Tim Hardaway scored 32 points and the seventh-seeded Golden State Warriors eliminated the San Antonio Spurs in four first-round games with a 110-97 victory Friday night.
In Indianapolis, meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers extended the Boston Celtics to a fifth and deciding game Sunday with a 116-113 victory.The Warriors stayed with their four-guard offense most of the way to beat the Midwest Division champions for the third game in a row, and advance into the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Golden State led 80-64 in the the third quarter and 82-73 going into the fourth before the Spurs pulled within 84-79 on Willie Anderson's driving layin with 9:53 to play.
After a Warriors timeout, Richmond's 18-footer followed by a 3-pointer by Hardaway put Golden State up 89-79 with 8:59 left. Another 3-pointer by Hardaway with 6:05 remaining made it 92-82 before Sarunas Marciulionis, making an 18-foot jumper falling onto the seat of his pants, converted a three-point play to make the Warriors' lead 95-84 with 5:16 to play.
San Antonio could not get closer than 95-89 the rest of the way as the Warriors made nine of 10 free throws in the final two minutes.
Chris Mullin added 23 points and Richmond had 17 for the Warriors.
Sean Elliott scored 23 points to lead the Spurs, who were 55-27 during the regular season. Rod Strickland added 21 points and David Robinson, taking 11 shots, scored 18 points.
Pacers 116, Celtics 113
At Indianapolis, Chuck Person scored 12 of his 30 points over a span of 3:17 in the fourth quarter, leading Indiana to victory over Boston in Game 4 of their first-round NBA Eastern Conference series.
Indiana tied the series at two games each, with the deciding game Sunday at Boston. Indiana extended an NBA playoff series to the maximum number of games for the first time and, with a victory Sunday, would become the lowest seed in the East ever to advance to the second round.
Person led a rally in which the Pacers recovered from a 13-point third-quarter deficit. He tied the score at 105-105 on a 3-pointer from the left wing with 4:22 remaining. He gave Indiana the lead with a 20-footer with 3:41 left, and after Reggie Lewis re-tied the score at 107-107, Person hit a 20-footer over Kevin McHale to put the Pacers ahead for good. He followed with another 3-pointer to put the game away.
Person also was his talkative self on the court. In the second quarter, he and Larry Bird traded words and shoves during a couple of trips down the court. In the third, he pushed Boston's Dee Brown on the way to a timeout huddle. McHale intervened and exchanged shoves with Person. Person also pointed at McHale after hitting the go-ahead shot.
Reggie Miller scored 16 of his 27 points in the first quarter and Micheal Williams added 18 points, including 8 in the fourth quarter, and nine assists.
For Boston, which is trying to avoid first-round elimination for the third straight season, McHale had 24 points, Lewis 22, and Bird and Robert Parish 18 each.
Boston opened the second half with a 10-2 run to take its biggest lead, 79-66, on a Bird jumper.
The Celtics went up 48-46 on a pair of Parish free throws with 8:02 remaining in the first half. Parish's points were part of a 10-0 run.