Published May 03, 2015
New York, NY – Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bradley Beal and John Wall overcame injury scares in the Washington Wizards' 104-98 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Beal (right ankle sprain) and Wall (left wrist sprain) battled to score 28 and 18 points, respectively, for Washington on Sunday. Wall also had 13 assists and three blocks. Paul Pierce ended with 19 points for the Wizards, who had been off for a week since sweeping the Toronto Raptors in the first round. Marcin Gortat tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Wizards became the first team in NBA history to win four straight Game 1s on the road. DeMarre Carroll scored 21 of his 24 points in the first half for the top-seeded Hawks, who needed six games to eliminate the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round. Al Horford recorded 17 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists. Jeff Teague played through a right ankle sprain and finished with 11 points and seven assists. Game 2 will be Tuesday night in Atlanta.
Final Score: Golden State 101, Memphis 86
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Make it three months and counting since the Golden State Warriors have lost in front of their raucous fans. Stephen Curry had 22 points, seven assists and four steals and the Warriors routed the Memphis Grizzlies 101-86 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series. The Warriors went 39-2 at Oracle Arena during the regular season and have won the last 21 games in their building -- including three postseason games. They haven't lost at home since Jan. 27, when the Chicago Bulls beat them 113-111 in overtime. Courtney Lee's 3-pointer 21 seconds into the game was the only time Golden State trailed. The Warriors hadn't played since finishing off a sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans last Saturday. Game 2 is Tuesday, again in Oakland. There's still no timetable for Memphis guard Mike Conley's return from a facial fracture, but he traveled with the team and watched on from the bench. His left eye was still visibly swollen. He suffered the injury in Game 3 of the Portland series and missed the final two games of the set after undergoing surgery for the fractures. The series offers a contrast of styles. The fast-paced Warriors led the NBA in scoring, while the methodical Grizzlies finished second in scoring defense. Golden State's offense handidly won the first round. The Warriors led by as many as 16 in a blistering first half where they shot 61.5 percent (24-of-39), tallying 17 assists on 24 made field goals, and knocked down 8-of-16 from beyond the arc. They were up by nine at the break, quickly built the cushion back to 16 in the first few minutes of the second half and cruised from there. Golden State finished 50.6 percent (39-of-77) from the floor and nailed 13-of-28 from long distance.