The Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs claimed convincing victories on Thursday night and both teams are two wins away from advancing to their respective conference finals. Indiana dominated the Miami Heat, 94-75 in game three to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Roy Hibbert led the Pacers with 19 points and 18 rebounds.
The Spurs played like the top-seeded team in their game two victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Spurs shot a lights out 53.2% from the field. Five different Spurs scored in double figures including Tony Parker's team high 22 points. The Clippers' Chris Paul struggled, scoring only ten points and accumulating eight turnovers in the loss.
The Lakers return home hoping to right the ship after falling in a 0-2 hole in the series' first two games in Oklahoma City. Mike Brown's team will need to execute offensively throughout the entire game if they want to beat the Thunder. Los Angeles was 1-for-5 from 3-point range and turned the ball over 5 times in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.
Boston's 107-91 game three victory was the first margin of victory in this series that was more than one point. The 76ers will have to amp up their defense to be successful. The Celtics only turned the ball over seven times in game three.