NBA Playoffs: Nets stay alive, Hawks even series

NBA Playoffs: Nets stay alive, Hawks even series
April 29, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Nets 110 Bulls 91

Not ready to put out the light on the season after Saturday's triple-OT loss and taking advantage of yet another Bulls injury, Brooklyn outlasted Chicago with a late fourth quarter push. The starters controlled the action throughout and a certain ex-Wizard provided a substantial fourth quarter contribution as the Nets cut the Bulls lead to 3-2.

Player of the game: With Joakim Noah still not at full strength, Brook Lopez paced the Nets with 28 points on 11 of 20 shooting. The All-Star center also grabbed 10 rebounds and with Reggie Evans adding 12, Brooklyn finished with a 44-33 edge on the glass.

Turning point: Chicago's Game 4 hero Nate Robinson scored 20 points and his jumper with 4:17 remaining pulled the Bulls closer at 95-90. Lopez's 3-point play then started the decisive 8-2 run.. Gerald Wallace capped the spurt with a 3-pointer followed by a steal and subsequent fast break layup. The Nets outscored the Bulls 33-19 in the fourth quarter. Hardly a scoring factor in the series (and for much of the season), Wallace had 12 points.

Stats and stuff: Deron Williams had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets. Andray Blatche scored 10 of his 13 in the fourth quarter. ...Jimmy Butler had 18 points for the Bulls, who played without point guard Kirk Hinrich (bruised left calf). Carlos Boozer finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. ...The Nets made 20 of 23 free throws with Williams and Lopez combining to sink 15 of 17.

Next: Game 6 takes place Thursday in Chicago

Hawks 102 Pacers 91

Funny thing happened on the way to Indiana's first-round series win: Atlanta showed up - and starting winning. Despite blowing most of a 17-point first half lead, the 3-point shooting Hawks won their second straight game to even the series at 2-2. Atlanta made 11 3-point field goals, five by Kyle Korver.

Player of the game: Josh Smith scored 16 points in the first half and then missed all six of his field goal attempts in the third quarter as the Pacers rallied. Fortunately, for Atlanta, the good Mr. Smith showed up over the game's final minutes. The pending free agent finished with 29 points including a late 3-pointer. He also had 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Turning point: Atlanta led 57-40 at halftime, but were outscored by 10 in the third quarter. Smith drained a 3-pointer with just over three minute remaining then grabbed an offensive rebound on the Hawks next possession and deftly fed Korver beyond the arc. Korver's  final 3-pointer of the night gave Atlanta a 92-83 with 2:32 remaining. 

Stats and stuff: Korver scored 19 points and Al Horford had 18. ...Paul George scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Pacers. David West tacked on 15 points and Roy Hibbert had 14 as all of Indiana's starters scored in double figures. George Hill tallied 12 points, but went 0 for 6 from beyond the 3-point line. ...The Hawks finished 11 of 24 on their 3-point attempts. Anthony Tolliver made all three of his attempts.

Next: Game 5 takes place Wednesday in Indiana