David West scored 29 points, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Washington Wizards, 93-80, to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year.

Lance Stephenson added 17 points and eight assists for the Pacers, who won the series 4-2 over the Wizards. They will host Game 1 against the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Sunday. Indiana took the Heat to seven games in the conference finals a year ago.

The Wizards took a one-point lead with 8 1/2 minutes to play, but they scored only two field goals the rest of the way as the Pacers closed with a 20-6 run.

Marcin Gortat scored 19 points for the Wizards, who ended their best playoff run in decades.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes his $25,000 fine for criticizing officials is money well spent. In fact, two people on the Clippers' front-office staff volunteered to help Rivers pay the bill after he ripped a key call in Los Angeles' 105-104 loss in Oklahoma City on Tuesday in Game 5 of their second-round playoff series. ... A cadre of attorneys and a flurry of lawsuits could certainly slow down the NBA's plan to force Donald Sterling to sell the Clippers over his recent racist comments, but legal experts say the league would likely prevail in the end.

And that goes for Sterling's wife, Shelly Sterling, who has said she'd like to keep her stake in the team even if her husband is ousted.


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GOLF

Duval near the top

Peter Hanson made his only back-nine birdie with a 6-foot putt at the 18th hole, closing out a 5-under 65 for a one-stroke lead over David Duval and two others after the first round of the Byron Nelson Championship.

Duval, ranked 890th in the world 15 years after being No. 1, birdied his last three holes -- Nos. 7-9 -- after pitching in from 57 feet for another birdie at the fifth hole. He's winless since the 2001 British Open. Marc Leishman and Tim Wilkinson matched Duval at 66.

Azahara Munoz and Austin Ernst had strong finishes to share the first-round lead in the Kingsmill Championship at 6-under 65. The former NCAA individual champions completed their morning rounds on the front nine at Kingsmill's River Course, with Munoz birdieing four of her last seven holes, and Ernst closing with birdies on No. 7 and 9. ... Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Browne and Chien Soon Lu shared the first-round lead at 3-under 69 in the Regions Tradition, the first of the 50-and-over tour's five majors.

FOOTBALL

Browns add Austin

The Browns have agreed to contract terms with free agent wide receiver Miles Austin, insurance in case Pro Bowler Josh Gordon is suspended.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Austin was released by the Dallas Cowboys in March in a salary-cap move. The 29-year-old played in just 11 games last season because of injuries. Miles had his best season in 2009, when he had 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.