Beef between Paul Millsap and Wizards won't end anytime soon

"Setting the tone", Morris said after the game.

"John told me the intensity was going to be sky-high", Morris said.

Al Horford had 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics. "When we are teeing up 3's and getting good looks it has a big impact on the game if we can make a couple of them".

That became a talking point during the off days, and perhaps affected the way Game 2 was called. To jump over an National Basketball Association bench and land it and not get hurt is- I would have crashed into everybody. I'll take the better team and the free bucket.

Durant had 32 points and 10 rebounds in his Golden State playoff debut, Curry scored 29 points, and the Warriors withstood that sensational day by the Trail Blazers' dynamic backcourt duo to win Game 1 of the first-round series 121-109 on Sunday.

"Just being aggressive", said Wall, whose 32 points were a playoff career high.

"When they got it going, they're hitting tough shots in the first half, some you've just got to live with, we played great defense", Curry said.

Yet you shouldn't be surprised - that's been par for the course for teams trying to stop Wall this season.

According to the NBA's PIE Player Impact Estimate, or PIE, rating, which measures a player's overall statistical contribution against the total statistics in games they play in, Wall was responsible for a third of all game events (points, rebounds, assists, etc.) in the third quarter, almost double his average during the regular season (15.3).

Morris and Porter had kept him in check last game but were forced to the bench most of the night because of fouls. "I definitely felt good out there".

Now that Morris understands firsthand the kind of energy required to win in the playoffs, his goal is to sustain it heading into Wednesday's game 2, at 7 p.m.

To the question of whether the Washington Wizards simply could press a button and activate their long-lost defensive intensity for the playoffs, allow Atlanta Hawks star Paul Millsap the first response.

Wall found another gear in the second half, scoring 15 points with four assists in less than 11 minutes during the third quarter.

The Wizards took the lead moments later - and then Wall reentered for Jennings; Coach Scott Brooks determining the Jennings express had taken the team far enough. He scored early, and he challenged Millsap the whole game.

Seconds after feeding Morris for a dunk in his monster third quarter, Wall pointed to the court to deliver the message: "This is my house".

"I won't be finishing first", Wall said. "But when I'm into it like that, if I'm scoring or my teammates are scoring, I'm always going to be hyped".

Even as each team shot 28 percent from 3-point territory, scoring wasn't a problem.

"He's like, just reboot the computer every miss and just focus on making the next shot", Brooks said.

The difference in the game was we were playing basketball and they were playing MMA.

That physical play didn't show up at the free throw as Washington went to the charity stripe 39 times, compared to only 17 attempts for the Hawks, in Washington's 114-107 victory.

Vanessa Coleman