NBA-Pacers, Thunder, Warriors Stay Alive
UNDATED (AP)_For the first time in NBA history, there will be three Game 7's on the same day-- Saturday-- to decide first-round playoff series. Here's how that happened:
— Indiana captured a must-win Game 6 by winning in Atlanta 95-88 to even that series at 3-3. David West led Indiana on a 16-0 run to end the game. Paul George and West led the Pacers with 24 apiece. George Stephenson added 21. Jeff Teague led all scorers with 29 for the Hawks. Game 7 is Saturday in Indianapolis.
— Oklahoma City stayed alive by routing Memphis 104-84. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 36 points and 10 rebounds. Russell Westbrook added 25. Game 7 will be Saturday in Oklahoma City.
— The Golden State Warriors nipped the L.A. Clippers 100-99 to force a Game 7 Saturday to decide which team advances to the Western Conference semifinals. Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry led the Warriors with 24 points and nine assists. Game 7 is Saturday at Staples Center.
Owners want to end Sterling's ownership "expeditiously"
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA owners are not wasting any time to end the tenure of one of their own, embattled L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The NBA owners' advisory/finance committee has held its first meeting about Sterling and is committed to ending his ownership "as expeditiously as possible."
The 10-member committee held a conference call Thursday to discuss "the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers," the league says in a statement.
Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million Tuesday for making racist comments. Silver said he also would urge owners to force Sterling to sell.
The committee plans to meet again next week.
Attorney: Sterling tape leaked by friend
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney representing the woman Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks says the hour-long conversation was taped by mutual agreement last September and provided to a friend for safekeeping, who then leaked it to TMZ.
Lawyer Siamak Nehoray says V. Stiviano sent two snippets of the conversation, recorded in her Los Angeles duplex, to a friend who released them without her permission. Nehoray says the 31-year-old Stiviano only learned they would become public after TMZ contacted her.