NBA playoff wrap: Wizards edge Hawks, Celtics face Bulls

JOHN Wall and the Washington Wizards are now one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference semi finals after a narrow four-point win over Atlanta.

The Wizards took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series thanks to a dominant night from Wall and back court running mate Bradley Beal.

Washington Wizards guards John Wall and guard Bradley Beal dominated the Atlanta Hawks. Picture: AP

Washington Wizards guards John Wall and guard Bradley Beal dominated the Atlanta Hawks. Picture: APSource:AP

Wall’s 20 points and 14 assists were complemented by 27 from Beal in the 103-99 victory.

In a closely fought contest, the Wizards always had the answers leading throughout the entire second half.

A deep three-pointer from Dennis Schroeder with 1.09 left in the game reduced the margin to two, but Wall immediately replied, and then the Hawks’ hopes were extinguished when Paul Millsap blew a lay-up with 38 seconds on the clock.

Schroeder poured in a game-high 29 points to go along with 11 assists and Millsap had 21 with 11 boards, but the Hawks will go home to Atlanta facing elimination in Game 6.

“We’re going to see a team that plays all-out,” Wall said.

“Give it everything they’ve got.

“So far it’s the best of two. Nobody has (taken) over the series because nobody has won on the opposing team’s home court yet.

“We know they have an amazing crowd.

“It’s really our first time with a close-out game on the road.

“We got to see what we can do.”

A big game from Dennis Schroder wasn’t enough for the Hawks. Picture: Getty Images/AFP

A big game from Dennis Schroder wasn’t enough for the Hawks. Picture: Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP

Boston is one win away from advancing in its series with Chicago thanks to a 108-97 Game 5 victory.

Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 24 points, sparking a final quarter turnaround, after the Bulls led by two at the last break.

Thomas had a terrible shooting night, making just six of his 17 attempts, but made up for it at the free throw line, going a perfect 11 from 11 as the Celtics’ defence held the Bulls to just 16 points in the last.

Dwyane Wade wound back the clock with a near triple-double (26 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists) for the Bulls, but star Jimmy Butler was well-held with just 14.

Isaiah Thomas struggled with his shot, but the Boston Celtics were still good enough to topple the Bulls. Picture: Getty Images/AFP

Isaiah Thomas struggled with his shot, but the Boston Celtics were still good enough to topple the Bulls. Picture: Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP

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