Players of the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies in action during the NBA playoffs in San Francisco, U.S., May 9, 2022. /CFP
The Golden State Warriors, led by star guard Stephen Curry, beat the Memphis Grizzlies 101-98 in the NBA Western Conference semifinals to take a 3-1 series lead on Monday.
Curry scored 18 of his game-high 32 points in the last quarter, including a pair of free throws that gave the Warriors their first lead of the night just 45.7 seconds before the game ended.
The Grizzlies were leading the Warriors by small margins throughout, 41-38 at half time and 69-62 going into the last quarter.
Grizziles' Dillon Brooks hit a long-range 3-pointer at the buzzer, but couldn't overturn the deficit, while he finished with 12 points and eight assists.
The Warriors played without coach Steve Kerr who tested positive for COVID-19, and the Grizzlies were missing their franchise player, Ja Morant, due to injury.
Also on Monday, the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-108 in the Eastern Conference semifinal, leveling the series at 2-2.
(With input from Xinhua News Agency)
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