NBA playoff update
San Antonio Spurs 102, LA Clippers 99
Spurs sweep the Clippers 4-0
The San Antonio Spurs became the first team to reach the NBA conference finals by sweeping the Los Angeles Clippers late last night.
The Spurs won 102-99 at the Staples Center in what was the closest game of the series; a game that involved 14 lead changes.
Chris Paul scored 23 points and Blake Griffin 21, but it was not enough to save the Clippers.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs scoring with 21 points, with four teammates also scoring in double figures.
San Antonio will play the winners of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the LA Lakers (currently 3-1) in the western conference finals.
The Spurs continue to lead the way in NBA betting, they are +185.00 to win the NBA Championship after demolishing the Clippers who many tipped to win.
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Miami Heat 101, Indiana Pacers 93
Series tied 2-2
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 70 points as the Miami Heat recovered from back-to-back defeats to grind down the Indiana Pacers 101-93 on Sunday and level the NBA’s Eastern conference semi-final at 2-2.
The Heat trailed by eight points at halftime, but snatched the momentum when James and Wade took over and scored heavily in the third quarter.
“This is what the playoffs are all about. It’s just survival,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
James, named last week as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, scored 40 points, with 18 rebounds and nine assists.
Wade, who was subdued in Game Three, responded in turn with 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
“Me and ‘Bron had it going,” said Wade. “We played off of each other very well. We both were aggressive at the same time. That’s beautiful basketball for the Miami Heat when we play that way.”
The Pacers led 54-46 at halftime, but James and Wade put the visitors in front when they combined to score the first 28 points for the Heat, who went on a 25-5 run.
After levelling the series the Heat are available at +225.00 to win the 2012 Championship, with the sportsbooks less keen on the Pacers going all the way, they are priced at +2500.00.
The teams return to Florida for Game Five on Tuesday.
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