Battle-Tested Atlanta Hawks Escape 2nd Round with Cleveland Cavaliers Up Next

May 15th, 2015 by Fred Katz Leave a reply »

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As soon as the ball left Paul Pierce’s fingertips, with his Washington Wizards down 94-91 to the Atlanta Hawks and with what appeared to be milliseconds remaining in a decisive Game 6, there shouldn’t have been a doubt in anyone’s mind it was hitting nylon. That's what Pierce does.

So when the rock splashed through and the Washington fans did a perfect imitation of the Coliseum crowd after Maximus' most valiant victory, no one was surprised—including the Hawks.

“I almost had a heart attack, man," said Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, who posted 20 points and seven assists in the contest."[Pierce] just won’t give up. He just keeps fighting, man.”

But those darn clocks. They ruin everything—at least if you're the Wizards.

With only 6.4 seconds remaining for a final possession, Washington inbounded to John Wall, but the initial action didn't work. With Atlanta electing not to foul intentionally late in the game and up three, Wall flipped it to Pierce on the left side. Pierce then eurostepped—yes, eurostepped—into a short-corner thre ...

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