The San Antonio Spurs celebrate their Game 4 victory against the Clippers
The San Antonio Spurs are going back to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2008 as they pull off another playoff sweep as they defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of their series at the Staples Center 102-99. The Spurs will face the winner between the other second round series in the West between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers with Game 5 of that series to be played tomorrow in Oklahoma City.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Tony Parker added 17 points and 5 assists. Danny Green added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Gary Neal off the bench also scored 14 points with 3 assists. Manu Ginobili added 11 points and 4 assists. Tiago Splitter also scored 11 points with 7 rebounds.
Chris Paul led the Clippers with a double-double 23 points and 11 assists with 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Blake Griffin added 21 points and 5 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe off the bench added 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. DeAndre Jordan added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Randy Foye added 8 points and 3 steals.
In Indianapolis, the Miami Heat even up their second round series against the Indiana Pacers with the win in Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse 101-93. Game 5 will be played in Miami on May 23. LeBron James led the Heat with a near triple-double 40 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Dwayne Wade added 30 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks. Udonis Haslem off the bench added 14 points and 4 rebounds. Mario Chalmers added 8 points, 3 assists and 2 steals. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Darren Collison off the bench scored 16 points. Paul George added 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Roy Hibbert added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 13:52 PHT)
#1 Spurs vs #5 Clippers
SAN ANTONIO SPURS WINS SERIES 4-0
#2 Thunder vs #3 Lakers (Thunder lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 22, 9:30 am PHT on Studio 23 and NBA Premium TV
#4 Celtics vs #8 76ers (Series tied 2-2)
Game 5: May 22, 7:00 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV
#2 Heat vs #3 Pacers (Series tied 2-2)
Game 5: May 23, 8:00 am PHT Channel TBD