Hawks Play Above Their Seeding, Top Pacers Again
Atlanta — Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after the officials appeared to miss him stepping out of bounds, and Kyle Korver finished off Indiana from beyond the arc to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 98-85 victory Thursday night and another lead in the series with the top-seeded Pacers.
Hardly playing like a No. 8 seed that finished six games under .500 during the regular season, the Hawks took control in the third quarter — the decisive period in all three games — and held off the Pacers to go up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Game 4 is Saturday in Atlanta.
The Hawks were up 84-78 with the shot clock running down when Teague launched a running shot from the wing — after his foot seemed to clip the line. It counted, even after a video review.
Teague scored 22 points and Korver added 20 to lead the Hawks, who are playing with confidence and swagger against an Indiana team that struggled down the stretch and is still scrambling to regain the form it showed much of the season.
Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 21 points, and Luis Scola added 17 in another stellar performance off the bench that at least gave Indiana hope.
But Paul George was held to 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting, George Hill made only 1-of-11 from the field, and Roy Hibbert continually missed shots close to the hoop.
Grizzlies 98, Thunder 95
Memphis, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in overtime, and Memphis beat Oklahoma City in taking a 2-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.
Game 4 is Saturday night in Memphis.
The Grizzlies won their second straight overtime game after blowing a fourth-quarter lead. This time, they led by 17 before going cold for most of the final 7:43 of regulation. Courtney Lee clinched the win, hitting three of four free throws in the final 10.9 seconds of OT.
NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 30 for the Thunder. But Durant missed all eight 3-point attempts and was 10 of 27. Westbrook was 9 of 26.
Zach Randolph scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Memphis.