Spurs, Raptors regain home-court advantageUNDATED (AP) - The Houston Rockets are still alive in the NBA playoffs.
Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds as the Rockets beat Portland 108-98 to pull within three games to two in the series. Jeremy Lin provided a big spark off the bench with 21 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Chandler Parsons finished with 20 points and Omer Asik had 15 rebounds while they helped the Rockets hold the Trail Blazers to 43 percent shooting.
Wesley Matthews hit five 3-pointers in scoring a team-high 27 points for the Blazers.
Game 6 is Friday in Portland.
The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors have grabbed 3-2 leads in the conference quarterfinals.
Tony Parker had 23 points and the Spurs never trailed in a 109-103 victory over Dallas. Manu Ginobili had 19 points and Tiago Splitter added 17 and 12 rebounds as San Antonio regained home-court advantage.
Tim Duncan chipped in 16 points and 12 boards in the win.
Vince Carter scored 28 points for the Mavericks, who will try to stave off elimination when they host Game 6 on Friday.
Toronto coughed up a 26-point lead before downing Brooklyn 115-113. Kyle Lowry scored a career playoff-high 36 points on 6 of 9 from 3-point range, including a trey that put the Raptors ahead to stay.
DeMar DeRozan had 23 points for the Raptors, who would advance to face Miami in the second round with a victory in Game 6 on Friday in Brooklyn.
Joe Johnson scored 30 points for the Nets who outscored Toronto 44-24 in the fourth quarter and twice tied the score late in the game.
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