NBA roundup: Rockets storm back but Thunder hang on

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant drives against Houston Rockets' Chandler Parsons (L) and James...

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant drives against Houston Rockets' Chandler Parsons (L) and James Harden during the first half of Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-finals basketball playoff series in Houston April 27, 2013. (REUTERS/Donna Carson)

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HOUSTON (The Sports Xchange) - The Houston Rockets erased a 26-point deficit and grabbed an improbable fourth-quarter lead, but the Oklahoma City Thunder rode a heroic effort from Kevin Durant to a 104-101 win Saturday night at Toyota Center in Game 3 of this Western Conference quarterfinal.

Rockets reserve guard Francisco Garcia scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer with 45.2 seconds left that gave Houston its biggest lead since early in the first quarter. But Durant, who logged an indefatigable 47 minutes helping offset the loss of Russell Westbrook, followed with 3 with 36.9 seconds left to help Oklahoma City take a 3-0 series lead.

Durant matched his playoff career high of 41 points and chipped in 14 rebounds to pace the Thunder. Forward Serge Ibaka added a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, contributing a pair of critical baskets in the final moments after Houston clawed back into contention.

Guard James Harden led the Rockets with 30 points and added eight rebounds and six assists while forward Chandler Parsons tallied 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

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Grizzlies 104, Clippers 83

(The Sports Xchange) — Forward Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies was named the NBA’s best defensive player earlier this week.

Gasol showed that his offense can’t exactly be ignored on Saturday at FedExForum in the Grizzlies’ 104-83 victory in Game 4 that tied their Western Conference series with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Gasol scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half, after Zach Randolph, the other half of the Grizzlies’ one-two inside punch, scored 16 of his 24 in the first half.

The series, tied 2-2, returns to Los Angeles for Game 5 on Tuesday.

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Hawks 90, Pacers 69

(The Sports Xchange) - Al Horford recorded playoff career highs of 26 points and 16 rebounds as host Atlanta pulled within 2-1 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series with Indiana.

Josh Smith scored 14 points and Jeff Teague added 13 for the Hawks, who put on a defensive display by holding the Pacers to 27.2 percent shooting. Atlanta will try to even the series when it hosts Game 4 on Monday.

David West scored 18 points and Paul George had 16 for Indiana, which committed 22 turnovers.

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Bulls 142, Nets 134 (three overtimes)

(SportsDirect) - Nate Robinson scored 34 points before fouling out as host Chicago recovered from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun Brooklyn and take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference best-of-seven series.

Robinson scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, including 12 straight during a game-tying 14-0 run, and Joakim Noah hit the go-ahead shot in the third overtime for Chicago.

Carlos Boozer scored 21 points and Kirk Hinrich had 18 points and 14 assists for the Bulls, who will try to finish the series off in Monday’s Game Five at Brooklyn. Deron Williams had 32 points and 10 assists, Brook Lopez had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Joe Johnson scored 22 points for Brooklyn.


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