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Winners and Losers from Thursday's Wild NBA Playoff Action
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Thursday's NBA playoff action saw Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks stave off elimination with an ugly 85-75 win over the Indiana Pacers. It also saw the San Antonio Spurs eliminate the Golden State Warriors by a final score of 94-82 at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Of course, if you scanned a box score, you'd know that.

What you might not easily surmise is the way Indiana's bench and ball security allowed the Knicks to prolong their playoff lives. And let's not forget the Miami Heat, who probably spent Thursday night smiling contentedly to themselves, secure in the knowledge that they could wipe the floor with either of the bumbling Eastern Conference foes.

Also lurking below the surface of the evening's results was the battle-tested truism that experience counts for an awful lot in the postseason. Just ask the Spurs, whose veterans dug deep to find a way to win.

As for the Warriors, they'll go home having learned a hard lesson about experimenting with quirky lineups when the stakes are highest. Hint: It's not a good idea.

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