Celtics not done yet, down Knicks

Celtics not done yet, down Knicks
May 1, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett (5) takes a shot over New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) during the first half in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden.

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Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 18 rebounds, Jeff Green had 18 points and the Boston Celtics avoided elimination with a 92-86 win over the Knicks on Wednesday night, cutting New York's series lead to 3-2. 

Brandon Bass and Jason Terry scored 17 points and Paul Pierce for the Celtics, who shot 50 percent on their 3-point attempts (11 for 22) and made 17 of their free throw attempts. 

Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and Raymond Felton had 21 for the Knicks. New York started the game with an 11-0 run, but lost the lead by halftime and never led in the second half as Anthony missed 8 of 10 shots over the final two quarters and finished 8 of 24 from the field.

The Celtics have won two straight games. Win two more they would be the first team in NBA history to win a series after trailing 3-0. Game 6 tips at 7 p.m. Friday night in Boston.

J.R. Smith returned to New York's lineup following a Game 4 suspension for throwing and landing an elbow at Jason Terry. His shot never did until the final minutes as Smith missed his first 10 field goal tries and finished with 14 points. 

The Celtics led by 15 points before the Knicks pulled closed as Smith's 3-pointer made it 88-83 with 1:05 remaining. Garnett countered with a jumper and subsequently sank two free throws.

Anthony missed all five of his 3-point attempts as the Knicks finished 5 of 22 from beyond the arc. 

Terry made five 3-pointers, Pierce four and Green made both of his attempts in the fourth quarter.

Celtics reserve and ex-Wizard Jordan Crawford did not play in the game, but ended up in verbal spat with Felton as the teams walked off the court, leading to some pushing but no further escalation.

Pacers 106 Hawks 83

Returning home after consecutive road losses, the Pacers throttled the Hawks 106-83 as David West scored 24 points against Atlanta on Wednesday night. Indiana jumped in front for good during the second quarter and held a 27-point lead in the second half, taking a 3-2 series lead.

Player of the game: Indiana SF Paul George had 21 points on 7 of 8 shooting, sinking both of his 3-point attempts. The All-Star also tallied 10 rebounds and five assists.

Turning point: trailing 31-28 early in the second quarter, the Pacers closed the half with a 22-12 run for a 50-43 lead and then extended the spurt with a 12-3 stretch opening the third period. West scored 12 points during the second quarter rally

Stats and stuff: Josh Smith and Al Horford each scored 14 points for the Hawks. ...Indiana dominated the glass, finishing with a 51-28 rebounding advantage as Lance Stephenson grabbed 12. ...Pacers PG George Hill had 15 points and 10 rebounds. ...The backcourt of Jeff Teague and Devin Harris shot a combined 6 of 25 from the field as Atlanta finished at 33.3 percent. Over the last three games, Teague is 10 of 39 (25.6 percent). ...Game 6 is at Atlanta on Friday night. The Hawks have 13 straight wins over the Pacers at home including the twice this series.

Rockets 107, Thunder 100

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- James Harden scored 31 points and sank seven 3-pointers while fighting through flu-like symptoms, and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-100 Wednesday night to pull within 3-2 in their first-round playoff series.

Harden made the first seven 3s he tried and Houston led by as many as 16 before fending off a rally that Oklahoma City helped stymie with its own strategy.

The Thunder, apparently doubting they could overcome an eight-point lead on their home court without Russell Westbrook, resorted to intentionally 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 remaining before Oklahoma City 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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