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Sixers battle back, edge Celtics to square series

Andre Iguodala snapped a tie game with five straight points in the final 90 seconds to help the Philadelphia 76ers storm back from 15 points down and stun the Boston Celtics, 92-83, on Friday night in Game Four of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Sixers were a team reborn in the second half and played like a squad that refused to roll over for the championship-tested Celtics. They tied the series at 2-2 and guaranteed a return home for one more game.

Iguodala, one of the more maligned athletes in recent Philadelphia history, put the Sixers ahead 85-83 and buried a three-pointer for a five-point lead.

Game Five is Monday in Boston.

Iguodala scored 16 points, Evan Turner had 16 and Lou Williams added 15.

Kevin Garnett had his first bad outing in an otherwise monster series with nine points. With Garnett in a funk, so were the Celtics.


Clippers get serious

LOS ANGELES -- Down 2-0 against the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers face the tough task of needing two victories at home to keep pace with the NBA's hottest team. Making things worse are injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin that have robbed the superstars of their effectiveness.

"The mood is still pretty good," Griffin said Friday after practice and a video session. "We're not completely out of this."

Not yet.

Game Three today (3:30 p.m., Ch. 7) is particularly crucial for the Clippers because no team in NBA history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

"The next game is our Game Seven," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We got to fight, we got to claw, we got to do whatever we can."


Heat tries to keep cool

INDIANAPOLIS -- As panic ensued along South Beach and the national scrutiny intensified, the Miami Heat decided to chill out.

After the storm, there was silence.

One day after they lost by 19 points and Dwyane Wade lost his cool in Game Three against a balanced Indiana team growing in confidence and not getting nearly enough credit, the Heat canceled Friday's practice and media availability. They stayed back in their downtown hotel to recharge mentally and physically.

Miami needed a short-term escape.

A team that loves the spotlight dodged it for a day.

Trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals and with Chris Bosh unlikely to return in this series, the Heat are in trouble and have two days to regroup before a Game Four that LeBron James has already deemed vital to the team's NBA championship chase.

"It's a must win, honestly," the league MVP said after Game Three. "We've just got to go out and play."

The Pacers chose not to practice either.

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