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Kyrie fueling Cavs

Kyrie Irving is delivering in his playoff debut as the Cavaliers look to keep their edge in Game 1.

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Mike Budenholzer conversation

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer talks about the team's mindset heading into the playoffs, what he learned working under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and the arrest of Thabo Sefolosha.

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Thaddeus Young in best supporting role

The Nets squeaked into the playoffs with the help of a young veteran who filled in the gaps for a struggling team

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Hawks face their unwitting benefactor

The 2012 deal of Joe Johnson helped make the Hawks' success this season possible. Now Atlanta faces Brooklyn, hoping to earn the biggest dividend.

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From where will Brow's help come?

The Pelicans received one of the most dominant scoring debuts ever, but the uncertain status of Tyreke Evans may leave Anthony Davis with little help.

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James Harden led the league in minutes (2:39)

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How The West Will Be Won

This season's Western Conference might be the best the game has ever seen. Want to reach the promised land? You'll have to survive the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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Cavs beat the buzzer again

At halftime, it was a Kyrie Irving 3-pointer at the horn. To end the third, it was James Jones's turn. The Cavs forward capped off a 9-0 Cleveland run with this triple. The Cavaliers lead the Celtics by double digits midway through the 4th quarter on ABC.

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Cavs hit another 3 at the buzzer

Boston went on a 14-0 run to pull within six points, but the Cavaliers responded with a 9-0 run of their own -- capped off by James Jones' 3 at the buzzer -- to end the third quarter with a 91-76 lead. Watch live

Cavs putting Celtics away in 3rd

Kyrie Irving is no longer perfect from beyond the arc, but Iman Shumpert's triple gave the Cavaliers 10 3-pointers in the game. Cleveland is shooting 44 percent from deep and has pushed its lead to 16. Watch live

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Kyrie Irving missed a 3, so clearly the playoff jitters are finally getting to him.

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I wonder if Brad Stevens will be forced to start Isaiah Thomas at some point in this series. Need his scoring when the Cavs go like this.

Irving drills buzzer-beater
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Kyrie Irving's playoff debut is going quite well. The Cavs guard went 4-of-4 from beyond the arc in the first half, including this triple at the horn, and scored a game-high 20 points. The second half is underway on ABC.

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LeBron's soaring slam
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Kevin Love forced a turnover and tossed a pass to LeBron James on the break, who finished with a huge one-handed slam. James scored 13 points in the first half.

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Cavaliers shot 44.4% from 3-point in 1st half. They are 27-2 when shooting 40+% from 3-point in a game this season Cavs 62, Celtics 54

Half: Cavaliers 62, Celtics 54

Kyrie Irving drilled a triple as the buzzer sounded to finish the first half with with 20 points. The Cavaliers allowed the Celtics to shoot 53 percent, but Cleveland grabbed 10 offensive rebounds.

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Kyrie Irving's first half of playoff basketball: 20p on 8-for-12 shooting, 4-for-4 from 3, 2r, 2a, 1 buzzer beater

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Cavs, once trailing by 8, are up 62-54 at the half. Kyrie 20p; LeBron 13p 5a; Love 6p on 2-for-11 shooting 6r; Thompson 9p 5r

Pelicans' Monty Williams on injuries
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"As far as being painted in a corner, we've dealt with this all year long with our team, so it's not a big deal for us. Obviously we'd like to have Jrue [Holiday] and Tyreke [Evans] healthy."

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Bulls' Hinrich (knee) questionable
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After sitting out Game 1 against the Bucks, Kirk Hinrich (left knee) is listed questionable for Game 2 in Chicago. Hinrich also missed the last two games of the regular season with a hyperextended left knee.

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Olynyk drives and dunks
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The Celtics are not backing down from the Cavs early and lead after the 1st quarter. Kelly Olynyk has 10 points, including this slam.

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Brady: 'Good luck to the Celtics'
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Patriots QB Tom Brady, who has proven to be as good at Facebook as he is at football, utilized social media to offer support for the Celtics before Sunday's Game 1 of a first-round playoff series against the Cavaliers. Brady's best wishes

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