As the NBA playoffs reach their climax and the conference semi finalists fight to earn their places in the next round, the matches get as exciting and tense as it comes. We round up the best of the action from Game 5 in both conferences.
The Miami Heat somewhat unsurprisingly made it to the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-1 series win over The Brooklyn Nets after a late push saw them edge out their counterparts 96-94.
It was the Heat's 10th straight series win and puts them in a formidable position going into the latter stages of the playoffs. LeBron James hit 29 points with Dwayne Wade adding 28, but it was Ray Allen with two late plays (one 3-pointer and one disruption) that saw the home side through to the last four.
In the West there was also a team that reached the finals after a 4-1 series win, The San Antonio Spurs. They gained their victory and place in the next round thanks to a 104-82 demolition of The Portland Trail Blazers.
The Blazers had kept pace in the first and the sides were level but from that point onwards the majority of the points, and each quarter only went one way. The Spurs looked good on home turf and despite missing the injured Tony Parker they booked a date with either the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Los Angeles Clippers in the conference finals.
That tie is one full of the action and twists and turns expected of playoff matches and Game 5 didn't disappoint. With the Clippers leading as the final minute began, Russell Westbrook inspired one of the greatest comebacks in the NBA's history.
MVP Kevin Durant hit a 3-pointer and a layup with just 17 seconds remaining which left OKC behind by two. From the restart Westbrook stole the ball and the Thunder got possession following an official decision review.
Chris Paul then fouled Westbrook to give him three free-throws and he converted all of them giving the home side the lead by one. Paul then drove at the home basket in one last attempt to claw it back but he was blocked out and Thunder saw out the amazing turnaround for a 105-104 win, which leaves them 3-2 up in the series ahead of Game 6.
The Indiana Pacers saw their hopes of a 4-1 series win wiped out, as they went down 102-79 to a resurgent Washington Wizards. Marcin Gortat hit 31 with 16 rebounds and he was backed up by teammate John Wall who scored 27 as they pushed the series to Game 6.
After losing three straight the writing was on the wall for the Wizards early on in the series, but they have showed a toughness that might just see them complete a remarkable playoff turnaround. They will now be looking to use the home crowd to push hard to take it to the seventh game, which was unthinkable after Game 3.
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