Examining the numbers from the Washington Wizards' 104-98 road win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their best-of-7 series
- The Hawks scored 37 points in the first quarter, the most by any opponent against the Wizards this season. Atlanta had just 35 in the entire second half.
- The Hawks opened the second half with a Kyle Korver basket, but things went downhill from there. Atlanta shot 25 percent from the field after halftime, its worst shooting half in any game this season.
- Though the Wizards guarded, this might be a case where a team simply missed shots. Atlanta attempted 98 field goal attempts overall. According to NBA.com, 53 were "uncontested," which is defined as taken without a defender within 3.5 feet. Of those 53 attempts, the Hawks made 15 (28.3 percent). Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Kyle Korver finished 3 of 21 on uncontested shots.
- DeMarre Carroll dominated the first half with 21 points thanks to a 5 of 6 start from beyond the arc. With Otto Porter and Paul Pierce taking turns defending on him, Carroll missed his final three 3-point attempts and scored three points in the second half.
- Washington faced an All-Star point guard for the second straight series. After limiting Kyle Lowry's offense in the first round, the Wizards did the same to Jeff Teague in Game 1. Teague finished 4 of 14 from the field, shooting 2 of 7 in each half. John Wall's effort on both ends of the court was impressive especially considering he banged his left wrist while bracing himself on a fall in the first half.
- Limiting turnovers was the primary discussion point during Saturday's media session before the team flew to Atlanta. The Wizards committed only eight in Game 1.
- Wall finished with two turnovers after averaging a whopping 6.8 during the four games in the regular season.
- With an assertive style and willingness to drive into a sea of defenders Bradley Beal worked his way to attempting 10 free throws, making eight. The 10 attempts matched his regular season-high. Beal 10 of 11 in the Game 4 win over Toronto, meaning he's 18 of 21 over his last two games. He took 19 during the opening 12 games of the season after returning from a left wrist fracture.
Wall recorded 13 assists in Game 1, running his total over the last four games to 55. That's the third-best four game span for the point guard during his career. He had 59 in two separate four-game stretches during the 2014-15 regular season. Wall is averaging 12.6 assists in the postseason and 12.9 over his last 11 games dating back to March 29.
- With Nene struggling (zero points), Drew Gooden admirably stepped up with 12 points, five rebounds and two 3-pointers in 14 minutes. Washington improved to 16-3 this season when Gooden makes a three. Using Pierce as a stretch-four receives the headlines, but Gooden provides a similar spread-the-court shooter at the power forward slot.
- Otto Porter finished with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double in the NBA. The small forward made 2 of 5 from beyond the arc and is 7 of 15 during the postseason.
- Facing Atlanta and Toronto, Washington is now 5-0 in the playoffs. The Wizards went 1-6 against those teams during the regular season and the lone win came late in the campaign against the Hawks when Atlanta rested all of its starters.