NBA: Clippers, Pacers Pull Off Big Comebacks
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers used the comeback route to earn playoff victories on Sunday. The Clippers managed to storm back from a 22-point deficit to even their Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece. Hours later, the Pacers clawed themselves back from a 17-point halftime deficit to beat the Wizards in Washington and take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Clippers were still down by 16 with about nine minutes left before pulling out a 101-99 win over the Thunder. Darren Collison scored 10 of his 18 points in the final 4 1/2 minutes, including back-to-back layups that put the Clippers ahead 101-97 with 33 seconds to play.
Blake Griffin scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and finished with nine rebounds. Chris Paul had 23 points and 10 assists, while DeAndre Jordan grabbed 14 rebounds.
The Clippers' rally started after Russell Westbrook hit a layup to put the Thunder ahead 29-7 with 3:10 remaining in the first quarter. Kevin Durant poured in 40 points and Westbrook had 27 for the Thunder, who host Game 5 on Tuesday. Westbrook missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer with under two seconds to go.
In Washington, the Pacers outscored the Wizards 57-37 in the second half of a 95-92 victory. Paul George had a huge night for Indiana, shooting 7-for-10 from 3-point range and finishing with 39 points and 12 rebounds. Roy Hibbert had another strong game with 17 points and nine rebounds, while David West chipped in 14 points and eight assists.
Bradley Beal had 20 points for the Wizards, who've scored just 67 points in the second half of their last two games.
The Pacers can wrap up the series at home Tuesday.
Sterling's wife vows to keep team
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shelly Sterling says she would fight to keep her share of the Los Angeles Clippers and plans one day to divorce Donald Sterling. The NBA says otherwise.
The NBA says if Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers is terminated, so is Shelly Sterling's.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement that "under the NBA constitution, if a controlling owner's interest is terminated by a three-quarter vote, all other team owners' interests are automatically terminated as well."
Shelley Sterling told ABC News she didn't know why she should be punished for what her husband did.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Donald Sterling for making racist comments and urged owners to force Sterling to sell the team.