Pierce sends Nets to Round 2

Paul Pierce scores only 10 — two on this second-quarter dunk near Toronto’s Terrence Ross (31) and Patrick Patterson — but blocks a shot at the buzzer to preserve Brooklyn’s 104-103 win.

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Paul Pierce scores only 10 — two on this second-quarter dunk near Toronto’s Terrence Ross (31) and Patrick Patterson — but blocks a shot at the buzzer to preserve Brooklyn’s 104-103 win.

TORONTO — Slowed by foul trouble and struggling with his shot, Paul Pierce found a way to come up big for Brooklyn.

Pierce blocked Kyle Lowry's shot from the lane as time expired and the Nets beat the Raptors 104-103 in Game 7 of the East quarterfinal on Sunday.

"I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," said Pierce, who had more fouls (three) than points (none) in the second half. "I saw him split the defenders. I saw him go up. I went up with him."

The Nets led by 10 with 5:38 left but just one with 8.8 seconds left. They used their final timeout after failing to inbound the ball. On the second try, Toronto's Terrence Ross got a hand on the ball then knocked it off Pierce and out of bounds with 6.2 left.

Toronto then gave the ball to Lowry, who scored 28 Sunday and averaged 20 for the series.

"The play was to get me the ball," he said. "But they did a good job of trapping me, and I didn't get the shot off that I wanted to get off."

Because of Pierce, who along with fellow playoff veteran Kevin Garnett came over from the Celtics during the offseason.

"That's why he's here; to make plays," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "He didn't have a great game. But it only takes one play to help a team win."

Nets 104, Raptors 103

BROOKLYN (104): J.Johnson 11-25 3-5 26, Pierce 4-10 0-0 10, Garnett 5-8 2-3 12, Williams 3-8 7-10 13, Anderson 2-6 0-0 5, Blatche 4-7 1-2 9, Thornton 4-8 5-6 17, Kirilenko 0-0 0-0 0, Plumlee 0-1 2-2 2, Livingston 4-5 2-2 10, Teletovic 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 37-81 22-30 104.

TORONTO (103): Ross 5-12 1-3 11, A.Johnson 9-12 2-2 20, Valanciunas 1-5 1-1 3, Lowry 7-19 12-14 28, DeRozan 5-12 7-7 18, Patterson 5-5 6-6 16, Vasquez 1-3 0-0 2, Salmons 1-3 0-0 3, Fields 0-0 0-0 0, Hayes 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 35-73 29-33 103.

Brooklyn 26 35 20 23— 104

Toronto 28 25 20 30— 103

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 8-23 (Thornton 4-6, Pierce 2-4, Anderson 1-4, J.Johnson 1-5, Williams 0-1, Teletovic 0-3), Toronto 4-13 (Lowry 2-4, DeRozan 1-2, Salmons 1-3, Vasquez 0-1, Ross 0-3). Fouled OutA.Johnson. ReboundsBrooklyn 51 (Garnett 11), Toronto 43 (A.Johnson 10). AssistsBrooklyn 16 (Williams, J.Johnson 4), Toronto 13 (DeRozan 6). Total FoulsBrooklyn 26, Toronto 27. TechnicalsGarnett, DeRozan. A20,457 (19,800).

Spurs rout Mavericks

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Tony Parker scored 32 and the Spurs led by as many as 31 on their way to a 119-96 victory over the Mavericks in Game 7 of the West quarterfinal.

The point guard was 11-of-19 from the field and 10-of-13 on free throws as Dallas could not keep him from attacking the lane despite some hard fouls.

"I just knew that I had to be aggressive if we wanted to have a chance to win the game because of the strategy that the Mavericks chose," Parker said. "They just dared me to score."

Kawhi Leonard's 16-foot jumper made it 18-7 six minutes in, and the lead reached 29 with two minutes left in the first half.

"We got hit by a tidal wave early," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "They had their best game.

"It's hard when you get hit with an onslaught early the way the guys did."

Spurs 119, Mavericks 96

DALLAS (96): Marion 2-5 1-2 5, Nowitzki 8-21 6-7 22, Dalembert 1-3 0-0 2, Calderon 2-8 0-0 4, Ellis 3-11 4-4 12, Carter 4-12 0-0 10, Blair 4-5 0-0 8, Harris 6-10 2-2 17, Wright 3-4 0-0 6, Crowder 1-4 0-0 2, Larkin 0-1 0-0 0, Ellington 2-4 2-2 8, B.James 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-88 15-17 96.

SAN ANTONIO (119): Leonard 7-14 0-1 15, Duncan 7-8 1-2 15, Splitter 0-0 1-2 1, Parker 11-19 10-13 32, Green 5-7 2-2 16, Diaw 3-5 2-2 8, Ginobili 5-7 8-9 20, Belinelli 2-4 0-0 5, Mills 2-8 1-2 7, Baynes 0-0 0-0 0, Bonner 0-0 0-0 0, Joseph 0-0 0-0 0, Ayres 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 42-74 25-33 119.

