Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bradley Beal and John Wall overcame injury scares in the Washington Wizards' 104-98 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Beal (right ankle sprain) and Wall (left wrist sprain) battled to score 28 and 18 points, respectively, for Washington on Sunday. Wall also had 13 assists and three blocks.
Paul Pierce ended with 19 points for the Wizards, who had been off for a week since sweeping the Toronto Raptors in the first round. Marcin Gortat tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The Wizards became the first team in NBA history to win four straight Game 1s on the road.
DeMarre Carroll scored 21 of his 24 points in the first half for the top- seeded Hawks, who needed six games to eliminate the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round. Al Horford recorded 17 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists.
Jeff Teague played through a right ankle sprain and finished with 11 points and seven assists.
Game 2 will be Tuesday night in Atlanta.
Trailing 83-81, the Wizards scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter. Beal tallied four points during the stretch before landing on Horford's foot. Beal went to the locker room and returned to the court later in the frame.
Kyle Korver's 3-pointer and Teague's layup had the Hawks within 91-90, but the Wizards responded with a 7-1 spurt. Otto Porter Jr. capped the flurry with a 3-pointer to make it 98-91 with 3:17 to play.
Atlanta pulled within 98-96 following Paul Millsap's three-point play and slam. The Hawks had a possession in between where they missed six straight shots.
But Porter and Gortat scored around Korver's missed 3-pointer to put the game away.
The Hawks shot 63.6 percent from the field in the first quarter en route to a 37-26 lead. Carroll made a trio of 3-pointers on his way to 13 points.
The Wizards started the second stanza on a 10-4 spurt to get within 41-36, but Korver stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer. Atlanta led 63-53 at the break.
Trailing 75-66 late in the third quarter, Washington went on a 12-3 run to tie things up. Beal tallied seven points during the surge that Gortat capped with two free throws. The Hawks took an 83-81 edge into the fourth.
Wall sprained his left wrist late in the first half on a fall under the basket ... Carroll became the first Hawks player since Dominique Wilkins in 1989 to score 20 points in five straight playoffs games ... Atlanta lost for the first time this season when leading going to the fourth quarter. They were 29-0 during the regular season and had been 3-0 in the postseason.