ATLANTA -- A day after losing home-court advantage to the Wizards in Game 1, Paul Millsap had an interesting take on what happened in Sunday's 104-98 loss. "We played well enough to win the game," he said after Monday's practice. "Internally, we felt like we won the game. A few crucial mistakes. A few plays let them back in the game."
The Hawks led by 12 points in the first half but only scored 35 points in the second. They scored 12 points fewer than their regular-season average in three wins vs. the Wizards and it was the first time that the Hawks shot less than 40% from the field.
But Millsap, who had 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, was asked to explain what he meant by "internally," so he did: "Let me be specific, we feel good about it. Ten-point lead going into halftime. Come back out, took some good shots, missed some open shots. Wasn't as aggressive as we needed to be. We feel good about it."
The Wizards are 8-1 on the road in the playoffs under coach Randy Wittman, including last year's postseason. They won the first two games of a first-round series on the road with the Toronto Raptors. They clearly believe they can do the same vs. the No. 1 seed.
"I just feel like we got to come out, be aggressive, punch them in the mouth," Millsap said about Game 2 which is Tuesday at Phillips Arena. "And they'll get back up. Punch them in the mouth again."
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