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Wizards open playoffs with win in Chicago

Wizards open playoffs with win in Chicago CHICAGO -- Washington power forward Nene had played in just four games since missing two months with a sprained left knee, but coach Randy Wittman leaned heavily on the muscular big man in the Wizards' first playoff game in six years. Starting for the first time in nearly two months, Nene poured in 24 points to lead the Wizards to a 102-93 road playoff win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night at the United Center.

NBA: First-round playoff results - collated

Results from Sunday's first-round NBA playoff games (all series best-of-seven): Eastern Conference at Miami Miami 99 Charlotte 88 (Miami leads series 1-0) at Chicago Washington 102 Chicago 93 (Washington leads series 1-0) Western Conference at San Antonio San Antonio 90 Dallas 85 (San Antonio leads series 1-0) at Houston Portland 122 Houston 120 (OT) (Portland leads series 1-0) afp

NBA: Spurs subdue Mavs, Portland edge Rockets

The San Antonio Spurs, led by Tim Duncan's 27 points, rallied for a 90-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday to open their NBA first-round playoff series. The Spurs, trying to get back to the NBA finals after falling to the Miami Heat in last year's championship series, trailed 81-71 with 7:45 left to play, but closed the game on a 19-4 scoring run to secure the win. "We're very fortunate," said Duncan, who added seven rebounds for the Spurs.

Blazers win OT battle in Houston

Blazers win OT battle in Houston HOUSTON -- Asked to recall one moment that proved decidedly advantageous, Portland coach Terry Stotts rolled over the previous 53 minutes of game action and came to the same conclusion as anyone who witnessed the game would have reached: There were too many to count.

NBA: Reigning champs Miami open playoffs with win

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points on Sunday to lead two-time defending NBA champions Miami to a 99-88 victory over Charlotte in their post-season opener. James made four of the Heat's 11 three-pointers and finished with 27 points and nine rebounds as the Heat seized the advantage in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. Wade added 23 points and five assists for the Heat, who are trying to become the first club to win three straight NBA titles since the Los Angeles Lakers did it 2000, 2001 and 2002.

NBA: Reigning champs Miami open playoffs with win

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points on Sunday to lead two-time defending NBA champions Miami to a 99-88 victory over Charlotte in their post-season opener. James made four of the Heat's 11 three-pointers and finished with 27 points and nine rebounds as the Heat seized the advantage in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. Wade added 23 points and five assists for the Heat, who are trying to become the first club to win three straight NBA titles since the Los Angeles Lakers did it 2000, 2001 and 2002.

NBA: Spurs subdue Mavericks in playoff opener

The San Antonio Spurs, led by Tim Duncan's 27 points, rallied for a 90-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday to open their NBA playoff series. The Spurs, trying to get back to the NBA finals after falling to the Miami Heat in last year's championship series, trailed 81-71 with 7:45 left to play, but closed the game on a 19-4 scoring run to secure the win. They host game two of the best-of-seven Western Conference set on Wednesday.

NBA: Spurs subdue Mavericks in playoff opener

The San Antonio Spurs, led by Tim Duncan's 27 points, rallied for a 90-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday to open their NBA playoff series. The Spurs, trying to get back to the NBA finals after falling to the Miami Heat in last year's championship series, trailed 81-71 with 7:45 left to play, but closed the game on a 19-4 scoring run to secure the win. They host game two of the best-of-seven Western Conference set on Wednesday.

NBA: First-round playoff results - 2nd update

Results from Sunday's first-round NBA playoff games (all series best-of-seven): Eastern Conference at Miami Miami 99 Charlotte 88 (Miami leads series 1-0) at Chicago Washington 102 Chicago 93 (Washington leads series 1-0) Western Conference at San Antonio San Antonio 90 Dallas 85 (San Antonio leads series 1-0) afp

Heat 99, Bobcats 88

Heat 99, Bobcats 88: LeBron James had 27 points and nine rebounds as host Miami knocked off Charlotte in the opener of the seven-game Eastern Conference playoff series. Dwyane Wade scored 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting for the second-seeded Heat, who also host Wednesday’s Game 2. Chris Bosh added 13 points and James Jones scored 12 off the bench.
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