It took the Atlanta Hawks longer than expected to get past the Brooklyn Nets, but Friday night's 111-87 victory sets up a second-round matchup with the Wizards that begins Sunday.
The Wizards, who swept the Toronto Raptors in the first round despite losing all three regular-season meetings, lost three of four to the No. 1 seed Hawks:
Nov. 25: 106-102 loss at Verizon Center
Reserves Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack, the latter a former Wizards draft pick, scored 16 consecutive points in what was an ugly game from start to finish.
At this early point of the season, Atlanta had yet to show championship form. Scott and Mack led a 22-5 run that built a 14-point lead. Scott had 17 points in 22 minutes and Mack had 13 in 19 minutes. Jeff Teague led with 28 points, and Paul Millsap had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Bradley Beal had a miserable game for Washington, shooting 4-for-14 and accounting for five of 20 turnovers. John Wall had 21 points and 13 assists but seven turnovers. Nene missed his first game of the season because of soft-tissue inflammation in his right foot.
Jan. 11: 120-89 loss at Phillips Arena
Kyle Korver scored 19 points and DeMarre Carroll added 16 for the Hawks' eight consecutive victory. At this point they'd won 13 of 14 and 22 of 24.
The Wizards played from behind throughout and appeared to figure them out and cut the deficit to two. But they came unraveled in the fourth quarter when they were decimated 33-12. Korver made 5 of 7 three-point shots overall as Atlanta scored 31 of their points off 20 turnovers by the Wizards.
This loss put the Wizards at 1-12 at Philips Arena since Jan. 11, 2008.
Feb. 4: 105-96 loss at Phillips Arena
Teague had 26 points and eight assists and Al Horford added 21 points and 13 rebounds in a game that Atlanta pulled out in the fourth quarter.
Wall did his best to offset Teague with 24 points and nine assists and Beal added 23 points. Wall's two foul shots gave the Wizards a brief lead 74-73 with 1:17 left in the third quarter but that didn't last long. There were too many contributions from DeMarre Carroll (14 points), Millsap (11) and Dennis Schroder (10).
The Hawks made seven three-pointers in the first quarter to build a 29-18 lead.
April 12: 108-99 win at Verizon Center
The Hawks sat all five starters for this one. Wall had 24 points and nine assists as the Wizards reached their highest win total in more than 30 years, (46).
The Wizards led by 18 points in the first quarter, 21 in the second and 25 in the third but as usual they allowed a demoralized opponent to creep back into it. Wall had 10 turnovers, with four coming in the final quarter.