National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

 

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Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall had 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists and the Washington Wizards advanced in the playoffs for just the third time in 35 years following a 75-69 win over the Bulls in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Nene, who returned after serving his one-game suspension for grabbing the head of Jimmy Butler in Game 3, tallied 20 points and seven rebounds. Bradley Beal added 17 points for Washington, which last advanced after defeating Chicago in six games of a first-round series in 2005. The fifth-seeded Wizards will face either Indiana or Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Kirk Hinrich and Butler netted 16 points apiece for the Bulls, who shot just 33.3 percent (25- of-75) from the floor.

Final Score: Memphis 100, Oklahoma City 99 (OT)

Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Serge Ibaka's tip-in came a blink after the overtime buzzer sounded, and the Memphis Grizzlies stole Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a dramatic 100-99 victory on Tuesday. These evenly-matched clubs came in tied at 2-2 and played an extra five minutes for an unprecedented fourth straight game after Russell Westbrook stripped Mike Conley at the top of the key and went in for an uncontested layup with 4.0 seconds left in regulation. Kevin Durant had a chance to even things again late in OT, but after hitting the first of his two free throw attempts with 27.5 ticks left, referee Joey Crawford physically stopped the 87-percent free throw shooter from attempting his second try to fix a problem at the scorer's table. Durant drew iron when play resumed, then found the back rim on a fallaway 28-footer as time ticked away. Ibaka's acrobatic follow went in, but after a review, it was determined his hand was on the ball just as the clock hit zero. Mike Miller scored six of his team-high 21 points in overtime while Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol each recorded double-doubles for the Grizzlies, who can send the Thunder home from the postseason for the second straight year with a win in Memphis on Thursday.

Final Score: LA Clippers 113, Golden State 103

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The healing process for the Los Angeles Clippers began with an emphatic victory. DeAndre Jordan had 25 points and 18 rebounds and the Clippers defeated the Golden State Warriors, 113-103, in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series. Chris Paul posted 20 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals, while Blake Griffin tallied 18 points and seven rebounds for Los Angeles, which took a 3-2 series edge with Game 6 set for Thursday in Oakland. Earlier Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned owner Donald Sterling for life from the league and fined him $2.5 million for his racially charged comments that were taped by his girlfriend and sent to media outlets. Clippers players held a silent protest prior to their 118-97 Game 4 playoff loss to Golden State on Sunday, while a number of team sponsors have either terminated their deals or put their partnership on hold. Golden State head coach Mark Jackson also suggested that fans not show up to the playoff games in Los Angeles as a protest and others would like to see Sterling forced to sell the team. The fans greeted the players with a standing ovation when they came out for pregame warmups and both teams wore black socks.

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