The Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets are halfway to history after being down 3-0 in their conference quarterfinals series.
Boston avoided elimination by downing the Knicks, 92-86, in Game Five at Madison Square Garden.
Kevin Garnett led the way for the Celtics with 16 points, 18 rebounds and five assists.
Without Russell Westbrook the Thunder faltered for a second straight game, falling to the Rockets, 107-100.
Houston hit 14 three pointers, including seven from James Harden, who scored 31 points.
Both the Rockets and Celtics will try to force a Game Seven Friday night at home.
The Pacers demolished the Hawks 106-83 to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven first round series. All five games have been decided by double figures with the home team holding serve. Game Six is also on Friday night.
Thursday night, the Bulls try to close out the Nets at the United Center. Chicago leads the series 3-2, but Brooklyn won Game Five, 110-91.
The Nuggets also look to build on their Game Five victory against the Warriors with the series shifting to Oracle Arena. Golden State leads 3-2 and won the two previous games played in Oakland.
By: Mike Plourde for Great Lakes Radio Sports