Basketball - Pacers stay alive against Hawks

Just when it looked as if their demise was complete, the Indiana Pacers found some life and fought off the Atlanta Hawks and an electric crowd at Philips Arena to win Game 6 95-88 and keep their Eastern Conference play-offs matchup alive.

Basketball - Pacers stay alive against Hawks

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Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) reacts after making a basket against the Atlanta Hawks (Reuters)

Pacers 95, Hawks 88

Indiana forward David West scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and Paul George added 24 points and came up with a big steal in the game's final minute to force Game 7.

The Pacers were 41-12 at the All Star break, but unraveled in final months of the regular season and were in danger of becoming just the sixth top seed to lose to an No. 8 seed in the first round of the play-offs.

Jeff Teague hit a jumper to put the Hawks up 84-79 with 3:13 to play, but West scored eight points in the final three minutes, and Indiana closed out the game with a 16-4 run.

Teague led all scorers with 29 points.

The Hawks closed the third quarter on a 13-5 run and took a 67-64 lead into the fourth.

Indiana forward Lance Stephenson finished the night with 21 points, and Hill added 14 points.

Atlanta forward Paul Millsap scored 16 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and Louis Williams added 16 points.

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Thunder 104, Grizzlies 84

Kevin Durant matched his series high with 36 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder staved off play-off elimination with a 104-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.

The Thunder, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, evened the first-round series at three games apiece.

Russell Westbrook scored 25 points, Reggie Jackson contributed 16 and Durant grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Grizzlies trailed by as many as 22 points. Oklahoma City led by 15 at halftime, and Memphis never got closer than that in the second half.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 17 points, and Zach Randolph had 16 points and eight rebounds. James Johnson added 15 points off the bench, and Tony Allen scored 13.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks inserted Caron Butler into the starting line-up in place of Thabo Sefolosha, and Brooks stayed with a smaller lineup for much of the game.

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