MVP Stephen Curry scored 21 of his 33 points by halftime, and the Golden State Warriors snapped their two-game skid Monday night by routing the Memphis Grizzlies 101-84 to tie their Western Conference semifinal at 2-2 in Memphis, Tenn.
The Warriors hadn't lost three straight games all season, and they never came close as they took back home-court advantage.
Curry hadn't scored more than 23 points in this series, and he nearly had that by halftime.
Draymond Green had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors while Klay Thompson had 15 points, Harrison Barnes 12 and Andre Iguodala 11.
Marc Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis while Zach Randolph had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Conley finished with 10 points and seven assists but was 4 of 15 from the field. Memphis pulled its starters with 3 minutes left.
Game 5 is Wednesday at Golden State.
Atlanta 106, Washington 101: Suddenly, the Atlanta Hawks went from so-so in the playoffs to looking a bit more like a No. 1 seed.
"That's how we play. That's how we've been playing all year," forward Paul Millsap said. "Things we didn't do, pretty much all series, we did tonight."
Jeff Teague scored 26 points, Millsap added 19 points, six assists and five rebounds, and Al Horford had 18 points and 10 rebounds as Atlanta tied the second-round series at two games apiece in Washington.
Washington point guard John Wall, missed a third consecutive game with a broken left hand.
Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday at Atlanta.
"To me, personally, I think this is the best we've played all series," said Millsap. "Thirty assists, the way we played defense, the way we stepped up, the way we helped each other, the way we moved the basketball, the way we set screens."
Still, this one wound up being tight toward the end.
Two days after hitting a buzzer-beater to win Game 3, Washington's Paul Pierce missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied the score coming out of a timeout with 9.5 seconds left.
"Thought I got a great look," Pierce said.
Said Bradley Beal, who scored a career playoff-high 34 points for the Wizards: "I thought it was going in. ... That open one's always the hardest one to make."
Saving the coach
Cavaliers coach David Blatt knows LeBron James bailed him out after two late-game gaffes in Chicago.
Blatt owned up to his mistakes on Monday, a day after James hit a game-winning jumper at the buzzer to give the Cavs an 86-84 win in Game 4 to even the Eastern Conference semifinal at 2-2.
Before James' clutch shot, Blatt tried to call a timeout his team didn't have. Cavs assistant Tyronn Lue grabbed Blatt and the three referees didn't see him or he would have been called for a technical foul and Chicago given possession.
Then, Blatt designed an inbounds play that had James passing the ball in. During a stoppage, James convinced Blatt he should take the final shot.
Blatt says some of the criticism he has received is unfair. And in 27 years of coaching, "You're going to blow one or two. And I blew one. Fortunately it didn't cost us."