It was nothing new for Kevin Johnson to lead the Phoenix Suns in scoring or assists.
That his supporting cast was more effective this time was critical."One person is not going to do it," Johnson said Thursday night after his 28 points, 13 assists and fiery leadership helped the Suns stay alive in the playoffs with a 103-89 win over Houston.
"For us to win, we need contributions from a lot of guys," Johnson continued. "Chuck (Charles Barkley) can carry us on a given night, I may be able to carry us on a given night, maybe the two of us can carry us on a lot of nights, but if we want to beat a good team. we need contributions from a lot of guys."
Game 7 will be Saturday in Houston.
Phoenix kept the Rockets from becoming the first team since the 1969 Los Angeles Lakers to lose their first two games at home and then win a best-of-7 series. The Suns got two comeback wins in Houston, then Houston won two in the America West Arena, holding the Suns to 102 and 96 points despite 38 points by Johnson in each game.
Johnson scored 10 points in the fifth game, a 109-86 Houston runaway on Tuesday.
This time, the Suns were the aggressors, forcing the Rockets to shoot 41 percent.
A.C. Green and Joe Kleine had their best playoff games on the same night.
Green hit two of three 3-pointers and his other seven shots, scoring 22 points to beat his previous best by one.
Kleine, who had never scored more than 12 playoff points, got 15 in 27 minutes and had one block in a strong defensive effort against Hakeem Olajuwon. Oliver Miller, who started at center, had four of the Suns eight blocks and also helped hold Olajuwon to 23 points.
Pacers 98, Hawks 79
At Indianapolis, the victory was keyed by Indiana's strong third quarter and Rik Smits' 27 points on 11-for-16 shooting.
Smits and Dale Davis scored four points each as Indiana opened the third quarter with a 12-2 spurt.
Mookie Blaylock hit a jumper and 3-pointer on successive possessions to bring the Hawks within eight, but they never drew closer than seven again and didn't reach 50 points until less than one minute remained in the third quarter. The Pacers led 72-51 entering the fourth.
The Hawks played most of the game with starters Kevin Willis and Jon Koncak on the bench due to injuries received in Game 5. Willis tore a ligament in his left thumb and Koncak had a swollen knee.
Indiana will play the winner of the Chicago-New York series, which the Knicks lead 3-2 heading into tonight's Game 6 at Chicago. If New York wins tonight, Game 1 of the conference final will be Sunday.