Roundup: Deron Williams, Nets force Game 7

Nets guard Deron Williams suffered an apparent leg injury during the third quarter of Friday’s game, but would return and help lead Brooklyn to a victory.
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Nets guard Deron Williams suffered an apparent leg injury during the third quarter of Friday’s game, but would return and help lead Brooklyn to a victory.

Monta Ellis scored 12 of his 29 points to lead a fourth-quarter comeback, Dirk Nowitzki added 22, and the Mavericks forced a Game 7 in their first-round series with top-seeded San Antonio, beating the Spurs, 113-111, Friday night in Dallas.

The eighth-seeded Mavericks bounced back from consecutive losses by handing the Spurs their first road defeat when leading after three quarters this season.

‘‘Put all of our chips on the table and see what happens,’’ said Ellis, whose 3-pointer put Dallas ahead for a good at 94-92 with five minutes to go.

Tony Parker scored 22 to lead the heavily favored Spurs, who won all four games against Dallas during the regular season.

Dallas big man DeJuan Blair scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his return from a Game 5 suspension against his former teammates.

Tim Duncan had 16 points and nine rebounds, Tiago Splitter scored a a playoff career-high 19 points, and Danny Green scored 17, matching his total for the first five games of the series combined.

The second Game 7 between these teams is Sunday in San Antonio. The Mavericks won the other one there in 2006.

Nets 97, Raptors 83 — Deron Williams scored 23 points, shaking off a second-half injury, and host Brooklyn played its way to a seventh game.

Despite spraining his left ankle early in the third quarter, Williams dominated his matchup with Kyle Lowry and helped the Nets put it away with a 3-pointer with 1:13 left that made it 92-79.

Game 7 is Sunday in Toronto, with the winner advancing to face the defending champion Miami Heat.

DeMar DeRozan had 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists for the Raptors, who will have to go the distance if they are to win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history. Toronto, which hasn’t won any postseason series since 2001, fell behind by 26 points in Game 6.

Lowry shot 4 of 16 for 11 points after scoring 36 in the Raptors’ Game 5 victory. He was the only other Toronto player in double figures.

Joe Johnson had 17 points, Kevin Garnett 13, and Paul Pierce 12 for the Nets, who will play in a Game 7 for the second straight season.

Alan Anderson had 9 points and nine rebounds for the Nets after coach Jason Kidd shook up his starting lineup, inserting Anderson over Shaun Livingston.

Trail Blazers 99, Rockets 98 — Damian Lillard hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer off an inbounds play, sending host Portland to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs with a 4-2 series win.

 Chandler Parsons finished a scrum under the hoop with a lay-in with 0.9 seconds remaining for Houston, which got 34 points and six assists from James Harden, but fell short.

 Lillard finished with 25 points and six rebounds, while LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

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Zach Randolph was suspended for Saturday night’s Game 7 at Oklahoma City, the NBA punishing the Grizzlies forward for punching Steven Adams in the jaw late in Game 6. The Grizzlies had no comment on the decision. Memphis point guard Mike Conley strained his right hamstring in Thursday’s loss, but said Friday that he plans to play.