Much like Game 1, the shots were there for Bradley Beal. Actually, the Wizards' shooting guard found himself even more wide open as the Atlanta Hawks focused on getting numbers back to keep John Wall out of the paint.
It didn't matter in the end as the Wizards took Game 2, 109-101, as Beal came alive to score 16 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter of a comeback.
"I feel like my flow is good but my shot sucks," said Beal, who shot 12 of 27 from the field following 9-for-21 in the opener. "I've got to put the two together. I'm getting open looks. My teammates are doing a tremendous job with setting me up and creating opportunities for me but I have to knock them down."
Beal missed a three-pointer to open the game that led to Atlanta's first field goal from Dwight Howard. He struggled with his shot from that point.
Where Beal prospered was running the offense. Both of John Wall's three-point shots came from playing off the ball while Beal ran offense. The ball made its way back to him for the open looks.
Beal's slow start led him to becoming hestiant. He bypassed open looks. He even had Mike Muscala on a switch in the corner and was indecisive in attacking the 6-11 backup center off the dribble.
But when the Wizards had to make a final run, Beal was there. He scored 16 of his points in the fourth quarter by making 6 of 9 shots.
His layup off a curl broke a 94-all tie. Beal also drained a fadeaway jumper and his final three with 38.1 seconds left for a 106-98 lead.
"The thing about the playoffs is you get a chance to rest and get your body together," said Beal, who shot 4-for-10 which is is regular-season average of 40% from three-point range. "But I feel good. It's all about mind over matter in the playoffs. Everybody is tried. Everybody is mentally drained and everybody is physically drained at this point of the year. ... It's just a mental challenge more than anything."