NBA Wrap: Thunder hold off Rockets

NBA Wrap: Thunder hold off Rockets
April 24, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Kevin Durant on Wednesday scored 29 points including the go ahead 3-pointer in the Thunder's 105-102 win over the Rockets. (USA Today Images)

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The Sixers' coaching search heated up Wednesday with sources confirming the team's interest in Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone (See story).

Jrue Holiday averaged the fourth-most assists per game this season in the NBA, en route to earning his first All-Star nod at the age of 22. Check out his player evaluation here.

Here's a look at tonight's playoff action around the NBA:

Thunder take 2-0 series lead over Rockets
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 29 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder recovered after squandering a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 105-102 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 series lead.

Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 to play, and the Thunder didn't relinquish the lead after that. Durant missed a free throw with 1 second left, but Houston was out of timeouts and Carlos Delfino couldn't connect on a desperation shot at the final buzzer.

James Harden scored 36 points and spearheaded a 21-2 comeback that wiped out the big deficit and put the Rockets up 95-91. But the top-seeded Thunder were able to respond and protect the home-court advantage they'd spent all season earning (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

George, Pacers handle Hawks
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul George followed his triple-double by scoring a playoff career-high 27 points to lead Indiana past Atlanta 113-98 on Wednesday night.

The Pacers lead the best-of-seven first-round series 2-0 and have won four straight home games over the Hawks. It's the first time Indiana has held a 2-0 series lead since the 2004 Eastern Conference semifinals.

George, playing in his first game since being named the league's Most Improved Player, was 11 of 21 from the field, had eight rebounds, three assists and four steals and again played well defensively. George Hill had 22 points (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Parker leads Spurs past Lakers
SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker had 28 points and seven assists and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-91 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard had 16 points each, Manu Ginobili added 13 points and Matt Bonner had 10 for San Antonio.

Dwight Howard and Steve Blake had 16 points each to lead Los Angeles. Metta World Peace and Pau Gasol added 13 points each, but no other player had more than nine as the Lakers shot 45 percent from the field.

Game 3 is Friday night in Los Angeles.

The Spurs shot 51 percent from the field after shooting 38 percent in Game 1. San Antonio was 7 for 14 on 3-pointers, including 5 for 7 in the first half (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

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