Printed on: April 30, 2013

Rockets remain aloft


HOUSTON (AP) -- The Rockets escaped elimination when 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 with a 105-103 win.

The Rockets led in the fourth quarter of each of the last two games only to end up losing. And it almost happened again Monday.

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

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HAWKS 102, PACERS 91: At Atlanta, Josh Smith scored 29 points as the Atlanta Hawks built a 17-point lead at halftime, then withstood an Indiana comeback over the final two quarters to even the series with a 102-91 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.

After struggling much of the second half, Smith made every big play down the stretch. He swished a rare 3-pointer, came up with an offensive rebound to set up a 3 by Kyle Korver, then finished off a fast break with a right-handed dunk.

Paul George scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half as the Pacers made a game of it but couldn\\\'t come back from a 57-40 deficit at the break.

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