Dallas evens series in Houston

Boston wins on the road without suspended forward Antoine Walker.

Published: Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 2:01 a.m.
HOUSTON - Jason Terry might never pass enough to earn favorable comparisons to Dallas' previous point guard. That's OK with the Mavericks, as long as Terry keeps scoring the way he did in Game 4.
With Dirk Nowitzki in another slump and Houston's Tracy McGrady suddenly struggling after scoring virtually at will, Terry took over in the fourth quarter to rescue the Mavericks from the bleakest of deficits.
The unheralded point guard scored a season-high 32 points, including a 3-pointer with 26.9 seconds left, and Michael Finley added 18, rallying the Mavericks from another late deficit in a 97-93 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
''I wouldn't consider 'Jet' a classic point guard,'' said Mavericks coach Avery Johnson, who was exactly that during his 16-year NBA career. ''But he gets the job done.''
The victory evened the best-of-seven, first-round series at two games apiece. Game 5 is Monday night in Dallas.
The Mavericks might want to petition the NBA to hold the game elsewhere, because home-court advantage has been a disadvantage in this series. The road team has won all the games in this matchup.
''Hopefully, home will be a safe haven at some point in this series,'' Mavericks guard Jerry Stackhouse said. ''I think the pressure has been on us and now that the series is even, the pressure should be about the same.''
While 14 teams in NBA history have come back from 0-2 deficits - most recently last season when the Lakers beat San Antonio - only two teams have done it in a seven-game series after losing the first two games at home. The 1994 Rockets did it against Phoenix, and the 1969 Lakers against the San Francisco Warriors.
Dallas rallied from two games down against Utah in the first round in 2001, but both losses came on the road.
  • CELTICS 110, PACERS 79: Paul Pierce had 30 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and visiting Boston overcame the loss of the suspended Antoine Walker to even the series 2-2. Walker drew a one-game suspension for pushing an official Thursday night. Stephen Jackson led Indiana with 24 points. The 31-point setback was the worst in the team's playoff history, surpassing a 24-point loss to Orlando on June 4, 1995, in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals.
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