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Thaddeus Young in best supporting role

The Nets squeaked into the playoffs with the help of a young veteran who filled in the gaps for a struggling team

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Hawks face their unwitting benefactor

The 2012 deal of Joe Johnson helped make the Hawks' success this season possible. Now Atlanta faces Brooklyn, hoping to earn the biggest dividend.

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James Harden led the league in minutes (2:39)

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How The West Will Be Won

This season's Western Conference might be the best the game has ever seen. Want to reach the promised land? You'll have to survive the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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It was the second basket of the game for the Rockets, but this James Harden alley-oop to Dwight Howard was pretty representative of Houston opening up a double-digit lead over the Mavs on ESPN.

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Vintage D12 early

Dwight Howard is ready to play. He has 4 points and 3 blocks in five minutes as the Rockets are up 11 in the opening minutes. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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James Harden & the Rockets take on the Mavericks. He is the only player in NBA history with 200 threes & 700 free throws in a single season

Rockets looking for repeat history

The Mavs have beaten the Rockets twice before in the postseason -- always as the higher seed, though. The last time Houston was the 2 seed was in 1993-94 when it won the first of two NBA championship. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Final: Bulls 103, Bucks 91

Welcome back, Derrick Rose. Rose's first playoff game in three years came to the tune of 23 points on 9-of16 shooting. When ESPN's Israel Gutierrez asked how he was so effective, Rose said, "They're not double teaming. So, it's cool" Box score

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Bulls running behind their backcourt

Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose have 48 of Chicago's 101 points. Chicago's backcourt is shooting 58.6% while the rest of the team is just 40.8% from the field. The Bulls are up 16 late in the fourth. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls

With 23 points on the night so far, Jimmy Butler sets a new career playoff high. And he’s not done yet... Bulls up 93-83 with 5 min left.

Bulls moving the ball

The Bulls assisted on 77.2% of their 22 made field goals in the first half. That's Chicago's highest percentage in any half this season when they've made 20 field goals (52 times). Chicago is up 10 points midway through the fourth. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

TV just showed Rose riding a stationary bike as he prepares to come back in the game. He has played 21 minutes so far.

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

This is the most active I've seen Rose on the bench in a long time. High-fiving teammates and talking to them before they hit the floor.

Bulls lead by 11 after 3 quarters

It was the Derrick Rose show in the third quarter. The Bulls' point guard has 23 points, helping Chicago take a double-digit lead over the Bucks. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Scottie Pippen @ScottiePippen

Not only has Rose shown his explosiveness, he's been knocking down 3s in this second half. Look out if he keeps that up.

Rose heats up from outside
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Derrick Rose made just 28% of his 3-pointers this season. He's made 3 in the 3rd quarter alone, helping the Bulls take a 13-point lead with 3 minutes left in the quarter. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

If Derrick starts draining a couple triples, the Bucks are in serious trouble. Bulls have to hope he doesn't forget to keep driving though.

Rose good inside
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Derrick Rose was 6-of-6 in the paint, including this impressive slam late in the first half on ESPN.

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