Thanks to 8 clutch points by point guard Dennis Schroeder within the final two minutes of the game, the Atlanta Hawks scaved off the Washington Wizards for their second straight win to tie the series at two games apiece.

 

With the 111-101 win, the Hawks will make the trip to Washington with momentum on their side and things seeming to click offensively and defensively.

 

On the offensive side of the ball, Atlanta had a total of seven different players scoring at least 10 or more points which is the most in a playoff game since 1985.

 

The key to this game was the re-discovery of Dwight Howard into the offensive scheme and flow of the game. For the first three games, Howard had been very quiet offensively, receiving very few touches in the paint and not having his usual impact on the boards. In Game 4, Howard reasserted himself into the fold and had a break out game in a must win scenario as the Hawks couldn’t afford to go back to Washington on the brink of elimination.

 

Throughout the game, Howard had made his presence felt, manning the offensive and defensive boards while running the floor consistently and opening himself up for opportunities around the basket. His two most important baskets came in a sequence that featured alley oops from Kent Bazemore with Howard on the receiving end that helped to open the lead up in the fourth and create a massive swing in momentum that the Wizards couldn’t come back from.

 

As mentioned before, Schroeder sealed the deal with two three pointers and a pull up midrange jumpshot down the stretch that iced the game for Atlanta.

 

For the Wizards their go to guys John Wall and Bradley Beal scored 22 and 32 points respectively but shot poorly from the field which allowed Atlanta to capitalize on the other end.

 

As the series moves back to Washington, the Hawks will look to continue this momentum while Washington will look to re-collect themselves at home.

 

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