Sports Briefs 5-2-14

PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer Published:

ATLANTA -- David West led Indiana on a 16-4 run to end the game, extending the season for the top-seeded Pacers with a 95-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.

Trailing 3-2 after losing at home for the second time in the best-of-seven series, Indiana was poised for an early summer when the Hawks pushed out to an 84-79 lead with just over 3 minutes remaining, cheered on by a raucous crowd.

But, for the fourth time in this back-and-forth affair, the road team won.

West seemed to make every big play down the stretch, scoring four straight points and forcing a huge turnover to begin the turnaround. West hit two more baskets in the final minute to wrap things up, finishing with 24 points.

Game 7 is Saturday in Indianapolis.

Paul George also scored 24 points for the Pacers, making four straight free throws to help fend off a team that was trying to become only the sixth No. 8 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed.

• Basketball

Durant breaks out of slump: Kevin Durant scored 36 points to break out of a slump, and Oklahoma City routed Memphis to force a deciding seventh game in the first-round Western Conference series.

Russell Westbrook added 25 points for the Thunder, who haven't been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs since 2010. Marc Gasol had 17 points and Zach Randolph 16 for Memphis.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Oklahoma City.

Warriors beat Clippers: Stephen Curry scored 24 points and dished out nine assists, and the Warriors forced a decisive Game 7 by outlasting the Clippers.

Andre Iguodala added 15 points and Draymond Green had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors.

Game 7 is Saturday in Los Angeles.

ACC/Big Ten Challenge: Maryland and Virginia will renew their basketball rivalry -- now as nonconference foes.

The Terrapins will host the Cavaliers in the 16th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge in December.

Fellow Big Ten newcomer Rutgers will play at Clemson, while ACC addition Louisville will host Ohio State.

The marquee matchups announced by ESPN on Thursday include Duke at Wisconsin, Syracuse at Michigan, Iowa at North Carolina, and Michigan State at Notre Dame.

• Golf

Cabrera hangs on: Phil Mickelson was entertaining to the very end Thursday and finished one shot behind Angel Cabrera in the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Cabrera played in early, calmer conditions and thrived on the new Bermuda greens at Quail Hollow. He made seven birdies, including a 40-footer from just off the green, and turned in a 6-under 66 that stood as the lead the rest of the day.

Mickelson caught him twice and couldn't hold it.

Pettersen in lead: Suzann Pettersen shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to take the first-round lead at the North Texas LPGA Shootout.

Pettersen had a one-stroke lead over playing partner Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie, Caroline Masson, Christina Kim, Cydney Clanton and Dori Carter.

• Elsewhere

Canadiens edge Bruins: P.K. Subban scored his second goal of the game at 4:17 of the second overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Browns sign QBs: The Browns signed free agent quarterback Vince Young, who hasn't played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011.

The team also signed quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

Oldest Olympian dies: Walter R. Walsh, an FBI sharp-shooter who was the world's oldest living Olympian, has died. He was 106.

Walsh died Tuesday -- six days before his 107th birthday -- at his home in Arlington, Virginia, USA Shooting announced.

Walsh, who first honed his shooting skills by picking clothespins off a clothesline with a BB gun as a child, finished 12th in the men's 50-meter free pistol event at the 1948 London Olympics.

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