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Hawks' Millsap confirms he'll 'probably opt out'

Paul Millsap confirmed on Saturday that he 'probably will opt out' of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. Millsap has a $21.4 million option for next season.

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Wall takes over to close out Hawks (0:56)
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Wizards eliminate Hawks in 6 (2:43)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

On what the Hawks need to take that next step, Paul Millsap said, "Experience. Definitely, experience."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul Millsap, who can and likely will opt out of his contract, will take some time before deciding his future. "It's been great," Millsap told reporters of his four seasons in Atlanta. "I am looking to expand this and see where this team and franchise can go. These last four years have been great. Can't ask for nothing more. Now I will take some time, relax and see what happens."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

After Atlanta cut the deficit to 100-97, John Wall had his best playoff moment to date. He had an amazing block on Dennis Schroder from behind that would've made it a one-point game. He then had a hand in the Wizards' final 15 points of the game. He assisted on one basket and scored 13 straight to close Atlanta out. He finished with a playoff career-high 42 points, 8 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. "Just try to close the game out," Wall said after the game of his mentality on the big block. "This is a great Hawks team. Remember what they did to us two years ago (beating Washington in East semis)."

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Wall blows by Hawks, scores on Millsap (0:24)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall is up to a playoff career-high 39 points. He blew to the rim for a layup and foul and converted the three-point play while also drawing Paul Millsap's fifth foul. Wall shook his head after the foul to let the Atlanta crowd know that he won't be stopped tonight.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall is doing everything he can to get the Wizards to the second round. Since the Hawks closed within three, Wall assists Bradley Beal on a jumper and then hits two jumpers of his own to push lead back to nine. Wall already has a playoff career-high 33 points.

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Wall comes through with a block (0:36)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Atlanta used a 25-9 run to claw to within 93-90 but John Wall had enough. He produced a scintillating block from behind on Dennis Schroder that could've cut the lead to one and then scored on a drive with a lot of contact in the paint before drilling a 20-footer. Wall is imposing his will. Wizards' lead is back to seven and Scott Brooks likely will have to ride Wall the rest of the way. Wall already has logged 37 minutes.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Hawks trailed by as much as 22 early in the third but finish the quarter with a furious 17-5 run. Paul Millsap scored nine of his points during the run and Washington now finds itself like Toronto did last night, trying to hold on for dear life and close this series out on the road. John Wall and Bradley Beal will have to keep attacking.

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Gortat and Morris connect for the lay-in (0:20)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Agree with Kevin Pelton that Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris initially walking off the bench toward Bradley Beal after he took a spill but immediately returning to bench as Beal and Kent Bazemore started to get into it shouldn't merit an automatic one-game suspension in my mind. My feeling is the NBA might feel the same but we will see how the league interprets it.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

A moment to remember in the third as the Hawks were cutting into Washington's lead. Down 14, Paul Millsap was on a fast break when he had his hand hit and lost the ball. No foul was called on Washington. Then Bradley Beal scooped up the ball and was run over by Millsap, who picked up his fourth foul. So instead of inching to perhaps within 12, Millsap is in foul trouble and then Beal hits two free throws and later a 3 to push the lead back up to 19.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

While the Hawks couldn't hold onto the ball, Washington finished the half with a 19-4 run. Hawks have to protect the ball, along with that move the ball better and get Dennis Schroder attacking. Taurean Prince probably needs to be a bit more aggressive and Tim Hardaway Jr. has to find his shot after missing five-of-six shots. Most important, the Hawks have to get stops against a red-hot Wizards team shooting 65.8%.

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Beal capitalizes on Hawks turnover (0:17)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Turnovers absolutely killed the Hawks in the first half. Atlanta committed 15 turnovers, just fueling John Wall in transition. Washington has scored 20 points off turnovers and has 11 steals. Not only has Washington outscored them 24-4 in fastbreak points but the Hawks also simply can't stop Washington from scoring even in the half court. Wall and Bradley Beal have combined for 37 points and Washington leads by 19 at the half.

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Prince goes in strong for the bucket (0:21)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul Millsap missed his first four shots of the game only to hit his next five shots before finally missing a 3.

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Hawks, Wizards get physical in scuffle (1:29)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Minor scuffle breaks out as Bradley Beal throws down a breakaway dunk and is nudged from behind by Kent Bazemore. Beal fell into the front row and took exception and bumped Bazemore before walking away. However after Beal takes a spill and confronts Bazemore, Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris can be seen stepping onto the court before walking back, concerned for their teammate. Bazemore and Jason Smith, who appeared to get into it verbally with Bazemore each received techs. League will likely look at who left bench and make a determination.

Team Stats

Points Per Game103.222nd
Rebounds Per Game44.39th
Assists Per Game23.610th
Points Allowed104.010th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2016-174339.524
2015-164834.585
2014-156022.732
2013-143844.463
2012-134438.537