The New York Knicks stayed alive in the playoffs with an 85-75 home win against the Indiana Pacers, while the San Antonio Spurs reached the Western Conference finals with a series-clinching victory at Golden State.
The Golden State Warriors pulled away from the San Antonio Spurs for a 97-87 overtime win that tied their National Basketball Association Western Conference semifinal playoff series at two games apiece.
The Golden State Warriors held on to a big lead this time to end a 30-game losing streak in San Antonio and even their playoff series against the Spurs, while the Miami Heat had a record-setting win to tie their series with the Chicago Bulls.
The San Antonio Spurs rallied from a 16-point deficit in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter and then needed two overtimes to beat the Golden State Warriors 129-127 in the opening game of their National Basketball Association second-round playoff series.
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and the New York Knicks won 90-76 to take a three-games-to-none playoff series lead against the Boston Celtics, who were playing at home for the first time since the Boston bombings.
The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder opened their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series by winning by a combined 52 points, as home teams improved their postseason start to 8-0.