Mavs drop game 4 at home,
Spurs tie series at 2 apiece
The Dallas Mavericks gave up their home court advantage last night in a tough loss to the San Antonio Spurs, 93-89, who pulled the first-round playoff series even again at 2 games apiece.
Boris Diaw hit a go-ahead 3-pointer for the last of his 17 points with just under a minute in the game to put the Spurs up 90-87.
Then, Dirk Nowitzki, who had had 19 points on the night, brought Dallas within one point in the final 19 seconds with a putback on a missed Monta Ellis 3-point attempt.
But the Mavs let nearly 10 seconds run off the clock before fouling Manu Ginobili, bringing him to the free throw line. Ginobili would be fouled again with one second left in the game, and made three of the four attempts, sealing the deal and giving the No. 1 seeded Spurs the win.
The series will return to San Antonio tomorrow night with Dallas hoping to pull even again and shock the Western Conference’s top prospect to head to the finals.
Heat sweep Bobcats, show respect toward Clippers organization after alleged racist remarks from owner Sterling
The Heat effectively became the first team to advance in this year’s NBA playoffs last night with a sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats following a 109-98 win on the road.
Lebron James scored 19 of his game-high 31 points after sustaining a thigh bruise early in the third quarter. James said after the game he was fortunate they were able to get the sweep so he could rest his leg during their extended wait for the next round.
The Heat also made headlines last night when they paid their respects to the Clippers organization by wearing their own warm-ups inside out and took them off at mid-court just as the LA team did Sunday night to protest the actions of their owner Donald Sterling.
Sterling is under investigation by the NBA for a supposed recording of him making racist remarks toward his girlfriend.
Sterling has received widespread criticism from across the league and professional sporting world in general for his supposed remarks toward black people.
The timing of his remarks has come at an awful point as the Clippers are having one of their best seasons on record and vying for a spot in the Western Conference Finals. The Clips play Golden State tonight in game 5 on TNT.