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Balanced Hawks hold off Wizards 111-101, even series 2-all

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) catches a pass as Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) defends in the first half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 24, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) -- Paul Millsap bounced back from a sluggish start to score 19 points, Dwight Howard had his best game of the postseason and the Atlanta Hawks pulled away from the Washington Wizards 111-101 Monday night to even the opening-round playoff series at 2-all.

Howard, who was a non-factor through the first three games, had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The Hawks got double-figure scoring from seven players, including huge contributions off the bench from Kent Bazemore and Jose Calderon.

Bradley Beal scored 32 points, bouncing back from a dismal performance in Game 3, and John Wall had another stellar performance with 22 points and 10 assists. But those two, as good as they were, couldn't match a more balanced approach by the Hawks.

Now, the series is down to a best-of-three. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Washington.

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