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Game thread: Wizards' Wittman back in Atlanta

Wizards coach Randy Wittman just may be a coach of fewer words than Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.

Wittman, a former Hawks player from 1983-88, was asked about the emotions of a playoff series against his former team.

"I can't remember back what I did last week, let alone 27 years ago," Wittman said. "This was where I got started in the NBA. I still have people here that I know from 30 years ago."

When I mentioned the Hawks still hadn't won a second-round playoff series since Wittman's days, it drew a small smile and pause. A reporter next to him said "You're not going there."

"No, I'm not," Wittman said.

The Hawks can move out of the second round for the first time since moving to Atlanta with a series win over the Wizards. Wittman's last season with the Hawks, 1987-88, was the year the Hawks led the Celtics 3-2 in second round before losing the final two games.

In other items of note:

* With his Game 6 performance, Kyle Korver became the first player in NBA playoff history to have 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and six 3-pointers.

* DeMarre Carroll has had four straight playoff games of 20 or more points, becoming the first Hawks to do so since Jamal Crawford in 2011. The last player to accomplish the feat five straight playoff games? Dominique Wilkins in 1989.


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Chris Vivlamore has been a reporter and editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2003.