Basketball - Hawks move to brink of series win over Pacers

The Atlanta Hawks made a franchise-best 15 three-pointers as they moved within one win of stunning the top-seeded Indiana Pacers in their first-round Eastern Conference play-off series.

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Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap shoots over Indiana Pacers forward David West during the third quarter in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA play-offs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Reuters)

Hawks 107, Pacers 97

The Hawks lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, and they can clinch the series by winning Game Six on Thursday night at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.

Atlanta are trying to be the first No. 8 seed to win a play-off series since the Philadelphia 76ers knocked out the Chicago Bulls in 2012.

Mike Scott hit a play-off-career-high five three-pointers and guard Kyle Korver also hit five while Shelvin Mack led Atlanta with 20 points.

The Hawks led by 21 points at half-time, and were never seriously threatened in the second half.

Indiana forward Paul George scored a game-high 26 points and had a game-high 12 rebounds.

Struggling Pacers center Roy Hibbert was on the bench less than six minutes into the game. He did return to the line-up in the second quarter, but finished with zero points and zero rebounds.

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Heat 109, Bobcats 98

LeBron James scored 31 points and four of his team-mates scored in double figures as the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats to complete a four-game sweep of their first-round Eastern Conference play-off series.

The Heat trailed at half-time but outscored the Bobcats 32-17 in the third quarter, closing the period with an 11-2 run. They never let the Bobcats get closer than seven in the fourth quarter.

The Heat, seeded second in the East, advance to take on the winner of the Toronto-Brooklyn series in the conference semi-finals.

The Bobcats played without center Al Jefferson, their leading scorer and rebounder. Jefferson suffered a strained plantar fascia in his left foot in Game One and had been hobbled throughout the series.

Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 29 points.

For the Bobcats name, it was the final game in franchise history. The team will become the Hornets next season. The Bobcats never won a play-off game in their 10-year history, getting swept in both of their play-off appearances.

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Spurs 93, Mavericks 89

Manu Ginobili came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs survived a late Dallas push to recover from their heart-wrenching Game Three defeat and even their first-round series.

After Dallas' Vince Carter made a buzzer-beater three-pointer to lift Dallas to victory on Saturday, San Antonio hit back to tie the best-of-seven match-up 2-2.

Game Five is Wednesday in San Antonio.

On Monday, The Spurs led by as much as 20 in the second half but the Mavs rallied back and led late in the fourth.

With the game tied 87-87 in the final minute, Boris Diaw drained a critical three-pointer to send the visitors home winners.

Monta Ellis scored 20 points to lead Dallas and Dirk Nowitzki added 19.

San Antonio's reserves accounted for 50 points, with forward Boris Diaw putting up 17 points.

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