Spurs advance, Knicks stave off elimination
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The San Antonio Spurs moved into the NBA's Western Conference finals after the New York Knicks staved off elimination.
Tim Duncan scored 19 points and Kawhi Leonard had a double-double as the Spurs downed the Warriors 94-82 at Golden State in Game 6. Leonard finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who overcame poor shooting nights by Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Parker had eight assists and 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting. Ginobili missed five of his six shots and finished with five points and 11 assists.
Stephen Curry finished with a team-high 22 points but was the lone Warriors starter with more than 10.
The Knicks are still alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals after beating the short-handed Indiana Pacers in Game 5.
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and the Knicks pulled within three games to two by downing the Pacers 85-75. Anthony made a huge jumper midway through the fourth quarter after Indiana closed within four. He added a pair of free throws to help New York bring their lead back to double digits.
J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each had 13 points for the Knicks, who shot just 41 percent but took advantage of the Pacers' 19 turnovers.
The Pacers played without point guard George Hill, who suffered a concussion in a collision with Knicks center Tyson Chandler in Game 4. Paul George had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pacers, who host Game 6 on Saturday as they try to reach the conference finals for the first time in nine years.
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