Here are 10 plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 114-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their NBA playoff series on Sunday that are worth revisiting...
1. John Wall and Bradley Beal made their presence known late in the Wizards' victory, but the tone was clearly set early by Markieff Morris. He had 10 points in the first half, including two on this monster dunk. The Hawks left Morris wide open in the lane and paid for it.
This might be Morris' best dunk of the season:
Morris finished with 21 points in his first ever playoff game.
2. Wall also had a huge night with 32 points and 14 assists. This was one of his nicest dimes, an alley-oop lob to Marcin Gortat:
3. Wall also got it done on the defensive end. On this play he pulled off an impressive chasedown block of Dennis Schroder. Wall is so darn good at those:
4. Speaking of blocks, here are two of Morris' four on the night and they each came on the same play. First Morris got Ersan Ilyasova, then he got Dwight Howard:
5. Here's another of Wall's assists. On this one he found Otto Porter for a corner three and set up him after a nifty spin in the lane:
6. This was one of Wall's best scoring plays. He decided he was going to the rim and there was no one on the Hawks who could stop him:
7. Back to Morris. The Wizards' forward was a man possessed against Atlanta. In this sequence he threw down two huge dunks on back-to-back possessions:
8. More from Wall: on this play the All-Star guard saw his shot roll in off the rim. It was part of a 15-point third quarter and he just had to shrug as he ran back down on defense, a la Michael Jordan:
9. As mentioned above, Beal also caught fire in the second half. On this play he drained an and-1 over Kent Bazemore, then pointed at him with both hands as he sat on the ground:
10. This play put a stamp on the Wizards' win. Gortat posterized Paul Millsap, pushed him and then threw down a hammer celebration. It earned Gortat a technical foul, but it was a compelling moment:
Now for some moments that happened outside the lines. Markieff Morris' twin Marcus was in the crowd wearing his brother's Wizards jersey and cheering him on. Great stuff:
And here is Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer applying chapstick like his life depends on it:
WHO'S READY FOR PLAYOFF BASKETBALL? pic.twitter.com/IGQKIhuvSt— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) April 16, 2017
And finally, here is a very cute kid looking very excited before the Wizards and Hawks tipped off:
Another fun day at the Verizon Center.