NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: Spurs on the verge of a sweep taking Game 3 vs the Clippers 96-86. Thunder come back in Game 4, puts the Lakers in 3-1 hole 103-100.

Tony Parker lays it in over Caron Butler
Photo ©NBA/Spurs.com

In the first half of a double-header night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the San Antonio Spurs are now one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals as they come from 22 points down in the 1st quarter to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 96-86. The Spurs also went on a 24-0 run in the third quarter and never looked back. Game 4 will be back in Staples Center tomorrow, as the Spurs are looking for another series sweep while the Clippers look to keep their season alive.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with a double-double 23 points and 10 assists. Tim Duncan also came up with a double-double 19 points and 13 rebounds with 4 assists and 3 blocks. Rookie Kawhi Leonard added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals. Manu Ginobili off the bench added 13 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with a double-double 28 points and 16 rebounds with 3 blocks and 2 steals. Mo Williams off the bench scored 19 points. Chris Paul finished with a double-double 12 points and 11 assists with 2 steals. Nick Young scored 9 points.

In the second half of the double-header at Staples. The Oklahoma City Thunder trailed for most of the game, but they went on a 25-9 run to pull off another come from behind victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of their series 103-100. Game 5 will be in Oklahoma City on May 22 as the Thunder would look to wrap up this series on their home floor while the Lakers season is on the line.

Kevin Durant nailed the tie-breaking three pointer with 13.7 seconds left in the 4th quarter and James Harden sealed the win with two free throws with 7.3 seconds left. Durant finished the night with a double-double 31 points and 13 rebounds with 2 steals. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 37 points and 5 assists. Serge Ibaka added 14 points, 5 blocks and 4 rebounds. Harden off the bench added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 38 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Andrew Bynum added 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Metta World Peace added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Pau Gasol added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Ramon Sessions also scored 10 points with 5 assists.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 13:32 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Spurs vs #5 Clippers (Spurs lead series 3-0)
Game 4: May 21, 10:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

#2 Thunder vs #3 Lakers (Thunder lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 22, 9:30 am PHT Channel TBD

EASTERN CONFERENCE
#4 Celtics vs #8 76ers (Series tied 2-2)
Game 5: May 22, 7:00 am PHT Channel TBD

#2 Heat vs #3 Pacers (Pacers lead series 2-1)
Game 4: May 21, 3:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV, delayed telecast on ABS-CBN (replay on Studio 23

It’s too bad to see both L.A. teams lose on a double-header day at Staples Center. Now both the Lakers and the Clippers are on the brink of defeat. The worst part today is that both teams CHOKED in the END GAME. It’s a sad day right now in the “City of Angels”. What was supposed to be a great day for sports in the city of Los Angeles turns into a double nightmare. Can they bounce back? We’ll see.
K-Smoove
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