Kevin Durant scored 27 points 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.
Pacers 81, Hawks 73— George Hill and David West each scored 21 points and Indiana withstood a comeback in the fourth quarter, beating host Atlanta to close out the series, 4-2.
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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.