., who shot 2 of 11. ''That's just the first step in us getting better.''

UP NEXT

The Hawks remain in Washington for practice with a couple of days before Game 2 at Verizon Center on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
P. Millsap
4 PF
J. Wall
2 PG
36.0 Min. Per Game 36.0
23.2 Pts. Per Game 23.2
10.3 Ast. Per Game 10.3
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
44.5 Field Goal % 45.9
42.6 Three Point % 45.2
76.2 Free Throw % 80.8
+ 2 Mike Muscala made driving dunk, assist by Dennis Schroder 0:09
+ 2 John Wall made layup, assist by Markieff Morris 0:16
+ 2 Kent Bazemore made turnaround jump shot 0:17
  Out of bounds turnover on John Wall 0:26
  Team rebound 0:27
  Kent Bazemore missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:27
  Kent Bazemore missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:27
  Kent Bazemore missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:27
  Team rebound 0:27
  Kent Bazemore missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:27
  Personal foul on Otto Porter 0:27
Team Stats
Points 107 114
Field Goals 34-78 (43.6%) 45-100 (45.0%)
3-Pointers 7-25 (28.0%) 8-28 (28.6%)
Free Throws 32-39 (82.1%) 16-17 (94.1%)
Total Rebounds 60 47
Offensive 13 15
Defensive 35 27
Team 12 5
Assists 18 28
Steals 5 8
Blocks 3 9
Turnovers 19 12
Fouls 22 25
Technicals 0 1
away team logo
D. Schroder PG 17
25 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST
home team logo
J. Wall PG 2
32 PTS, 4 REB, 14 AST
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away team logo5 Hawks 0-1 29192831107
home team logo4 Wizards 1-025203831114
Team Stats
away team logoHawks 0-1 104.0 PPG 44 RPG 19.5 APG
home team logoWizards 1-0 117.5 PPG 44.5 RPG 23.0 APG
Key Players
D. Schroder PG 26.5 PPG 2.5 RPG 6.0 APG 51.1 FG%
J. Wall PG 27.0 PPG 4.0 RPG 9.0 APG 45.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Schroder PG 25 PTS 3 REB 9 AST
J. Wall PG 32 PTS 4 REB 14 AST
43.6 FG% 45.0
28.0 3PT FG% 28.6
82.1 FT% 94.1
Hawks
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Schroder 35 25 3 9 1 0 2 4 8/16 3/5 6/6 1 2 45 -11
P. Millsap 33 19 2 1 0 0 4 2 5/8 0/1 9/11 0 2 19 -20
T. Waller-Prince 32 14 6 1 0 0 2 3 6/11 2/4 0/0 2 4 20 -4
T. Hardaway Jr. 27 7 7 1 1 0 2 2 2/11 0/6 3/5 0 7 15 -14
D. Howard 29 7 14 1 1 1 1 3 2/6 0/0 3/4 4 10 24 -21
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Schroder 35 25 3 9 1 0 2 4 8/16 3/5 6/6 1 2 45 -11
P. Millsap 33 19 2 1 0 0 4 2 5/8 0/1 9/11 0 2 19 -20
T. Waller-Prince 32 14 6 1 0 0 2 3 6/11 2/4 0/0 2 4 20 -4
T. Hardaway Jr. 27 7 7 1 1 0 2 2 2/11 0/6 3/5 0 7 15 -14
D. Howard 29 7 14 1 1 1 1 3 2/6 0/0 3/4 4 10 24 -21
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Bazemore 27 12 3 3 0 1 1 3 4/10 2/5 2/4 2 1 21 +9
E. Ilyasova 20 9 9 0 0 0 3 1 3/6 0/1 3/3 3 6 15 +7
M. Muscala 12 8 2 1 0 1 1 3 2/5 0/1 4/4 1 1 12 +20
M. Dunleavy 12 4 1 0 1 0 2 0 1/2 0/1 2/2 0 1 4 +2
J. Calderon 8 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 5 -3
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Delaney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Kelly - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bembry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Humphries - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 107 48 18 5 3 19 22 34/78 7/25 32/39 13 35 180 -35
Wizards
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Wall 37 32 4 14 0 1 3 2 12/24 2/4 6/6 0 4 62 +8
B. Beal 39 22 3 3 3 0 3 3 9/21 2/11 2/3 2 1 31 +21
M. Morris 38 21 7 2 1 4 2 4 8/19 2/6 3/3 2 5 35 +18
M. Gortat 31 14 10 0 0 2 1 3 7/11 0/0 0/0 6 4 25 +21
O. Porter 31 10 9 2 0 0 0 3 3/6 1/2 3/3 2 7 23 +20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Wall 37 32 4 14 0 1 3 2 12/24 2/4 6/6 0 4 62 +8
B. Beal 39 22 3 3 3 0 3 3 9/21 2/11 2/3 2 1 31 +21
M. Morris 38 21 7 2 1 4 2 4 8/19 2/6 3/3 2 5 35 +18
M. Gortat 31 14 10 0 0 2 1 3 7/11 0/0 0/0 6 4 25 +21
O. Porter 31 10 9 2 0 0 0 3 3/6 1/2 3/3 2 7 23 +20
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Oubre 18 11 3 1 2 1 0 4 4/8 1/3 2/2 1 2 19 -16
B. Bogdanovic 13 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 2/8 0/1 0/0 1 1 9 -9
J. Smith 12 0 1 0 0 1 3 4 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 -1 -13
B. Jennings 15 0 3 5 1 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 14 -10
T. Satoransky 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -5
T. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. McClellan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Ochefu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 114 42 28 8 9 12 25 45/100 8/28 16/17 15 27 217 +35