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Spurs focused on improving defense in Game 2

With a big Game 2 looming, the Spurs turned their attention to shoring up a defense that game up 107 points to the Clippers in Game 1.

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20mArash Markazi

Doc using Spurs' template for success in L.A.

When Doc Rivers took on the dual role of head coach and president of the Clippers, he followed one blueprint for success: the Spurs' way.

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Sky-high TV ratings for LeBron (4:00)

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Mavs look to fix leaks on defense

Despite doing a decent job containing James Harden, the Mavs got lit up for 118 points by the Rockets in Game 1.

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X-factor could be Clint Capela

Houston's Clint Capela, a 20-year old rookie, getting playing time at center behind Dwight Howard.


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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Game 2 Rockets and Mavericks and the place is loud, loudest of the season. Oh yeah, Mark Cuban is bobbing his head dancing.

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

LeBron turned it over too much, took/missed too many 3s, but TOOK OVER in 4th way he can vs these young C's. Cavs will sweep.

Dirk unhappy with Dallas' defense

James Harden scored just 24 points in a Game 1 Houston win, but his teammates crushed the Mavs. "It's just too easy [for them]," Dirk Nowitzki said. Another night of balance could leave the Mavs down 0-2. Follow live

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

What a stat line for Tristan Thompson tonight: 11 rebounds (six offensive), zero shot attempts

Celtics unable to pull off the upset

When in doubt, call on Tristan Thompson. The Canadian big man came in during the clutch and grabbed two huge offensive boards to secure the Cavs' 99-91 win over the Celtics. LeBron James finished with 30 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter. Box score


Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Celtics in this series sort of like against all teams before Thomas: Good enough to stay close, but not good enough to finish.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

LeBron & Kyrie had taken the Cavs' last 9 shots before J.R. Smith's attempt at the :43 mark (only Cavs w/ pts in 4th qtr - LBJ 15, Kyrie 9)

Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

Avery Bradley trying to guard LeBron on the block is like a gnat trying to stop a Chevy Suburban from parking.

Russillo @ryenarussillo

Cleveland knows they are better, so they get sloppy. Celts keep cutting/rotating hard. LeBron shouldn't be tired, doesn't have to defend.

Pesky Celtics fouling up Cavs' plans

There are plenty of whistles against both sides late in the fourth quarter in Cleveland, but they're playing through the stagnation. LeBron James is going to work in the post, and the Cavs have the Celtics at bay with just more than 2 minutes remaining. Follow live

Dave McMenamin @mcten

CLE switching on screens here late w/ Love on the bench & LeBron at the 4, Shumpert at the 3. BOS couldn't exploit Sullinger on Shump

Second quarter charge has Wiz ahead

Don't adjust your electronic devices -- Washington scored 34 points in the second, in large part thanks to a 13-0 run near the end of the period, to take an 11-point lead over the Raptors. John Wall (12 points, 10 assists) already has a double-double. Follow live


Zach Randolph offers unique trash talk

Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge says there's no one quite like Randolph. "He's really good at getting you talking and saying things like, "I was in Portland this summer and it was nice,' and then you let up and think, 'Yeah, it was nice,' and then he just drives past you and gets a basket," Aldridge told The Oregonian.

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Boston Celtics @celtics

The Celtics fell behind by 14 but are back within striking distance at 81-77. Isaiah Thomas is up to 16 pts. There's 8:46 left on the clock.