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Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards-Game Three

Paul Pierce hits game-winner to give Wizards 2-1 series lead over Hawks (VIDEO)


Paul Pierce hit the game-winner to give the Wizards a critical Game 3 win over the Hawks, but it really shouldn’t have come to that.

Even without John Wall, Washington dominated from the opening tip, and led by as many as 21 points with just under 10 minutes to play.

The Hawks, however — specifically the team’s bench unit — refused to quit fighting.

A 21-3 fourth quarter run had Atlanta back within striking distance, and a three-pointer from Mike Muscala had the game all tied up with 14 seconds left.

But Pierce made sure that the afternoon’s work wouldn’t go to waste. His step-back jumper banked home, and sealed the 103-101 victory the Wizards earned by the way they played for most of the contest.

The best part of Pierce’s game-winner might have been his postgame reaction.

When asked if he called bank — a common question when a shot drops home off the glass — Pierce’s response was priceless.

“I called GAME,” he said.

Hawks’ Jeff Teague commits flagrant foul on Bradley Beal in Game 3 vs. Wizards (VIDEO)

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards-Game Three

John Wall was once again out of the lineup for the Wizards, but the Hawks were getting crushed by Washington in the first half nonetheless.

That may have been part of the reason that Jeff Teague went headhunting when Bradley Beal had a clear path to the basket on a fast break, a dangerous play that was ruled a flagrant-one at the time.

It’s tough to disagree.

Although Atlanta was affected by Paul Millsap dealing with flu-like symptoms which forced him out of the starting lineup, that’s not enough of a reason for the Hawks to shoot 39 percent from the field in the first half and trail by as many as 18 points.

Wizards’ John Wall ruled out for Game 3 vs. Hawks

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John Wall has officially been ruled out of Game 3 vs. the Hawks on Saturday, head coach Randy Wittman confirmed to reporters less than two hours before tip-off during his customary media availability.

Although the team had yet to make a determination on his status until now, this shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise.

Once it was revealed that Wall had five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist following an injury he suffered in Washington’s Game 1 victory, it was safe to assume Wall would continue to miss some time. What kept the team from making a sweeping statement that he’d miss the remainder of the postseason was the fact that the injury is to Wall’s non-shooting hand, and the thinking was that if the swelling could subside to the point where he could dribble and grip the ball effectively, he might try to play through the discomfort.

It’s obviously not to that point just yet, and that’s going to hurt the Wizards’ chances in this series somewhat significantly.

The key stat that tells you just how important Wall has been to his team in these playoffs is points created by assists per game. Wall leads all players in this category with an average of 30.8, while the next person on the list (Blake Griffin) averages just 18.8 to come in a very distant second.