Spurs level series with overtime win
LOS ANGELES (AP):
Defending NBA champions San Antonio pulled off a critical 111-107 overtime win at the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night to square their Western Conference first-round playoff series at 1-1.
The Spurs trailed with eight seconds left in regulation before pulling a off a vital road victory that significantly boosted their chances of defending the title.
In the day's other games, Atlanta survived a stern challenge from Brooklyn to take a 2-0 series lead, and Memphis also went up 2-0 - the first time ever the franchise has done so - by defeating Portland.
San Antonio blew 10-point leads in the third and fourth quarters, and only got into overtime on a pair of free throws by Patty Mills with eight seconds left.
Veteran Tim Duncan, who finished with 28 points, scored four straight points in the extra session while playing with five fouls.
His jump shot snapped a 101-all tie, Mills followed with a fast-break lay-up off a long pass from Kawhi Leonard, and Leonard (23 points) scored on a layup for a 107-101 lead with 56 seconds left.
The series moves to San Antonio for Game 3 tonight.
Los Angeles' Blake Griffin had his first career playoff triple-double of 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, but his costly turnover late in regulation hurt the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts.
Atlanta had a tougher time than expected at home against Brooklyn, and scraped a 96-91 win.
Squandering an early 12-point lead, the Hawks fell behind before half-time and spent the rest of the game struggling to put away the No. 8 seed.
Paul Millsap top scored with 19 points for the Hawks, who will be on the road for the next two games, starting with Game 3 tomorrow.
Memphis moved into uncharted territory with a 2-0 play-off series lead by defeating Portland 97-82.