Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Pacers will face Heat in rematch

WASHINGTON — For all their mysterious slumps and chemistry curiosities, the Pacers are back in the Eastern Conference final.

David West scored 29 Thursday night, and the Pacers blew a 16-point lead before pulling away late in a 93-80 win that ousted the Wizards in six games.

Lance Stephenson added 17 points and eight assists for the Pacers, who will host the Heat on Sunday. Indiana took Miami to seven games in the conference finals a year ago.

The Pacers were on 33-7 on Jan. 20 and 46-13 on March 2 before barely holding on to the conference's No. 1 seed. The ugly Pacers returned in a 23-point loss at home in Game 5.

"It was a poor basketball game all the way around in Game 5, and nobody was happy about it," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "And they came out and played angry."

Marcin Gortat scored 19, and John Wall had 12 points and nine assists for the Wizards. Washington went 1-4 at home and 5-1 on the road in the playoffs.

Pacers 93, Wizards 80

INDIANA (93): George 4-11 3-4 12, West 13-26 3-5 29, Hibbert 4-8 3-4 11, G.Hill 4-7 2-2 11, Stephenson 8-13 1-1 17, Mahinmi 2-2 1-3 5, Scola 1-3 2-2 4, Turner 0-0 0-0 0, Watson 1-2 2-4 4, Copeland 0-0 0-0 0, Butler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-72 17-25 93.

WASHINGTON (80): Ariza 1-5 4-4 6, Nene 7-12 1-2 15, Gortat 7-12 5-6 19, Wall 5-16 2-2 12, Beal 7-19 0-0 16, Webster 1-4 2-4 4, Gooden 1-4 2-2 4, Miller 2-3 0-0 4, Harrington 0-2 0-0 0, Temple 0-0 0-0 0, Seraphin 0-1 0-0 0, Porter Jr. 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-79 16-20 80.

Indiana 29 23 19 22— 93

Washington 23 17 23 17— 80

3-Point GoalsIndiana 2-10 (G.Hill 1-2, George 1-5, Stephenson 0-1, West 0-2), Washington 2-18 (Beal 2-6, Porter Jr. 0-1, Harrington 0-2, Webster 0-2, Ariza 0-3, Wall 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 48 (Hibbert 7), Washington 47 (Ariza 7). AssistsIndiana 18 (Stephenson 8), Washington 17 (Wall 9). Total FoulsIndiana 23, Washington 23. A19,502 (20,308).

LATE WEDNESDAY: Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each scored 22, and the host Spurs overcame an injury to Tony Parker to close out the Western Conference semifinals in five games with a 104-82 victory over the Blazers. Parker has a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring, the least severe level, and is day to day, the Spurs announced Thursday. Parker told the San Antonio Express-News that his latest injury wasn't as serious as his Grade 2 strain in last year's NBA Finals.

CLIPPERS' RIVERS FINED: Clippers coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 fine for criticizing a key officiating call in Los Angeles' 105-104 loss in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The Clippers had a two-point lead with 14 seconds left when Chris Paul made a turnover while attempting to draw a foul. Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson then went up for a shot while defended by Matt Barnes, who appeared to hit Jackson's hand. No foul was called as the ball flew away out of bounds with 11.3 seconds left. But officials awarded the ball to the Thunder and upheld their call on video replay. Rivers screamed "That's our ball!" at the officials.

STERLING THREATENS LEAGUE: Donald Sterling's lawyer has informed the league that the Clippers' owner will not be paying the $2.5 million fine levied on him last month by commissioner Adam Silver that was due this week, espn.com reported. Sterling was banned for life and fined for racist remarks. In a letter for Sterling, attorney Max Blecher threatened to sue the league.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The league approved the sale of the Bucks to New York investment executives Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. Herb Kohl reached an agreement last month for about $550 million. … The Blazers signed coach Terry Stotts to a multi-year contract extension.

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