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Paul Pierce's shot too late, Hawks hold on to beat Wizards, 94-91

Paul Pierce's shot too late, Hawks hold on to beat Wizards, 94-91

Avoiding overtime in Game 6 when Paul Pierce's potential tying 3-pointer was released after the clock expired, the Atlanta Hawks made it to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time by beating the Washington Wizards 94-91 on Friday night. The Hawks held on thanks primarily to DeMarre Carroll's playoff career-high 25 points, including two layups in the last minute off assists from Jeff Teague. After Al Horford went 1 of 2 from the free-throw line for a three-point lead, the Wizards inbounded the ball with 6.4 seconds left. They got the ball to Pierce, who won Game 3 on a banked-in buzzer-beater, then put Washington briefly ahead late in Game 5 with a 3. This time, his 3...

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