NBA PLAYOFFS: Pacers, Thunder win Game 7s
Paul George scored a playoff career-high 30 points, and Roy Hibbert finally came up big to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Atlanta Hawks 92-80 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Indiana staved off elimination for the second time in three days. It’s the first time since mid-March the Pacers’ regular starters have won back-to-back games.
Instead of becoming the sixth top seed to lose in the first round of the current 16-team playoff format, the Pacers will be back on their home floor Monday night against Washington in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Kyle Korver scored 19 points and Jeff Teague had 16 for Atlanta, which won just 38 games in the regular season but proved to be a tough opponent for the Pacers.
THUNDER 120, GRIZZLIES 109: Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and Oklahoma City beat Memphis in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
Westbrook had 27 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. His assist total tied the franchise record for a playoff game set in 1987 by Nate McMillan when the team was still in Seattle.
The gritty Grizzlies, playing without leading scorer Zach Randolph because of a suspension, led by 11 points in the first half before the Thunder overwhelmed them and shot 66 percent after the break.
Marc Gasol led Memphis with 24 points.
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had 20 points and nine assists while playing with a strained right hamstring.