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Bradley Beal scored 28 points as Washington beat top-seeded Atlanta 104-98.
Bradley Beal shook off a sprained right ankle to score 28 points, and the Wizards stayed unbeaten in the postseason by defeating the top-seeded Hawks 10498 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday in Atlanta.
Taking advantage of a week off since their sweep of the Raptors in the opening round, the Wizards wore down the Hawks in the fourth quarter. Otto Porter scored a couple of big baskets down the stretch and Marcin Gortat sealed it with a layup off a pass from John Wall with 14.6 seconds remaining.
The Wizards became the first team in NBA history to win four straight Game 1s on the road, improving to 8-1 in the playoffs away from Washington over the last two years.
After racing to a 37-26 lead after the first quarter, the Hawks couldn’t make anything in the fourth. The Hawks shot 5 of 28 in the final quarter, including 1 of 10 from 3-point range.
DeMarre Carroll had another big game for the Hawks with 24 points, but he went scoreless in the final quarter. Stephen Curry had 22 points and seven assists, and the Warriors wore down the undermanned Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals in Oakland, Calif.
Klay Thompson added 18 points and Draymond Green scored 16 to help the top-seeded Warriors roll to their 21st straight victory at Oracle Arena.
Marc Gasol had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Zach Randolph finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Grizzlies.
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley sat on the bench in a suit, his left eye still swollen as he recovers from surgery for broken facial bones.
Layups: Curry is expected to be named the league’s MVP on Monday, a source told the Associated Press. ... Clippers guard Chris Paul is listed as questionable for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Rockets in Houston on Monday night. Paul has a strained left hamstring that hobbled him for the final 21⁄ quarters of
2 the Clippers’ 111-109 victory over the Spurs in Game 7 on Saturday night.