Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry returned to form at just the right time for his team to tie their series with the Memphis Grizzlies at 2-2.
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The NBA MVP scored 21 of his 33 points by half-time as the Warriors ended their two-game losing streak to hit back at Memphis as they were seemingly gaining the advantage in the match-up.
Coach Steve Kerr was delighted with the way his team responded to their first signs of adversity this year, and he insisted that they are now aware of the kind of urgency required to get the job done.
Draymond Green added 16 points and 10 rebounds while Klay Thompson had 15 points with the bench players stepping up and providing some key contributions too.
The Grizzlies were led by Marc Gasol with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to protect home-court as the advantage is now back with the Warriors ahead of Game 4 on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks also fought back in their series against the Washington Wizards as Jeff Teague’s 26 points ensured they tied it at 2-2 and have home-court advantage again.
It was a return to the kind of play that got them the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference, with Paul Millsap adding 19 points, six assists and five rebounds while Al Horford had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
In contrast, the Wizards were missing point guard John Wall again with a broken left hand, and they will be desperate to get him back sooner rather than later if possible to give them a boost in order to take back the initiative in the series ahead of Game 5 in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Atlanta Hawks 106-101 Washington Wizards
Golden State Warriors 101-84 Memphis Grizzlies