Bradley Beal shook off a sprained ankle to score 28 points, and the streaking Washington Wizards remained unbeaten in the postseason, knocking off top-seeded Atlanta 104-98 Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Atlanta.
It was another gritty performance by the Wizards, who improved to 8-1 on the road in the playoffs over the past two postseasons, including 3-0 this year. They became the first team in NBA history to win four straight Game 1s on the road.
"Just withstanding adversity," said John Wall, who had 18 points and 13 assists. "We know they're going to come out and give us a punch right away."
Taking advantage of a week off since their sweep of Toronto, the Wizards wore down the Hawks in the fourth quarter. Otto Porter scored a couple of big baskets coming down the stretch, including a three-pointer, and Marcin Gortat sealed it with a lay-in off a pass from Wall with 14.6 seconds remaining.
"We kept talking about it's a long game," Washington coach Randy Wittman said. "We got better and better and better."
Even with plenty of good looks, the Hawks hit only 5-for-28 (17.9 percent) in the final period, including 1-for-10 on three-pointers.
"Our pace was better in the first half," Al Horford said. "Maybe in the second half, we were just tired or whatever.
"I had a couple of tips that just came out. I couldn't believe it."
Golden State 101, Memphis 86: Neither the Warriors nor Grizzlies felt good about the way they played. The difference is the Warriors did what they usually do at home: take care of business — and comfortably. Stephen Curry had 22 points and seven assists, and the Warriors wore down undermanned Memphis in their series opener.
"I think now we've got the cobwebs out of our offensive game. We should be able to build some momentum," Curry said.
Klay Thompson added 18 points and Draymond Green scored 16 to help the top-seeded Warriors win their 21st consecutive game at Oracle Arena. Marc Gasol had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Zach Randolph finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for a Memphis team missing injured point guard Mike Conley.