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Mavs rout Spurs 113-92, even series at 1

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

Shawn Marion scored 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16, Devin Harris had 18 and Jose Calderon 12 for Dallas, which never trailed after the opening minutes of the second quarter.

Manu Ginobili had 27 points, Tony Parker added 12 and Tim Duncan 11 for the Spurs.

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Heat hold off Bobcats 101-97, go up 2-0

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward.

It was fitting. Miami took Charlotte's best shot, and survived.

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Stephenson admits 'scuffle' with Turner

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner were unified on three points Wednesday.

Yes, they scrapped during a practice before Game 1 of their first-round series against Atlanta. No, they didn't throw any punches. And, for now, everything seems to be OK.

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Jackson reiterates he won't coach Knicks

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated.

Phil Jackson won't be hiring himself to coach the Knicks.

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Suns PG Dragic named NBA's most improved

PHOENIX (AP) Of course, the NBA's most improved team would have its most improved player.

Goran Dragic, whose breakout season helped the Phoenix Suns make a remarkable transformation, was presented the most improved award at a ceremony Wednesday at US Airways Center.

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Grizzlies eager to protect 'Grindhouse'

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Grizzlies are happy to be back in Memphis, where they finished the regular season by winning a franchise-record 14 straight games.

They brought home-court advantage with them.

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Warriors try to regroup at home

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson sat on the scorer's table at Oracle Arena on Wednesday morning. He gazed around the building and tried to envision what it will look and sound like when the Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Thursday night.

A gold-shirt wearing sellout crowd of 19,596. Roars so loud that, at times, they drown out whistles. The sights and sounds all embodying the spirit of the team's postseason motto: "Loud. Proud. Warriors."

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Wizards back home leading Bulls 2-0

WASHINGTON (AP) The Chicago Bulls failed to score for more than seven minutes.

Not just any ol' 7:38. Not some stretch in the second quarter that people might vaguely remember. This was the final 3:53 of regulation and the first 3:45 of overtime in Game 2 of a playoff series.

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Kidd not worried about Pierce for Game 3

NEW YORK (AP) Jason Kidd never appears worries about anything, certainly not about someone like Paul Pierce.

Even if Pierce's matchup was completely one-sided in Toronto's favor in Game 2.

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Heat extend deal in Miami through 2040

MIAMI (AP) Saying they reaffirm the team's commitment to the city, the Miami Heat announced Wednesday night that they have agreed to extend their partnership with Miami-Dade County another 10 years through 2040.

The deal is still subject to approval by the county's commissioners, with a vote possible on May 6, and the announcement hardly assures that the extension is done.

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