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Beal, Wall score 20 of last 21 for Wiz to beat Hawks 109-101

WASHINGTON (AP) Through the first three quarters of Game 2 of the Washington Wizards' opening playoff series, Bradley Beal made only 6 of 18 shots. And that came after shooting just 9 for 21 in Game 1.

Did all of those misses bother him? Not one bit. Instead, he relied on a silly play on words that he says his agent taught him.

''It's something I always tell myself: I don't know what a `miss' is. A `miss' is a `lady,''' Beal explained with a smile. ''Everybody's confident in me. Coach is more than confident in me. So I just rise up and shoot it.''

In a rough-and-tumble, foul-filled game, Beal and backcourt mate John Wall took over in the fourth quarter Wednesday night, combining to score 20 of Washington's last 21 points in a 109-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks that gave the Wizards a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference series.

Beal finished with 31 points, 16 on 6-of-9 shooting in the final period.

''He's a franchise guy, with me, also on this team. We need him to be the scorer for us,'' Wall said. ''We don't care if he shoots the ball 30 times.''

Wall earned chants of ''M-V-P!'' while contributing 32 points and nine assists, including a dish to Beal for his key 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining that sealed the win for the hosts. As soon as Beal let the ball fly, Wall raised both arms in celebration.

''When he shoots it,'' Wall said of that shot, ''it's game over.''

Washington, which trailed 78-74 entering the final period, won despite a total of only seven points from starting forwards Markieff Morris and Otto Porter Jr., who were both in foul trouble early.

''It was a tricky game to coach,'' said Washington's Scott Brooks, who avoided postgame criticism of the officiating, joking that he already knew he would be getting a text message from his daughter about a $2,000 fine he drew for a technical foul.

Game 3 is Saturday at Atlanta.

Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder scored 23 points. But Dwight Howard had only seven rebounds, half his Game 1 total, and six points. Afterward, Howard responded to three consecutive questions from reporters with ''I don't know,'' then replied ''No'' to one, before going back to ''I don't know.''

After Washington won the series opener over the weekend, Millsap bemoaned aloud about how things went, saying: ''The difference in the game is we were playing basketball and they were playing MMA.''

That became a talking point during the off days, and perhaps affected the way Game 2 was called. 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.

There were 29 personal fouls in the opening 24 minutes, 55 for the game. In the third quarter, many voices in the sellout crowd of 20,356 joined in full-throated chants of derision directed at the officials.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Shot 0 for 8 on 3-point attempts in the first half, and finished 4 for 20. ... Held Washington 16 fast-break points, nine fewer than in Game 1.

Wizards: Backup C Ian Mahinmi sat out again with a strained left calf; Brooks said he'll miss Game 3.

WHERE WAS HOWARD?

Howard finished with a hair under 20 minutes and only took five shots.

''Just went with some of our smaller groups and he didn't get back in,'' Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. ''Just a little bit of a gut feel.''

JENNINGS CONTRIBUTES

Backup G Brandon Jennings accounted for eight consecutive points while Wall rested in the fourth quarter.

''We were a little stagnant on offense,'' Beal said. ''He pushes the pace every time he's in the game, which is what we needed.''

SMALL BALL

According to Millsap, Atlanta has a big edge when both teams play with smaller lineups, something Washington was forced to do as fouls accumulated.

''It's simple: Our small ball is better than theirs,'' Millsap said. ''We think we play small ball better than anybody in the league.''

UP NEXT

Game 3 is Saturday.

