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Playoff roundup: Celtics overcome Bulls in another OT thriller

Celtics overcome Bulls in another OT thriller
Bulls 104 at Celtics 106

Kevin Garnett was in street clothes. Ray Allen fouled out. The Boston Celtics’ Big Three was down to one, and Paul Pierce was ready. The MVP of last year’s NBA finals scored 26 points, hitting one jumper to tie the game at the end of regulation and three more in the final 77 seconds of overtime on Tuesday night to help the Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 106-104 and take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series. “I just thought when Ray fouled out it was time for me to really step up,” said Pierce, who scored 12 points in the 10 minutes after Allen left the game.

Howard, Magic outmuscle Sixers in Game 5
76ers 78 at Magic 91
Dwight Howard did so much damage to the Philadelphia 76ers he set off a coaching feud. Howard had 24 points and a career playoff-high 24 rebounds, a dominating performance that powered the Magic to a 91-78 victory over the Sixers on Tuesday night and gave Orlando a 3-2 series lead. Afterward, Philadelphia coach Tony DiLeo said Howard should have been called for 3 seconds in the lane several times and asked the league to look into an elbow from Howard on Samuel Dalembert.

Mavericks finish off Spurs in Game 5
Mavericks 106 at Spurs 93

Jason Terry galloped down court after one big shot and Josh Howard skipped along the sideline after another. For what the Dallas Mavericks were about to pull off, they might as well have danced. For the first time since 2006, the Mavericks are moving past the first round. And for the first time since 2000, the San Antonio Spurs are not. Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points in his first breakout game of a lopsided series, and the Mavericks won a playoff series for the first time in three years by eliminating the Spurs in five games with a 106-93 victory on Tuesday night.

Playoffs roundup: Cavaliers Sweep the Pistons

LeBron, Cavaliers complete sweep of Pistons
Cavaliers 99 at Pistons 78

LeBron James made 3-pointers from every angle, drove into the lane for dunks and leaned into low post moves. He was just getting warmed up – 2 hours before tipoff – and his regular routine provided another demonstration of greatness. James had 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-78 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, sweeping the Eastern Conference first-round series.

It was just the third time in NBA history a team has swept a first-round series by winning every game by double figures, the others being the 1980 Boston Celtics and 2004 Indiana Pacers.

The Cavaliers will now wait for the winner of the Atlanta Hawks-Miami Heat series, which the Heat lead, 2-1, heading into Monday night’s Game 4 in Miami.

Bulls beat Celtics to tie series in double OT
Celtics 118 at Bulls 121

Another playoff thriller between Chicago and Boston, and this one went to the Bulls. Ben Gordon scored 22 points, hitting the tying 3-pointer in the first overtime, and the Bulls beat the Celtics 121-118 in double overtime Sunday to tie their first-round series at two games apiece. The teams split two tight games in Boston, before the Celtics blew out the Bulls in Game 3. This time, they stretched the drama into a second overtime. Derrick Rose added 23 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

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Turkoglu’s three put Magic on top to tie series 2-2
Magic 84 at 76ers 81

Hedo Turkoglu answered the Philadelphia 76ers’ late-game heroics with a big shot of his own. Turkoglu nailed a 3-pointer over Thaddeus Young with 1.1 seconds to lift the Orlando Magic to an 84-81 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday, evening their Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and every Magic starter scored in double figures. Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis each scored 17. Andre Miller led the Sixers with 17 and Young had 15.

Rockets down blazer to take 3-1 lead.
Trail Blazers 88 at Rockets 89

Yao Ming would rather not think about how close the Houston Rockets are to finally escaping the first round of the playoffs. Yao had 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Rockets took a 3-1 lead in their playoff series with Portland, beating the Trail Blazers 89-88 on Sunday night. Luis Scola scored 17 points and Shane Battier added 14 points and six assists for the Rockets, who snapped a six-game losing streak in Game 4s, coinciding with their 0-6 record in first-round series since 1998.

Playoffs roundup: Cavaliers put away Pistons, take 3-0 lead

Cavaliers near sweep, put away Pistons with late run:
(Cavaliers 79 at Pistons 68)

The Cleveland Cavaliers made the Detroit Pistons’ inspired effort moot. James had 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, leading the Cavaliers to a 79-68 victory Friday night and a 3-0 lead in the first-round series. The Pistons, whose collective heart was questioned by one of their players, played hard for three-plus quarters before being rendered helpless by James. He had an alley-oop slam midway through the fourth quarter during an 18-2 run that started after the sixth tie of the game.

Sixers stun Magic again on late layup
(Magic 94 at 76ers 96
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Thaddeus Young started his drive to the basket and was thinking pass, only to alter his plans because he nearly lost the ball. Instead of an assist or even worse, a turnover, Young made the biggest shot of his life. Young’s driving layup with 2 seconds left lifted Philadelphia to a 96-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night, giving the 76ers a surprising 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. “It was the biggest shot ever for me,” Young said.

Rockets hold on for pivotal Game 3 win, take 2-1 lead
(Trail Blazers 83 at Rockets 86
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The Houston Rockets got away with another quiet night from Yao Ming because they forced Brandon Roy into one, too. Luis Scola scored 19 points and the Rockets bottled up Roy in an 86-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night that gave Houston a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Yao scored only seven points on 2-for-7 shooting, but Shane Battier scored 16 points as Houston beat the Blazers for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings at the Toyota Center.

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