Clippers, Pacers pull off big comebacks
Mon, 12 May 2014 13:48:32 GMT —
The Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers used the comeback route to earn playoff victories on Sunday. The Clippers managed to storm back from a 22-point deficit to even their Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece. Hours later, the Pacers clawed themselves back from a 17-point halftime deficit to beat the Wizards in Washington and take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Clippers were still down by 16 with about nine minutes left before pulling out a 101-99 win over the Thunder. Darren Collison scored 10 of his 18 points in the final 4 1/2 minutes, including back-to-back layups that put the Clippers ahead 101-97 with 33 seconds to play.
Blake Griffin scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and finished with nine rebounds. Chris Paul had 23 points and 10 assists, while DeAndre Jordan grabbed 14 rebounds.
The Clippers' rally started after Russell Westbrook hit a layup to put the Thunder ahead 29-7 with 3:10 remaining in the first quarter. Kevin Durant poured in 40 points and Westbrook had 27 for the Thunder, who host Game 5 on Tuesday. Westbrook missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer with under two seconds to go.
In Washington, the Pacers outscored the Wizards 57-37 in the second half of a 95-92 victory. Paul George had a huge night for Indiana, shooting 7-for-10 from 3-point range and finishing with 39 points and 12 rebounds. Roy Hibbert had another strong game with 17 points and nine rebounds, while David West chipped in 14 points and eight assists.
Bradley Beal had 20 points for the Wizards, who've scored just 67 points in the second half of their last two games.
The Pacers can wrap up the series at home Tuesday.