The Houston Rockets finally found a way to close out a game in their playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

And it allowed them to escape playoff elimination with a 105-103 win over the visiting Thunder on Monday night.

Chandler Parsons scored 27 points and Patrick Beverley added 16 points with point guard Jeremy Lin out with a bruised chest muscle. Houston avoided a four-game sweep in the best-of-seven series.

The Rockets led in the fourth quarter of each of the last two games only to end up losing.

"We felt the pain and frustration from the last two losses ... and we didn't want that to happen for the third straight time," Parsons said.

It almost did.

Kevin Durant scored five quick points to cut the Rockets' lead to two. James Harden missed two shots for Houston after that, and the Thunder had a last chance.

Reggie Jackson missed a jump shot and Serge Ibaka grabbed the rebound but missed a layup at the buzzer.

A stunned Ibaka fell to the court after the miss and covered his face with his hands.

Durant scored 38 points in Oklahoma City's second game without injured All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.

"Getting this first win gives us confidence going back to Oklahoma City, and anything can happen," Harden said.

Harden scored 15 points but also had 10 turnovers. He had two chances to extend Houston's lead with less than a minute left but missed both of them.


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Nets 110, Bulls 91: Brook Lopez had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Deron Williams added 23 points and 10 assists, and host Brooklyn beat Chicago, cutting the Bulls' lead to 3-2 in their first-round playoff series.

Recovering from a collapse two days earlier that sent them home on the brink of elimination, the Nets battered the Bulls on the boards and forced Chicago into being the team that wilted down the stretch.

Andray Blatche scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, and Gerald Wallace had consecutive baskets in a 15-1 finishing surge.

Nate Robinson had 20 points and eight assists starting in place of point guard Kirk Hinrich, who bruised his left calf in Saturday's game.

Hawks 102, Pacers 91: Josh Smith scored 29 points as host Atlanta built a 17-point lead at halftime, then withstood an Indiana comeback over the final two quarters to even the series in Game 4. Paul George scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half as the Pacers made a game of it but couldn't come back from a 57-40 deficit at the break.

Lakers: Guard Steve Nash wants center Dwight Howard back in Los Angeles next season.

"He can play for one of the greatest franchises in sports and an amazing city," Nash said. "This has got to be the place for him, and I'm hopeful that he sees it that way."

Howard, 27, becomes a free agent in July, able to sign a five-year, $118 million deal with the Lakers or a four-year, $88 million deal with someone else.

The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.