NBA playoffs: Hawks beat Wizards, 106-90, to even series

NBA playoffs: Hawks beat Wizards, 106-90, to even series
Wizards center Marcin Gortat grabs the jersey of Jeff Teague but is unable to stop the Hawks guard from scoring during Washington's loss to Atlanta, 106-90. (Curtis Compton / Tribune News Service)
DeMarre Carroll

scored 22 points, Kyle Korver bounced back from a miserable first half and the top-seeded

Atlanta Hawks

held off the

Washington Wizards

, 106-90, on Tuesday night, taking advantage of

John Wall

's absence to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.

Wall, who finished out the series opener with an injured left hand, was a surprising scratch just before Game 2, shortly after the Wizards insisted he would play.

Ramon Sessions

did an admirable job filling in, leading his team with 21 points, but Washington lost for the first time in these playoffs.

Korver went 1-for-7 from the 3-point line in the first half but kept firing away. He made three 3s after the break, including one from the corner with just under 3 minutes remaining that gave the Hawks a 98-88 lead after Washington had hit consecutive jumpers.

Game 3 is Saturday at Washington.