|Teague, Korver lead Hawks past Pacers 98-85|
|Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:00 PM|
By PAUL NEWBERRY
ATLANTA — Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after the officials missed 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-7 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 clipped the line. It counted, even after a video review.
Referee Tony Brothers said the officials took another look at the play merely to determine if Teague was behind the 3-point line when he shot. There wasn’t any doubt about that and the only other thing they could look at was the position of Teague’s feet when the ball left his hand. He was clearly in bounds when he shot.
Korver clinched the victory with the last of his four treys, putting Atlanta up 92-80 with 1:41 remaining. That was only appropriate, since the Hawks made 10 3s in the second half after going just 2-of-16 from long range in the first two quarters.
Teague scored 22 points and Korver added 20 to lead the Hawks.
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.
Teague made the biggest shot of all. Looking up to see the clock running down, he dribbled to his left and threw it up with Scola in his face. Nothing but net. Teague smiled and shrugged his shoulders on the way back down the court, as surprised as anyone that it went in.
The Hawks gained the upper hand in the third — just as they did in the series opener. Korver knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner off a fast break, prompting the Pacers to call a timeout. They needed another after Teague soared for a thunderous dunk off an Indiana turnover, pushing Atlanta to a 10-point lead, matching its biggest of the game to that point.
The Hawks went to the final quarter riding a wave of momentum when Lou Williams stepped back and swished a 3 with just 1.2 seconds left in the third, pushing Atlanta ahead 67-58.
Grizzlies 98, Thunder 98-95, OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in overtime and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 Thursday night in taking a 2-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.
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 out of four free throws in the final 10.9 seconds of OT.
Game 4 is Saturday night in Memphis.
NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 30 for the Thunder who even got another 4-point play in the final minute to force overtime. This time, it was Westbrook's turn with 26.6 seconds left.
But Durant missed all eight 3-point attempts and was 10-of-27. Westbrook was 9-of-26. The Thunder hit only 3-of-12 overall in overtime.
Zach Randolph scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Memphis, which now has won 15 straight at home.
Tony Allen, who scored 16 points for Memphis, gave the Thunder one final chance at an improbable play to keep the game alive. After Lee split his free throws with 1.7 seconds left, Westbrook was racing up the right sideline trying to get a shot off before the buzzer.
Allen tripped Westbrook, sending him to the line for three attempts. Westbrook hit the first, missed the second and then clanked the third off the rim on purpose. But Ed Davis tipped away the ball to seal the win for Memphis.
Marc Gasol scored 14 points for Memphis. Beno Udrih added 12 points and Lee finished with 10.
Serge Ibaka had 12 points for the Thunder, which went 5-of-28 beyond the arc.
The Thunder trailed 81-64 in the fourth quarter. Then they scored 17 straight with Westbrook's 3-pointer in the left corner tying it up with 57.3 seconds left, setting up yet another thrilling finish between these teams.
Memphis couldn't protect its lead by going completely cold after a hook shot by Kosta Koufos with 7:43 left. The Grizzlies didn't score again until Allen's baseline dunk with 57.3 seconds to go. He then scored on a layup after stealing the ball from Westbrook for an 85-81 lead.
But Westbrook made up for his turnover on the next trip down the court. He hit a 3-pointer and dropped to the floor on a hard foul by Allen. His free throw tied it at 85 with 26.6 seconds left.
Memphis tried to hold for the late shot but Conley's one-handed layup clanked twice on the rim before rolling off. Durant's 3-pointer for the win missed harmlessly off the backboard, sending these teams into their second straight overtime.
In overtime, the Thunder took their first lead since 9-8 on a 3-point play by Durant for an 88-85 lead,
Notes: Mike Miller checked in with 1:06 left in the first quarter for his first playoff game in Memphis since May 1, 2006, in his first stint with the Grizzlies. ... Memphis last lost at home Feb. 5 to Dallas.
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