Welcome to the Daily Fix for Monday, May 12, the morning after the Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards couldn’t hold a lead.
The Thunder led by as much as 22 points in the first quarter and led by as many as 16 in the fourth, but figured out a way to lose to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of their Western Conference Semifinal series, so instead of going back home with a chance to close out the series in Game 5, it is instead a best-of-3 series with the teams tied 2-2.
The Wizards, meanwhile, led by 19 points in the third quarter against the Indiana Pacers, but managed to squander most of that advantage by the time the fourth quarter began. Then Washington shot 29.4 percent in the fourth period, production that does—shockingly, I know—make it difficult to maintain a lead in an NBA playoff game.
The Pacers have the series by the throat now, heading back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 5 with a 3-1 lead.
But, since these are the Pacers, there have to be concerns about someone’s feelings getting hurt between now and the start of Game 5, something that has proven to be devastating to the team’s chemistry and efficiency throughout the second half of the season and the playoffs.
The Daily NBA Fix will do what it did all season long, deliver highlights, game capsules, the top and bottom five players and, yes, we’ll still be handing out the Goose Egg, Clean and Sober and Ironman awards. We’ll also have informational tidbits and a look at the daily lines for those who want to drop a buck or two on a wager.
Check out the highlights below from the night that was, then get into the game capsules (home teams in CAPS).