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to the NBA Eastern Conference
finals for the first time when an
apparent tying basket on the buzzer
was ruled out, giving the Hawks a
94-91 win at Washington on Friday
and a 4-2 series victory.
Also celebrating a breakthrough
appearance in the final four of the
playoffs was Golden State, which
beat Memphis 108-95 to reach the
Western Conference decider for the
first time since 1976.
Washington s Paul Pierce, who
sank the buzzer-beating winner in
Game 3 of the series, looked like he
had pulled off another stunning long
bomb to tie the scores as time
expired, raising his arms in triumph
as the home crowd roared.
However a review of the play
showed he released the ball a fraction
of a second after the clock ticked
over to zero, and the basket was not
allowed to stand.
Atlanta s Kyle Korver, the nearest
defender to Pierce when he made
the shot, feared the worst as the ball
swished through the net.
DeMarre Carroll, who scored a
playoff career-high 25 points for the
Hawks, shared the relief.
"I was about to cry," Carroll said.
"I said, Not again. ... But the bas-
ketball gods were on our side."
Pierce, who indicated after the
game that he might not come back
for an 18th NBA season, said: "A lot
of times I deliver, (a) lot of times I
didn t. But I m always willing and
After trailing 2-1 in the best-of-
seven series, the No 1 seed Hawks
won three straight games. Now
Atlanta will host Cleveland in Game
1 of the conference finals Wednes-
It s the Hawks first trip to a con-
ference final since the NBA realigned
into conferences in 1970-71. The
team had not won two playoff series
in a single year since moving to
Atlanta for the 1968-69 season.
Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap both
added 20 points for Atlanta.
Washington s John Wall, playing
with a broken left hand that forced
attacked the rim as if completely
healthy and finished with 20 points,
13 assists and six rebounds.
Bradley Beal scored 29 points,
including a baseline jumper to cap
a 9-0 stretch and give Washington
an 88-87 lead with a little more than
3 1/2 minutes left.
"It s frustrating. It s depressing.
It s sad," Beal said. "It s probably
every synonym of sad you can think
of."Golden State s Stephen Curry
scored 32 points, including a 62-
footer to end the third quarter, as
the Warriors won the deciding Game
6 at Memphis.
The Warriors 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 three-pointers in three con-
secutive playoff games. Curry was
eight of 13 from beyond the arc as
the Warriors knocked down a play-
off-best 15 3-pointers, closing out
Memphis with a third straight win.
Curry, who had ten 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
Klay Thompson had 20 points for
Golden State and Draymond Green
added 16. The Warriors will play the
winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-
Houston Rockets series---currently
locked 3-3---in the conference finals.
The conference finals will start Tues-
day at Golden State.
Marc Gasol led Memphis with 21
points and 15 rebounds. (AP)
Hawks, Warriors clinch 4-2 series wins
The fate of the Champions
League Twenty20 will be decided
in a meeting that will take place
on the sidelines of the IPL final in
Kolkata on May 24.
The heads of Cricket Australia
and Cricket South Africa, the two
other founding partners of the tour-
nament, will also attend the meeting,
according to BCCI secretary Anurag
"Yes, we have invited the CEO
and chairman of Cricket Australia
and Cricket South Africa for the IPL
final in Kolkata and, on the sidelines
of this match, we will discuss the
future of Champions League with
them," Thakur said.
Cricket Australia chief James
Sutherland and chairman Wally
Edwards, along with CSA president
Chris Nenzani and chief executive
officer Haroon Lorgat are expected
to attend the meeting, which will
also be attended by BCCI president
Jagmohan Dalmiya and Thakur.
Sundar Raman, who has been the
chief operating officer for both IPL
and CLT20, will also be at the meet-
Rajeev Shukla, the IPL chairman,
had admitted that the future of the
Champions League was in doubt,
and said that alternative options
including conducting a mini-IPL
were being discussed.
There have been six editions of
the CLT20 so far pitting the top
teams of various countries against
each other. India, Australia and
South Africa are the primary stake-
holders of the tournament, while
teams from West Indies, Pakistan
and Sri Lanka have been regular
The major fallout for the teams
would be the loss of monetary ben-
efits. CLT20 appearances are includ-
ed in IPL teams sponsorship deals
and the non-Indian teams receive
BCCI to meet
CA, CSA over
Atlanta Hawks' Demarre Carroll draws a foul from Washington Wizards'
Bradley Beal on his way to the basket during Game 6 of an NBA
basketball second-round playoff series, Friday night in Washington. The
Hawks won 94-91, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals. AP PHOTO
ISLAMABAD---Hundreds of Pak-
istani policemen featured in a dress
rehearsal yesterday to provide
security for a planned visit by Zim-
babwe s cricket team to the eastern
city of Lahore.
Zimbabwe is set to be the first
Test-playing nation to tour Pakistan
since gunmen attacked the Sri
Lanka team bus --- also in Lahore---
in 2009. Six police officials and a
van driver were killed during the
ambush while several Sri Lankan
team members were wounded.
Yesterday, two blue-colored team
buses were shown surrounded by
at least a dozen police vans in tel-
evision footage from Allama Iqbal
International Airport where Zim-
babwe is scheduled to arrive on
Dozens of police officials mon-
itored security arrangements at the
Gaddafi Stadium, which is sched-
uled to host two Twenty20s and
three one-day internationals in a
ten-day period starting May 22.
Geo Television said that at least
3,000 policemen will be inside the
27,000-seat stadium during the
Two helipads---one close to
Gaddafi Stadium and another near
the team hotel---will also be built
in case of emergency. A special sur-
veillance center has been established
near the stadium to monitor security
Ticket sales began Saturday with
the text "Igniting a passion that
brings together a nation" written
on the centre of the ticket. Inside
the stadium, workers were busy
repairing spectators stands. (AP)
Pakistan officials rehearse for Zimbabwe tour
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