HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets didn't need a big fourth quarter from Tracy McGrady to stay alive in their playoff series with Utah.
McGrady scored 29 points and got plenty of help, and the Rockets staved off elimination Tuesday night by routing the Jazz 95-69 in Game 5 of their first-round series.
Luis Scola had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Rafer Alston scored 14 points as the Rockets cut their series deficit to 3-2 and forced Game 6 in Utah on Friday.
Now, the Jazz can end the series at home, where they went 37-4 during the regular season. But it's no guarantee -- Houston was the first team to beat Utah in Salt Lake City during the regular season and won Game 3 there last Thursday.
"We're in a great situation," McGrady said. "We know we can win in Utah because we've done it before."
McGrady had scored a total of 12 points in the fourth quarters of the previous four games. He scored eight in this one, all when the outcome had been decided.
Carlos Boozer led Utah with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Deron Williams had 13 points and six assists.
SPURS 92, SUNS 87, at San Antonio -- Tony Parker scored 31 points, and Tim Duncan had 29 points and 17 rebounds as San Antonio beat Phoenix and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals in five games.
HORNETS 99, MAVERICKS 94, at New Orleans -- Chris Paul had 24 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds, and New Orleans handed Dallas a second consecutive first-round exit. The Mavericks were upset by the Golden State Warriors last season.
PISTONS 98, 76ERS 81, at Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace combined for 60 points to lift Detroit past Philadelphia and into its first lead of the series at 3-2.
SCOTT TOP COACH -- New Orleans coach Byron Scott was voted the NBA coach of the year by a wide margin following a regular season in which the Hornets won a franchise-record 56 games and earned their first playoff berth in four years.
"This is a very humbling experience for me because this is something you never think about," said Scott, joking that the statuette of Auerbach "kind of looks like me."
BOBCATS HIRE BROWN -- Larry Brown wanted a chance to resurrect his Hall of Fame coaching career. Michael Jordan needed a veteran teacher and a big hire to rescue his sinking reputation as an NBA executive.
The two former North Carolina players teamed up when Jordan introduced Brown as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats -- his ninth NBA job. Brown replaces Sam Vincent, who led the Bobcats to a 32-50 season.