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Allen Helps Heat Scorch Pacers

Allen Helps Heat Scorch Pacers Joe Robbins/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fla.) -- The Miami Heat trailed by as many as 15 points but Ray Allen netted all 16 he had as the defending champs rallied to a 99-87 win over Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals. With the win, Miami now leads the series by a final of 2-1. Allen, who signed with Miami prior to last year, has always had a knack for racking up points when it matters most. Despite have zero points through the first three quarters, the 19-year veteran hit the first four three-pointers he attempted in the final 12 minutes. Indiana had jumped out to an early 17-4 lead and eventually pushed it to 37-22 in the second quarter. The Heat would go on to outscore the Pacers 77-50 the rest of the way, taking control of the series. "Tough loss for our guys," said Indiana head coach, Frank Vogel. "Thought we competed pretty well, came out of the gates really strong, got off to a good start and then didn't manage our foul trouble well and didn't manage picking up their defensive intensity well."  The biggest blow came in the final moments of the third, and opening seconds of the fourth quarter. LeBron James hit a three-point shot with 1:21 left to play in the third to give Miami a 67-63 lead. As time expired in the period, Dwayne Wade buried a three of his own before doing the same thing to start the fourth and giving Miami a 10 point lead. James finished the game with 26 points while Wade added 23 in the victory. Miami's defense was just as impressive, holding Indiana to just 47.7 percent from the floor including six-for-21 from downtown. Game 4 is Monday night in South Florida. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio   

Ibaka Upgraded to Day-to-Day for Thunder

Ibaka Upgraded to Day-to-Day for Thunder Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder may have gained a much needed boost prior to Game 3 of their Western Conference Finals with San Antonio. Power forward Serge Ibaka was upgraded to day-to-day and could play on Sunday night. Ibaka was thought to be out for the rest of the playoffs with a left calf strain but has progressed well enough to potentially play. The Thunder trail the series, 2-0, in two very lopsided games against San Antonio. "A big part of this is the swelling in his calf has reduced incredibly rapidly, more so than any of us could've expected or our medical staff could've projected," said Oklahoma City general manager, Sam Presti. "And as a result of that he's demonstrating a function level and a stability level that's better than where we thought we would be." Even if he is unable to perform at 100%, the presence of Ibaka alone could play a significant role. The Spurs outscored Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points in the first two games of the series, shooting 78 percent from inside. While Presti may be optimistic, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks is still preparing to play without his top post defender. "It's changed from we thought he was going to be out to now it's day-to-day, but he's still out," Brooks explained. "We're still focusing on trying to beat the Spurs without him playing, and that has not changed. I know he's listed as day-to-day, but he's still out until I'm told differently." When in the lineup, Ibaka and the Thunder held San Antonio to 93.0 points per 100 possessions. Oklahoma City won all four meetings between the two teams in the regular season. He originally suffered the injury in the third quarter of the team's series clinching win over Los Angeles. Game 3 is Sunday night in Oklahoma. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Spurs Crush Thunder 112-77 in Game Two

Spurs Crush Thunder 112-77 in Game Two Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) --  Danny Green scored 21 points on seven made three-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night. Tony Parker led San Antonio with 22 points, while Tim Duncan added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Most importantly, the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series.  "We just did our job. We won our first two games at home and I'm sure they're going to go back and say we have to do our job and win two games at home," Parker said. The Spurs closed the first half on a 25-8 run to take a 58-44 lead into the break. Parker and Green each scored eight points in the third quarter as the San Antonio outscored the Thunder 33-18. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 15 points for the Thunder, but the All-Star duo shot just 13-for-40 from the field.  "It definitely doesn't feel good and it shouldn't," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "I hope our locker doesn't feel good. You shouldn't feel good. We got our butts kicked. But we have a good opportunity to come back and win Game 3." Game 3 is set for Sunday in Oklahoma City. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

