Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling broke his silence Sunday, apologizing for racial comments that prompted the NBA to ban him for life.
"I'm a good member who made a mistake and I'm apologizing and I'm asking for forgiveness," he told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "Am I entitled to one mistake? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. ... It's a terrible mistake, and I'll never do it again.
"I'm not a racist. I made a terrible mistake."
Sterling's comments came two weeks after a recording was released to TMZ in which the billionaire tells a female friend not to associate with black people, including Magic Johnson.
Excerpts of the CNN interview, which will be broadcast Monday, were released hours after Sterling's wife, Shelly, spoke with ABC's Barbara Walters. Shelly Sterling said she may eventually divorce her husband and will fight efforts to force her to sell her share of the Clippers.
She also suggested her husband is suffering from dementia. (Donald Sterling did not address his health in the interview material CNN released Sunday.)
"I was shocked by what he said," Shelly Sterling told Walters. "But I don't know why I should be punished for what his actions were."
The NBA said if Donald Sterling's ownership of the Clippers is terminated, so is his wife's. League spokesman Mike Bass said that according to the NBA constitution, "if a controlling owner's interest is terminated by a three-fourths vote, all other team owners' interests are automatically terminated, as well."
Meanwhile on the court, Darren Collison scored eight of his 18 points in the final 2:58, rallying the host Clippers past Oklahoma City 101-99 to tie the Western Conference series 2-2.
"Even though we didn't play well throughout the game, we were able to get a win," Collison said. "That feels more impressive than anything we did."
Russell Westbrook, who scored 27 points, missed a 3-pointer, and Serge Ibaka's tip attempt was too late at the buzzer, allowing the Clippers to salvage a game they trailed until the final 1:23.
"It was a good look," Westbrook said. "Just didn't go in."
Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 25 points.
Kevin Durant had 40 points for the Thunder, which had an early 22-point lead.
"We let this one slip away," Durant said. "We could have took control of the series."
Game 5 is Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
Pacers 95, Wizards 92: Paul George scored 39 points and had 12 rebounds to lead Indiana back from a 19-point deficit and past host Washington.
The Pacers lead the Eastern Conference series 3-1 and can close it out Tuesday, hosting Game 5.
George scored 28 points after halftime, including six 3-pointers.
Roy Hibbert had 17 points and nine rebounds, continuing his recent surge after a poor start to the series.
Knicks: Sources confirmed to ESPN New York that Steve Kerr and the Knicks are progressing toward a contract agreement. Kerr's agent is in negotiations with the Knicks regarding the team's coaching vacancy.
As far as the Warriors go, sources stressed Stan Van Gundy is the closest thing to a top target at this stage of the team's search for a successor to fired coach Mark Jackson.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.