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DeMarre Carroll outdueled Alan Anderson in a battle of role players to help Atlanta build a comfortable lead in the first half of Game 5. All-Stars Al Horford and Jeff Teague helped the Hawks fend off the hard-charging Brooklyn Nets in the second. Carroll netted 19 of his 24 points in the opening 24 minutes, Horford added 20 points and 15 rebounds and the Hawks beat the Nets 107-97 to move back ahead in this Eastern Conference first-round series. Atlanta leads the best-of-seven set 3-2 with Game 6 slated for Friday in Brooklyn. The home team has held serve in each tilt so far. The Nets never led and trailed by as many as 17 in the opening half. They pulled within two several times in the fourth quarter and even clawed within a point on one occasion, but the Hawks always responded. Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack netted 22 of Brooklyn's 27 points in the final frame. After Johnson sandwiched 3-pointers around a Horford jumper to cut the deficit to 97-95 with 2:20 remaining, Atlanta scored three straight baskets to put the game out of reach. Horford knocked down another jumper and a pair of Teague layups upped Atlanta's advantage to 103-95 with 42.2 ticks on the clock. Teague posted 20 points and eight assists for the Hawks, who have won 13 of their last 15 home games against Brooklyn. Three-point specialist Kyle Korver, just 12-of-37 (32.4 percent) from beyond the arc over the first four games, was 5-of-12 from long distance and finished with 17 points in the triumph. Anderson scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half for Brooklyn, which is attempting to become the first under-.500 eighth seed (38-44) to win a first-round series. Five eight seeds have beaten No. 1s in NBA history. Johnson supplied 18 points and nine boards and Jack provided 18 points and six assists in defeat.

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James Harden and the Houston Rockets are headed to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. Harden scored 28 points and came up with a big 3-pointer and steal down the stretch as Houston finished off the Dallas Mavericks in five games with a 103-94 victory. The Rockets advanced past the first round for the first time since 2009 and will play the winner of the ongoing Clippers-Spurs series. Harden received plenty of support from his supporting cast. Dwight Howard totaled 18 points and 19 rebounds, Josh Smith netted 20 points off the bench and Terrence Jones scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Houston moved on despite turning it over 21 times and missing nearly half of their free throws (19-of-36).

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Deron Williams came alive and the Nets evened their first-round playoff series with the Hawks. The maligned point guard didn't just have his best offensive game of the series. It was his best in years. After totaling just 18 points in the first three games, Williams poured in 35 on Monday night and No. 8-seeded Brooklyn beat Atlanta 120-115 in overtime to tie the series at 2-2. The Nets will take a two-game winning streak into Game 5 on Wednesday in Atlanta, where they kept it close in two losses to open the series.

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