The Wizards beat the 76ers 106-93 76ers. Gortat scores a double-double (23 points and 14 rebounds), Beal scores 20 points and Wall scores 13 points and 15 assists. Smith scores 23 points and Canaan scores 18 points. Coach Wittman on Gortat’s performance:
Rolling to the basket instead of floating a little bit. That was really good because he’s got great hands, he can get to the basket. That was as good (a game) probably that he’s had from the standpoint of rolling out of there.
They were passing me the ball. I was doing the same thing I’m doing every single game.
Coach Brown on Wizard’s Performance:
And we got jumped. I think it’s a fantastic experience for our guys. We knew this was going to be the landscape. But it’s still hard to navigate.
Wizards win 119-90. Beal scores 21 points, Sessions scores 19 points, and Gortat scores 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists. For the 76ers, Covington scores 27 points and Richardson scores 16. Coach Wittman:
I thought our guys were tremendous. We shot lights out. But we got some really good looks because of our ball movement.
This shows how deep we are as a team. We definitely want our guys healthy come playoff time, and sharp as well. I think we’re doing a great job of that.
We started the game so poorly. We subbed our first group out quickly trying to find some life, but I thought the first half defensively was just poor.
The Nets wins 117-80. Lopez scores 26 points and nine rebounds, Jack scores 14 points. For the Wizards, Beal scores 24 points and Gortat scores a double-double (21 points, 16 rebounds). Coach Hollins:
Well, if we don’t keep it going, we’ll be at home. If we keep it going we’ll be in the playoffs. We win out, we’re in. That’s the beauty of it. We’re not worried about anybody else.
I think it’s easy when we’re not playing out the net, allowing teams to shoot a high percentage. It allows us to flow that much better on the offensive end.
We’re trying to move up to get home court, but like I always say, it doesn’t matter if we have home court because it’s going to be tough regardless. It’s embarrasing because this is a playoff team that just flat-out beat us, and we can’t do that three games away from the playoffs.
The Raptors win 106-99. Gortat scores a double-double (24 points, 13 rebounds), Wall scores a double-double ( 19 points, 15 assists), Pierce scores 18 points and Beal scores 16 points. DeRozan scores 32 points for the Raptors. Washington leads The East First Round series 3-0.
My adrenaline is through the roof right now. … I’m just enjoying the moment. I love playoff basketball. I love everything about it. At this point in my career, I’m savoring these moments, because I don’t know how many more of these moments I’m going to have.
Coach Casey on Pierce:
You’re not playing against chopped liver. Paul Pierce won a championship. He knows how to play.
Coach Wittman on Wizards perfomance:
That’s us. We’re not a two-man team.
The Wizards win 125-94. Beal scores 23 points, Gortat scores 24 points and 11 rebounds, Pierce scores 14 points. Lowry scores 21 points and DeRozan scores 14 points for the Raptors. Washington wins East First Round Series 4-0. Coach Wittman on Wizards sweeps Raptors:
Oh, is that right? Do I get anything for that?.
I don’t think Game 4 was really that tough, like everybody was saying it was going to be.
Didn’t have any letdowns.
We have that mindset that we’re not finished. We have that mindset that we’re an elite team in this league.
The Wizards win 104-98. Beal scores 28 points, Wall scores a double-double (18 points and 13 assists) and Pierce scores 19 points. Carroll scores 24 points, Horford scores 17 points, 17 rebounds for the Hawks. Washington leads East Semifinals Round 1-0.
Wall on Game 1 victory:
Just withstanding adversity. We know they’re going to come out and give us a punch right away.
We kept talking about it’s a long game. We got better and better and better.
Horford on Game 1 loss:
Our pace was better in the first half. Maybe in the second half, we were just tired or whatever.
The Hawks win 106-90. Carroll scores 22 points, Horford scores 18 points and Millsap scores a double-double (18 points and 11 rebounds). Sessions scores 21 points, Beal scores 2o points and seven assists and Pierce scores 15 points for the Wizards. The East Semifinals are tied 1-1.
Carroll on Game 2:
We knew this was a game we had to win. It was kind of a funky game.
Bazenmore on Wizards:
It’s dangerous, man. Oh, their best player is not playing, so they don’t have a chance. But they still have a very dangerous team.
Sessions on team:
Just try to push the team, just like John does. It wasn’t just me. Everybody tried to step up.
Wizards win 103-101. Beal scores 17 points, Pierce scores 13 points. Teague scores 18 points, Schroder scores 18 points for the Hawks. Washington leads East Semifinals 2-1. Pierce on Game 3 victory:
I’m still soaking it up. because I don’t have too many more of these left.
Beal on Wizards win:
We got comfortable. We thought the game was over.
Porter on Game 3 win:
Luckily we didn’t all get on top of him. Just try to save his body for the next game.
The Hawks win 82-81. Horford 23 points and 11 rebounds. Beal scores 23 points, Pierce scores 11 points, Porter scores nine points and ten rebounds and Wall scores 15 points, seven assists and four steals for the Wizards. Atlanta leads East Semifinals Series 3-2. Horford on Game 5:
I wasn’t supposed to be involved in the play at all. When I saw the ball go up, I just ran in there.
Coach Budenholzer on Horford:
A heck of a play by Al.
Coach Wittman on Game 5 loss:
Hey, these guys are fighting. I love it. They made one more play than us.
The Hawks win 94-91. Carroll scores 25 points, Teague scores 20 points and Millsap scores 20 points. Beal scores 29 points for the Wizards. Atlanta wins East Semifinal Series 4-2. Korver on Game 6:
It went in and it’s just like, `You’ve got to be kidding me. That did NOT just happen’. I thought he got it off. I was getting ready for overtime. And then … you’re like, ‘Heeeeyyyy! All right! We’ll take it!’.
I was about to cry. I said, `Not again.’ … But the basketball gods were on our side.
I still feel, and I know our guys feel, we should have won this series.