Thunder rally to beat Clippers...Wizards crush Pacers
Wed, 14 May 2014 13:08:59 GMT —
The Oklahoma City Thunder are one win away from another berth in the Western Conference finals. Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards are still alive in the NBA playoffs after dominating Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against Indiana.
In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook hit three free throws with 6.4 seconds left before Reggie Jackson's steal secured the Thunder's 105-104 comeback win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder closed on an 8-0 run over the final 50 seconds, with Kevin Durant hitting a 3-pointer and a layup before Westbrook put Oklahoma City ahead to stay.
Westbrook had assists on both of Durant's last-minute buckets and finished with 38 points. Durant shot just 6-for-22 from the field but contributed 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Blake Griffin had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers, who led 101-88 with 4:13 remaining.
Game 6 is Thursday in Los Angeles.
Marcin Gortat (MAHR'-chin GOHR'-taht) had 31 points and John Wall added 27 as the Wizards blasted the Pacers 102-79. Gortat also had 16 rebounds for Washington, which outrebounded the Pacers 62-23.
The game became a rout in the third quarter when the Wizards outscored the Pacers 31-14 and compiled an 18-4 rebounding advantage.
The Pacers also hurt themselves by shooting 39 percent and missing nine of their 22 free throws.
David West had 17 points and Paul George added 15 as the only Pacers in double figures.
Indiana can still wrap up the series and advantage to the Eastern Conference finals with a victory Thursday in Washington or Sunday at Indianapolis.