OKC And Indiana In Serious Playoff Trouble – NBA Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers compiled two of the NBA's three best records during the regular season, but they are in serious trouble through three postseason games.
Memphis blew a 17-point lead over the last eight minutes of regulation before taking a 2-1 series lead with a 98-95 win over the Thunder. Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in OT before Courtney Lee hit three of four free throws in the final 11 seconds.
Zach Randolph had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Grizzlies' 15th consecutive home win.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 30 points for the Thunder. Westbrook converted a four-point play to tie the game near the end of regulation but shot just 9-for-26. Durant was 9-for-8 from 3-point range and just 10-for-27 overall.
Game 4 is Saturday in Memphis.
The eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks enjoy a two-games-to-one lead in the following an impressive defensive performance against the Pacers.
Jeff Teague (teeg) scored 22 points and had 10 assists as the Hawks silenced the Pacers 98-85. Teague threw in a wild 3-pointer to make it 87-78 after the officials appeared to miss him stepping out of bounds.
Kyle Korver hit four of the Hawks' 12 3-pointers and shot 6-for-9 from the floor while helping the Hawks limit George Hill to four points on 1 of 11 shooting.
Hill wasn't the lone Pacer to shoot poorly. Paul George missed eight of his 11 attempts in scoring 12 points, and Roy Hibbert added just four points on 2 of 9 shooting.
Indiana outrebounded the Hawks 51-41 but shot under 38 percent to allow the surprising Hawks to maintain home-court advantage.
Game 4 is Saturday in Atlanta.
Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were the stars as the Los Angeles Clippers grabbed a 2-1 series lead. Griffin poured in 32 points and Jordan had a double-double in a 98-96 win at Golden State. Jordan grabbed 22 of the Clippers' 47 rebounds and finished with 14 points as L.A. won its second straight since a series-opening loss.
Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with 26 points, but Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry too just 12 shots while scoring 16 points.
The Warriors host Game 4 on Sunday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis guard Mike Conley has won the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.
Conley received 77 first-place votes of a possible 334 and earned 2,335 points overall. He was followed by Boston's Jeff Green and Phoenix's Channing Frye.
NEW YORK (AP) — Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts has been fined $20,000 by the NBA for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.
James drove and was met at the rim by McRoberts, whose right elbow struck the four-time NBA MVP around his chin. The foul occurred in the final minute of last night's playoff game and has since been upgraded to a Flagrant 2.