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Mavs will live to play another day

Dallas avoided the sweep with a gut-check win in Game 4 at home against Houston.


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Raptors face tough offseason decisions

After a first-round sweep by the Wizards, the Raptors have some difficult offseason choices to make in the wake of a disappointing finish

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Kevin Pelton looks at how the Boston Celtics could reload their roster for 2015-16, noting the team has a lot of good young players returning and some cap space to work with.


Playoff buzzer-beaters

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Pierce trolls Raptors perfectly

Paul Pierce talked a lot of trash before the Wizards-Raptors series but he backed it up. The Wizards finished off a sweep Sunday, and Pierce capped the day with some amazing Facebook trolling. See his posts

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Mavericks roll past Rockets

J.J. Barea got his first postseason start since Dallas' 2011 title run, and six Mavs scored in double figures, including Monta Ellis with 31, as Dallas beat Houston 121-109 to force a Game 5.


Cavs much better with Love

With LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on the floor together this season, the Cavs outscored opponents at a rate of more than 13 points per 48 minutes which would rank 1st in the NBA over the course of the season. In 370 minutes that James and Irving played without Love, the Cavs' scoring margin fell by 9 points per 48 minutes -- but is still among among the top-5.


Russillo @ryenarussillo

Say what you want about Pierce, but everything he said about the Raptors was fair, and he backed it up.

Howard's reach goes for miles and miles

Dwight Howard might need to find his Superman cape after he elevated for an overthrown lob and threw down this massive hammer of a slam dunk.


Mavs survive to play another day

Houston and Dallas played a game lacking in rhythm, but Monta Ellis (31 pts) led the Mavericks to a 121-109 win to prevent a Rockets sweep. The win breaks a 4-game postseason losing streak for Dallas at home. Box score


Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard get some techs. We have a timeout on the floor. Looks like we're headed back to Houston for Game 5.

No sure thing yet in Dallas

Richard Jefferson picked up a technical foul, Josh Smith tied his playoff-high with 3 made 3-pointers, and the Rockets are making the Mavericks sweat late in the fourth quarter. Follow live

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Rockets need a stop on defense, got one when Barea walked. Now they need a few more and some buckets to make this a ballgame. Maybe.

Cavs get two-weeks notice on Love

Brian Windhorst reports Kevin Love is expected to miss at least two weeks with a dislocated left shoulder: "The bad news is he's probably not going to be there at the start of the next series. But the good news is that ... they do not think this is potentially a playoff-ending injury."


Mavs keeping Howard quiet

Dallas shot 67 percent in the third quarter, which was bad enough for Houston. Also concerning: after going 5-of-5 in the first quarter, Dwight Howard is 0-of-1 since, and the Mavs lead by 19 headed to the fourth. Follow live


Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Rockets losing composure, Josh Smith after getting fouled by Devin Harris, pushes him back. Refs didn't like that. He gets a Tech.

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

JJ Barea has 17 points and 10 assists. Rajon Rondo had that many points with double-digit assists once during his Dallas tenure.