Hawks took off early and never looked back
After falling behind 2-0 to the Washington Wizards in the first round, the Atlanta Hawks bounce back with a 116-98 win in game 3.Led by Dennis Schröder and Paul Millsap, the Hawks got out to an early 19-4 lead. Schröder would finish with 27 points and 9 assist, while Millsap led the way with 29 points and 14 rebounds. As a whole, Atlanta shot 48 percent combined with 26 assists.
Atlanta played with a heightened sense of urgency in game 3. Whenever it seemed that the Wizards would trim the lead, the Hawks would answer right back. It looked like early in the fourth quarter the Wizards were getting back in the game as the lead was cut to 14. But, Taurean Prince proved to be a spark plug the Hawks needed. Prince notched 16 points on 7-10 shooting, earning himself a plus-23 rating in the process.
It was a great wall, a brick wall at that
Other than John Wall, the rest of the Wizards just couldn’t get the lid off the basket. Wall was great, making aggressive drives to the basket on his way to 29 points and 7 assist on 10-12 shooting. The rest of the Wizards went 27-72, including a 6-20 effort by Bradley Beal. Getting Beal better shots will be key for the Wizards in game 4 as he shot a combined 43 percent in the first two games of the series.
Looking forward to game 4
With game 4 in Atlanta Monday, the status of Wizards forward Otto Porter is uncertain. Porter went down in the third quarter with a strained neck, providing Bojan Bogdanovic more minutes off the bench. The Hawks will have to move the ball again to have success in game 4. As they tallied 26 assists, the Hawks will look reignite their offense once again to tie the series up 2-2 and add to their momentum.