Pierce's buzzer-beater lifts Wiz past Hawks 103-101
WASHINGTON (AP) Paul Pierce's banked-in 21-foot jumper at the buzzer gave Washington a 103-101 victory over Atlanta on Saturday night, even with an injured John Wall reduced to cheerleading, and after a 21-point lead had dwindled down to nothing.
The Wizards lead the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-1.
Washington was missing Wall, its All-Star point guard, for a second consecutive game because of a broken left hand.
The Wizards led by 21 with less than 10 minutes left - and then held off Atlanta, which used a 17-0 run to get within three points with less than 3 1/2 minutes remaining and tied the game on Mike Muscala's 3-pointer with 14.1 seconds to go.
But Pierce came through as the clock hit zero, falling to his back on the court with both arms raised. Pierce scored 13 points and hit three of the Wizards' 10 3s.
Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Monday night at Washington.
It was the second straight day a bank shot at the buzzer won an NBA playoff game. Derrick Rose hit a banked 3 to give Chicago a 99-96 victory over Cleveland on Friday.
GRIZZLIES 99, WARRIORS 89
The Warriors went just 6 of 26 from 3-point range and 19 of 28 at the free throw line.
Memphis outscored Golden State 46-32 in the paint and outrebounded the Warriors 44-39. The Grizzlies forced 17 turnovers they turned in 22 points, offsetting the Warriors' 22 fast break points.
Game 4 is Monday at Memphis.