Steve Kerr challenged his Golden State Warriors to ratchet up the intensity to playoff-level. With MVP Stephen Curry leading the way, they responded and looked like the team that cruised through the regular season.
Curry scored 21 of his 33 points by halftime, and the Warriors snapped their two-game skid last night by routing the Memphis Grizzlies, 101-84, to tie the Western Conference semifinals at 2-2.
"Tonight we took a step towards understanding that sense of urgency and kind of competitiveness and physicality to the game," Kerr said. "It was probably our most competitive effort, definitely of the series, but probably of the playoffs just in terms of understanding you got to play every second."
Draymond Green had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors while Klay Thompson had 15 points, Harrison Barnes 12 and Andre Iguodala 11.
"We set the tone the first quarter and kept the foot on the gas pedal the whole way, and that's how we play," Curry said.
Marc Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis while Zach Randolph had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Conley finished with 10 points and seven assists but was 4 of 15 from the field. Memphis pulled its starters with 3:00 left.
Game 5 is tomorrow night at Golden State.
Hawks 106, Wizards 101:Finally looking a bit more like a No. 1 seed, Atlanta won in Washington behind Jeff Teague's 26 points to even their Eastern Conference semifinal at 2-2.
"That's how we play. That's how we've been playing all year," forward Paul Millsap said. "Things we didn't do, pretty much all series, we did tonight."
Still, this one wound up being tight toward the end.
Two days after hitting a buzzer-beater to win Game 3, Washington's Paul Pierce missed a three-pointer that would have tied the score with less than 10 seconds left. Al Horford had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Millsap added 19 points, six assists and five rebounds. Washington's lone All-Star John Wall, missed a third consecutive game with a broken left hand.
The Hawks led most of the game, but Washington cut the deficit to 101-97 with under two minutes remaining. Teague's three-pointer with 72 seconds left got the margin back to seven.
Still, after Washington's Bradley Beal blocked a shot by Dennis Schroder in the lane to keep Atlanta's lead at 104-101, the Wizards had the ball and called a timeout with 9.5 seconds remaining. They got Pierce an open look at a three-pointer, but it hit the rim.
The Wizards got terrific performances from Beal, with 34 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Pierce, with 22 points. -- AP