The Atlanta Hawks proved to be the most aggressive team after dominating the Washington Wizards throughout most of the game and subsequently returning the favor after defeating the Wizards on their home court. Bradley Beal lead all scorers with 32 points, Paul Pierce added 22, and Ramon Sessions contributed 13, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to stop a balanced offensive attack from the Hawks.
The Wizards fought back late in the fourth quarter and closed the game to within three points. An open three-point look by Pierce would have tied the game, unfortunately, the ball met the side of the rim, ultimately leading to an Atlanta possession with less than 10 seconds left in regulation.
Jeff Teague lead all scorers for the Hawks with 28 points and eight assists, but it was the bench that paid huge dividends after outscoring the Wizards bench 32-17.
The Hawks now have a chance to take a 3-2 lead with the next two games on their home floor. This was a huge win for the Hawks, but the Wizards have proven that they have the ability to win on the road, more notably at Philips Arena.
Is this the end of the road for the Wizards? Post-game reactions and game 5 prediction below.
FINAL SCORE: ATL 106 – WAS 101
Wizards vs. Hawks Game 5 Predictions:
Jr. Williams (NBA Editor): You gotta give credit to the Hawks as they came out with a plan and executed it with efficiency throughout most of the game. The Wizards fought hard but simply got outmatched in game 4 while their bench has continuously struggled to provide offense since the injury of John Wall. I also didn’t understand the Wizards roster rotation this game–it was horrible and I’d like to see more minutes from Kevin Seraphin next game, because Marcin Gortat has been a virtual no-show this series, and simply cannot defend against Paul Millsap.
Without John Wall, the odds are in favor of the Hawks, and they might just close out this series at home. The combination of Al Horford and Paul Millsap has proven to be a match-up nightmare for Gortat and Nene, as neither player has yet to match their ability to score inside and outside. Another major issue for the Wizards is the lack of a valid replacement for John Wall–his points and assists were huge for his team and an irreplaceable asset.
Game 5 Prediction: The Hawks will continue to exploit the Wizards’ at the center and point guard position, and will ultimately take a 3-2 lead in game 5.
Steve Turner (NBA Contributor): The Wizards really put up a great fight against the Hawks in game 4. Although the Wizards didn’t win this game in Washington, they also didn’t have John Wall playing due to his wrist injury. The Wizards played great, but the Hawks just overpowered them. The Hawks really needed this road win. If they wouldn’t have won this game, the Wizards would be up 3-1 in that series, but now that Atlanta has tied the series at 2-2, I think they should be able to handle the Wizards, especially if John Wall isn’t available for the remainder of the series.
Game 5 Prediction: I believe the Hawks are going to win game 5 at home. The Wizards are going to put up another great fight, but I have faith in Atlanta winning the next game.