Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Teague's shot counts in Hawks' surprise win

ATLANTA — As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Hawks celebrated and their fans serenaded the Pacers with chants of "Overrated!"

Game 3 did nothing to change that perception.

The top-seeded Pacers are on the ropes again at the hands of the eighth-seeded Hawks, who finished six games below .500 during the regular season.

Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after officials missed him stepping out of bounds, and Kyle Korver made four 3-pointers to lead the Hawks to a 98-85 victory Thursday night.

The Hawks took control in the third and held off the Pacers to go up 2-1 in East quarterfinal.

The Hawks were up 84-78 with the shot clock running down when Teague launched a running shot from the wing, after his foot clipped the line: "I knew it was a 3. Hopefully they just count it."

Referee Tony Brothers explained that officials took a video review at the play to determine if Teague was behind the 3-point line when he shot. Under league rules, the only other thing they could look at was the position of Teague's feet when the ball left his hand. He was clearly in bounds when he shot but out of bounds when he dribbled the ball near the sideline before the shot.

Korver's 3-pointer put Atlanta up 92-80 with 1:41 remaining.

Teague scored 22 and Korver added 20 to lead the Hawks. Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 21. Paul George, Indiana's top scorer on the season at 21.7 points a game, was held to 12. "We have a dream of winning it all," George said. "We've got to be much more tougher than that. … Our toughness is questionable right now."

Hawks 98, Pacers 85

INDIANA (85): George 3-11 5-6 12, West 7-13 2-2 16, Hibbert 2-9 0-0 4, G.Hill 1-11 2-2 4, Stephenson 8-16 3-6 21, Watson 2-6 1-1 6, Mahinmi 1-3 0-0 2, Scola 7-11 3-4 17, Turner 1-4 0-0 3, Copeland 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-85 16-21 85.

ATLANTA (98): Carroll 6-8 4-6 18, Millsap 3-11 7-8 14, Antic 0-5 1-2 1, Teague 7-20 6-6 22, Korver 6-9 4-4 20, Williams 3-6 3-4 11, Brand 1-4 2-3 4, Scott 1-5 3-4 5, Mack 1-5 0-0 3, Muscala 0-0 0-0 0, Schroder 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-73 30-37 98.

Indiana 24 14 20 27— 85

Atlanta 24 15 28 31— 98

3-Point GoalsIndiana 5-20 (Stephenson 2-6, Turner 1-2, Watson 1-3, George 1-4, Scola 0-1, Copeland 0-1, G.Hill 0-3), Atlanta 12-34 (Korver 4-7, Williams 2-3, Carroll 2-4, Teague 2-6, Mack 1-4, Millsap 1-4, Scott 0-2, Antic 0-4). ReboundsIndiana 56 (George 14), Atlanta 54 (Millsap 14). AssistsIndiana 21 (West 5), Atlanta 21 (Teague 10). Total FoulsIndiana 22, Atlanta 19. TechnicalsScola, Scott. A18,124 (18,729).

Grizzlies win in OT

MEMPHIS — Mike Conley scored five of his 20 in overtime, and the Grizzlies beat the Thunder 98-95 in taking a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference series.

Memphis won its second straight overtime game after blowing a fourth-quarter lead. This time, it led by 17 before going cold for most of the final 7:43 of regulation. Courtney Lee hit three of four free throws in the final 10.9 seconds of overtime to clinch the win. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 30 for the Thunder. Westbrook got a four-point play with 26.6 seconds left to force overtime.

Before the game, Conley was awarded the Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

Grizzlies 98, Thunder 95, OT

OKLAHOMA CITY (95): Durant 10-27 10-13 30, Ibaka 6-10 0-0 12, Perkins 3-3 1-2 7, Westbrook 9-26 8-12 30, Sefolosha 2-3 3-3 7, Collison 1-1 0-0 2, Jackson 2-9 0-0 4, Butler 0-5 0-0 0, Fisher 1-3 0-0 3, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-87 22-30 95.

MEMPHIS (98): Prince 2-5 0-0 4, Randolph 5-20 6-7 16, Gasol 7-14 0-0 14, Conley 8-14 2-2 20, Lee 3-9 3-4 10, Koufos 3-6 0-0 6, Allen 8-15 0-0 16, Miller 0-3 0-0 0, Udrih 5-6 1-2 12, Davis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-92 12-15 98.

Okla. City 18 18 25 24 10— 95

Memphis 24 20 27 14 13— 98

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 5-28 (Westbrook 4-13, Fisher 1-1, Sefolosha 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Butler 0-3, Durant 0-8), Memphis 4-16 (Conley 2-5, Udrih 1-2, Lee 1-2, Randolph 0-1, Prince 0-1, Miller 0-2, Allen 0-3). ReboundsOklahoma City 59 (Westbrook 13), Memphis 56 (Randolph 10). AssistsOklahoma City 13 (Durant, Jackson 3), Memphis 21 (Randolph 6). Total FoulsOklahoma City 23, Memphis 21. A18,119 (18,119).

LATE WEDNESDAY: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 to give the visiting Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Rockets. After scoring 46 in Game 1, Aldridge is the first player with consecutive 40-point games in the playoffs since LeBron James in 2009.

Big o tells MELO TO go: Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson advised Carmelo Anthony not to re-sign with the Knicks, in an interview with NBA Radio. "I would leave today," Robertson, 75, said. "No matter what he does in New York, they're going to criticize him, the people are going to criticize him, because you got guys on that team that cannot play. You got guys that are hurt all the time." After averaging 27.4 points this season, Anthony has said he will opt out of the final year of his contract and test free agency.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the league for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Heat forward LeBron James on Wednesday.

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