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Hawks pull away from Pacers in Game 1

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Atlanta's Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers' grand playoff plan.

As his teammates set up around the 3-point line, Teague simply blew through open lanes to the basket repeatedly.

The Pacers didn't have an answer.

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Durant scores 33, Thunder beat Grizzlies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant put a dazzling end to Memphis' gritty comeback.

The Grizzlies erased most of a 25-point deficit before Durant, the league's scoring champion, got hot. He scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat Memphis 100-86 on Saturday night in the opening game of their first-round playoff series.

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Warriors top foul-prone Clippers 109-105

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team.

Stephen Curry glanced at the clock and realized there was still plenty of time left to knock off the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Nets beat Raptors despite 4 of 24 on 3s

TORONTO (AP) The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Nets beat the Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round series.

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Raptors GM uses profanity in fan address

TORONTO (AP) Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs.

Several hundred fans gathered outside the downtown arena for a party and to watch the game on a huge screen above the west entrance.

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Heat look to continue mastery of Bobcats

MIAMI (AP) If the Miami Heat are going to watch their season and reign atop the NBA end at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, then fates of the franchises will have to change in a hurry.

Upset odds look miniscule. Miami has lost only four of its last 23 games against the Bobcats, going 15-0 in the series since LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade teamed up with the Heat.

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Spurs begin quest to get back to Finals

(AP) -- While San Antonio Spurs steamrolled toward their fourth 60-win season in 11 years, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if there is a secret formula for the franchise's almost unfathomable run of excellence.

"Yes there is," said Popovich, in typical deadpan fashion. "Get the No. 1 pick in the draft every 10 years and make sure that it's a franchise player. That's the formula. That's how lucky you have to be. You've got David (Robinson) for a decade and then Timmy (Duncan) comes. Well, I think most anybody could build around that."

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Rockets set to host Blazers in 1st round

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets were happy simply to return to the playoffs last season.

A year later and with the addition of Dwight Howard, the Rockets are back in the postseason and looking to make some noise. They play Game 1 of their first-round series against Portland on Sunday night.

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Resilient Bulls take on rolling Wizards

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) Never mind all they overcame. The only obstacle that matters now for the Chicago Bulls is the one in front of them.

The Bulls head into Sunday's playoff opener against the Washington Wizards as one of the hottest teams in the NBA. They overcame significant hurdles to win 48 games and secure home-court advantage in the first round.

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Supplement may have led to Calathes' ban

NEW YORK (AP) NBA players are warned at the start of every season about the dangers of nutritional supplements.

One of them could be the reason the Memphis Grizzlies will begin the playoffs without Nick Calathes.

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