Wizards seize 3-2 series lead over Hawks

 27 Apr 2017 - 9:31

Wizards seize 3-2 series lead over Hawks
Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince (12) and Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) battle fora loose ball in the third quarter in game five of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Washington: The Washington Wizards regained control of their first round NBA playoff series as they defeated the Atlanta Hawks 103-99 Wednesday with the help of a 27-point performance by Bradley Beal.

John Wall delivered 20 points and 14 assists as the fourth seeded Wizards lead the best of seven Eastern Conference series three games to two.

Otto Porter scored 17 points and sank nine of 10 free throws for the Wizards, who offset another poor shooting night from the three point line by making 22 of 27 free throws.

The Hawks, who won games three and four at home by an average margin of 14 points, host game six on Sunday.

Dennis Schroder had 29 points and 11 assists for the fifth-seeded Hawks.

Paul Millsap finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Tim Hardaway scored 15 points for the Hawks, who shot 41 percent from the field and 14 of 21 from the free throw line.

Schroder's fifth three-pointer cut the Wizards' lead to 101-99 with 70 seconds remaining, but Wall answered with a jump shot on Washington's next possession. The Hawks missed their final two attempts from the field.