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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.

Ian O'Connor @Ian_OConnor

Like Rick Pitino, Brad Stevens left title-level NCAA program 4 big Celtics deal. Unlike Pitino, Stevens wont live to regret it

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.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago fans boo when Bears draft pick Mitch Trubisky photo shown on JumboTron at United Center. Turns to a few cheers when they realize he's actually here.

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.

Chad Ford @chadfordinsider

Layoffs end my 16 yr run covering the NBA Draft for ESPN on June 30. Will do my best to make next 60 days special for our Insider readers

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas missed all five 3-pointers he took in the first half but the rest of the Celtics made nine of their 14 attempts (64.3 percent). Celtics led by as much as 17 and still up double digits at halftime. Halftime: Celtics 54, Bulls 41.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBA rulebook states that "During an altercation, all players not participating in the game must remain in the immediate vicinity of their bench." That will make for an interesting interpretation with regards to the actions of Washington Wizards players Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris and Daniel Ochefu during a confrontation between Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore in the first quarter of Friday's Game 6. Gortat, Morris and Ochefu were away from the bench during the confrontation because they had started toward Beal to help him up before Beal charged at Bazemore, who made contact with him in midair. Once they realized what was happening, the players returned to the bench. In my view, that doesn't meet the grounds for an automatic one-game suspension, but only the determination of the NBA's Basketball Operations department matter.

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%.

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.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade has been a complete non-factor early. 0/3 from the field and continues to look disinterested defensively. Obviously, Bulls have to get more from Wade if they want to have any chance tonight.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

If Jimmy Butler's knee is sore he didn't show it in first quarter. Butler's 10 points allowed Bulls to hang around after Boston went up double digits early. Avery Bradley with nine points for Boston. End of 1st: Celtics 30, Bulls 23

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.

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.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

A very positive sign for Washington early is Markieff Morris is off to a strong start. Morris has scored eight of Washington's 17 points to open the game and has two 3-pointers.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Foul trouble again for the Wizards but this time it's Marcin Gortat with two fouls and an early seat after four minutes.