Dallas 23 23 22 28— 96

San Antonio 35 33 26 25— 119

3-Point GoalsDallas 9-25 (Harris 3-3, Ellington 2-4, Ellis 2-6, Carter 2-6, Marion 0-1, Crowder 0-1, Nowitzki 0-2, Calderon 0-2), San Antonio 10-24 (Green 4-6, Ginobili 2-3, Mills 2-6, Belinelli 1-2, Leonard 1-5, Parker 0-1, Diaw 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 46 (Nowitzki 9), San Antonio 48 (Duncan 8). AssistsDallas 21 (Carter, Calderon 4), San Antonio 21 (Diaw, Ginobili 5). Total FoulsDallas 21, San Antonio 21. TechnicalsDallas Coach Carlisle, Parker. Flagrant Fouls—Blair, Crowder. A18,581 (18,797).

Late Saturday

Clippers 126, Warriors 121: Blake Griffin scored 24 (six over the final two minutes) and Chris Paul had 22 points and 14 assists for host Los Angeles in Game 7 of the West quarterfinal. The win capped a week that included the lifetime ban of owner Donald Sterling for racist comments. "We didn't dwell on all that stuff," Paul said. "And not to diminish how serious everything has been, it was all about basketball (Saturday)." The Warriors led by 10 at halftime. "We fought so hard this whole series, this whole season," said guard Stephen Curry, who had 33 points and nine assists. "It stings. It's disappointing."

Thunder 120, Grizzlies 109: Kevin Durant scored 33 while making 5-of-5 3-pointers and Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds to lift host Oklahoma City in Game 7 of the West quarterfinal. Durant made just 12 of 48 3-pointers over the first six games. "I got out of my own way," he said. "I was thinking too much. I was worrying about what (the media) were saying. I was worrying about what shots I was going to shoot throughout a game. I just enjoyed myself." Memphis, playing without suspended star Zach Randolph, led by 11 in the first half before Oklahoma City shot 66 percent in the second half. "What (Saturday) showed was Z-Bo's worth," guard Tony Allen said. "I truly believe had he not gotten suspended, we probably would've advanced."

Conference quarters

EAST

NETS 4, Raptors 3

Game 1: Nets 94, Raptors 87

Game 2: Raptors 100, Nets 95

Game 3: Nets 102, Raptors 98

Game 4: Raptors 87, Nets 79

Game 5: Raptors 115, Nets 113

Game 6: Nets 97, Raptors 83

Sunday: Nets 104, Raptors 103

PACERS 4, HAWKS 3

Wizards 4, Bulls 1

Heat 4, Bobcats 0

WEST

Spurs 4, Mavericks 3

Game 1: Spurs 90, Mavs 85

Game 2: Mavs 113, Spurs 92

Game 3: Mavs 109, Spurs 108

Game 4: Spurs 93, Mavs 103

Game 5: Spurs 109, Mavs 103

Game 6: Mavericks 113, Spurs 111

Sunday: Spurs 119, Mavs 96

CLIPPERS 4, Warriors 3

Game 1: Warriors 109, Clippers 105

Game 2: Clippers 138, Warriors 98

Game 3: Clippers 98, Warriors 96

Game 4: Warriors 118, Clippers 97

Game 5: Clippers 113, Warriors 103

Game 6: Warriors 100, Clippers 99

Game 7: Clippers 126, Warriors 121

Thunder 4, Grizzlies 3

Trail Blazers 4, Rockets 2

Conference semis

EAST

Heat vs. Nets

Tuesday: at Miami, 7, TNT

Thursday: at Miami, 7, ESPN2

Saturday: at Brooklyn, 8, Ch. 28

May 12: at Brooklyn, 8, TNT

May 14: at Miami, TBD, TNT*

May 16: at Brooklyn, TBD, ESPN*

May 18: at Miami, TBD, Ch. 28*

Pacers vs. Wizards

Tonight: at Indiana, 7, TNT

Wednesday: at Indiana, 7, TNT

Friday: at Washington, 8, ESPN

May 11: at Washington, 8, TNT

May 13: at Indiana, TBD, TNT*

May 15: at Wash., TBD, ESPN*

May 18: at Indiana, TBD, TBD*

WEST

Thunder vs. Clippers

Tonight: at Okla. City, 9:30, TNT

Wed.: at Okla. City, 9:30, TNT

Friday: at L.A., 10:30, ESPN

May 11: at L.A., 3:30, Ch. 28

May 13: at Okla. City, TBD, TNT*

May 15: at L.A., TBD, ESPN*

May 18: at Okla. City, TBD, TNT*

Spurs vs. Blazers

Tuesday: at San Antonio, 9:30, TNT

Thur.: at San Antonio, 9:30, ESPN2

Saturday: at Portland, 10:30, ESPN

May 12: at Portland, 10:30, TNT

May 14: at San Antonio, TBD, TNT*

May 16: at Portland, TBD, ESPN*

May 19: at San Antonio, TBD, TNT*

* if necessary

Pierce sends Nets to Round 2 05/04/14 [Last modified: Sunday, May 4, 2014 10:11pm]

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