It was win-or-go-home time for two of the teams in action Monday night, as both the Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets found themselves one loss away from elimination.
The Nets started the night's festivities hosting a Chicago Bulls squad holding a 3-1 advantage in their best-of-seven series. A deflating triple-overtime loss on Saturday wasn't easy to swallow, but Brooklyn could ill afford even the slightest lapse in focus.
The Atlanta Hawks tipped off against the Indiana Pacers a little while after. Indiana opened the series with back-to-back double-digit wins, but Atlanta looked to carry over some momentum from its 21-point win in Game 3.
The night wrapped up in Houston, where the hometown Rockets hoped to avoid a sweep by an Oklahoma City Thunder squad playing just their second game without Russell Westbrook (torn meniscus) in four years.
Would any team be able to secure a second-round spot? And who, if anyone, would be sent packing?
Read on to find out everything you need to know about Monday's sleeves-rolled-up three-game schedule.