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NBA playoffs: Hawks vs. Wizards Game 2

WASHINGTON — In a rough-and-tumble, foul-filled game, Bradley Beal took over in the fourth quarter with 16 of his 31 points, including a key late 3-pointer, helping the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-101 on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

John Wall earned chants of "M-V-P!" while finishing with 32 points and nine assists, including the dish to Beal for his shot from beyond the arc with 38 seconds remaining that sealed the win for the hosts.

Washington, which trailed 78-74 entering the final period, won despite only a combined seven points from starting forwards Markieff Morris and Otto Porter Jr., who were both in foul trouble early.

The series now shifts to Atlanta for Game 3 on Saturday.

Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder scored 23 points.

Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (R) in action
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Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (R) in action against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (L) of Poland during game two of the Eastern Conference playoffs round one series between the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, USA, 19 April 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroeder (17), of Germany,
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Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroeder (17), of Germany, dunks against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13), of Poland, during the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-101. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: John Wall #2
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards puts up a shot in front of Ersan Ilyasova #7 of the Atlanta Hawks in the first half of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: John Wall #2
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards puts up a shot in front of Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Jason Smith #14
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Jason Smith #14 of the Washington Wizards celebrates after dunking the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the first half of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall reacts after a
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Washington Wizards guard John Wall reacts after a basket during the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-101. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (L) and
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Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (L) and Washington Wizards guard John Wall (R) celebrate during game two of the Eastern Conference playoffs round one series between the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, USA, 19 April 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Bradley Beal #3
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards puts up a shot between Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 and Taurean Prince #12 of the Atlanta Hawks in the first half of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (R) in action
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Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (R) in action against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (L) of Poland during game two of the Eastern Conference playoffs round one series between the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, USA, 19 April 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Atlanta Hawks Dennis Schroder (L) of Germany in
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Atlanta Hawks Dennis Schroder (L) of Germany in action against Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (R) during game two of the Eastern Conference playoffs round one series between the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, USA, 19 April 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer points during the
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Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer points during the second half in Game 2 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-101. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Jason Smith #14
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Jason Smith #14 of the Washington Wizards dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the first half of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Atlanta Hawks Dennis Schroder (L) of Germany in
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Atlanta Hawks Dennis Schroder (L) of Germany in action against Washington Wizards guard Bojan Bogdanovic (R) of Bosnia and Herzegovina during game two of the Eastern Conference playoffs round one series between the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, USA, 19 April 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after
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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after he made a 3-point basket during the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, as Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala runs nearby, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-101. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) celebrates with
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Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) celebrates with Marcin Gortat, left, of Poland, during the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-101. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: John Wall #2
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards and Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks go after the ball in the first half of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, top, chases a
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Washington Wizards guard John Wall, top, chases a loose ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroeder, bottom, of Germany, during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Washington.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, goes to
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Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, goes to the basket past Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroeder (17), of Germany, during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Washington.

Washington Wizards forward Jason Smith, right, and Atlanta
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Washington Wizards forward Jason Smith, right, and Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard, left, reach for the ball during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Washington.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to
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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to the basket against Atlanta Hawks' Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) and Taurean Prince (12) during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Washington.

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