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Thunder and Pacers into finals

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers advanced to their respective NBA conference finals on Thursday.

Kevin Durant had 39 points - including five three-pointers - and 16 rebounds as the Thunder rallied from an early 16-point deficit to topple the LA Clippers 104-98.

The result got Oklahoma City into the Western Conference finals for the third time in four years. They will visit San Antonio for game one against the Spurs on Monday.

The Pacers, meanwhile, progressed to the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive year with a 93-80 victory securing a 4-2 series win against the Washington Wizards.

David West poured in 29 points, while Lance Stephenson contributed 17 points and eight assists as Indiana produced a 17-2 run in the fourth quarter to overturn a late one-point deficit at the Verizon Center.

The Pacers, who delivered the perfect response having failed to close out the series on Tuesday with a crushing 102-79 defeat, will host game one against the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Sunday.