Stephen Curry scored 32 points, including a 62-footer to end the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors advanced to their first Western Conference finals since 1976 by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 108-95 on Friday night in Memphis, Tenn.
They advanced with some of the best shooting in the NBA postseason since 1985, becoming the first team since that year to hit 14 or more threes in three consecutive playoff games. Curry was 8-for-13 from beyond the arc as the Warriors knocked down a playoff-best 15 three-pointers, closing out Memphis with their third straight win.
Curry, who had 10 assists, had the shot of the night after Andre Iguodala blocked Jeff Green's shot near midcourt. Curry grabbed the loose ball and beat the buzzer from the Grizzlies' three-point line for a 76-68 lead. Klay Thompson had 20 points, Draymond Green added 16, Harrison Barnes 13 and Shaun Livingston 10.
The Warriors will play the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Houston Rockets series in the conference finals. The conference finals will start Tuesday night at Golden State.
Marc Gasol led Memphis with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Vince Carter added 16 off the bench, Zach Randolph had 15, Courtney Lee 12 and Mike Conley 11.
Curry finished the series with 25 three-pointers, one more than the Grizzlies managed. When he beat the buzzer with that long three, he celebrated by bumping chests with Iguodala and David Lee. He then added 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Atlanta 94, Washington 91: Avoiding overtime in Game 6 when Paul Pierce's potential tying three-pointer was released after the clock expired, the Atlanta Hawks made it to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time by beating the host Wizards,
DeMarre Carroll scored a playoff career-high 25 points for Atlanta, including two layups in the last minute off assists from Jeff Teague.
After Al Horford sank one of two free throws for a three-point lead, the Wizards inbounded the ball with 6.4 seconds left. They got the ball to Pierce, who won Game 3 on a banked-in buzzer-beater, then put Washington briefly ahead late in Game 5 with a three. This time, his three-pointer from the corner swished through, but after a couple of anxious minutes for both teams, a replay review determined it was too late.
"I was about to cry," Carroll said. "I said, `Not again.' ... But the basketball gods were on our side."
Playing with a broken left hand that forced him out of Games 2, 3 and 4, Wizards guard John Wall finished with 20 points, 13 assists and six rebounds. Wall began the game with a bandage on his left wrist and black padding on the top of that hand. But in the second half, the black padding was gone.
Bradley Beal scored 29 points, including a baseline jumper that capped a 9-0 stretch and gave Washington an 88-87 lead with about 3½ minutes left.
"It's frustrating. It's depressing. It's sad," Beal said. "It's probably every synonym of 'sad' you can think of."