The Atlanta Hawks join the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Final after they defeated the Washington Wizards 94-91 on Friday night in the nation’s capital. Atlanta won the series 4-2 and advance to the conference final for the first time since 1970.
The Hawks advanced by the slimmest of margins after it appeared Paul Pierce tied the game with a three-point shot as time expired, only to later find out that the ball had not yet left his hands when the clock hit zero. Following video review, the final attempt wiped away and Pierce finished the game with just four points on 1-of-7 shooting.
The city of Atlanta breathed a sigh of relief after their team blew a 15-point second-half lead. The Wizards led as late as 2:05 remaining in the game.
Three different Hawks scored 20+ points: DeMarre Carroll (25), Jeff Teague (20) and Paul Millsap (20).
Neither team was able to find its groove, as the game was littered with missed shots from both sides which resulted in a litany of offensive rebounds. Atlanta shot 43 percent from the field, while the Wizards shot a lowly 37 percent.
Atlanta will meet Cleveland for an opportunity at a Finals appearance. The date and time for Game 1 are yet to be announced.