Kevin Durant bounced back from the worst shooting game of his playoff career with 34 points as Oklahoma City retook control of its first-round series with a 131-102 victory over Dallas in Game 3 on Friday.
The 2014 MVP scored 20 points in the first half, when the Thunder led by as many as 19 points on their way to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Russell Westbrook scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half and had 15 assists.
Dirk Nowitzki played despite a bruise on his right knee and scored 16 points for the Mavericks, who missed 10 of their first 12 shots from 3-point range.
Game 4 is in Dallas on Sunday at 10:00am AEST
James Harden scored 35 points, including the game-winner with 2 seconds left, as the Houston Rockets took advantage of Stephen Curry’s absence to get a 97-96 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Friday.
The victory cuts Houston’s deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Shaun Livingston stole a pass from Trevor Ariza and Ian Clark’s layup put Golden State up by one with 10.6 seconds left. Harden then took it to the other end and stepped back for the jump shot to win it.
Golden State had a chance to win it after that, but Draymond Green dribbled the inbound pass off his foot and out of bounds.
Marreese Speights came off the bench to lead the Warriors with 22 points and Klay Thompson had 17. Australian Andrew Bogut had just the two points and four rebounds.
Game 4 is in Houston on Monday morning at 5:30am AEST
The Atlantic Division champions, the Toronto Raptors claimed a 2-1 series lead against the Indiana Pacers with a dominant 101-85 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday.
The 16-point margin of victory was the second-largest in Raptors postseason franchise history away from home.
DeMar DeRozan bounced back from a couple of poor performances at home with 21 points, while Kyle Lowry offered balance by totaling 21 points and eight assists. The Raptors finished a team-best plus-18 with Lowry on the floor.
Indiana, which was led by Paul George with 25 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, spent most of the game playing catchup and the Pacers couldn't get closer than 12 points during the final 33 minutes of a downright embarrassing night.
Game 4 is in Indiana on Sunday morning 5:00am AEST