ATLANTA (AP) — John Wall had that look in his eye at morning shootaround.
Bradley Beal knew it was going to be a big night for Washington's star point guard.
Wall scored 42 points — a career playoff high , with 19 coming in the fourth quarter to single-handedly hold off a furious Atlanta comeback — and the Wizards eliminated the Hawks with a 115-99 victory Friday, capturing the opening-round playoff series 4-2.
"You could just tell he was locked in," Beal said. "He was ready to go. We just feed off that."
Beal wasn't too shabby either, scoring 31 points.
But this one was all about Wall, who stared down the crowd, jawed with NFL star Julio Jones and other celebrities sitting courtside and hit every big shot down the stretch . He was determined to get back at the Hawks for a second-round loss in 2015, when he missed three games with a broken hand.