The Golden State Warriors never lost three straight games during the regular season, a streak that continues into the NBA playoffs. Stephen Curry scored 21 of his 33 points while the Warriors built a 61-44 halftime lead in a convincing 101-84 triumph over the Grizzlies in Memphis. Curry hadn’t scored more than 23 points in the first three games of the Western Conference semifinals before helping the Warriors even the series at two games apiece. The league MVP shot 11-for-22 from the field, including 4-for-9 from beyond the arc.
Draymond Green had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, while Klay Thompson delivered 15 points. The Grizzlies shot under 38 percent and had 16 turnovers that led to 18 Golden State points. Mike Conley finished with 10 points and seven assists but was 4 of 15 from the floor before the Grizzlies starters were lifted with about three minutes remaining. Marc Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who head back to Oakland for Game 5 on Wednesday.
The NBA’s other No. 1 seed also won on Monday. The Atlanta Hawks have regained home-court advantage from the Washington Wizards in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals. The Hawks received major contributions from All-Stars Jeff Teague, Al Horford and Paul Millsap in a 106-101 victory in Washington, tying the series at two games apiece. Teague contributed a team-high 26 points, including a huge 3-pointer down the stretch. Horford finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Millsap added 19 points, six assists and five boards.
But Atlanta was never able to truly shake the Wizards. The Hawks led by 10 heading into the third and fourth quarters, but the Wizards were within 104-101 in the waning seconds before Paul Pierce missed on a 3-point attempt. Pierce hit the game-winning jumper in Game 3. Bradley Beal delivered a game-high 34 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Wizards, who played their third straight game without All-Star John Wall because of broken bones in his hand and wrist. Pierce drained five of his seven 3-point attempts and finished with 22 points.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Atlanta.