NBA Playoffs: Rockets, Nets avoid elimination

2013-04-30T00:00:00Z NBA Playoffs: Rockets, Nets avoid eliminationThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets finally found a way to close out a game in their playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

And it allowed them to escape playoff elimination with a 105-103 win over the Thunder on Monday night.

Chandler Parsons scored 27 points and Patrick Beverley added 16 points with point guard Jeremy Lin out with a bruised chest muscle. Houston avoided a four-game sweep in the best-of-seven series.

The Rockets led in the fourth quarter of each of the last two games only to end up losing.

"We felt the pain and frustration from the last two losses ... and we didn't want that to happen for the third straight time," Parsons said.

It almost did.

Kevin Durant scored five quick points to cut the Rockets' lead to two. James Harden missed two shots for Houston after that and the Thunder had a last chance.

Reggie Jackson missed a jump shot and Serge Ibaka grabbed the rebound, but missed a layup at the buzzer.

Durant scored 38 points in Oklahoma City's second game without injured All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.

• Nets 110, Bulls 91: In New York, Brook Lopez had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Deron Williams added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Nets cut Chicago's lead to 3-2 in their first-round playoff series.

Andray Blatche scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and Gerald Wallace had consecutive baskets down the stretch as the Nets finally pulled away in a game they led most of the way, but never by too much.

Two days after rallying for a 142-134 triple-overtime victory, the Bulls were outscored 15-1 down the stretch and failed to set up a second-round series with Miami. Instead they will host Game 6 on Thursday.

Nate Robinson had 20 points and eight assists starting in place of point guard Kirk Hinrich, who bruised his left calf Saturday.

• Hawks 102, Pacers 91: In Atlanta, Josh Smith scored 29 points as the Hawks built a 17-point lead at halftime, then withstood an Indiana comeback over the final two quarters to even the series 2-2.

After struggling much of the second half, Smith made every big play down the stretch. He swished a rare three-pointer, came up with an offensive rebound to set up a three by Kyle Korver, then finished off a fast break with a right-handed dunk.

Game 5 will be Wednesday night in Indianapolis.

Rim shots

In an emotional saga that has dragged on for nearly three years, the Sacramento Kings finally appear to be staying put in California's capital city.

The NBA's relocation committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend that owners reject the application for the Kings to relocate to Seattle, the latest - and by far the strongest - in a long line of cities that almost landed the franchise.

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