Game 5 of the East and West conference playoff finals were edged by the home sides, with the Indiana Pacers edging the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs thumping the Oklahoma City Thunder, we round up the action from both games.
The San Antonio Spurs followed the form book in the Western conference finals, as the home team has won every match of the series so far. A 117-89 thrashing of the Oklahoma City Thunder means they lead the series 3-2 ahead of Game 6.
The problem there though, is that the next match is in Oklahoma, and if the form book is correct it should go to the seventh match before the outcome is decided.
Tim Duncan top scored with 22 for the home side who had six men in double figures on the night, whilst only Kevin Durant(25), Russell Westbrook (21) and Reggie Jackson (11) made the grade for the visitors.
After a level first quarter at 32-a-piece, the Spurs took the game to OKC who despite having Serge Ibaka back in there line-up, could not stop the onslaught in the second and beyond. San Antonio were 65-55 ahead at the break and increased the lead by 10 at the end of the third.
Another strong quarter saw them running out comfortable winners on the night, and maybe they will take enough confidence from this drubbing to break the form guide and make a win on the road in this series that would take them to the NBA Finals.
A Paul George inspired Indiana Pacers made sure this series stayed alive for at least one more game, as he hit 37 with 21 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Miami, looking to advance with just one loss in the series were not helped by LeBron James, who was caught in foul trouble and spent some time off the court. It also led to the four-time MVP scoring his lowest ever total with just seven points, two rebounds and four assists.
George's 21 points in the fourth were the most scored against Miami in any playoff quarter, and it led the Pacers to a remarkable turnaround. Despite being down at the break the had a resurgent third period and then in the fourth, George's heroics kept them in the game and the series.
It could have been so different for Miami though after LeBron James found Chris Bosh for a 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds of the game left and down by two, but it hit the rim and the home side took the rebound which ensured them the win and the continuation of the series.
Game 6 takes place in Miami on Friday night.
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