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ATLANTA—Atlanta and Memphis
both capitalised on a return to their
home courts by beating their more-
fancied opponents on Thursday to
take 2-1 leads in their NBA first-round
playoff series, while the Los Angeles
Clippers won a nail-biter to also go
Atlanta beat Indiana 98-85 to stay
ahead in the series against the Eastern
Conference top seed, while Memphis
beat Oklahoma City 98-95 in overtime
to also seize the initiative in the series.
The Clippers edged Golden State 98-
96 in Oakland to also go up 2-1.
Atlanta continued to play well above
the standard expected of a No. 8 seed,
particularly one that finished the reg-
ular season with more losses than wins.
The Hawks did appear to get some
advantage from the officials, When
they were up 84-78 with the shot clock
running down, Jeff Teague hit an
improbable running three-pointer from
the sideline. His foot appeared to touch
the line, putting him out of bounds,
but it was allowed to stand even after
a video review.
Kyle Korver clinched it with the last
of his four three-pointers, putting
Atlanta up 92-80 with 1:41 remaining.
Teague scored 22 points and Korver
added 20 to lead the Hawks, who are
playing with confidence and swagger
against an Indiana team that is still
scrambling to regain the form it showed
much of the season.
Lance Stephenson led the Pacers
with 21 points, and Luis Scola added
17 in another stellar performance off
the bench that at least gave Indiana
hope. But Paul George was held to 12
points on three-of-11 shooting, George
Hill made only one-of-11 from the
field, and Roy Hibbert continually
missed shots close to the hoop.
Memphis won its second straight
overtime game after blowing a fourth-
quarter lead, beating Oklahoma City
This time, they led by 17 before going
cold for most of the final 7:43 of reg-
ulation. Still, they regained momentum
in overtime, when Mike Conley scored
five of his 20 points and Courtney Lee
clinched the win, hitting three of four
free throws in the final 10.9 seconds
NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant
and Russell Westbrook each scored 30
for the Thunder who even got another
four-point play in the final minute to
force overtime. This time, it was West-
brook’s turn with 26.6 seconds left.
But Durant missed all eight three-
point attempts and was ten of 27.
Westbrook was nine of 26. The Thun-
der hit only three of 12 overall in over-
Zach Randolph scored 16 points and
had ten rebounds for Memphis, which
now has won 15 straight at home.
Los Angeles’ Blake Griffin scored 32
points and grabbed eight rebounds as
the Clippers edged Golden State 98-
DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and
22 rebounds and the frontcourt tandem
bullied and bruised the Warriors inside
to power the Clippers ahead by 18
points in the third quarter.
They did just enough late to silence
the sellout crowd of 19,596 and hold
on for a tight victory.
Klay Thompson scored 26 points,
and Stephen Curry had 16 points and
15 assists to rally the Warriors back.
But Curry missed a contested, step-
back three-pointer over Chris Paul in
the final seconds. (AP)
in home wins
Memphis Grizzlies forward Mike Miller (13) helps Marc Gasol (33) up off the court in the second half of Game
three of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, in
Memphis, Tenn. The Grizzlies won 98-95 in overtime. AP PHOTO
MESA, Arizona—Michael Phelps has
competed in the second event of his
comeback and failed to advance to the
50-metre freestyle final.
The 18-time Olympic gold medalist
used yesterday’s preliminaries at the
Arena Grand Prix to fine-tune his but-
terfly stroke instead of doing freestyle
like everyone else in his heat. He finished
seventh in a time of 24.06 seconds, miss-
ing out on the eight-man evening final.
Phelps finished 42nd overall, shutting
him out of any of the three consolation
finals, which involve the top 32 quali-
Competing for the first time since
retiring after the 2012 London Olympics,
Phelps finished second in the 100 but-
terfly on Thursday, tying the fourth-
fastest time in the world this year.
He won’t compete today, the meet’s
final day. Phelps will head to high-alti-
tude training in Colorado next month.
Phelps uses 50 free to perfect his butterfly
Michael Phelps looks toward fans after
competing in the 100-metre butterfly
final during the Arena Grand Prix, on
Thursday, in Mesa, Ariz. Phelps was
competing for the first time since the
2012 London Olympics. He finished
second in the final. AP PHOTO
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