Scott Brooks

Led by Wall and Beal, Wizards moving on to face Celtics

John Wall refused to give in.

Even as Dennis Schroder took off the other way, ahead of everyone for what looked like an uncontested layup, Wall managed to chase him down.

On a night when Wall set a career playoff-high with 42 points, his remarkable defensive play was a big reason the Washington Wizards moved on to the second round of the playoffs with a 115-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

"That's a sign of a champion," Washington coach Scott Brooks said. "He gave us everything he had."

The Wizards will face the top-seeded Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Game 1 is Sunday in Boston.

After the home...