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All eyes on D-Rose

With Kirk Hinrich out, the Bulls will lean on D-Rose and Aaron Brooks in Game 1.

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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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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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Bucks running with Bulls early

Chicago was the 2nd-stingiest first-quarter defense in the regular season, holding opponents to 43.7%. Milwaukee shot the lights out at a blistering 59.1% pace and would have the lead if not for an Aaron Brooks buzzer-beater to give the Bulls the 30-29 lead after one. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Heat wave in Chicago

Tony Snell was only briefly in the game and he's the only player that has seen minutes not to have scored. The Bucks and Bulls are burning up the nets (68.8% and 71.4%, respectively) with the first quarter almost in the books.

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Jimmy Butler has come to play. He leads all scorers with 7 points as the Bulls lead by 1 midway through the first. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Rose with his first highlight of the postseason -- splits the defense and drops one home at the rim. He's also 0-for-2 from beyond the arc.

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Bucks look like they're really trying to push the pace early, even off made buckets. Got some good looks, but Giannis picked up a charge.

Derrick Rose returns to the playoffs

The 2010-11 MVP is back in the playoffs for the first time in 3 years. That's not good news for the Bucks as the Bulls are 33-18 with Rose this season and have won 6 of their last 7 games against Milwaukee. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Keeping it 100

With today's win, the Warriors remain a perfect 41-0 when keeping opponents under 100 points. The best records this season when the other team fails to score 100:

  • Warriors 41-0
  • Hawks 44-5
  • Rockets 35-4
  • Clippers 34-4
  • Cavaliers 39-7

Warriors take care of business in Game 1
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Stephen Curry scored a season-high 16 points in the paint en route to his team-high 34 points in the Warriors' 106-99 win over the Pelicans.

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Curry: 'We're a resilient team'

Stephen Curry on the Warriors almost giving up a 25-point lead: "This was a good test for us to start the playoffs, when we haven't had many experiences like this down the stretch of the [regular] season."

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Interesting from Kerr. GSW guards the 3-point line harder (and sacrifices 2s) when only a barrage of 3s can wipe away a lead

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Anthony Davis' 35 points are tied for 2nd-most in a playoff loss in Pelicans history. 20 points in 4th qtr are his most in a qtr in career

Final: Warriors 106, Pelicans 99
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Golden State led by as many as 25 points in the game, but let's welcome Anthony Davis to the postseason. Davis (35 points) nearly outscored the Warriors on his own in the fourth quarter, but the Pelicans' comeback attempt fell short. Box score

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Davis on fire in the fourth
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Anthony Davis has 18 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, his most in a game this season. This is important because the Brow has trimmed the lead to single digits with under a minute to go. Live on ABC/WatchESPN

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Extended minutes for Curry
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The Warriors are up 13 points which is business as usual. What's not usual is the number of minutes Stephen Curry is playing. If Curry closes the game, he'll have played 40 minutes. He last played 40+ minutes on Jan. 27 and has logged only 3 40+ minute games all season. Live on ABC/WatchESPN

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Not in the 6 with his woes
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The Raptors only hit 38% of their shots in today's OT loss to the Wizards. Maybe they could get some pointers from their team ambassador. Can't drain Drake of his energy

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Warriors grounding Pelicans
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New Orleans' Quincy Pondexter hit a half-court heave just before time expired to bring the Pelicans 3 points closer. The bad news is that they still trail the Dubs by 18. Stephen Curry is up to 27 points through three quarters. Live on ABC/WatchESPN

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Steph Curry's circus shot
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It's been that kind of game -- really, that kind of season -- for Stephen Curry and the Warriors. The Pelicans got a taste of that as Curry finished a wild layup and-1.

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