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Key Players
P. Millsap
4 PF
J. Wall
2 PG
36.0 Min. Per Game 36.0
23.3 Pts. Per Game 23.3
10.4 Ast. Per Game 10.4
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
44.4 Field Goal % 45.8
42.5 Three Point % 45.3
77.0 Free Throw % 80.8
  Defensive rebound by Kelly Oubre 0:12
  Paul Millsap missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:14
+ 1 Bradley Beal made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:21
  Team rebound 0:21
  Bradley Beal missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:21
  Personal foul on Taurean Waller-Prince 0:21
+ 1 Bradley Beal made free throw 0:22
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:22
+ 3 Paul Millsap made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dennis Schroder 0:22
+ 1 John Wall made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:26
  Team rebound 0:26
Team Stats
Points 101 109
Field Goals 32-79 (40.5%) 39-86 (45.3%)
3-Pointers 4-20 (20.0%) 7-22 (31.8%)
Free Throws 33-38 (86.8%) 24-33 (72.7%)
Total Rebounds 52 56
Offensive 10 11
Defensive 31 32
Team 11 13
Assists 17 22
Steals 6 10
Blocks 6 11
Turnovers 18 11
Fouls 26 29
Technicals 1 2
away team logo
P. Millsap PF 4
27 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
home team logo
J. Wall PG 2
32 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo5 Hawks 0-2 24193523101
home team logo4 Wizards 2-023282335109
Team Stats
away team logoHawks 0-2 104.0 PPG 44 RPG 19.5 APG
home team logoWizards 2-0 117.5 PPG 44.5 RPG 23.0 APG
Key Players
P. Millsap PF PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Wall PG 27.0 PPG 4.0 RPG 9.0 APG 45.0 FG%
Top Scorers
P. Millsap PF 27 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
J. Wall PG 32 PTS 5 REB 9 AST
40.5 FG% 45.3
20.0 3PT FG% 31.8
86.8 FT% 72.7
Hawks
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Millsap 35 27 10 4 2 1 5 3 6/14 1/3 14/15 1 9 43 -6
D. Schroder 38 23 4 6 1 0 1 2 8/21 1/8 6/8 2 2 39 +2
T. Hardaway Jr. 34 19 1 2 0 0 4 3 5/14 2/4 7/7 1 0 20 -20
T. Waller-Prince 29 12 4 1 0 0 1 1 5/8 0/1 2/2 1 3 17 -12
D. Howard 19 6 7 1 1 1 3 4 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 5 14 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Millsap 35 27 10 4 2 1 5 3 6/14 1/3 14/15 1 9 43 -6
D. Schroder 38 23 4 6 1 0 1 2 8/21 1/8 6/8 2 2 39 +2
T. Hardaway Jr. 34 19 1 2 0 0 4 3 5/14 2/4 7/7 1 0 20 -20
T. Waller-Prince 29 12 4 1 0 0 1 1 5/8 0/1 2/2 1 3 17 -12
D. Howard 19 6 7 1 1 1 3 4 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 5 14 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Bazemore 24 8 5 0 0 2 4 5 2/5 0/1 4/4 1 4 11 0
M. Muscala 22 2 6 1 0 2 0 5 1/6 0/1 0/0 0 6 12 -12
E. Ilyasova 15 2 4 0 1 0 0 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 2 2 7 +2
J. Calderon 8 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 7 -6
T. Sefolosha 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/2 0 0 0 -2
M. Dunleavy 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +9
M. Delaney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Kelly - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bembry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Humphries - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 101 41 17 6 6 18 26 32/79 4/20 33/38 10 31 170 -40
Wizards
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Wall 39 32 5 9 1 1 4 2 9/20 2/2 12/15 0 5 53 -2
B. Beal 42 31 2 3 3 0 4 2 12/27 4/10 3/6 1 1 38 +14
M. Gortat 35 14 10 3 1 5 1 3 7/10 0/0 0/0 6 4 35 +7
O. Porter 23 4 4 2 3 0 1 4 2/7 0/3 0/0 0 4 14 +19
M. Morris 20 3 3 2 0 2 0 5 1/3 0/1 1/2 0 3 12 +16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Wall 39 32 5 9 1 1 4 2 9/20 2/2 12/15 0 5 53 -2
B. Beal 42 31 2 3 3 0 4 2 12/27 4/10 3/6 1 1 38 +14
M. Gortat 35 14 10 3 1 5 1 3 7/10 0/0 0/0 6 4 35 +7
O. Porter 23 4 4 2 3 0 1 4 2/7 0/3 0/0 0 4 14 +19
M. Morris 20 3 3 2 0 2 0 5 1/3 0/1 1/2 0 3 12 +16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Jennings 16 10 4 2 0 0 0 1 4/5 0/1 2/2 1 3 18 +3
J. Smith 27 8 8 1 1 2 1 5 3/6 0/0 2/2 2 6 20 -7
B. Bogdanovic 22 6 6 0 0 0 0 3 1/7 1/5 3/4 1 5 12 0
K. Oubre 13 1 1 0 1 1 0 4 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 1 4 -10
T. Satoransky - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. McClellan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Ochefu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 109 43 22 10 11 11 29 39/86 7/22 24/33 11 32 206 +40