Led by Wall and Beal, Wizards moving on to face Celtics

Bogan Bogdanovic scored 14 points in Game 5, and Brandon Jennings sparked the team with some good defense at the start of the fourth quarter. The Celtics have been at their best with him at the 5, forcing less mobile big men like Gortat to defend in space.

"I think I'm taking advantage of so much attention [Thomas] gets and also the fact that it takes time for a new player to get comfortable in a system", said Horford. "I thought defensively we did a really good job of staying with our game plan".

The Wizards found the same shots, and more, they couldn't make through the previous games.

Defenses will typically swarm around Thomas in an effort to limit one of the most-clutch shooters in the game, but his ability to find the open man in space is nearly as risky as his shot (24.4 points per game plus an additional 15.3 points per game created by assist in the playoffs). We're all locked in. Still, they know all too well that the success in Game 1 is no predictor of what will play out when these two meet again on Tuesday. Dennis Schroder added 26 points with 10 assists for the Hawks.

After claiming the first road victory by either team in the series, the Wizards advanced to face top-seeded Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"You don't have to play [perfect] basketball", Brooks said before Friday's game, "but you have to play a lot of grit, a lot of toughness as many times down the court". The Celtics have got off to some of their best starts of the season with Green starting the last four games of the Chicago series, all wins. "You wear yourself out so much that it's tough to get over that hump".

Washington took control of the game in the second quarter, building a double-digit lead. The fact he is out isn't all that surprising, despite the fact Mahinmi himself expressed hope he would be back before the end of their previous series against the Hawks.

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Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 31 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. We edged the Wizards in rebounding and led in second-chance points.

After Wall's huge block, Washington outscored Atlanta 22-9 to win going away.

If John Wall hadn't danced in college, he'd be a more popular and appreciated player.

Coach Scott Brooks credits the training staff for getting Smith ready to play so quickly. "They are definitely going to come out and be loud".

About 2½ minutes after going back in, Morris drew his fifth foul - plus a technical for arguing, eliciting derisive chants about the officiating from spectators. He finished with 21 points, a playoff career-high 10 assists and nine rebounds in the victory. Tim Hardaway Jr. also had a rough night, hitting only 5 of 18 shots and scoring 13 points. Beal tumbled into the crowd after the basket and immediately jumped up and bumped Bazemore, whom he believed gave him a nudge to cause the fall. The home team has won every game, and oddsmakers indicate they believe the trend will continue.

The Cavs pulled ahead in the race for home court, which they ultimately fumbled away, but beat the Celtics for the third time in four tries and certainly made it clear they had no problem winning at the TD Garden if necessary.


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