NBA playoff schedule 2014: Pacers again try to close out Wizards, Thunder look to knock out Clippers

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers try to bounce back and close out the Wizards after a wretched Game 5, and the Thunder hope to finish off the Clippers.

Two Game 6s are on the docket Thursday night, with the Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder trying to join the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs in their respective conference finals.

Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards, Game 6

8 p.m. ET, ESPN

After laying a giant egg at home in Game 5, the Pacers will once again try and close out the Wizards, this time in Washington. Indiana has won both games at the Verizon Center in the series, and it'll hope to win a third in a row in order to avoid yet another Game 7. A complete 180 from Game 5 will be needed, as the Pacers put forth one of their worst efforts of the season in an embarrassing 102-79 loss. David West and Paul George were the only two Pacers to score in double figures, and the team was outrebounded 62-23.

For the Wizards, John Wall finally broke out of his slump, scoring 27 points. Marcin Gortat also had a monster game, tallying 31 points and 16 rebounds. The Wall-Gortat combo combined to shoot 24-of-35 as Washington shot an even 50 percent for the game. The Wizards' ability to bounce back after their disastrous Game 4 collapse was quite impressive, and now they have their confidence back.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers, Game 6

10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

After one of the most wild finishes of the playoffs, the Thunder will go on the road and try to knock out the Clippers, who have to be kicking themselves for what transpired in Game 5. Los Angeles appeared to be cruising to victory in Game 5, but an epic collapse including questionable calls and several woeful miscues by Chris Paul left Doc Rivers irate and the Clippers' season on the ropes.

Oklahoma City erased a seven-point deficit in the last 49 seconds, capped off by three clutch free throws by Russell Westbrook after a silly foul by Paul. Westbrook was a terror all night, scoring 38 points and keeping the Thunder in the game while Kevin Durant struggled. Durant did have 27 points and hit several clutch shots down the stretch, but he shot just 6-of-22. The last two games of this series have featured crazy comebacks, so it will be interesting to see what Game 6 has in store.

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