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Silver says NBA will talk Hack-a-Shaq solution

NBA commissioner Adam Silver expects the NBA to explore rule changes at upcoming meetings that would address rampant use of Hack-a-Shaq strategy that slows games and hurts entertainment value.

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Lowe: Fear old-school Rose

The dynamic version of Derrick Rose has returned. And Bulls' opponents should be very afraid.

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#NBAFrontOffice: Thunder's next steps

ESPN.com's NBA Front Office convenes to discuss the firing of Scott Brooks by the Oklahoma City Thunder. What is the way forward for OKC, and what type of replacement should they target?

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J.R. Smith swishing shots of redemption

Cavs newcomer J.R. Smith set the tone before the ball was tipped in Game 3. His special flair is being embraced as endearing rather than dubious.

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It's getting chippy in Brew Town
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Aaron Brooks just hit Jerryd Bayless with an elbow off the ball and Bayless did not appreciate the gesture. A shoving match was broken up on the court and Bayless was assessed a technical foul while Brooks was hit with a flagrant foul 1. Follow live

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Clippers not dwelling on Sterling

On the 1-year anniversary of Donald Sterling's racist remarks being released online, the Clippers aren't looking back. Doc Rivers said: "It's been a controversy-free year for the most part except for our play. It’s nice." Clippers building organization

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Mayo hit with a flagrant

O.J. Mayo was just assessed a flagrant foul 1 for undercutting his former USC teammate Taj Gibson as Gibson was going up for an alley-oop. Gibson fell hard but seemed okay after being helped up from Mayo. The Bulls lead by 4. Follow live

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

You could make a pretty good video of Jimmy Butler's defensive highlights in this series. Another one with that quarter-ending block.

Butler swoops in for the denial

O.J. Mayo took a breakaway pass from Giannis Antetokounmpo for an open layup but Jimmy Butler streaked back and soared for the clean block just as the buzzer sounded. The Bulls lead 23-19 after one. Follow live

Bulls hurt by turnovers

Chicago's 8 turnovers are tied for its most in a first quarter all season. Milwaukee has converted those 8 turnovers for 10 points as the Bucks trail by 4 late in the first. Follow live

Brooklyn nets win, narrow series to 2-1
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Brook Lopez led Brooklyn to a 91-83 win over Atlanta on a steady 22 points, 13 rebounds effort. The Hawks were held to an awful 35.6% shooting from the field as they trailed nearly the entire game.

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Dunleavy and Carter Williams each get a T. This thing is only going to get more physical as Bucks see end of series in sight.

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Kyle Korver: 0-5 on 3-pt FG today, snaps streak of 7 straight playoff games with 3+ made 3-pt FG, tied for longest in NBA playoff history

OTD: Jordan's 7th straight scoring title
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On this date 22 years ago, Michael Jordan captured his seventh straight NBA scoring title (32.6 PPG), tying Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record. Jordan also led the league in steals (2.8 SPG) that season.

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Bulls at Bucks, Game 4 (Bulls up 3-0)
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Milwaukee is looking to avoid the sweep. The Bulls are 7-1 since Derrick Rose returned to the lineup. He played 48 minutes in Game 2, his most in any game since his 2010-11 MVP season. Follow live

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Final: Nets win 91-83 (Hawks lead series 2-1)
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For the first time in 10 games as a No. 8 seed, the Nets find a win. Brook Lopez had 22 points and 13 rebounds as Brooklyn played stifling defense on Kyle Korver who went 0-for-5 on 3-pointers. Box score

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ELIAS: Bucks trail Bulls 3-0 and have been eliminated in 1st round in 5 straight postseason trips, longest active streak in NBA.

Lopez's presence felt on defense
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Paul Millsap's 3-pointer at the 2:25 mark was the Hawks first make on a shot contested by Brook Lopez; they're now 1-17 on such shots. Atlanta still trailing by 8 with under a minute left.

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