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Bradley Beal, Nene star as Wizards cap rally in OT to go up 2-0 (April 23, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, and Bradley Beal celebrate the Wizards' 101-99 win as Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich walks off the court after missing two free throws during the overtime period of Game 2 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO -- 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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DeMar DeRozan scores 30 as Raptors drop Nets, even up series (April 23, 2014)
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Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan celebrates during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Toronto. Toronto won 100-95. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

TORONTO -- 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.

A first-time All-Star this season, DeRozan struggled in his postseason debut on Saturday. He went 3 for 13 from the field and scored 14 points in Toronto's 94-87 loss.

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Pacers bounce back to rout Hawks and even series at 1-1 (April 23, 2014)
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Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert, right, celebrates with Paul George after George hit a three-point shot at the end of the third quarter during Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Indianapolis. Indiana defeated Atlanta 101-85. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS -- 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.

George Hill scored each of his 15 points in the second half, helping top-seeded Indiana earn a split of the first two postseason games at home. George also had four steals and blocked a shot while helping keep Hawks point guard Jeff Teague in check.

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Baylor Bears 7-footer Isaiah Austin will opt for NBA draft (April 23, 2014)
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WACO, Texas -- Baylor sophomore center Isaiah Austin has decided to forgo the remainder of his collegiate eligibility to enter the NBA draft.

The 7-foot-1 Austin, who has a prosthetic right eye, averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in his 73 games the past two seasons with the Bears.

Bears coach Scott Drew made the announcement Tuesday, five days before the early entry deadline and just more than a month after Baylor went to the NCAA Sweet 16.

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Terrence Jones of Houston Rockets has misdemeanor charge dropped (April 23, 2014)
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones has agreed to pay $10,000 to a charitable organization that benefits the homeless in exchange for having a misdemeanor harassment charge dismissed.

The 6-foot-9 Jones was arrested outside a Portland, Ore., nightclub last summer after a police sergeant saw him walk by a doorway where two homeless men were sleeping and yell "Wake Up!" before stomping on one man's leg.

The civil compromise first reported by The Oregonian newspaper was completed Monday.

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Meralco eyes Semifinals berth vs. Rain or Shine (April 23, 2014)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine and Jared Dillinger of Meralco. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Bolts are eyeing to dispatch the Elasto Painters following a 94-91 win also last Monday.

Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio also understands that eliminating Rain or Shine will be a tough assignment for his Bolts, which is in a similar situation of holding a 1-0 lead in two editions of the Commissioner’s Cup.

“We’ve been in this situation before, we’re not able to close it,” said Gregorio. “But experience is the best teacher, with intelligence and little experience, we don’t really win the series until we get two wins.”

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Flip Saunders begins search for Minnesota Timberwolves coach (April 23, 2014)
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MINNEAPOLIS -- 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.

Saunders started the search for a new coach in earnest on Tuesday, one day after Rick Adelman announced his retirement. It's a move that has been expected for some time, and Saunders has no doubt been kicking around possibilities. As a former coach, and a well-respected basketball mind, Saunders has a vast reservoir of contacts in the coaching fraternity, contacts that he will need to tap during a delicate search for a new leader.

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Alaska goes for clincher vs. San Mig Coffee (April 23, 2014)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

Alaska's Calvin Abueva against the defesnse of San Mig Coffee's Rafi Reavis. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

In a best-of-three quarterfinal series, a 1-0 advantage is a good thing, but it doesn’t guarantee anything.

That’s what Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo told his wards yesterday, saying they have to have the killer instinct when they clash with San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in Game 2 of their quarterfinal showdown in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“It’s a huge win for us, but a 1-0 lead is not a guarantee. Yes, it puts us in a good situation, but it takes two wins to knock them out,” said Trillo, who hopes to lead Alaska back to the finals.

From a tight contest in the first three periods of the game, Alaska unleashed a big fourth quarter run with Cyrus Baguio and JV Casio leading the way in the Aces 86-77 victory in Game 1 Monday night.

The Aces and the Mixers collide at 5:45 p.m.
Baguio and Casio combined for 14 points in a torrid fourth quarter run. The Aces’ defense also held as they held San Mig scoreless for six minutes to pad their lead from 72-69 to 84-69 with three minutes left.
Alaska import Rob Dozier finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Baguio added 14 points.
Sonny Thoss and Calvin Abueva added 12 points each, and Casio finished with eight markers.
San Mig import James Mays, who averaged nearly 23 points, 16 rebounds in the elimination round, was held to just 18 and 11, while the locals didn’t do much better. Mark Barroca got 17 points and James Yap finished with 12.
“Our defense in the fourth was great, we limited them to 16 points. We had problems in that big lineup of theirs, but we did a good job taking them out of their flow of big lineups,” said Trillo.


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"Well, I guess we have to go play those 10 seconds back," Dwight Howard joked of his incorrectly assessed sixth foul in Game 1. Bob Levey/Getty Images

HOUSTON -- The NBA announced on Monday that the referees incorrectly called Rockets center Dwight Howard for his sixth foul with 10.8 seconds left in overtime in Game 1.

On Tuesday, the Rockets gave feedback on the league's transparency.

"Well, I guess we have to go play those 10 seconds back," Howard joked after the Rockets' practice. "Can't do nothing about it now, it doesn't matter. We just have to win Game 2."

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Brgy. Ginebra import Gabe Freeman. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel booked an early vacation after getting knocked out by top seed Talk ‘N Text in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.

But despite the lowly finish, the Gin Kings’ talent level remains on top of the league, if you ask import Gabe Freeman.

“Ginebra is the best team in the PBA –by far. They just have to put it together,” said the two-time Best Import winner, who played two games for the Gin Kings.

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