Conley comes back, leads Grizzlies past Warriors 97-90
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Mike Conley returned just eight days after having facial surgery to score 22 points, and Memphis used a smothering defensive effort to beat Golden State 97-90 on Tuesday night, evening the Western Conference semifinals 1-1.
Wearing a clear mask to protect his swollen face and red left eye, Conley stole the spotlight from newly minted MVP Stephen Curry. He made his first four shots to get the Grizzlies going, and his teammates did the rest on defense.
Game 3 is Saturday in Memphis.
Conley added three assists in 27 minutes.
Curry had 19 points, six assists and five rebounds but had little help from backcourtmate Klay Thompson, who was smothered by Tony Allen's aggressive play. The Warriors had 20 turnovers and shot just 41.9 percent, including 23.1 percent from 3-point range. The Grizzlies had 13 steals.
HAWKS 106, WIZARDS 90
ATLANTA (AP) - DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points and Kyle Korver bounced back from a miserable first half as Atlanta took advantage of John Wall's absence to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.
Wall, who finished the series opener with an injured left hand, was a surprising scratch just before Game 2, shortly after the Wizards insisted he would play. Ramon Sessions did an admirable job filling in, leading his team with 21 points, but Washington lost for the first time in these playoffs.
Korver went 1-for-7 from the 3-point line in the first half but kept firing away. He made three 3s after the break, including one from the corner with just under 3 minutes remaining that gave the Hawks a 98-88 lead.
Game 3 is Saturday at Washington.
Washington had won its first five playoff games, sweeping Toronto before shocking the Hawks 104-98 to start the second round.