Pac­ers sur­vive scare with a 99-95 dou­ble OT win over Wash­ing­ton

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C.J. Miles scored 25 points and Ge­orge Hill added 24 to lead a 7-2 spurt to open the sec­ond over­time Tues­day as In­di­ana kept its play­off hopes alive with a 99-95 victory over Wash­ing­ton.

The Pac­ers (38-43) have won six straight games and will make a fifth straight play­off ap­pear­ance if they win at Mem­phis — or if Brook­lyn loses to Or­lando — on the fi­nal night of the regular sea­son.

Martin Gor­tat and Bradley Beal each scored 19 points for the Wiz­ards (46-35).

It was a grind for the Pac­ers, who strug­gled shoot­ing all night and trailed 70-61 deficit with 7:07 left.

They ral­lied to take a late 79-75 lead, then Wash­ing­ton forced over­time. In­di­ana didn’t lead again un­til Hill’s mid-range jumper 23 sec­onds into the sec­ond over­time made it 87-85. And Hill fi­nally sealed it with a 3 with 27.8 sec­onds left.

Clip­pers point guard Chris Paul’s 22 points, in­clud­ing six 3-point­ers, led Los An­ge­les over the in­jury-de­pleted Phoenix Suns 112-101 in LA’s fi­nal regular-sea­son game be­fore the NBA play­offs.

The Clip­pers clinched the West’s No. 3 seed with the win.

Blake Grif­fin hit his first six shots on his way to 20 points as Clip­pers coach Doc Rivers played his starters ma­jor min­utes with a higher play­off seed­ing on the line. De­An­dre Jor­dan had 13 points and 14 re­bounds, set­ting the Clip­pers’ sin­gle-sea­son record for re­bounds in a sea­son.

Los An­ge­les (56-26) can fin­ish with the No. 2 seed if the San An­to­nio Spurs and Hous­ton Rock­ets lose their fi­nal games Wed­nes­day.

The Suns were down to eight avail­able play­ers, Archie Good­win lead­ing Phoenix with a sea­son-high 18 points.

In Bos­ton, Jae Crow­der hit an off-bal­ance fall-away shot from deep on the right wing with .8 sec­onds left as the Celtics edged the Toronto Rap­tors 95-93 to se­cure the sev­enth seed in the Eastern Con­fer­ence.

Evan Turner and Avery Bradley each scored 14 points for Bos­ton, which will face No. 2 seed Cleve­land in the play­offs. Bran­don Bass added 13 points and nine re­bounds.

It was the fifth straight win for the Celtics, who clinched a play­off spot on Mon­day when Brook­lyn lost.

Kyle Lowry had 16 points for the Rap­tors, who are locked into the fourth seed and will face Wash­ing­ton. Toronto beat the Wiz­ards in all three meet­ings this sea­son.

Lou Wil­liams also had 16 points for Toronto, Ter­rence Ross scored 12 and Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas’ 11.

AP

Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards for­ward Otto Porter Jr. #22 shoots in front of In­di­ana Pac­ers guard Don­ald Sloan #15 dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in In­di­anapo­lis on Tues­day, April 14.

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