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Pierce's shot too late, Hawks hold on to beat Wizards 94-91

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WASHINGTON (AP) -

Avoiding overtime in Game 6 when Paul Pierce's potential tying 3-pointer was released after the clock expired, the Atlanta Hawks made it to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time by beating the Washington Wizards 94-91 on Friday night.

The Hawks held on thanks primarily to DeMarre Carroll's playoff career-high 25 points, including two layups in the last minute off assists from Jeff Teague.

After Al Horford went 1 of 2 from the free throw line for a three-point lead, the Wizards inbounded the ball with 6.4 seconds left. They got the ball to Pierce, who won Game 3 on a banked-in buzzer-beater, then put Washington briefly ahead late in Game 5 with a 3. This time, his 3 from the corner swished through, but a replay review determined it was too late.

Atlanta hosts LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the conference finals on Wednesday.

The complete schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals is listed below:

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS - ATLANTA VS. CAVALIERS

CAVS
Wednesday, May 20
Game 1 at Phillips Arena
Time 8:30 on TNT

HAWKS

CAVS
Friday, May 22
Game 2 at Phillips Arena
Time 8:30 on TNT

HAWKS

HAWKS
Monday, May 24
Game 3 at Quicken Loans Arena
Time 8:30 on TNT

CAVS

HAWKS
Tuesday, May 26
Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena
Time 8:30 on TNT

CAVS

CAVS
Thursday, May 28
Game 5 at Phillips Arena
Time 8:30 on TNT
(If necessary)

HAWKS

HAWKS
Saturday, May 30
Game 6 at Quicken Loans Arena
Time 8:30 on TNT
(If necessary)

CAVS

CAVS
Monday, June 1
Game 7 at Phillips Arena
Time 8:30 on TNT
(If necessary)

HAWKS

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