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Wall scores playoff-best 32 as Wizards beat Hawks in Game 1

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, looks for a receiver while Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala, left, defends during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Washington, Sunday, April 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall scored a playoff career-high 32 points and Markieff Morris added 21 in his NBA playoff debut as the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-107 Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round series.

Wall scored 15 points in the third quarter and finished with 14 assists in the best playoff performance of his young career. Morris, in his first taste of the postseason after 448 regular-season games, caught fire early in the second half to push Washington ahead, and the Wizards held on to take the series lead.

Bradley Beal had 22 points for the Wizards, who got enough from their top players to offset 25 points from Atlanta's Dennis Schroder and 19 from Paul Millsap. Center Dwight Howard had 14 rebounds but just seven points for the Hawks, who dominated inside and on the boards early but couldn't contain Wall, Beal and Morris.

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