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Once trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven series against the Wizards, the Hawks won three straight games. They improved road teams to 6-0 this postseason in Game 6s.
Now No. 1 seed Atlanta will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the conference finals on Wednesday night.
It's the Hawks' first trip to a conference final since the NBA realigned into conferences in 1970-71. The team had not won two playoff series in a single year since moving to Atlanta for the 1968-69 season.
Playing with a broken left hand that forced him out of Games 2, 3 and 4,
Wall began the game with a beige bandage on his left wrist and black padding on the top of that hand. But in the second half, the black padding was gone.
Atlanta kept turning the ball over and failed to make a field goal for more than 5 minutes, a drought that finally ended when Millsap made a 16-footer to go up 89-88.
Both teams struggled to score from there. For the Wizards, there was a shot-clock violation,
After losing Game 5 at Atlanta on Wednesday night on a closing-seconds putback by Horford, the Wizards came out in a bit of a fog in Game 6.
They made only two of their first 12 shots, and just three of their first 16, going scoreless for more than 4 minutes while falling behind 15-7.
On one particularly ugly possession in a half full of them, Pierce missed a 3,
The game was tied at 39 with about 90 seconds left in the first half, before a six-point spurt gave Atlanta a 45-39 halftime lead.
Carroll scored 10 points during an 18-4 run by Atlanta that extended into the third quarter.
The Hawks then went up by 15, before Washington got within 72-64 entering the fourth.