#NBAPlayoffs Roundup: May 12, 2015

These 2015 NBA Playoffs continue to be baffling entertaining. I honestly thought the Hawks were done, but, wow. They’re still in this after winning Game 4. Ditto with the Dubs, who finally awoke from their stupor to play like the 60+ win team we all know and love. 2-2 on both, folks.




Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

May 12, 2015:
Atlanta 106, Washington 101
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Pierce had an eternity to survey his potentially game-tying 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds to go. Except there was no bank this time, just the back of the rim. Jeff Teague had 26 points and eight assists and the Atlanta Hawks held off the Washington Wizards 106-101 in Game 4 to tie their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Trailing 104-101, Wizards coach Randy Wittman called timeout with 9.5 seconds left. Nene provided a stiff screen at the top of the key on Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll, allowing Pierce to dart to the right wing unabated. Pierce flailed his legs on the release, but the shot harmlessly drew iron. Pierce's step-back jumper at the buzzer lifted Washington to a Game 3 win. Paul Millsap sunk a pair of free throws at the other end to seal the outcome. Millsap finished with 19 points and five rebounds, Al Horford posted 18 points and 10 boards and Dennis Schroder added 14 points and eight assists off the bench for top-seeded Atlanta, which tallied 30 assists on its 41 made baskets. Pierce netted 22 points for fifth-seeded Washington, which made 10-or-more 3- pointers for the sixth time in eight playoff games after doing so just seven times during the regular season. The Wizards were 12-of-26 from beyond the arc. Washington played its third consecutive game without All-Start point guard John Wall, who has five broken bones in his left hand and wrist after a Game 1 injury. His status for the rest of the series remains up in the air.





Golden State 101, Memphis 84
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - For the first time in this series, Steph Curry has looked like an MVP. Curry scored 33 points with eight rebounds and five assists, and the Warriors took back homecourt advantage with a 101-84 win over the Grizzlies in Monday's Game 4 of this Western Conference semifinal. The Warriors had dropped two straight in the series since Curry accepted his MVP trophy last Monday. It was just their second two-game losing skid since January. Curry's poor shooting in those games -- 7-for-19 in Game 2 and 8- for-21 in Game 3 -- was a big reason for Golden State's struggles. But he got back on track in a big way on Monday, and the team bounced back with him. The Warriors shot 6-for-26 from behind the arc in both of their previous losses. They found the range, finishing 14-for-33 in this one while limiting Memphis to just 4-for-18. Draymond Green added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Klay Thompson scored 15 for the Warriors. Marc Gasol paced the Grizzlies with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in their first home loss of the playoffs. The series shifts back to Oakland's Oracle Arena for Game 5 on Wednesday.




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