NBA Playoffs Wizards, Clippers Win
UNDATED (AP) — Home-court advantage didn't mean much in the NBA on Monday night. The Washington Wizards have opened their Eastern Conference semifinal series with their first victory at Indiana since April 18, 2007. And the Los Angeles Clippers began their Western Conference semifinal series by routing the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza finished with 22 points in the Wizards' 102-96 triumph over the Pacers. Washington hit 10 of its 16 3-point attempts, with Ariza going 6-for-6.
The Wizards won a second-round game for the first time since 1982 and are 4-0 on the road in this year's playoffs after winning at Indianapolis for the first time in their last 13 visits.
The Wizards closed the first half on a 17-6 run to take a 56-43 lead. The Pacers never got closer than five points the rest of the way.
Paul George and George Hill had 18 points for the Pacers, who host Game 2 on Wednesday.
In Oklahoma City, the Clippers closed the first quarter on a 23-6 run and led by 26 entering the final period before settling for a 122-105 win over the Thunder. Chris Paul drained a career-best eight 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 32 points and had 10 assists, while Blake Griffin added 23 points, five rebounds and five assists. Jamal Crawford chipped in 17 points for the Clippers, who went 15-for-29 from 3-point range and shot 55 percent from the field overall.
Russell Westbrook pumped in 29 points and Kevin Durant added 25, but the Thunder had just one other player with more than eight points.
The series stays in Oklahoma City for Game 2 on Wednesday.
Sixers guard named top rookie
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams has been named the NBA's Rookie of the Year. He received 104 of the 124 first place votes cast by a nationwide panel of sports reporters after averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds a game.
He joined the Sixers out of Syracuse as the 11th overall pick in the draft.