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Spurs advance, Heat claw back

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The San Antonio Spurs have ridden their lengthy winning streak into the NBA's Western Conference Finals.

The Spurs closed out their conference semifinal series and picked up their 18th win dating to the regular season by downing the Los Angeles Clippers 102-99.

The Clippers led 97-96 with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining until Tony Parker hit consecutive baskets to put the Spurs ahead to stay. Parker finished with 17 points and six rebounds to help San Antonio complete its second consecutive series sweep. Tim Duncan had team highs of 21 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs.

Chris Paul paced the Clippers with 23 points and 11 assists, but he also had a pass stolen and missed a shot within the last 15 seconds of the game. Blake Griffin had 21 points for the L.A.

The Miami Heat have knotted their Eastern Conference semifinal series with Indiana at two games apiece as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were outstanding after halftime in a 101-93 win over the Pacers at Indiana.

The Pacers led by as many as 10 in the third quarter before James and Wade combined for 23 points during a 25-5 spurt that put Miami up 77-66. Wade scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half after scoring just five on just 1-for-8 shooting in Game 3. James was outstanding as he poured in 40 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and had nine assists.

Danny Granger had 20 points for the Pacers, including a three-pointer that put them ahead 61-51 early in the second half. Darren Collison came off the bench to add 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

Game 5 is Tuesday in Miami.

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