Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger (33) gets a hug from center Roy Hibbert as they leave the court following Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Orlando Magic, in Indianapolis on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The Pacers defeated the Magic 105-87 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Don't even say it
Ramon Sessions tries to silence JaVale McGee's defensive effort on this drive. But the Lakers were not able to keep Denver's offense quiet, allowing 58 points in the paint during the Nuggets' 102-99 on Tuesday win to force a Game 6.
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Call for it
Lakers backup forward Jordan Hill hauls in a rebound between two Nuggets, helping the Lakers win the battle of the boards 48-43. But Hill also contributed to L.A.'s 39 percent shooting from the field, missing all four of his field-goal attempts.
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Easy does it
JaVale McGee drives baseline and dunks two of his 21 points as he fuels the Nuggets' bench, which finished with 50 points compared to the 19 the Lakers' reserves mustered.
Drawing a crowd
Kobe Bryant is used to commanding a lot of attention and Game 5 was no different. But Kobe rose to the challenge, scoring 43 points, including a number of critical 3-pointers in the fourth in an attempt to rally the Lakers.
Pau, right to the kisser
Pau Gasol didn't respond too well to the Nuggets' defensive pressure, finishing with nine points on 4-of-11 shooting as the Lakers now have to travel to Denver for Game 6.
Gotta give it up
Arron Afflalo splits the Lakers defense and tries to find a teammate as Denver built a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. Afflalo finished with 19 points as five Nuggets scored in double digits.
Taj Gibson provides a tremendous spark for the short-handed Bulls, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds and four blocks in Chicago's 77-69 win over the 76ers to force a Game 6. The East's top seed held the Sixers to 32 percent from the field during Tuesday's defensive struggle.
Back up plan
Luol Deng might be back peddling here, but he was going full steam ahead in Game 5, scoring a game-high 24 points in a must-win game for Chicago. Deng went 4 of 5 from deep as points were at a premium Tuesday.
Making the most of it
Though he played only 28 minutes, Omer Asik made his presence felt, blocking three shots to help limit the Sixers to 22 points in the paint.
Is that legal?
The Sixers must have felt like they were being defended like this during most of Game 5, being held to 18 percent from 3-point land and 32 percent overall.
Bulls shooting guard Ronnie Brewer grabs one of his eight rebounds, helping Chicago's bench haul in 19 of the Bulls' 49 total boards.
From the start
In his first start since January, Al Horford gets 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks staved off elimination by beating the Celtics 87-86.
Hawks center Al Horford battles with Mickael Pietrus for a rebound during the fourth quarter of a tightly contested game. Atlanta won the battle of the boards 41-33 to force a Game 6.
A little space, please?
The Hawks did a solid job containing Paul Pierce, limiting him to 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Pierce came into Game 5 averaging 27 points in the series.
Throw it down, big man
Celtics backup center Ryan Hollins shows off his leaping ability during the third quarter, contributing two of Boston's 38 points in the paint.
This one's for you
Danny Granger scores 25 points, including hitting 4 of 9 from beyond the arc, as the Pacers knocked off the Magic 105-87 on Tuesday to move on to the second round. Indiana, which most likely will face the Heat in the next round, had five players score in double figures in the series-clinching win.
What's wrong, Mr. Anderson?
Ryan Anderson scores 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting in the Magic's season-ending loss. Anderson, voted the NBA's Most Improved Player after averaging 16.1 points in the regular season, had a tough series, scoring 9.6 points during Orlando's 4-1 series loss.
It's right there
Pacers big man Louis Amundson battles with Ryan Anderson for a loose ball. Indiana beat Orlando in the hustle areas, winning the rebounding battle 43-34, and beating the Magic in fastbreak points (18-0) and points in the paint (46-22).
Give it up
Hedo Turkoglu didn't bring his 'A' game Tuesday, scoring seven points on 1-of-6 shooting in 39 minutes. Turkoglu's shooting woes contributed to the Magic's night off night as Orlando shot 42 percent from the floor.
Get a grip
Orlando's Jason Richardson was not very effective in Game 5, scoring eight points in 27 minutes. The usually reliable shooting guard also struggled from the free-throw line, hitting just 1 of 5 attempts.