Jennings wanted to steal Atlanta's momentum in Game 2

"I thought those 4-5 minutes that he was out there, he was active on the defensive end and then did a good job of getting himself some shots", Brooks said, before adding, "It's good for him to make a couple of shots". "Everybody's confident in me".

"I was just hoping that he would stick the landing".

Can the Washington Wizards pick up another win at home when they host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their series tonight at 7PM ET?

After shooting 6 of 18 after three quarters, Beal sank 6 of 9 in the fourth, including two of his four 3-pointers.

Mahinmi is the backup center but he logs a lot of minutes and is the team's best rim protector. "We were right there". "He didn't shoot the ball well and he didn't give in to a bad shooting night".

On the more positive side, the underdogs held Washington to only a 100.9 offensive rating before halftime and that included 28 combined points from John Wall and Bradley Beal. As soon as Beal let the ball fly, Wall raised both arms in celebration.

Washington, which trailed 78-74 entering the final period, won despite a total of only seven points from starting forwards Markieff Morris and Otto Porter Jr., who were both in foul trouble early.

In Game 1 of this best-of-seven series, the Wizards didn't exactly take control and make their superiority undeniable, but they did set the kind of tone that you doubted they could establish as they meandered through the final few weeks of the regular season.

Game 3 is Saturday at Atlanta.

Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder scored 23 points.

Center Dwight Howard finished the game with 14 rebounds but scored just seven points and Kent Bazemore scored 12 points off the bench for the Hawks, who dominated inside, but couldn't contain the Wizards guards. "I think it's important that we come out and get this one Wednesday and take it back to Atlanta". Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, looks for a receiver while Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala, left, defends during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Washington, Sunda.

While the 2-0 advantage seems significant, the momentum can shift drastically with the Wizards going on the road.

The game featured a combined 55 fouls. In the third quarter, many voices in the sellout crowd of 20,356 joined in full-throated chants of derision directed at the officials.

HOUSTON - James Harden scored 37 points to outshine Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets pulled away in the third quarter and coasted to a 118-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Howard finished with three baskets and six points in 20 minutes. "Just a little bit of a gut feel".

The Wizards out-scored the Hawks 35-23 in the 4th quarter. "He pushes the pace every time he's in the game, which is what we needed".

"The difference in the game was we were playing basketball and they were playing MMA", Millsap told reporters, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.