John Wall of the Wizards

Wall Leads Wizards Past Hawks; Clinched Series 4-2

ATLANTA, Sporting Alert — John Wall finished with a playoff career-high 42 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 115-99 in Game 6 to clinch a place in the second round.

Wall, who shot 16-for-25 from the floor, also dished out eight assists to go with four steals and two blocks for the Wizards, who won the series 4-2.

Bradley Beal shot 11-for-17 from the field to add 31 points, while Markieff Morris ended with 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the victory for Washington, which shot 53.8-percent on 42-for-78 shooting.

Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 31 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

Dennis Schroder finished with 26 points and 10 assists, while Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points in the defeat for the Hawks.

Dwight Howard was held to just nine points with seven rebounds in 23 minutes.

The Washington Wizards will play No. 1 seed Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the second round on Sunday.

“It is going to be tough… we know this is a team which has a great point guard and great role players around him,” Beal said ahead of the clash with Boston.

“… We have to bring it. We split 2-2 in the season but we know this is a team we can beat and we know it won’t be easy.”

Wall, meanwhile, believes the Wizards are better equipped to make a run in the playoffs this season.

“Just the leadership that me and Brad and have,” Wall said. “The confidence we have in our game. I’m a way better player than what I was two years ago.

“We know we will probably go up against a tough Boston team that we have battled with all year. It is going to be fun and exciting.”

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