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DeMarre Carroll with 21 pts, a career postseason high for one half Hawks (19 ast on 24 FGs) lead Wizards (9 ast / 20) at halftime 63-53

Block lead to one-handed slam

Hawks C Al Horford blocks a shot that creates a one-handed slam dunk on a fast break for F Mike Scott.

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Bazemore ends first quarter with a jam

Hawks F Al Horford finds G Kent Bazemore under the basket to deliver a two-handed slam.

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Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

Wall is up and now on the bench. Looks like they are looking at his left wrist area. He already was dealing with an ailing right shoulder

Pierce scoreless since quick start

The Wizards' Paul Pierce is 0-4 since his 7-point start in the 1st quarter against the Hawks. He has attempted one shot since the 5:46 mark in the first.

Nene gets a third foul

Washington's Nene picks up his third foul against the Hawks, and Marcin Gortat will check in. The Hawks are up 5 with under 7 to play in the first half. Watch Live

Hawks go on a run

Following Jeff Teague's injury, the Hawks went on a 17-6 run (6-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point in that stretch). Atlanta currently leads the Wizards 37-26 at the end of the 1st. Watch Live

Russillo @ryenarussillo

The Atlanta bigs are going to get anywhere they want vs. the Nene/Gortat lineup. I think Milsap/Hoford got so excited it led to TO's.

Pierce picking it up early

Paul Pierce had five points in the 1st quarters combined -- just 2-of-8 shooting -- in the series against Raptors. He has the first 7 points for the Wizards today. Live on ABC, WatchESPN

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Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

Too much being made about Smallball Wiz lineup. Hawks morph easily, especially with Millsap. Horford guards perimeter better than any big.

Watch: Game 1, Wizards-Hawks, 1 p.m. ET

The Hawks are 1-14 in Game 1 of conference semis dating back to 1970-71. And the Wizards are seeking their first conference semifinal series win since 1979 -- when they beat the Hawks. Live on ABC, WatchESPN

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Hornets want own D-League team

Charlotte has previously shared a D-League affiliate with one or more NBA teams. Said president Fred Whitfield: "We view player development is critical. We think this is a great opportunity for our basketball people to have complete autonomy and control of ... that." (via Charlotte Observer)

Any dogs in the house?

NBA analyst Bruce Bowen is so pumped for these NBA playoffs, he coined a new catch phrase, dog bark and all.

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