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10 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Hawks in Game 1 in first round of playoffs

10 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Hawks in Game 1 in first round of playoffs

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:

[RELATED: Hawks' Millsap on Wizards: 'They were playing MMA']

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:

[RELATED: Smith, Oubre banged up in Wizards-Hawks Game 1]

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:

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.

[RELATED: Oubre on Morris vs. Millsap: 'Keef is better than him']

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USA Women's World Cup: USA vs. Spain, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

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USA Women's World Cup: USA vs. Spain, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

The prohibitive favorites coming into the tournament, Team USA has gotten off to a perfect start. Shattering records en route to an 18-0 goal differential in group play, their biggest test thus far has been Sweden, whom they dismantled with ease 2-0.  Now things get serious. 

On June 24 they'll take on Spain in their first game of the single-elimination knockout round. If they win, they'll take on France in the round of eight, who defeated Brazil in extra time. Spain finished Group B in second place (1-1-1, 4pts), while USA finished Group H in first place (3-0-0, 9pts).

Team USA is attempting to become the first team since Germany in 2007 to repeat as World Cup champions. 

HOW TO WATCH THE 2019 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: USA vs. SPAIN

Who: Team USA vs. Spain
What: Game 4 Women's World Cup
When: Monday, June 24
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Where: Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
TV Channel: FS1, NBCSN
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.

FUN FACTS:

  • Spain and the U.S. have never faced off in a World Cup match. The last time they played each other was an international friendly on Jan 22, 2019, where USA won 1-0. 
  • In their 13-0 rout over Thailand, USA set the record for most goals in a game and Alex Morgan tied the record for most goals in a game (5) 

 

WHAT'S THE REST OF THE TOURNAMENT LOOK LIKE?

Sweden vs. Canada: 3:00 p.m. ET, 6/24, FOXS1

Italy vs. China PR: 12:00 p.m. ET, 6/25, FOXS1

Japan vs. Netherlands: 3:00 p.m. ET, 6/25, FOXS1

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Elena Delle Donne's second consecutive double-double powers the Washington Mystics past the Atlanta Dream

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Elena Delle Donne's second consecutive double-double powers the Washington Mystics past the Atlanta Dream

The Washington Mystics captured their seventh victory of the season in an 89-73 rout of the Atlanta Dream Sunday afternoon. 

Mystics' forward, Elena Delle Donne led all scorers with 21 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field, 3-for-6 from 3-point range, and added 12 rebounds; this marked Delle Donne's second consecutive double-double of the season. 

Delle Donne came out of halftime scorching as she scored eight of her 21 points in a game-changing 14-0 run to begin the third. The Mystics' ended the third quarter outscoring the Dream 28-7 and never looked back. 


Kristi Toliver tallied 17 points and drilled three of her six 3-point attempts; those 3-pointers were enough to move her above Nicole Powell for ninth all-time in 3-pointers made (581). 

The Mystics are currently leading the league in points (85.6) and 3s per game (9.13).

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