In the NBA playoffs, David West scored 20 points and the Pacers beat the Knicks 102-95 Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Elsewhere, Oklahoma City held off Memphis 93-91. Kevin Durant scored 35 points.
In other NBA news, Miami Heat forward LeBron James is the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year and fourth time in his career. Lastly, the Brooklyn Nets general manager says P.J. Carlesimo will not return as coach. The Nets were eliminated from post season play in Game 7 of their first round series with Chicago.
In the NBA playoffs, Jeff Green scored 18 points and the Celtics cut the Knicks' lead to 3-2 with a 92-86 victory Wednesday night. Kevin Garnett netted 16 points. The Celtics will host Game 6 on Friday night, needing two victories to become the first NBA team to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a series. Elsewhere, it was Indiana over Atlanta 106-83. Oklahoma City fell to Houston 107-100. James Harden scored 31 points. Kevin Durant had a game-high 36 points.