WASHINGTON, Sporting Alert — John Wall tallied a playoff career-high 32 points to help the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-107 in Game 1 of their Easter Conference first-round series on Sunday.
Wall, who scored 15 points in the third quarter on 6-of-9 shooting, went 12-of-24 overall from the floor and finished with 14 assists for the Wizards, who had all five starters scoring in double figures.
The All-Star point guard’s previous NBA playoff best was 27 points.
Bradley Beal scored 22 points and Markieff Morris added 21 in his first-ever NBA playoff game for Washington, which shot 45.0 percent (45-of-100).
Marcin Gortat finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 11 points and Otto Porter Jr. ended with 10 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who trailed 48-45 at halftime before coming back and then held on to take the series lead.
Dennis Schroder had 25 points and nine assists for Atlanta and Paul Millsap added 19 points in the defeat.
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.
The Washington Wizards will remain at home for Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks at Verizon Center on Wednesday night.