May 14, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) Al Horford's offensive rebound with 1.9 seconds left after Dennis Schroder's drive to the basket was blocked by John Wall, gave top-seeded Atlanta an 82-81 victory over Washington on Wednesday night and a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Paul Pierce, who made a buzzer-beating winner in Game 3, hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Wizards an 81-80 lead with 8.3 seconds left. Wall was playing for the first time since Game 1 after fracturing several bones in his left hand.

Horford led the Hawks with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Atlanta is one victory from advancing to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since moving from St. Louis in 1968. Game 6 is Friday night in Washington.

Wall had 15 points, seven assists and four steals, but also turned it over six times. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 23 points.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry turned in an MVP-worthy performance, Klay Thompson snapped out of his shooting funk and Golden State rolled to a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.

Curry scored 18 points on six 3-pointers and added a career-playoff high six steals to go with seven rebounds and five assists. Thompson scored 21 points, and Harrison Barnes had 14 as the Warriors won their second straight game in impressive fashion.

Game 6 is Friday night in Memphis.

With defensive stopper Tony Allen sidelined with a left hamstring injury, the Grizzlies struggled to contain Golden State's streaky shooters. The Warriors made 14 of 30 shots from 3-point range, while Memphis made just four of 15 from long distance.

Marc Gasol had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Zach Randolph had 13 points and 10 boards for the Grizzlies.

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