2012 NBA Playoffs: Defending Champs Bounced

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Pacers 101 Magic 99 OT
IND 3-1

After blowing a 19-point fourth quarter lead the Indiana Pacers held for a 101-99 overtime over the Orlando Magic. The Pacers now own a commanding 3-1 series lead as they head back to Indianapolis for game 5. David West led Indiana with 26 points while Danny Granger scored 21.

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Clippers 87 Grizzlies 86
LAC 2-1

Much like game 1, the Memphis offense went silent in the fourth quarter. The Clippers held on for a 87-86 victory as Rudy Gay missed a three-pointer and time expired. Chris Paul led the Clips with 24 points and 11 assists. Rudy Gay was the Grizzlies’ high scorer with 24 points. The Grizzlies will look to even things up in game 4 from Los Angeles.

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Thunder 103 Mavericks 97
OKC Wins 4-0

There will be a new NBA Champion in 2012 as the Oklahoma City Thunder swept away the Dallas Mavericks with a 103-97 game 4 victory in Dallas. Down 13 with over 9 minutes to play, James Harden took over at point and rallied the Thunder. Harden scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth. He also had 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Kevin Durant added 24 points and 11 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 34 points in a losing effort.

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Spurs 102 Jazz 90
SA 3-0

New venue, same results. The San Antonio Spurs used a spirited run by MVP candidate Tony Parker to pull away from the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter. Parker scored 16 of his 27 points in his perfect fourth quarter. Parker was 5-5 from the field and 6-6 from the line in the final frame. Al Jefferson and Devin Harris led the Jazz with 21 points a piece. The Spurs will look to close things out in game 4 from Salt Lake City.

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