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Butler Scores Late To Keep Wizards In Series

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: June 1, 2013 at 07:53 AM

CLEVELAND - Caron Butler saved Washington's season.

Butler made a layup with 3.9 seconds left, and the Wizards held their breath as LeBron James missed a potential series-ending layup at the horn, giving Washington an 88-87 victory Wednesday night and adding at least one more game to this overheated NBA playoff series.

After Butler scored on a drive past James, the Cavs had one more chance, but their superstar couldn't get a banked runner to drop and the Wizards headed home for Game 6 on Friday night down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

Butler scored 32 points for the Wizards, who played without guard Gilbert Arenas. Agent Zero announced before the game his season was over because of a bothersome knee.

WASHINGTON (88) - Butler 11-22 6-7 32, Jamison 3-10 1-4 8, Haywood 1-6 2-2 4, Daniels 5-9 2-2 12, Stevenson 5-14 5-6 17, Songaila 2-5 2-2 6, Mason 4-8 0-0 8, Blatche 0-0 1-2 1, Young 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-76 19-25 88.

CLEVELAND (87) - James 8-21 15-18 34, Wallace 1-1 0-2 2, Ilgauskas 8-11 3-4 19, West 4-11 3-3 12, Szczerbiak 1-6 1-1 4, Varejao 1-6 1-2 3, Smith 0-6 1-2 1, Gibson 3-8 0-0 9, Brown 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 27-75 24-32 87.

Washington23222419-88Cleveland16272222-87 3-Point Goals-Washington 7-19 (Butler 4-8, Stevenson 2-7, Jamison 1-3, Mason 0-1), Cleveland 9-25 (Gibson 3-7, James 3-9, West 1-3, Szczerbiak 1-3, Brown 1-3). Fouled Out-Haywood. Rebounds-Washington 54 (Jamison 11), Cleveland 53 (James 10). Assists-Washington 13 (Butler 5), Cleveland 18 (West 8). Total Fouls-Washington 24, Cleveland 20. Technicals-Songaila, Stevenson, Varejao. A-20,562 (20,562).

CELTICS 110, HAWKS 85: Paul Pierce scored a playoff-high 22 points and Ray Allen hit three 3-pointers in the middle of the third quarter to turn back the Hawks' last charge, leading Boston to a hard-fought victory and giving the Celtics a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

ATLANTA (85) - Williams 4-10 4-4 12, Smith 4-13 10-10 18, Horford 7-11 0-2 14, Bibby 2-8 0-0 6, Johnson 6-11 7-7 21, Childress 2-8 1-2 5, Pachulia 1-5 0-0 2, Law 1-1 3-4 5, Jones 1-2 0-0 2, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0, Stoudamire 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-69 25-29 85.

BOSTON (110) - Pierce 10-17 2-3 22, Garnett 8-15 4-4 20, Perkins 1-1 0-0 2, Rondo 5-14 1-2 12, R.Allen 6-14 2-2 19, Powe 4-8 2-4 10, Posey 2-3 0-0 6, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Cassell 6-8 0-0 13, T.Allen 1-2 0-0 2, Davis 2-2 0-0 4, House 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 45-84 11-15 110.

Atlanta19242121-85Boston27312329-110 3-Point Goals-Atlanta 4-13 (Johnson 2-4, Bibby 2-5, Smith 0-4), Boston 9-20 (R.Allen 5-8, Posey 2-3, Rondo 1-2, Cassell 1-3, T.Allen 0-1, Pierce 0-3). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Atlanta 39 (Horford 10), Boston 49 (Powe, Pierce 7). Assists-Atlanta 16 (Horford 5), Boston 28 (Rondo, Garnett 7). Total Fouls-Atlanta 19, Boston 22. Technicals-Johnson, Smith, Atlanta Coach Woodson, Garnett. Flagrant Fouls-Horford. A-18,624 (18,624).

MAVERICKS: Fired coach Avery Johnson, who was 194-70 in the regular season but just 23-24 in the playoffs and two straight first-round losses.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Kevin Durant, Seattle's dynamic star, has been chosen as the NBA Rookie of the Year, The Associated Press has learned.

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