LeBron James Leads Heat to Game 2 Victory over Pacers

LeBron James Leads Heat to Game 2 Victory over Pacers Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  LeBron James scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Miami Heat rallied to burn the Indiana Pacers 87-83 on Tuesday night to even up the Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece. Dwayne Wade led the Heat with 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter when the Heat went on a 12-2 run late to put the game away. Indiana led 73-69 with 7:19 remaining when James and Wade took control of the game. Miami's defense gave up only eight points over the final five minutes. "That's what's it's about," James said afterwards. "It's not going to be pretty. Not in the Eastern Conference. It's never pretty basketball in the Eastern Conference. It's about who can sustain runs. You know, who can get defensive stops? Who can not turn the ball over and who can get great shots? I think we did that in the fourth." Lance Stephenson scored 25 points in the loss for the Pacers, while Paul George added 14. After working so hard to earn home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Pacers gave it away to the two-time defending champions. They'll need a win in Miami to earn it back. Miami has won 11 straight games following a playoff loss and still has not trailed 2-0 in a series since the first round of the 2012 playoffs. Game 3 is Saturday night in South Beach. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Spurs Rout Thunder to Open Western Conference Finals

Spurs Rout Thunder to Open Western Conference Finals Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Tim Duncan scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Spurs dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night. Tony Parker didn't appear to be limited by the hamstring injury that sidelined him for parts of their series against the Portland Trail Blazers.  He scored 14 points and dished out 12 assists in 36 minutes. "We always want to try to penetrate," Parker said. "We always want our ball movement, that's how we play -- kick and pitch and stuff like that. You know, obviously it's a little bit better with [Serge Ibaka] not being in the paint, but we're still going to try to penetrate and make stuff happen." San Antonio scored 66 points in the paint and shot 58 percent from the field. It was easy work inside for the Spurs, as Oklahoma City was without defensive stalwart Ibaka, who will miss the remainder of the postseason with a calf injury. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 53 points for the Thunder, but the rest of their starting unit struggled for most of the game. "We're a no-excuse team," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "Serge is out. He's not coming back. We have to play better. We have to play better. If we expect to beat one of the best teams in basketball, and a very good offensive team, we have to play and we're not going to make an excuse." Game two will be played on Wednesday night in San Antonio. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ibaka Likely Out for Playoffs

Ibaka Likely Out for Playoffs Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Thursday night, Serge Ibaka left Oklahoma City's Game Six win in the third quarter with an apparent leg injury. On Friday, team General Manager Sam Presti announced a Grade 2 strain of the plantaris muscle will most likely keep the power forward out for the remainder of the postseason. "I just want to express our disappointment for Serge, who, as we all know, is an elite competitor and someone that has proven to be a tremendous teammate," Presti said. "He was playing great basketball throughout the season. He's had a huge impact on our season to date." The calf injury will sideline Ibaka due to the amount of time it takes to heal as well as the high reinjury rate. Ibaka was averaging 12.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game during the playoffs, helping the Thunder reach the Western Conference finals. Even with the injury, Presti feels his team still has a chance against top-seed San Antonio in the West. "We have had this group together for a while, and they've been through some ups and downs, and this is just another one that hopefully is only going to make us better," Presti noted in a conference call with reporters. Oklahoma City won all four meetings with the Spurs in the regular season. Game One of the series will begin on Monday night in Texas. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals

Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Calf.) -- Kevin Durant made just one of his first seven shots but turned in another MVP performance to lift Oklahoma City past Los Angeles, 104-98, to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Durant had 39 points and 16 rebounds in Game Six to finish out the series with the Clippers while Russell Westbrook added 22 points and 12 assists. The Thunder had to mount another double-digit comeback, trailing by sixteen early in the second quarter. Durant would connect on three straight 3-point shots to bring Oklahoma City to within five 41-36 with 4:27 remaining in the first half before trailing by eight heading into the locker room. The league's Most Valuable Player finished the game going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. At the beginning of the third, Los Angeles seemed to have the edge and kept the Thunder at arm's length. A J.J. Redick basket gave the Clippers a 62-54 advantage with under six minutes to play in the frame, but Oklahoma City went on another run behind strong defense and better shooting. Nick Collison's three-pointer at the buzzer tied the game at 72-72 heading into the fourth. Both teams trading buckets to open the period with Chris Paul knotting the game at 80 apiece four minutes in. However, the next two minutes belonged to Oklahoma City as the Thunder scored 10 straight points to seize control. Los Angeles got as close as six the rest of the way, but Oklahoma City hit their free throws down the stretch to ensure the win. The Thunder were 29-of-33 (87.9%) from the charity stripe while Los Angeles was just 12-for-20 (60%). Meanwhile, Oklahoma City's defense held the hot-shooting Clippers to just 6-of-21 from downtown. Paul had 25 points and 11 assists for the Clippers to pace the offense. Teammate Blake Griffin fouled out after scoring 22 points and picking up eight rebounds to go along with eight assists.  Los Angeles must now face a difficult offseason following the racist comments from owner Donald Sterling, as well as two epic collapses in their final two games of the season. Oklahoma City will move on to face San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals beginning Monday night in Texas. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Indiana Closes Out Wizards, Face Heat Next

