The NBA Roundup: May 14, 2013

The Spurs regained the upper hand in their Western semifinal series against the Warriors, while the Pacers continued their mastery of the Knicks to move one away from advancing to the East finals.

Today’s Best:
  •        Tony Parker continues to remind everyone why he’s considered to be maybe the best non-American point guard on the planet. The fiery Frenchman netted 25 points on 9-of-16 FG shooting and 10 assists. #Efficiency
  •        Let’s forgive Paul George for taking 9 threes and making just 1. I mean the guy did drop 18 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. I’m sure we can let his awful shooting pass, right?
Paul George and the Pacers spanked NYK in Game 4 to
take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
(image by Darron Cummings/AP)

Today’s Worst:
  •        The big stars of the Big Apple let them down tonight. Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith combined to shoot only 16-of-45 from the floor. They also coughed the ball up a combined 5 times. They’ll need three nearly perfect games to overhaul Indiana’s 3-1 series advantage.
  •        After a scorching display in Game 3, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have seen their shooting go ice cold. In this game, both paired up for 6-of-22 shooting from the field. These brothers ain’t making much of a splash right now.

Final Score: Indiana 93, New York 82
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers have dominated the glass all year long. Now their rebounding prowess has them on the brink of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals. George Hill netted 26 points and Paul George added 18 points and 14 rebounds in the Pacers' 93-82 thumping of the New York Knicks in Game 4 of this Eastern Conference semifinal. The NBA's top rebounding team during the regular season held a 54-36 edge on the boards and have outrebounded the Knicks by a 188-142 margin so far in this series. Indiana took a 3-1 stranglehold in the set and can wrap up the series Thursday at Madison Square Garden. David West also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, Roy Hibbert grabbed 11 rebounds and again clogged the paint defensively with three more blocks, while Lance Stephenson chipped in with 13 points for Indiana, which hasn't lost at home this postseason. The Memphis Grizzlies are the only other team to not suffer a defeat on their home floor during the playoffs. After not making a field goal in the fourth quarter of Game 3, the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony was held scoreless in the final frame of Game 4 and fouled out with two minutes left. He concluded with 24 points on 9-of-23 shooting. NBA Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith continued to have a frustrating time offensively as well for New York. He missed eight of his first nine shots and finished just 7-of-22 from the floor for 19 points. He's 18-of-64 overall in the set. New York, which led the NBA in 3-point makes per game (10.9) during the year, was 28.6 percent (8-of-28) from beyond the arc.

Final Score: San Antonio 109, Golden State 91
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - San Antonio stifled the Splash Brothers and Tony Parker carried the load for the Spurs in a dominant second half. Parker tallied 16 of his 25 points in the second half and added 10 assists in the Spurs' 109-91 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of this Western Conference semifinal. Parker was 9-of-16 from the field for San Antonio, which can advance to the Western Conference finals for the eighth time in 15 years with a win in Oakland on Thursday. The Spurs outscored Golden State 55-40 over the final 24 minutes, when San Antonio recorded 18 points off 11 Warriors turnovers. Kawhi Leonard registered 17 points and seven rebounds, Danny Green netted 16 points and Tim Duncan added 14 points and 11 boards in the triumph. The potent backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were limited to a combined 13 points on 6-of-22 shooting for Golden State, which got 25 points and seven rebounds from Harrison Barnes. Curry, who had been averaging 26 points per game through the first four games of this set, had nine points. He was 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. Thompson poured in just four points and had been averaging 20 in the series. Jarrett Jack netted 20 points off the bench in defeat.

Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard have formed a potent wing
combo for the Spurs.
(image by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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