Al Horford,  Kevin Seraphin, Paul Millsap, Nene

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, left, from the Dominican Republic, Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin (13), from France, Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) and Wizards forward Nene (42), from Brazil, go for the rebound in the first half of Game 6 of the second round of the NBA basketball playoffs, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Atlanta Hawks advanced to the NBA Eastern Conference finals for the first time in more than 40 years after eliminating the Washington Wizards with a 94-91 win in Game Six of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 15 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The top-seeded Hawks won the best of seven series, 4-2.

Washington fought back after trailing by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, and appeared to force overtime when Wizards veteran forward Paul Pierce apparently made a clutch three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the score at end of regulation. But officials reviewed the shot via instant replay and saw that the ball was still touching Pierce’s fingertips at the buzzer. They waived off the shot, giving Atlanta its series-clinching victory.

Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll led his team with 25 points, including two huge shots made during the final minute of the game to help Atlanta retake the lead. Carroll also snagged 10 rebounds, second only to Hawks forward Paul Millsap, who grabbed 13 rebounds and added 20 points for his own double-double. Point guard Jeff Teague also scored 20 points for Atlanta to go with seven assists.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal finished with a game-high 29 points, and point guard John Wall scored 20 points with 13 assists. Washington’s front court struggled, however—big men Nene Hilario and Marcin Gortat combined for just 14 points and seven rebounds.

Next: Washington’s postseason run ended in the semifinals for the second straight year, while Atlanta moved on to host the No. 2 seed Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. The series starts on May 20.