Indiana Closes Out Wizards, Face Heat Next Rob Carr/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Despite a stumbling first round victory, the Indiana Pacers looked back to form on Thursday night when they beat Washington 93-80 to finish off the series four games to two. Indiana now advances to the Eastern Conference Finals to face defending champion Miami in a rematch of last year's conference finals. "We're ready to go," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "I like the way we played this series. We have nothing but the utmost respect for the champs and we're excited to have another crack at them." The Game Six win was not an easy one for the Pacers as they blew a 16-point second half lead before using their defense to pull away late. Washington was held scoreless for more than four minutes in the second quarter, giving Indiana a 52-40 halftime advantage. That was eventually erased, and the Wizards took a 74-73 lead with 8:30 to play. However, David West came right back and hit a jumper to put the Pacers ahead for good. That basket triggered a 20-6 run to close out the game -- and the series. West finished the game with 29 points, including 18 in the second half, to pace all scorers. John Wall was held to just 12 points for the Wizards and was 0-4 from three-point range. Marcin Gortat was Washington's leading scorer with 19 points. The Wizards advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and won a second round game for the first since 1982. It has been a puzzling season for Indiana, who held a 46-13 record on March 2 before limping into the playoffs. After being pushed to seven games by eighth-seeded Atlanta in the first round, and losing Game 1 at home to Washington, the Pacers played impressively on the road and are 5-4 away from home in the postseason. Indiana will now host the back-to-back champs in Game One on Sunday in Indianapolis. The Pacers and Heat went a full seven games last season with Miami defeating Indiana 99-76 in the decisive game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/15/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs - Eastern Conference Semifinal: Indiana Pacers 93 - Washington Wizards 80 (Pacers win series, 4-2) Western Conference Semifinal: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 - Los Angeles Clippers 98 (Thunder win series, 4-2) MLB: Cincinnati Reds 5 (18-20) - San Diego Padres 0 (19-22) - Game 1 San Diego Padres 6 (20-22) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (18-21) - Game 2 Milwaukee Brewers 4 (26-15) - Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (17-23) Minnesota Twins 4 (19-20) - Boston Red Sox 3 (20-20) - 10 Innings St. Louis Cardinals 5 (21-20) - Chicago Cubs 3 (13-26) New York Yankees 1 (21-19) - New York Mets 0 (19-21) Toronto Blue Jays 4 (21-21) - Cleveland Indians 2 (19-22) Baltimore Orioles 2 (21-18) - Kansas City Royals 1 (20-20) San Francisco Giants 6 (27-15) - Miami Marlins 4 (21-21) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (21-18) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (18-23) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) --  Don't look now, but the Miami Heat are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth year in a row. LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 57 points as the Heat rallied to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning their second-round matchup in five games. "When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the two-time defending champions won their 10th straight playoff series. The Nets led by eight with under five minutes remaining and were looking to take the series back to Brooklyn for Game 6. The Heat went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good, while the Nets missed nine straight shots. Ray Allen hit a huge three-pointer to give Miami a 93-91 lead with 32 seconds remaining. "Give the Heat credit," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn't." Joe Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 19. Miami will face either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/14/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat 96 - Brooklyn Nets 94 (Heat win series, 4-1) San Antonio Spurs 104 - Portland Trail Blazers 82 (Spurs win series 4-1) NHL Playoffs: Montreal Canadiens 3 - Boston Bruins 1 (Canadiens win series, 4-3) Los Angeles Kings 2 - Anaheim Ducks 1 (Series Tied 3-3) MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (21-18) - Philadelphia Phillies 0 (17-21) Detroit Tigers 7 (24-12) - Baltimore Orioles 5 (20-18) Kansas City Royals 3 (20-19) - Colorado Rockies 2 (23-19) Washington Nationals 5 (21-19) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (16-27) Chicago White Sox 4 (20-22) - Oakland Athletics 2 (25-16) San Francisco Giants 10 (26-15) - Atlanta Braves 4 (22-17) Tampa Bay Rays 2 (18-23) - Seattle Mariners 0 (20-20) New York Yankees 4 (20-19) - New York Mets 0 (19-20) Houston Astros 5 (14-27) - Texas Rangers 4 (20-21) Boston Red Sox 9 (20-19) - Minnesota Twins 4 (18-20) Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (17-22) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (23-15) Cleveland Indians 15 (19-21) - Toronto Blue Jays 4 (20-21) Miami Marlins 13 (21-20) - Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (22-20) Chicago Cubs (13-25) at St. Louis Cardinals (20-20) Postponed due to inclement weather San Diego Padres (19-21) at Cincinnati Reds (17-20) Postponed due to inclement weather Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thunder Stun Clippers 105-104 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Thunder Stun Clippers 105-104 to Take 3-2 Series Lead Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) --  Russell Westbrook scored 38 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final minute to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-104 on Tuesday night and go up 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals. Chris Paul fouled Westbrook on a 3-point attempt with 6.4 seconds remaining.  The Thunder guard calmly sank all three free throws to put his team ahead to stay. "I think when you get a win like this it brings everybody closer," Westbrook said. "It lets you know you can't mess around. You have to take every moment, every play and go out and win the game." Kevin Durant sank a three-pointer and converted a layup to bring the Thunder within two points with 17 seconds left. Westbrook stole the ball from Paul on the next possession. The Clippers believed the ball went off Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, but after a review, the officials awarded the ball to the Thunder. "Everybody knows it was our ball," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "The bottom line is they thought it was a foul and they made up for it. Let's take away the replay. We were robbed. It was our ball, whether it was a foul or not." The Clippers got the ball with 6.4 seconds remaining and a chance to win the game, but Paul had the ball stolen from him yet again as time expired. The Thunder can clinch the series with a win on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

