Hawks guard Dennis Schroder scored 18 points, including a game-deciding three-pointer that helped lift Atlanta to a 111-101 victory over the Washington Wizards in Game Four of an Eastern Conference first round series on April 24 in Atlanta, Ga. 

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) catches a pass as Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) defends in the first half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 24, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Hawks’ win tied the best-of-seven series, 2-2. 

Atlanta used a balanced attack on offense to pick the Wizards’ defense apart. Seven different players scored double digits for the Hawks, including all five starters. Veteran forward Paul Milsap led Atlanta in scoring with 19 points with nine rebounds and seven assists. But it was Dennis Schroder who made the big shots late in the game to seal the win for the Hawks. 

With three minutes left in the game, Washington had cut Atlanta’s lead to five points, but Schroder answered by scoring the Hawks’ next eight points. He nailed a three-pointer to push Atlanta’s lead up to double digits with 1:47 left. 

Hawks center Dwight Howard also had a big game with a double-double of 16 points with 15 rebounds. Forward Kent Bazemore came off the bench to add 16 points with seven assists.

Wizards guard Brad Beal finally shook his shooting funk, scoring a game-high 32 points. John Wall scored 22 points with 10 assists.

Next – the Wizards return home to D.C. to host the Hawks for Game Five on Wednesday, April 26. 

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor