James Harden scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as Oklahoma City rallied for a 103-97 victory Saturday night in Dallas to sweep the defending NBA champion Mavericks out of the playoffs.
The Thunder trailed by 13 points with 9:44 left before Harden scored 7 in a row, and 9 in a 12-0 run over the next three minutes.
Oklahoma City finally took the lead, and kept it, after Russell Westbrook stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki and passed to Serge Ibaka for a two-handed slam that made it 92-91 with 5:17 left.
Dallas is the second defending champion in five years to be swept in the first round. After beating the Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals, Miami lost in four games to Chicago the next year.
Kevin Durant had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who will get a break before playing the winner of the series between the Lakers and Nuggets. The Lakers lead that series, 2-1, going into Game 4 Sunday night.
Even when Harden bobbled the ball in the fourth quarter after Oklahoma City took the lead, Derek Fisher ended up with it and drove for a layup to make it 96-91. Nowitzki then had a shot that hit the rim a couple of times before falling out.
Nowitzki had 34 points, including all six of his free throws after that, but also missed a couple of shots in that span.
Jason Kidd, the Mavericks’ 39-year-old guard, had 16 points and eight assists. Jason Terry had 11 points in what might have been his last game in Dallas.
Dallas had an 86-73 lead on a 3-pointer by Terry before Harden scored 7 in a row on a 3-point play and two other jumpers. Durant then made a 3-pointer, and after Nowitzki was short on a 14-footer, Harden drove for a powerful two-handed slam that got the Thunder within 86-85.
Clippers 87, Grizzlies 86 - Chris Paul had 24 points and 11 assists, and high-flying Blake Griffin added 17 points and Los Angeles beat Memphis as Rudy Gay missed a jumper just before the buzzer.
The Clippers won their first home playoff game in six seasons to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference series.
Paul hit a fadeaway jumper with 2:02 left for an 82-80 lead. On the next possession, he made a no-look bounce pass to Griffin coming in off the baseline for a monster slam.
Trailing, 86-80, after two free throws by Paul, Gay hit a 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds left, Memphis’s first field goal since 7:10. After Los Angeles missed three of four free throws, Gay hit another 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds.
Pacers 101, Magic 99 - At Orlando, George Hill hit a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left in overtime to help Indiana survive after squandering a 19-point fourth-quarter lead and take a 3-1 series lead.
David West scored 26 points, including 12 in the third quarter and 4 in overtime for Indiana. Danny Granger added 21 points.
Orlando had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Glen Davis’s fadeaway bounced off the side of the rim.
Jason Richardson led the Magic with 25 points and Davis added 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Spurs 102, Jazz 90 - Tony Parker scored 27 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, as visiting San Antonio defeated Utah to take a 3-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
No NBA team has ever overcome an 0-3 deficit to win a best-of-seven series. The Spurs can close it out Monday night in Salt Lake City.
Al Jefferson and Devin Harris scored 21 apiece for Utah, while Derrick Favors added 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
The Jazz trailed by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter but cut it to 5 only to see Parker take charge. He made all five field goals and all six free throws in the final frame.