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Otto Porter steps up as Wizards' third scorer in Game 5 win over Hawks

Otto Porter steps up as Wizards' third scorer in Game 5 win over Hawks

On Wednesday afternoon, before the Wizards and Hawks tipped off in Game 5 of their playoff series, Scott Brooks talked about the need for a third scorer outside of John Wall and Bradley Beal after four games where the star duo carried much of the load. Brooks got just that in a Game 5 103-99 victory, as Otto Porter filled the void with 17 points and did so, amazingly, on just four shot attempts.

Porter at his best this season was the most efficient player on the Wizards. He was fifth in the NBA in effective field goal percentage and all four of the guys ahead of him were big men. 

That version of Porter hasn't consistently shown up in months. Opposing defenses have adjusted and taken away his open threes and late in the year he dealt with back spasms.

Through four playoff games, Porter had reached double figures twice but in the other two games had 11 total points. He had yet to fully break out, but did so on Wednesday.

"I talked to him yestereday and texted him," guard John Wall said. "I told him just keep shooting, keep cutting to the basket, things will start falling for you. It was great to see him get to the line and knock down a couple threes."

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The Hawks tried to check Porter at the perimeter and bump him out of his comfort zone with physical contact. Porter didn't retreat, he attacked the basket, mostly on the fastbreak, and was rewarded with 10 free throw attempts, a new career-high. He sank nine of them, also a career best.

"Just trying to be agressive," Porter said. "Just trying to take advantage of my opportunities in transition."

Of Porter's three field goal makes, two of them were from three-point range. Porter did his work at the free throw line and in just about every other aspect of the game. He had five rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist. He also helped close out Paul Millsap on double teams to help out Markieff Morris. All of that in 31 minutes and in a game the Wizards pretty much needed to win to hopes of moving on realistic.

Porter is the type of player who can impact a game in a variety of ways. But getting more from him offensively went a long way to help the Wizards get a pivotal Game 5 victory. He was the first Wizards player outside of Wall or Beal to score 15 points or more since Morris did in Game 1.

Porter came through just when the Wizards needed him.

"That was super big for us," Morris said. "We can count on Otto every time. I wouldn't call it a step-up because that's what he's been doing."

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10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 5 win over Atlanta Hawks

10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 5 win over Atlanta Hawks

Here are 10 plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 103-99 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of their first round playoff series that are worth revisiting...

1. The Wizards got this win to take a 3-2 series lead due to contributions from a lot of players. But early on it was Bradley Beal who set the tone.

Beal came out swinging with 11 points in the first quarter. Two of those were on this tough layup:

Beal finished with 27 points to lead the Wizards on 11-of-22 from the field.

2. Beal had one assist, but it was a nice one. On this play he drove to draw attention from the Hawks' defense, then fired a pass to Kelly Oubre, Jr. who knocked down a corner three:

3. John Wall had a strong game himself with 20 points and 14 assists. This was his first bucket, an and-1 that got Paul Millsap a foul:

4. Reporters were wondering pregame why there was extra security in the parking garage. In the second quarter we got the answer, as former Vice President Joe Biden showed up. He was shown on the big screen and got a standing ovation. Then, the Wizards went on a 20-9 run and never looked back.

Not bad, Joe.

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5. Markieff Morris got into foul trouble late, as he has been prone to do this series. But he did have this nice alley-oop lobbed up by Wall:

6. Speaking of Wall, here is the play of the night. Wall blew past Kent Bazemore to throw down a ridiculous dunk:

Here are a few more replays of that one. Just amazing:

7. Just like he did in Game 1, Brandon Jennings lit a spark in the fourth quarter. First, he hit an outside shot. Then, he found Bojan Bogdanovic after a lethal crossover:

8. Oubre only had five points, but both of his made shots were highlight-worthy. On this one he was left alone in the corner by Dwight Howard and decided to take it all the way to the rack for a dunk:

9. Speaking of Oubre, this didn't show up in the box score, but it was an impressive defensive play and it had Oubre all sorts of fired up:

10. The Wizards locked down on defense in the fourth quarter to seal this win. Here is one of their best defensive plays, a block by Morris on Tim Hardaway, Jr.:

We knew there would be a Game 6 on Friday, but now the Wizards have a chance to clinch a spot in the next round.

[RELATED: Wall gave away his Game 4 jersey to NFL Pro Bowler]

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VIDEO: John Wall throws down huge dunk vs. Hawks in Game 5 of playoff series

VIDEO: John Wall throws down huge dunk vs. Hawks in Game 5 of playoff series

John Wall put an exclamation mark on his nine-point third quarter of Game 5 against the Hawks on Wednesday night with a massive dunk.

It came in a halfcourt set and Wall blew right past his defender to throw it down. After putting it in, Wall flashed a serious look on his face. This guy is not playing around.

Here is the first angle from the broadcast:

And here are some replays:

That's just unbelievable.

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