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NBA roundup: Pacers, Grizzlies, Thunder win series

Kevin Durant scored 27 points and Kevin Martin added 25 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 103-94 victory over the Rockets on Friday night in Houston, sending them to the second round of the playoffs for the third straight season.

The Rockets were looking to become just the fourth team in NBA history to force a Game 7 after trailing, 3-0.

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But the Thunder opened the fourth quarter with a big run to take the lead and cruised to the Game 6 victory.

Martin finally gave the Thunder someone to take scoring pressure off Durant for the first time since All-Star Russell Westbrook had season-ending knee surgery. He had 21 points by halftime and Reggie Jackson, Westbrook’s replacement, helped out by scoring 17.

James Harden, who the team said had strep throat on Thursday, led Houston with 26 points.

Pacers 81, Hawks 73 — George Hill and David West each scored 21 points and Indiana withstood a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, beating host Atlanta to close out the opening-round playoff series, 4-2.

The home team had won every game until the Hawks returned to Philips Arena and set a franchise record with just 9 points in the second quarter on 1-of-15 shooting. The defense broke down in the third, allowing Hill and West to combine for 22 points, and the Pacers built a 65-50 lead going to the fourth.

The Hawks showed some heart, slicing it to 76-73 on Al Horford’s dunk with 2:13 remaining.

But the comeback fizzled there, and the Pacers advanced to face New York.

Grizzlies 118, Clippers 105 — Mike Conley and Zach Randolph scored 23 points each, and host Memphis beat Los Angeles to take the first-round series, 4-2, and advance to their second Western Conference semifinals in three seasons.

The Grizzlies had never won four straight postseason games before this series, and they became only the 10th team in NBA history to win four straight after trailing, 2-0. They will open the second round at Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Memphis finished with seven players in double figures. Tony Allen had a postseason-best 19 points and Jerryd Bayless had 16.

Reserve Matt Barnes scored a career playoff-best 30 points for Los Angeles. Chris Paul had 28 points before being ejected with 2:29 left protesting a foul called on Barnes. Blake Griffin didn’t start because of his sprained right ankle, and he scored 9 points in 14 minutes. Caron Butler added 14 points.

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