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