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Raptors 100, Nets 95

Raptors 100, Nets 95: DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and Kyle Lowry scored 12 of his 14 in the second half as host Toronto evened its first-round Eastern Conference series at a game apiece. Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who had a 52-30 advantage on the glass to help overcome 21 turnovers. Amir Johnson produced 16 points and Patrick Patterson added 12 points and nine boards off the bench for Toronto.

NBA: Wizards edge Bulls while Pacers, Raptors equalize

Bradley Beal scored a game-high 26 points to spark Washington over Chicago 101-99 in overtime Tuesday, giving the Wizards their best NBA playoff start in 32 years. Brazilian forward Nene scored 17 points and John Wall added 16 as the Wizards seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series with games three and four Friday and Sunday in Washington. "We still feel like we have to be humble," Beal said. "We are up 2-0 but we need to feel like we're 1-0. We just have to have a sense of urgency coming home and protect our home court."

NBA: Pacers, Raptors win to level playoff matchups

The Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers captured key NBA playoff triumphs Tuesday to equalize their Eastern Conference playoff matchups after each team lost best-of-seven series openers on their home court. Toronto's DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and took charge in the final minutes as the Raptors defeated Brooklyn 100-95. Paul George scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, passed out six assists and made four steals Tuesday to lead East top seed Indiana over Atlanta 101-85, like the Raptors pulling level at 1-1 in their first-round series.

Griffin scores 35 in Clippers' rout of Warriors

U.S. Sports Desk, Apr 22 (EFE).- Blake Griffin took charge in the the Los Angeles Clippers' 138-98 rout of the Golden State Warriors in first-round Western Conference playoff action, scoring 35 points to even the series at 1-1. Griffin made 13 of his 17 field-goal attempts and went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in Monday night's Game 2 at Staples Center to completely dominate his match-up against Warriors power forward David Lee. His 35 points were a career playoff high, while the Clippers' 138 points marked a franchise record in postseason play.

Griffin scores 35 in Clippers' rout of Warriors

U.S. Sports Desk, Apr 22 (EFE).- Blake Griffin took charge in the the Los Angeles Clippers' 138-98 rout of the Golden State Warriors in first-round Western Conference playoff action, scoring 35 points to even the series at 1-1. Griffin made 13 of his 17 field-goal attempts and went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in Monday night's Game 2 at Staples Center to completely dominate his match-up against Warriors power forward David Lee. His 35 points were a career playoff high, while the Clippers' 138 points marked a franchise record in postseason play.

Clippers turn around and rout Warriors

Clippers turn around and rout Warriors LOS ANGELES -- After a foul-plagued outing and a surprising setback in Game 1, Blake Griffin returned with a vengeance on Monday night. The Clippers forward scored a playoff-high 35 points, leading Los Angeles to a 138-98 blowout of the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals at the Staples Center.

NBA: Grizzlies, Clippers win to level playoff matchups

Zach Randolph scored eight of his 25 points in overtime to spark the Memphis Grizzlies over Oklahoma City 111-105 Monday, equalizing their NBA playoff series at one win each. Mike Conley added 19 points and 12 assists while Spaniard Marc Gasol and Courtney Lee each added 16 points for Memphis, which will host the next two games in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round matchup Thursday and Saturday.

Grizzlies 111, Thunder 105 (OT)

Grizzlies 111, Thunder 105 (OT): Zach Randolph made the go-ahead basket with 26 seconds left and scored eight of his 25 points in the extra session as visiting Memphis knocked off Oklahoma City to even the best-of-seven Western Conference series at 1-1.

NBA: Grizzlies hold off Thunder to even playoff series

Zach Randolph scored eight of his 25 points in overtime to spark the Memphis Grizzlies over Oklahoma City 111-105 Monday, equalizing their NBA playoff series at one win each. Mike Conley added 19 points and 12 assists while Spaniard Marc Gasol and Courtney Lee each added 16 points for Memphis, which will host the next two games in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round matchup Thursday and Saturday.

NBA: Chicago's Noah named Defensive Player of the Year

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, the mainstay of a team that kept foes to a league-low 91.8 points a game, was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Monday. The son of French tennis legend Yannick Noah and former Miss Sweden Cecilia Rodhe averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocked shots and 1.2 steals a game for the Bulls this season. Noah, 29, became the first Bulls player to win the award since Michael Jordan in 1988.
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