Clippers go through

The Los Angeles Clippers edged the Golden State Warriors 126-121 to shade their best-of-seven series and reach the next stage of the play-offs.

The Clippers had owner Donald Sterling kicked out of the NBA earlier this week after he was found guilty of making racist comments on tape.

Yet, once again they put off-field distractions to one side, with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul contributing 24 and 22 points respectively to help their side to victory in the series decider.

Kevin Durant's 33 points and a triple-double from Russell Westbrook were the highlights as the Oklahoma City Thunder sealed their place in the next round of the play-offs with a 120-109 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Westbrook poured in 27 points and added 16 assists and 10 rebounds as the Thunder edged to a 4-3 series victory.

A career-high play-off haul of 30 points from Paul George helped Indiana to a 92-80 victory over the Atlanta Hawks as the Pacers sealed their place in the next round of the play-offs.