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On 05/06/2012 12:56 AM in NBA

TRACKER RESULTS FOR SATURDAY 5/5/12

David West scored 26 points and Danny Granger added 21 as the Indiana Pacers took a commanding 3-1 series lead with a 101-99 OT win over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center. West shot 11/23 (48%) and grabbed 12 rebounds. Roy Hibbert contributed 14 points and collected 11 rebounds, while George Hill finished with 12 points. The Pacers shot 46% from the floor overall and sank 17/20 (85%) from the foul line despite making only 6/21 (29%) from 3 point range. They also outrebounded Orlando 49-42 despite committing 17 turnovers. Orlando used spurts late to send the game into the extra session despite not finding much of an offensive flow throughout making just 40% of their shots including just 9/29 (31%) from beyond the arc. Jason Richardson led the Magic with 25 points Glen Davis added 24 and grabbed 11 rebounds on 10/18 (57%) from the floor. Jameer Nelson had a nice all around game with12 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists but converted just 4/15 (27%) overall. With the game tied at 99, George hill got fouled by Nelson and hit a pair of game winning free throws. ORlando had a chance to send the game to a secod overtime, but Davis' jumper bounced off the side of the rim. Indiana seemed to be on cruise control leading most of the way and at one point by as many as 19 82-63 with 8:35 remaining. 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 two-minute stretch. 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 winding down resulted in a shot clock violation and gave Orlando the ball with 14.7 showing in the clock, but Nelson's fade away jumper in the lane fell short at the buzzer. Indiana has a chance to close out the series Tuesday night at Bankerslife Fieldhouse.

Chris Paul scored 24 points and Blake Griffin added 17 as the LA Clippers held off the Memphis Grizzlies 87-86 at the Staples Center taking a 2-1 series lead. Paul shot just 8/19 (42%) but dished out 11 of his team' 18 assists and recorded 4 steals. Griffin battled through foul trouble and shot 7/13 (54%) in just 33 minutes. Randy Foye contributed 16 points for the Clippers, who shot 47% from the floor and from 3 point range. Their main achilles continues to be the free throw line, where they left the door open for Memphis by making just 13/30 (43%). In fact, discounding Paul who was 7/8 (88%), the rest of the team converted only 6/22 (27%). Sloppy play down the stretch also contributed to their 18 turnovers, 6 by Griffin as he anticipated the double in the post on most possessions. Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 24 points including 12/15 (80%) from the charity stripe, while Zack Randolph added 17. Memphis hit just 40% from the floor and dominated the chances at the charity stripe sinking 30/39 (77%) despite also committing 18 turnovers. They outrebounded the Clippers 40-35 but could not take advantage of missed free throws down the stretch. 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. Memphis outscored LA 25-14 in the third aided by two straight 20 foot jumpers by Gay and a three by Conley to take a 71-64 lead after 3 quarters. 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. 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 three of four free throws, Gay hit another 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds to hush the crowd. Eric Bledsoe missed two more free throws, Gilbert Arenas rebounded for Memphis to set up Gay's final shot. Gay, who had 24 points, got some room to shoot, and quickly let go. The shot bounced off the front rim back rim and out, and the Staples Center breathed a sigh of relief. Game 4 is tomorrow night at the Staples Center.

James Harden scored 29 points off the bench andKevin Durant added 24 as the Oklahoma City Thunder swept the defening champion Dallas Mavericks with a 103-97 win at the American Airlines Center. It was a career night for Harden shooting 11/16 (68%) along with collecting 5 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. Durant pulled down a team high 11 rebounds and blocked 3 shots while shooting 9/18 (50%), Russell Westbrook shot just 3/12 (25%) overall and contributed only 12 points but Derek Fisher also provided a huge lift off the bench with his dozen. The Thunder, who trailed by as many as 13 points never lost their composure and outscored the Mavericks 35-6 in the 4th quarter shooting 52% from the field. They also connected on 9/24 (38%) from 3 point range and converted 16/20 (80%) from the free throw line. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 34 points o 10/25 (40%) from the floor and converting all 13 of his free throws. Jason Kidd added 16 points along with 7 rebounds and 8 assists making 4/8 (50%) from 3 point range. However Jason Terry struggled making just 4/12 (33%) for 11 points. The Mavs shot only 42% overall despite sinking 10/19 (53%) from beyond the arc. They also kept themselves in t game by converting 21/24 (88%) from the free throw line but in the end could not defend Harden and the quickness of the Thunder's execution late. 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. Dallas led 86-73 on a 3-pointer by Terry before Harden scored seven in a row - on a three-point play and two other baskets. Durant then made a 3-pointer, and after Nowitzki was short on a 14-footer, Harden drove for a powerful two-handed slam that got the Thunder within 86-85. After the Harden-fueled surge over 3 minutes got the Thunder within a point, they finally took the lead -- and kept it -- whenWestbrook stole the ball from Nowitzki and passed to Serge Ibaka for a two-handed slam that made it 92-91 with 5:17 left.

Tony Parker scored 27 points and Tm Duncan added 17 as the San Antonio Spurs took a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 102-9 win over Utah at Energy Solutions Arena. Parker shot 10/17 (59%) from the floor and dished out 6 assists while Duncan collected 6 rebounds on 7/15 (47%) overall. Danny Green added 13 for San Antonio, who despite going through a first half offensive lapse remained in control and shot 48% overall and committed only 10 turnovers. Manu Ginobli was limited to just 6 points but dished out a team high 10 assists for SA. Devin Harris and Al Jefferrson each led the Jazz with 21 points and Derrick Favors added 15 along with 11 rebounds off the bench. Jefferso also collected 11 boards for the Jazz, who shot only 40% from the field despite converting 14/26 (53%) from 3 point range. The Jazz outrebounded the Spurs 49-41 and committed only 9 turnovers, but could not convert despite numerous open looks from the perimeter and in the paint. A sellout crowd of 19,911 was energized from the start, standing from pregame festivities that saw a massive green-and-yellow balloon drop. However experience and execution outshined youth, and no NBA team has ever overcome an 0-3 deficit to win a best-of-seven series. The Spurs can close it out Monday night in Salt Lake City.

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