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 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 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.
Wizards win 117-106. Wall scores a double-double (26 points,17 assists), Beal scores 28 points and Gortat scores 16 points. DeRozan scores 20 points and Valanciunas scores a double-double (15 points and ten rebounds) for the Wizards. Washington leads East First Round Series 2-0.
Beal on Raptors:
They think that we’re some punks, they think they can push us around. But we’re not rolling.
On Wizards Game 3:
We’ve got to play like we’re down 0-2. Nothing changes. We can’t stop being aggressive.
Coach Wittman on Raptors leads series:
It’s hard winning four games in a series. And as you continue to move on, the harder it gets. Game 3 on Friday is going to be harder to play in than these first two games. It just gets that way as the series moves on.
It’s far from over. Our confidence is still high. All we’ve got to do is take it game by game.
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.
The Rockets win 99-91 against the Wizards. Harden scores 24 points, Howard scores 11 points and 10 rebounds. Wall scores 25 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Wizards. Wall:
We show a sense of urgency one game, and another game, we take it off. To be where we want to be and go as far as we did last year, we have to turn it around or … we’ll be done quick.
It’s nice to win the games, but it would be really nice to get healthy. That’s our biggest thing.
I was surprised he got up there. He’s not known for blocking shots.