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Wizards rally past Bulls in OT, lead 2-0

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CHICAGO (AP) This one looked like it was slipping away from the Washington Wizards. Then, in a flash everything changed.

Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points, Nene scored six of his 17 points in overtime and the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Game 3 is Friday at Washington.

"We've got to come out like we're down 0-1 or 0-2," said Beal, who scored 11 in the fourth quarter. "We've got to have that sense of urgency and just that drive and that motivation like we did early. We've got to be able to maintain that lead. We've got to continue to stay poised."

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Pacers rally by Hawks, even series at 1

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When the Indiana Pacers needed a lift. Paul George stepped up. All over the court, over and over again.

George had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and the Pacers used a big second-half run to rally for a 101-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

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DeRozan's 30 help Raptors tie Nets at 1

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan put his playoff jitters aside and turned in an All-Star performance for the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 on Tuesday night, evening their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.

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Popovich wins NBA Coach of Year award

(AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs, the model for stability and sustained success in the modern NBA, were still a shaken team when they showed up for training camp in October, less than four months after a devastating loss to Miami in the NBA Finals.

Some coaches would try to brush off the disappointment of letting a title slip through their fingers and refuse to acknowledge the elephant in the room.

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Bobcats' Jefferson uncertain for Game 2

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James grabbed a basketball off a rack as he left the practice court Tuesday, then turned and took a 40-footer without so much as jumping.

Swish.

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Harden hoping for more efficient Game 2

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden missed 20 shots, including two in the final seconds of Houston's Game 1 loss to Portland in overtime.

Now the key word for the Houston star entering Game 2 on Wednesday night is better; he must play better, and the Rockets must be better when it comes to their ball movement.

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Mavs need Dirk to bounce back vs. Spurs

(AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki missed from several of his usual spots as Dallas blew a lead in the fourth quarter of its playoff-opening loss to San Antonio.

The Mavericks star even flubbed a glorified layup, the most surprising of all the misses when Dallas went without a meaningful basket for the final 8 minutes of the 90-85 loss to the Spurs.

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Warriors eager to erase Game 2 nightmare

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) For all the problems he had facing the Clippers' smothering trap defense in Game 2 of their playoff series, Warriors guard Stephen Curry hopes to see more of it.

So, too, do the rest of his Golden State teammates.

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Durant looking to solve Allen's defense

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant is tired of hearing about Tony Allen's defense.

Durant scored 36 points, mostly against Allen, in Oklahoma City's loss to Memphis in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

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Search begins for Timberwolves coach

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Flip Saunders is a former coach himself, so he knows how coveted a head coaching job in the NBA can be.

The Timberwolves' president of basketball operations may also soon find out how difficult filling an opening can be as well.

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