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Bradley Beal scored 28 points as Wash­ing­ton beat top-seeded At­lanta 104-98.

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Bradley Beal shook off a sprained right an­kle to score 28 points, and the Wiz­ards stayed un­beaten in the post­sea­son by de­feat­ing the top-seeded Hawks 10498 in Game 1 of the Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals Sun­day in At­lanta.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of a week off since their sweep of the Rap­tors in the open­ing round, the Wiz­ards wore down the Hawks in the fourth quar­ter. Otto Porter scored a cou­ple of big bas­kets down the stretch and Marcin Gor­tat sealed it with a layup off a pass from John Wall with 14.6 sec­onds re­main­ing.

The Wiz­ards be­came the first team in NBA his­tory to win four straight Game 1s on the road, im­prov­ing to 8-1 in the play­offs away from Wash­ing­ton over the last two years.

Af­ter rac­ing to a 37-26 lead af­ter the first quar­ter, the Hawks couldn’t make any­thing in the fourth. The Hawks shot 5 of 28 in the fi­nal quar­ter, in­clud­ing 1 of 10 from 3-point range.

DeMarre Car­roll had an­other big game for the Hawks with 24 points, but he went score­less in the fi­nal quar­ter. Stephen Curry had 22 points and seven as­sists, and the War­riors wore down the un­der­manned Grizzlies in Game 1 of the West­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals in Oak­land, Calif.

Klay Thomp­son added 18 points and Dray­mond Green scored 16 to help the top-seeded War­riors roll to their 21st straight victory at Or­a­cle Arena.

Marc Ga­sol had 21 points and nine re­bounds, and Zach Ran­dolph fin­ished with 20 points and nine re­bounds for the Grizzlies.

Grizzlies point guard Mike Con­ley sat on the bench in a suit, his left eye still swollen as he re­cov­ers from surgery for bro­ken fa­cial bones.

Layups: Curry is ex­pected to be named the league’s MVP on Mon­day, a source told the As­so­ci­ated Press. ... Clip­pers guard Chris Paul is listed as ques­tion­able for Game 1 of the West­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries against the Rock­ets in Hous­ton on Mon­day night. Paul has a strained left ham­string that hob­bled him for the fi­nal 21⁄ quar­ters of

2 the Clip­pers’ 111-109 victory over the Spurs in Game 7 on Satur­day night.

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