Thunder 103, Mavericks 97
James Harden scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as visiting Oklahoma City rallied for a victory Saturday night to sweep defending NBA champion Dallas out of the playoffs.
The Thunder trailed by 13 points with 9:44 left before Harden scored seven in a row, and nine in a 12-0 run over the next three minutes.
Oklahoma City finally took the lead, and kept it, after Russell Westbrook stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki and passed to Serge Ibaka for a two-handed slam that made it 92-91 with 5:17 left.
Dallas is the second defending champion in five years to be swept in the first round. After beating the Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals, Miami lost in four games to Chicago the next year.
Clippers 87, Grizzlies 86
Chris Paul had 24 points and 11 assists and high-flying Blake Griffin added 17 points for Los Angels, which beat visiting Memphis on Saturday only after Rudy Gay missed a jump shot just before the buzzer.
The Clippers won their first home playoff game in six seasons to take a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference playoffs.
Paul hit a fadeaway jumper with 2:02 left for an 82-80 lead. On the next possession he had a no-look bounce pass to Griffin coming in off the baseline for a monster slam.
Trailing 86-80 after two free throws by Paul, Gay hit a 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds left, Memphis’ first field goal since 7:10. After Los Angeles missed 3-of-4 free throws, Gay hit another 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds left.
Eric Bledsoe missed two more free throws, then Gay got a good look but missed. Gay finished with 24 points.
Memphis had seemingly taken the red-clad home crowd out of the game in the third quarter, when it outscored the Clippers 25-14 to take a 71-64 lead.
The Clippers’ lull extended into the fourth quarter. Marc Gasol made a field goal with 7:10 left for a 77-71 lead, but that was Memphis’ last basket until the first of Gay’s two 3-pointers in the closing seconds.
The Clippers, who rallied from 27 down to win the opener on Sunday night at Memphis, started this comeback with just more than four minutes to go.
Reggie Evans made a strong inside move against Marreese Speights to rebound Bledsoe’s missed free throw and score to pull Los Angeles to 79-77 with 4:08 left. Randy Foye then hit a huge 3-point shot from the left side with 3:13 left to tie it at 80 before Paul and Griffin took over.
Forward Caron Butler started for the Clippers, wearing a splint on his broken left, or nonshooting, hand. He was hurt in Game 1, and missed the next game. He scored four points.
Memphis had another big advantage at the free-throw line but couldn’t capitalize. The Grizzles made 30-of-39 while the Clippers were just 13-of-30.
The Clippers used an 18-1 run spanning the first and second quarter to take a 36-23 lead, but the Grizzles turned around and dropped a 13-0 run on Los Angeles to tie it.
Griffin put an exclamation point on the first half when he stole the inbounds pass from Speights and swooped in for a dunk at the buzzer to give the Clippers a 50-46 lead.
Zach Randolph scored 17 for Memphis while Gasol and Quincy Pondexter had 11.
Foye had 16 for Los Angeles.
Pacers 101, Magic 99
George Hill hit a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left in overtime to help visiting Indiana survive squandering a 19-point fourth-quarter lead and take a 3-1 series lead.
David West scored 26 points, including 12 in the third quarter and four in overtime for Indiana. Danny Granger added 21 points.
The Pacers won their third consecutive game and will try to close out it out Tuesday in Indianapolis.
Orlando had a final chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Glen Davis’ fadeaway jumper bounced off the side of the rim.
Jason Richardson led the Magic with 25 points and Davis added 24 points and 11 rebounds.
The Pacers started the extra period with six consecutive points, including four by West.
Richardson responded with a 3-pointer to make it 95-92 and Jameer Nelson fouled out Roy Hibbert with his three-point play following a Pacers’ miss to tie it.
Hill hit two free-throws on the other end to put Indiana back on top, but Davis tied it again with a twisting layup.
After an Indiana timeout, Hill hit a floater from the wing, but Davis again matched it on the Magic’s next possession.
The Pacers quickly pushed the ball up the floor and Nelson fouled Hill in the lane to set up his decisive free throws.
Hibbert finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hill started slow, but was huge down the stretch and ended with 12.
All five Magic starters reached double figures, with Nelson adding 12 points and Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu chipping in 11.
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game that he thought he left his starting unit on the floor too long to begin Game 3. He went to the bench for the first time with just over five minutes to go on Saturday.
But Orlando’s second unit struggled to provide the same boost it had in the previous three games.
Still, with Anderson having his best offensive game of the series early on, some rejuvenated play by Turkoglu and strong free-throw shooting, the Magic were able to keep nipping at the Pacers in the second half.
Things got a little testy early in the fourth quarter, when Orlando’s J.J. Redick picked up a technical foul after a post-play skirmish with Indiana forward Tyler Hansbrough.
There were also a handful of foul calls that the Magic players took issue with and seemed to play into their frustrations as the Pacers built an 82-63 lead.
Orlando wasn’t done, though, and used a 14-0 run to cut it to 82-77 with 4:40 to play, prompting the second Pacers timeout in a two-minute stretch.
The lead was then cut to 84-81 on a tip-in by Turkoglu, before Hill’s 3-pointer was followed by a basket by Granger and put the Pacers up by eight with less than three minutes to play.
Richardson nailed a 25-footer to trim it back to five and it was 89-86 after two Davis free throws.
That was still the score when Redick got free on an out-of-bounds play and hit a 3 from the wing to tie it with 38.7 left.
A desperation 3-pointer by Hill with the shot clock winding down resulted in a shot-clock violation and gave Orlando the ball with 14.7 showing in the clock, but Nelson’s fadeaway jumper in the lane fell short at the buzzer.