The San Antonio Spurs rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-86, while the Oklahoma City Thunder got a 103-100 comeback win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association’s Western Conference semifinals.
Tony Parker had 23 points and 10 assists, and Tim Duncan tallied 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Spurs rallied from a 24-point deficit to take a three games to none advantage in the best-of-seven series.
The Spurs, down by 24 in the second quarter and trailing 53-43 at the half, rallied in the third quarter, outshooting the Clippers 26-8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“We didn’t plan on being down that much,” Duncan told reporters. “We stuck with it.”
Blake Griffin had 28 points and 16 rebounds and reserve Mo Williams contributed 19 points to the Clippers who host Game 4 today.
“They came out like we expected, very strong. Blake was making crazy shots,” Parker said. “We just took our time. It’s a long game, a very long game. At halftime, we were very calm.”
The winner of the series will play the Lakers or the Thunder, who host Game 5 in their series tomorrow.
At Staples Center, Kevin Durant hit a 25-foot 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to put the Thunder ahead 101-98. James Harden sealed the win five seconds later with two free throws to give the Thunder a 3-1 lead in their series.
Russell Westbrook scored 37 points and Durant had 31 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder as they fought back from a 13- point deficit.
Kobe Bryant, who sunk a basket at the buzzer, scored 38 points and Andrew Bynum contributed 18 for the Lakers. Los Angeles had a 56-46 halftime lead.
In an Eastern Conference semifinal tonight, the Miami Heat travel to the Indiana Pacers, who have a 2-1 lead in their series.
To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at email@example.com