• Rockets 112, Nets 91: Richard Jefferson returned to a basketball game for the first time since Jan. 22, but that didn't do the Nets too much good. Bostjan Nachbar had a career-high 29 points, but that didn't help either. New Jersey has lost four straight games and is in the middle of another drought. With each week, the playoffs draw nearer and the Nets' margin of error shrinks. How quickly they readjust to Jefferson could determine their fate.

  • Georgetown 84, Notre Dame 82; Pittsburgh 65, Louisville 59: John Thompson III's team showed poise down the stretch and won despite seeing star center Roy Hibbert foul out with only six points. Jeff Green dropped 30 for the Hoyas, who reached their first Big East final since 1996. They'll meet Pittsburgh, who denied Long Island product Rick Pitino -- he went to St. Dominic's High School in Oyster Bay -- the chance to coach Louisville in the final. The Panthers won despite little from Aaron Gray. The finalists both have talented big men, but both can win without top-notch efforts in the paint.