Memphis, Tenn. — Marc Gasol had 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Portland Trail Blazers, 99-93, on Wednesday night.
The Grizzlies reached the West semifinals for the third time in five years. They will play Game 1 on Sunday at Golden State.
Memphis closed out Portland in five games despite not having point guard Mike Conley for a second straight game as he recovers from surgery to repair broken bones near his left eye.
Courtney Lee added 20 points for Memphis, Zach Randolph (Michigan State) had 16 and Jeff Green added 10 off the bench.
CJ McCollum led Portland with a career-high 33 points. Damian Lillard had 22 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 before fouling out late as they combined to shoot 13-of-37. The Trail Blazers lost in the first round for the seventh time in their last eight postseasons.
The Grizzlies finished off the game hitting 10 of 14 free throws in the final 64 seconds, and Gasol blocked a jumper by Nicolas Batum with 6.9 seconds left to start the celebration.
Memphis led only 68-66 at the end of the third, and Portland had the seventh and last tie at 72 before Vince Carter put the Grizzlies ahead to stay with a fadeaway jumper. Aldridge got the Trail Blazers within 76-75 with a three-point play before Memphis went on a 9-0 run, pushing its lead back to double digits.
The Grizzlies hit seven of their first nine shots in taking a 12-point lead in the opening minutes.
(At) Atlanta 107, Brooklyn 97: Al Horford and Jeff Teague scored 20 points apiece, helping the top-seeded Hawks hold off the Nets, 107-97, for a 3-2 series lead in a playoff series that's closer than anyone envisioned.
Shaking off a dislocated finger, Horford flew around the court in the fourth quarter when it looked like Brooklyn was on the verge of bouncing all the way back from an early 17-point deficit. In the final minute, Teague darted into the lane for a couple of baskets that sealed another hard-fought victory.
Atlanta leads 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, which heads back to Brooklyn for Game 6 Friday night. The Hawks can wrap it up, but the eighth-seeded Nets seem intent on taking it to the limit.
Alan Anderson scored 23 off the bench for Brooklyn, which hosts Game 6 Friday night. Jarrett Jack added 18 as the Nets backups totally dominated the Hawks reserves.
DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points, pushing the Hawks out to a big lead. But the Nets, as they did in each of the first two games in Atlanta, came back to make it another close one.
Florida coach Billy Donovan is entertaining a move to the NBA again. This time with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a person familiar with the search said.
Eight years after leaving Florida to coach the Orlando Magic and then changing his mind the following day, he appears poised to make the jump and not look back this time.
Donovan spent Wednesday in talks with the Thunder about their coaching vacancy, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the search have not been released.
... Kevin Love had surgery on his badly damaged left shoulder that could require six months of recovery, officially ending any remote chance he had of returning during Cleveland's playoff run.
Love, whose arm was yanked from the socket on Sunday by Boston's Kelly Olynyk during Game 4, had the operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Wednesday. The team released a brief statement saying the forward had the procedure and that his projected recovery time is 4-to-6 months.
... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 68, briefly returned to the hospital, two weeks after having quadruple coronary bypass surgery. Abdul-Jabbar's business manager, Deborah Morales, said it was just a precaution and that the NBA career scoring leader was examined and released after about an hour. She said he was feeling fine and resting comfortably at home.
... Clippers coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 by the NBA for public criticism of the officiating after Los Angeles' Game 5 loss to San Antonio on Tuesday night.
... The Rockets fired their social media manager after he posted a tweet with an emoji of a gun pointed at a horse's head as they were beating the Mavericks. Houston officials confirmed the dismissal of Chad Shanks.