National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules
(Thursday, April 24th)
Final Score: Atlanta 98, Indiana 85
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Teague scored 22 points with a playoff career-high 10 assists and the Atlanta Hawks took a 2-1 series edge over the top-seeded Indiana Pacers with a 98-85 win on Thursday. Kyle Korver tallied 20 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, DaMarre Carroll netted 18 and Paul Millsap recorded a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double in the win. Including the playoffs, Atlanta owns a 14-2 home record against the Pacers since the start of the 2007-08 season. Lance Stephenson paced Indiana with 21 points to go along with 13 rebounds, while Paul George added 12 points with 14 rebounds in the setback. Luis Scola deposited 17 points off the bench and David West dropped in 16 points with seven rebounds and five assists for Indiana.
Final Score: Memphis 98, Oklahoma City 95 (OT)
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conley scored 20 points, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen had 16 points apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies held off the Oklahoma City Thunder, 98-95, in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in this Western Conference quarterfinal series. The seventh-seeded Grizzlies never trailed in the second half and owned a commanding 81-64 lead with 7:44 left in the fourth quarter but went ice cold down the stretch, going the next seven minutes without a point as the Thunder clawed back in it. All five Thunder starters scored during the ensuing 17-0 run, which Russell Westbrook capped with a corner 3 to tie the game at 81-81 with just under a minute remaining. Allen finally broke the seal for Memphis with a baseline drive for a jam at the other end, and he stripped Westbrook and went in for a layup to make it 85-81 with 33.1 seconds left. Then, it was deja vu for Memphis. Three nights after Kevin Durant's four-point play in the final seconds helped the Thunder force overtime, Westbrook did the same on Thursday with 26.6 ticks to play. The electric point guard rose up for a 3-pointer from the top of the key and drew contact from Allen, hitting the shot and ensuing free throw to tie the game at 85. Both teams came up empty on their last possessions in regulation. Durant opened the extra session with a three-point play down low, but Conley followed a Marc Gasol post bucket with five straight points, and the Grizzlies never trailed the rest of the way. Randolph posted team highs with 10 rebounds and six assists, Gasol netted 14 points with eight boards and for the second straight game Beno Udrih came up huge off the bench for the Grizzlies, posting 12 points in 14 minutes. Game 4 is set for Saturday in Memphis.
Final Score: LA Clippers 98, Golden State 96
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - After dismantling the Golden State Warriors to even up their quarterfinal series, the Los Angeles Clippers survived a scare on Thursday and took a 2-1 series lead in the process. Los Angeles nearly blew a double-digit fourth-quarter lead before locking down on defense in the final possession to take Game 3, 98-96, at Oracle Arena. Blake Griffin scored 32 points, while Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan each contributed double-doubles in the win. Paul had 15 points with 10 assists and Jordan registered 14 points with 22 rebounds. With the Warriors trailing by four in the final minute, Stephen Curry dished to a wide-open Harrison Barnes, who missed a 3-pointer, but David Lee swatted the ball out to Curry to give the Warriors another chance. Curry passed it back to Lee at the elbow, then Lee dropped it back off to Curry, who made a deep trey that cut the deficit to one with 11 seconds left. Paul, who missed two crucial free throws in Game 1, split a pair to increase the lead to two with 8.6 seconds on the clock. Curry handled the final possession for the Warriors, and instead of playing for the tie, the Golden State sharp-shooter attempted a go-ahead 3- pointer. He took it right to Paul in the closing seconds, but Paul stood strong on defense and forced an off-balanced shot from Curry, who came up with nothing but air as the Clippers held on. Klay Thompson paced Golden State with 26 points, while Curry deposited a 16-point, 15-assist double- double. Draymond Green netted 13 points with 11 rebounds in the setback.
04/25 02:06:49 ET