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OKLAHOMA CITY---Oklahoma City s Russell West-
brook scored 38 points and made three free throws
with 6.4 seconds remaining as the Thunder overcame
a seven-point deficit in the final 50 seconds and beat
the Los Angeles Clippers 105-104 on Tuesday to go
up 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.
The dramatic finish in Oklahoma was a marked
contrast to the day s other game in which Washington
cruised to a 102-79 win over Indiana to stay alive in
their series, cutting the deficit to 3-2. Westbrook was
fouled by Chris Paul while shooting a 3-pointer with
the Thunder trailing by two. After his free throws,
Paul drove to the hoop, but Reggie Jackson stole the
ball from him, and time expired.
Kevin Durant scored 10 of his 27 points in the final
3:23 for the Thunder. Blake Griffin had 24 points and
17 rebounds, Jamal Crawford scored 19 points and
Paul had 17 points and 14 assists for the Clippers. The
Thunder can clinch the series Thursday in Los Ange-
les.The Clippers took a 101-88 lead in the fourth quarter
on a 3-pointer by Crawford before Durant finally got
involved. He hit a 3-pointer with 3:23 remaining on
his first shot of the quarter, then drained two free
throws to cut the Clippers lead to 101-95.
A layup by Jackson cut Los Angeles lead to four.
Griffin made the first of two free throws and the Clip-
pers took the offensive rebound on the second, enabling
Paul to hit a mid-range jumper which gave the Clippers
a 104-97 edge with 49 seconds to play.
Durant made a 3-pointer, and soon after a layup
with 17 seconds left. Westbrook stole the ball, and in
a scramble, the Thunder got possession with 11.3 sec-
onds to play, setting up Westbrook s play. The Thunder
fell behind by 15 points in the first quarter but rallied
in the second as foul trouble set in for the Clippers.
Washington slow down the Pacers
Meanwhile, Washington s Marcin Gortat scored 31
points and had 16 rebounds, and John Wall added 27
points as the Wizards used a 39-rebound advantage
to rout Indiana. Washington can level the series at
home on Thursday in Game 6.
It was a stunning turnaround for a team that had
lost the last three. But with Gortat matching a career
high in points and posting a playoff career high in
rebounds, Washington held a 62-23 rebounding edge.
David West scored 17 points for Indiana.
Washington used a 15-6 run to take a 45-38 halftime
lead, extended the margin to 24 after three and to as
much as 30 in the fourth.
Washington denied the top-seeded Pacers a spot
in the conference finals, for now, and improved to 4-
2 on the road in this year s playoffs. They are just 1-
3 at home. Gortat and Wall combined for eight of the
Wizards first ten points, and they were strong enough
inside to fend off a brief Indiana scoring flurry to make
it 25-19 at quarter time. Indiana charged back early
in the second. Luis Scola scored the first five points,
topping Indiana s entire bench total from Game 4,
and took a 27-25 lead when Paul George knocked
down a 3-pointer with 9:49 to go. It was all Wizards
after that. (AP)
Thunder edges Clippers,
Wizards stay alive
LOS ANGELES---NBA Hall of
Famer Magic Johnson says Los
Angeles Clippers owner Donald
Sterling has badly outdated views
about minorities and is shockingly
ignorant about HIV and AIDS for
such a prominent public figure.
"He s living in the stone ages,"
Johnson said in an interview that
aired Tuesday with CNN S Ander-
son Cooper, a day after Sterling
made his first public comments
since racist recordings emerged last
month and earned him a lifetime
NBA ban. "You can t make those
comments about African-Americans
and Latinos. You just can t do it."
In Sterling s interview with Coop-
er, Sterling repeatedly brought up
the ex-NBA star s HIV and called
him an unfit role model for children.
Johnson mostly avoided lashing back
at criticism from Sterling, who at
one point cut off Cooper s listing
of Johnson s achievements to loudly
say "He s got AIDS!" Johnson, who
is HIV positive but does not have
AIDS, said he was surprised Sterling
didn t make the distinction.
"Here s a man who you would
think would be educated, and a man
who is smart enough to build this
type of wealth and own a team and
have an incredible platform to
change the world," Johnson said.
"But he s doing it in a negative way."
Johnson is now a part-owner of the
Los Angeles Dodgers and was once
a part-owner of the Lakers after the
playing career that was cut short
by his contracting HIV in 1991.
"I came out like a man, I told the
world," Johnson said of his famous
public press conference announcing
his retirement. "I didn t blame
nobody else. I understood what I
did was wrong. And I hope that I
was able to help people." Johnson,
who said he has known Sterling
since he first came to LA to play
for the Lakers more than 30 years
ago, said he didn t know how he
got stuck in the middle of a situation
that should have been a personal
dispute between Sterling and V. Sti-
viano. Stiviano recorded Sterling
making racist comments about a
photo of herself and Johnson on
"He s trying to find something
to grab on to help him save his
team," Johnson said, "and it s not
going to happen."
Sterling s comments won him a
quick and stinging rebuke from NBA
commissioner Adam Silver, who
said owners were working quickly
to force Sterling out of the league.
On Tuesday his fellow owners in
the league s advisory/finance com-
mittee met via conference call, dis-
cussed the CNN interview and
reviewed the status of the charge
for termination of the Clippers
Silver or an owner has to formally
charge Sterling in writing with vio-
lating Article 13 of the NBA s con-
stitution. A hearing would then be
held and require a three-fourths
vote of the board of governors to
force Sterling to sell the team he
has owned since 1981.
Sterling s claimed his Clippers,
who were in Oklahoma City on
Tuesday night in their playoff series
against the Thunder, still loved him
and don t believe he s a racist. Two
of the team s stars, Blake Griffin
and Chris Paul, were asked about
Sterling s comments prior to the
The Los Angeles Times reported
that both disputed Sterling s char-
acterisation but said they are
focused on the team and not the
owner. "If you ask every single guy
on this team, they d say they love
their family. They love their team-
mates," Griffin said. "That s who
we re playing for. And that s really
the bottom line." (AP)
Johnson says Clippers
owner living in 'stone ages'
Washington Wizards guard John Wall signals after
hitting a three-point basket against the Indiana
Pacers during the second half of game 5 of the
Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball
playoff series Tuesday, in Indianapolis. AP PHOTO
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