In the fourth, Morris hit a clutch jump shot and added a dunk before passing up an open look and finding Beal open for a 3 and a 106-101 lead with 59.7 seconds left.
Khris Middleton, who had 17 points, converted a 3-point play and after a Wizards turnover, Tomas Satoranski came up with a rebound in a scramble under the Bucks’ basket. Washington got the ball on the ensuing play. Beal made one free throw for the final point. After a Bucks’ timeout, Antetokounmpo inbounded the ball to Eric Bledsoe who lost control of the ball and Washington escaped with the victory.
I love that McCollum’s salary has dropped following his mega-dud game against the Kings. He’s going to play his usual 35-ish minutes tonight in what is projected to be the second-highest scoring game of the night, against the sixth-worst defensive team in the league. McCollum should be right back to scoring 20-30 real points, with plenty of peripheral upside to get you to 40 fantasy points. I’m locking in McCollum at SG, while taking a more flexible and varied approach to PG and C, where there are lots of good choices.
Tonight’s matchup with Portland is quite favorable, as the Trail Blazers have allowed the fifth-most FanDuel fantasy points to power forwards over the past five games. It also helps that Towns leads the league in double-doubles, and trailing only Andre Drummond during the past five games in rebounding opportunities. We know his fantasy floor is already incomparably high and now that Jimmy Butler is missing from the lineup, but Towns’ ceiling is truly impressive tonight.
Schroder set the pace with his defensive leadership in the first half and his scoring in the final minutes.
“I put the team on my back and it started with defense,” Schroder said. “I think that everybody sees that and everybody played with me. It was one of our best games defensively.”
Schroder had five of Atlanta’s 13 steals. The Hawks blocked 11 shots, including four by Dewayne Dedmon.
The Pacers committed 24 turnovers. Victor Oladipo said that was the key statistic.
“Ain’t no way around it,” said Oladipo, who had 22 points.
Kerr said the steal was “a hell of a play, an attacking, defensive play. Pretty impressive basically just to take the ball from Kent and go down and finish the game. … That was amazing.”
Bazemore led the Hawks with a career-high 29 points.