LeBron James Scores 49 to Lead Heat Past Nets

LeBron James Scores 49 to Lead Heat Past Nets Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- LeBron James tied his playoff career-high with 49 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 102-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Monday, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal. The Heat now lead the series 3-1. James finished the game 16-of-24 from the field. "My only thing with him, he was going so well in the third quarter we didn't want him to die out in the fourth," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said of his teammate, James.  "But that guy has an engine that's second to none so he just continued it going." Wade had 15 points in the win. The Nets tied the game at 94 with 2:30 to play when Kevin Garnett hit two free throws. The game stayed tied until Chris Bosh hit a 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining to give the Heat the lead for good. "This is very difficult to swallow," Nets center Garnett said of the loss. "Hard to take, but it's what it is. Coulda, shoulda, woulda doesn't help us at this point." Now the Nets are one game away from being ousted from the playoffs. Game 5 is Wednesday in Miami. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio    

George Erupts for 39 Points to Push Pacers Past Wizards

George Erupts for 39 Points to Push Pacers Past WizardsKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Paul George scored a career playoff-high 39 points, 28 of them in the second half, to help the Indiana Pacers erase a 19-point deficit and beat the Washington Wizards 95-92 Sunday, in Game 4 of the Eastern Confe...

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/11/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Clippers 101 - Oklahoma City Thunder 99 (Series tied, 2-2) Indiana Pacers 95 - Washington Wizards 92 (Pacers lead series, 3-1) NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers 3 - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Series t...

Clippers Erase 16-Point Fourth-Quarter Lead, Beat Thunder 101-99

Clippers Erase 16-Point Fourth-Quarter Lead, Beat Thunder 101-99Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Clippers erased a 16-point fourth quarter lead to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday to even up the best-of-seven series at two. Darren Collison had 12 of his 18 points in the fou...

Spurs Take Commanding 3-0 Series Lead Over Blazers

Spurs Take Commanding 3-0 Series Lead Over BlazersSteve Dykes/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Tony Parker scored a game-high 29 points and dished out six assists to help the San Antonio Spurs punish the Portland Trail Blazers 118-103 Saturday, and take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal. P...

Nets Dominate Third Quarter to Plow Past Heat

Nets Dominate Third Quarter to Plow Past HeatTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Brooklyn Nets outscored the Miami Heat 26-14 in the third quarter to take control of the game and eventually win it 104-90 Saturday night, to take Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal. "To sum it...

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/10/14Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Bruins 4 - Montreal Canadiesn 2 (Bruins lead series, 3-2)  NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Brooklyn Nets 104 - Miami Heat 90 (Heat lead series, 2-1) ...

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/9/14Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NHL Playoffs - Eastern Conference Second Round: New York Rangers 5 - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Penguins lead series, 3-2) Minnesota Wild 4 - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (Blackhawks lead series, 2-1) NBA Playoffs - Eastern Co...

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