The Thunder and Pacers both took care of business on the road Thursday.
One night after Miami and San Antonio punched their tickets to the Conference Finals, Oklahoma City and Indiana did the same.
The Pacers gutted out a 93-80 victory over the Wizards, closing out the series in six games after losing Game 1. David West led the way with 29 points (13-26 FG) and six rebounds, including two clutch jumpers down the stretch. Lance Stephenson added 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while Roy Hibbert chipped in 11 points to go with a team-high seven boards. Paul George had another quiet night, shooting just 4-of-11 from the field or 12 points. Over the final two games of the series, George shot a combined 9-of-26 and got to the line only seven times. Indiana will square off with Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals, which begin in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon.
Marcin Gortat’s 19 points and six rebounds led Washington. John Wall (5-16 FG) scored 12 points to go with nine assists, and Brad Beal added 16 points (7-19 FG, 2-6 3Pt). The Wizards shot just 39.2 percent from the field and 11.1 percent (2-18) from three, while allowing Indiana to shoot over 51 percent from the field. The young Wizards finish the playoffs with a 1-4 mark at home and 5-1 record on the road.
In Los Angeles, the Thunder came back from a 16-point deficit to down the Clippers 104-98 behind Kevin Durant’s 39 points (12-23 FG, 10-10 FT) and 16 rebounds. Oklahoma City trailed 30-16 at the end of the first quarter but slowly chipped away at the lead, grasping it in the third quarter and hanging on for the victory.
Russell Westbrook overcame a slow start to put up 19 points (4-15 FG, 11-12 FT) and 12 assists, while Reggie Jackson (14 points) and Steven Adams (10 points, 10 rebounds) had strong performances off the bench. Serge Ibaka was limited to only six points and two rebounds in 26 minutes, as coach Scott Brooks rolled with Steven Adams (40 minutes) for most of the second half. The Thunder will move on to face the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Game 1 is set for Monday night in San Antonio.
Chris Paul rebounded strongly for the Clippers after his late-game mistakes played a key role in the Thunder storming back to take Game 5 on Tuesday. Paul finished with 25 points (9-18 FG), 11 assists and seven rebounds in 40 minutes. Blake Griffin added 22 points and eight rebounds, and J.J. Redick contributed 16 points (7-17 FG). DeAndre Jordan hauled in a team-high 15 rebounds to go with nine points and a pair of steals. Los Angeles was out-rebounded 43-41, and Oklahoma City’s bench outscored the Clippers’ 35-17.