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NBA playoff schedule: Spurs knot series up at 2, Pacers lay an egg, Miami completes sweep

The Pacers did it again, falling behind by 30 points at home in a Game 5 loss to the Atlanta Hawks that puts them on the brink of elimination. Elsewhere, the Heat completed a four-game sweep of the Bobcats and the Spurs hung on against Dallas.

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What happened Monday in the NBA Playoffs

The Pacers' collapse is nearly complete after going down 30 at home in a critical Game 5, while the Spurs and Mavericks fought in another instant classic in Dallas.


Spurs level series with Mavericks, 2-2

San Antonio's bench scored 50 points on Monday night as big efforts from Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw launched the No. 1 seed in the West over the Mavericks.


DeJuan Blair kicked Tiago Splitter in the head

With 3:08 left in the fourth quarter of the game between the Mavericks and Spurs, DeJuan Blair kicked Tiago Splitter in the head. Yes, the head.

The two got tangled up going for a loose ball and fell to the ground. As Blair moved his legs out from under the San Antonio big man, he moved his feet toward his head. It was a gentle kick, but a kick to the face all as well.


Acrobat dog in Spurs-Mavericks halftime show

This chihuahua is America's greatest athlete.


Atlanta dominates, grabs 3-2 lead over Indiana

With a solid performance on Monday, the Hawks are in the driver's seat with a chance to upset the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference on their home floor.


Lance Stephenson misses dunk, sums up Pacers

It's just not the Pacers' night. Or month. Or quarter, really. As Lance Stephenson went up for a dunk against the Hawks in the fourth quarter on Monday night, he tried to dunk the ball and instead got it wedged in between the backboard and the rim.

I wonder how Larry Bird feels about all this.


Miami sweeps Charlotte, advances to 2nd round

The Charlotte Bobcats end their 10-year history without a playoff win as the two-time champion Miami Heat swept them on their home court Monday night.


Larry Bird can only shake his head at the Pacers

Larry Bird is all out of carrots and all out of sticks. And the Pacers could be on their way out altogether. With Indiana down to the Hawks by 30 points in the third quarter on Monday, Bird wasn't pleased. Poor Larry.


Broadcast picks up Pacers fan screaming at George

The Pacers got absolutely throttled in the first half against the Hawks. Mike Scott dropped five threes on them. Utter absurdity. Pacers fans aren't really feeling it, and the NBA TV mics caught the desperate cries of one man as the miserable half came to a close:

It's a bit garbled, but it's clearly directed at Paul George, who should "start playing basketball and stop traveling" (good coaching!) and is "ready to go home in the first round against Atlanta" and "supposed to be an All-Star." Harsh, but ... well, understandable at the moment.

(Video via Point Forward)


Kemba Walker goes off the backboard to himself

Kemba Walker shoots basketballs. Sometimes he passes basketballs. And, in playoff games against the reigning two-time NBA Champion Miami Heat, sometimes he does both.

In the second quarter of Monday night's game against the Heat, Walker went up for a three-pointer against Norris Cole. Hoping to get the Heat defender to jump in the air, Walker found himself hanging and did the only logical thing he could think to do -- he threw it off the backboard to himself for an easy layup.

Charlotte might get swept, but we'll always have Kemba.


Heat have the brooms out vs. Bobcats

The two-time defending champions have the chance to sweep away the Bobcats on Monday night.


How to watch Pacers vs. Hawks, Game 5

The Pacers head home to try to take control of their first-round series.


How to watch Mavericks vs. Spurs, Game 4

The No. 1-seeded Spurs face an uphill battle on the road.

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