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CHICAGO---Washington took a 2-0
lead over Chicago in their NBA first-
round playoff series with a topsy-
turvy 101-99 overtime win on Tues-
day, while Toronto and Indiana both
posted the victories they needed to
square their respective series.
Washington led by 17 points in the
first quarter but the Bulls came back
strongly in front of their home fans to
take a ten-point lead in the fourth, only
for the Wizards to rally and square it.
Bradley Beal was the key for the
Washington comeback in the closing
stage of regulation and he finished with
In overtime, Nene provided the
impetus by scoring the first six points
after he had only 11 in regulation, being
held in check by Defensive Player of
the Year Joakim Noah.
Chicago's Kirk Hinrich failed to con-
vert at the foul line in the closing sec-
onds and the Bulls now face an uphill
task to avoid first-round elimination.
DJ Augustin led Chicago with 25
points, and Taj Gibson had 22 points
and 10 rebounds.
John Wall had 16 points and seven
assists for Washington, which will host
Game 3 on Friday.
Toronto's DeMar DeRozan scored 30
points in the Raptors' series-squaring
100-95 win over Brooklyn.
Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and
14 rebounds for his second-straight
double-double of the series, while Amir
Johnson scored 16 points and Kyle
Lowry had 14.
For the Nets, who host Game 3 on
Friday, Joe Johnson scored 18 points
and Deron Williams had 15.
Brooklyn's Paul Pierce was hampered
by foul trouble throughout the game
and finished with just seven points.
He shot just 2 of 11 from the field
including 0 for 6 from 3-point range.
He finished with seven points.
The Nets led 66-64 heading into
the fourth but still fell short and could
not take advantage of 21 Toronto
Indiana responded to the pressure
of a shock first-up home defeat by
beating Atlanta 101-85.
Paul George had 27 points, 10
rebounds and six assists for the Pacers,
even though he spent much of the night
defending Hawks point guard Jeff
Teague, who had 14 points.
Reserve Luis Scola added 20 points
and seven rebounds for the Eastern
Conference top seeds and George Hill
had all 15 of his points in the second
half as part of a 25-2 run that set up
Paul Millsap finished with 19 for
Bulls in OT to take
2-0 series lead
Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza, right, gets a rebound over Chicago
Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) as Trevor Booker (35) keeps Kirk Hinrich away
from the play during the second half of Game 2 in an opening-round NBA
basketball playoff series on Tuesday in Chicago. The Wizards won 101-99.
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DeMar DeRozan scored 30
points, and Jonas Valanciunas
had 15 points and 14 rebounds
as Toronto beat Brooklyn to even
their first-round playoff series
at one game each.
Amir Johnson scored 16 points
and Kyle Lowry had 14 as the
Raptors rebounded from a 94-87
loss in Game 1.
It was Valanciunas' second
straight playoff double-double.
Joe Johnson scored 18 points,
Deron Williams had 15 and Mirza
Teletovic 14 for the Nets, who
will host Game 3 on Friday night.
Hampered by foul trouble
throughout the game, Brooklyn's
Paul Pierce went 2 for 11 from
the field, including 0 for 6 from
He finished with seven points.
Kevin Garnett scored 13 points
and Shaun Livingston had 12 for
the Nets, who led 66-64 heading
into the fourth and couldn't take
advantage of 21 Toronto
PACERS 101, HAWKS 85
INDIANAPOLIS--- Paul George
had 27 points, ten rebounds and
six assists, leading Indiana to the
The Pacers and Hawks are tied
at a game apiece heading into
Game 3 in Atlanta on Thursday.
Reserve Luis Scola added 20
points and seven rebounds for
the Pacers. George Hill had all 15
of his points in the second half.
Indiana grabbed control with
a 25-2 run that carried over into
the fourth quarter.
George was especially effective
even though he spent much of
the night defending Hawks point
guard Jeff Teague, who had 14
Paul Millsap finished
with 19 for Atlanta. (AP)
Toronto beats Brooklyn
to even series 1-1
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