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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference finals by draining 15 3-pointers in a 108-95 triumph over the Grizzlies in Memphis. Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry shot 8-for-15 from 3-point range, scored a game-high 32 points, had 10 assists and nailed a 62-footer at the buzzer to put the Warriors ahead 76-68 through three quarters. The Warriors haven't been to the conference finals since 1976.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have reached the NBA's semifinals for the first time since 1970, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with a 94-91 triumph over the Wizards in Washington. DeMarre Carroll scored a playoff career-high 25 points, including two layups in the last minute. The Wizards thought they had tied the game until officials ruled through replay that Paul Pierce's 3-pointer came after the final buzzer.
UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee has recommended reducing the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds, the biggest step in a series of changes aimed at speeding up a game that has reached historic lows in scoring two of the past three seasons. The new shot clock will be in place the next two seasons, pending approval of the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Committee. The rules committee also recommended reducing second-half timeouts by one per team and removing timeout calls in live-ball situations.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Webb Simpson and Robert Streb begin the day with a share of the lead at the PGA event in Charlotte. Simpson chipped in twice for birdie in a 5-under 67 that puts him in a tie with the first-round leader at minus-10 through 36 holes. Martin Flores and Patrick Rodgers are two shots back and one ahead of Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Kevin Sutherland and Jeff Maggert share the lead heading into the third round of the first Champions Tour major of the year, the Regions Tradition. Sutherland shot a 6-under 66 at Shoal Creek to catch up to Maggert at 10 under. Maggert birdied the final two holes for his second straight 67, leaving him and Sutherland three shots ahead of Michael Allen.
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