Basketball: Hawks and Grizzlies play catch-up to even play-off series against their rivals

Kyle Korver (centre) of the Atlanta Hawks converses with Jeff Teague (left) during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Wizards at the Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, on May 5, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP  
Kyle Korver (centre) of the Atlanta Hawks converses with Jeff Teague (left) during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Wizards at the Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, on May 5, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP  

ATLANTA (AFP) - The Atlanta Hawks downed the Washington Wizards 106-90 on Tuesday to even their NBA second-round, play-off series at one game apiece.

DeMarre Carroll led with 20 points and Al Horford and Paul Millsap scored 18 apiece for top-seeded Atlanta as they pulled level in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference set.

The Hawks made the most of the absence of Wizards point guard John Wall.

Ramon Sessions, starting in place of Wall, led the Wizards with 21 points.

The Wizards will try to regain the series lead when they host game three on Saturday.

In Western Conference action, Memphis point guard Mike Conley shook off the lingering pain of a facial fracture to lead the Grizzlies to a 97-90 victory over top-seeded Golden State in Oakland.

The Grizzlies knotted the series at one game apiece as they handed the Warriors their first home defeat since late January.

Memphis will try to take the lead in the series when they host game three on Saturday.