Golden State avenged their Game 3 letdown with a 97-87 must-in Game 4 in Oakland on Sunday afternoon over the Spurs. Steph Curry battled through a gimpy left ankle to finish with 22 points (and a clutch late game And-1 drive), while rookie Harrison Barnes continued his solid play with a career-high 26 points to go with 10 boards. The Warriors’ support didn’t stop there, getting 24 off the bench from Jarrett Jack and 18 rebounds from Andrew Bogut. San Antonio struggled throughout the game — shooting 35.5% from the field — but stayed in the game thanks to Manu Ginobili’s 21 off the bench, including 5 threes. The 2-2 series shifts back to Texas for Game 5 Tuesday.
On Saturday, the Pacers handled the Knicks with relative ease, posting an 82-71 victory and a 2-1 series lead. Very poor outing from New York as Carmelo Anthony’s 21 points were the only double figure scoring for the Knicks, while Indiana got 24 and 12 from Roy Hibbert, 17 from George Hill, 11 and 12 from David West, and 14 from Paul George. Game 4 in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Kevin Durant’s 25 and 11 were no match for Memphis’s balance scoring as the Grizz wrested a 2-1 advantage in that seven-game, 87-81. The more potent Gasol brother led the way with 20 and 9, and got a little help from his backcourt of Mike Conley and Tony Allen, both of whom chipped in 14 points. KD will have to bring his superheroics in Game 4 Monday night to keep the Thunder from returning to OKC down 3-1.
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