James Harden scored 31 points and sank seven three-pointers while fighting through flu-like symptoms, and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma...
OKLAHOMA CITY — James Harden scored 31 points and sank seven three-pointers while fighting through flu-like symptoms, and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-100 Wednesday night to cut their deficit to 3-2 in their first-round playoff series.
Harden made the first seven threes he tried and Houston led by as many as 16 points before fending off a late rally.
The Thunder started fouling Omer Asik — a 54 percent career foul shooter — with 5:33 to play. Asik went 8 for 12 from the line, extending Houston’s lead to 101-92 with 3:53 left before the Thunder gave up the tactic.
Kevin Durant finished with 36 points for Oklahoma City, which must now travel to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night.
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PORTLAND — Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, the sixth overall pick in last June’s draft out of Weber State, was the unanimous selection for NBA Rookie of the Year.
Lillard led all rookies with a 19-point scoring average, playing in all 82 games. He broke Stephen Curry’s rookie record for three-pointers in a season, finishing with 185, and became just the third NBA rookie with at least 1,500 points and 500 assists, after Oscar Robertson and Alan Iverson.
Celtics 92, at Knicks 86
Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 18 rebounds as Boston stayed alive, cutting New York’s series lead to 3-2.
The Celtics will host Game 6 on Friday, needing two wins to become the first NBA team to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a series. Brandon Bass added 17 points, steadying Boston as it shook off an 11-0 deficit and pulled away in the second half to stop the Knicks from their first playoff series victory since 2000.
Jason Terry, from Franklin High School in Seattle, scored 17 points for Boston.
At Pacers 106, Hawks 83
David West scored 24 points and Paul George had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 3-2 series lead.
The Pacers have won all three home games in the best-of-seven series and are 5-0 at home this season against the Hawks. The Pacers will go to Atlanta on Friday with a chance to clinch the best-of-seven series. But the Hawks have won 13 straight at home against the Pacers, including both games in this series.
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