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Mavericks edge Rockets to even up first-round series


With Dirk Nowitzki in another slump and Houston's Tracy McGrady scoring virtually at will, unheralded Dallas point guard Jason Terry rescued the Mavericks from the bleakest of deficits and even the series.

Terry scored a season-high 32 points, including a 3-pointer with 26.9 seconds left, and Michael Finley added 18 to rally the Mavericks from a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit for a 97-93 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

The victory evened the best-of-seven, first-round series at two games each, with the road team winning all four games. Game 5 is Monday night in Dallas.

Nowitzki finished with 18 points on 4-for-14 shooting.

McGrady led Houston with 36 points, and Yao Ming added 20.

Celtics 110, Pacers 79

In Indianapolis, Paul Pierce had 30 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and Boston overcame the loss of the suspended Antoine Walker to even the series with Indiana at 2-2.

Walker drew a one-game suspension for pushing an official Thursday night.

Stephen Jackson led Indiana with 24 points. The 31-point setback was the worst in the team's playoff history, surpassing a 24-point loss to Orlando on June 4, 1995, in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Boston.

Wizards 117, Bulls 99

In Washington, Gilbert Arenas had 32 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to help Washington beat Chicago and win a playoff game for the first time in 17 years.

Larry Hughes added 21 points and seven rebounds for the Wizards, Antawn Jamison had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Etan Thomas finished with 20.

Spurs 86, Nuggets 78

In Denver, Manu Ginobili provided a spark off the bench for the second straight game and Robert Horry hit two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help San Antonio beat Denver for a 2-1 series lead.

Ginobili had 32 points, Horry finished with 13 and Duncan had 11. Game 4 is Monday in Denver.

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