Spurs on a roll
May 21, 2012 23:07:39 UK
The San Antonio Spurs completed their four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Clippers with a 102-99 victory at the Staples Center in LA.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with a team-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and also pulled down nine rebounds as part of a balanced San Antonio offense that saw six players in double figures.
Daniel Green, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal, the latter with 14 points in just 14 minutes, were all on target as the Spurs, 151.00 to win the NBA Championship, hit almost 53% from the floor.
The sweep was a frustrating end to a fine season for the Clippers who are expected to challenge for the NBA title next year after a good first season with Chris Paul in LA.
The former Wake Forest star led all scorers with 23 points and Blake Griffin added in a further 21 as the Clips took the game down to the wire. San Antonio will now await the winner of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Final.
In Indianapolis, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 70 points as the Miami Heat regained home-court advantage with a 101-93 defeat of the Indiana Pacers. The series now tied at two games apiece returns to Miami on Tuesday with the Heat needing similar performances from their two Superstars in the remaining games to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Monday the Thunder will look to close out the Lakers in Game 5 of their series while in Boston the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers play at the TD Garden with all indication that the two teams will need seven games to decide a winner.
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