The Atlanta Hawks return to Philips Arena on Saturday for Game 3 of their best of seven series against the Washington Wizards with their backs against the all after dropping Games 1 & 2 in Washington.
Beal finished with 31 points, 16 on 6-of-9 shooting in the final period.
"I think we were prepared, because they've played enough with [Millsap] at the five with Howard out of the game, and a lot of times that happens, but that's what they want to do", Brooks said. "We don't care if he shoots the ball 30 times".
Washington won three of the four regular-season meetings.
The Wizards have also gotten a solid effort from center Marcin Gortat, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds in both games. However, it sounds like there will only be subtle adjustments made as Mike Budenholzer told reporters following practice that he would be sticking with the same starting unit for Game 3. "The Dwight we seen in the first game, it was probably sleeping Dwight or sick Dwight, and the next game, tomorrow, he's going to be really furious, so it's going to be a much tougher game for us".
That became a talking point during the off days, and perhaps affected the way Game 2 was called. The Wizards have actually drawn a greater percentage of fouls on their drives (22.8% to 20.8%), but the difference is that the Hawks are scoring points on 90.9% of their drives to 63.2% by the Wizards. Held Washington 16 fast-break points, nine fewer than in Game 1.
"We were a little stagnant on offense", Beal said.
But he shot just 4 for 18 in the fourth quarter as the Rockets clawed back from a 15-point first-half deficit to surge ahead before holding on.
"It's simple: Our small ball is better than theirs", Millsap said. "We feel like we haven't played our best basketball yet".