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Blue Jays drop Braves series

Toronto fell below .500 as Atlanta took today's game 5-2 and the series 2-1. Jonny Gomes was the thorn in the Jays' side, driving in 4 runs for the Braves. Box score

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LeBron's soaring slam
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Kevin Love forced a turnover and tossed a pass to LeBron James on the break, who finished with a huge one-handed slam. James scored 13 points in the first half.

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Cavaliers shot 44.4% from 3-point in 1st half. They are 27-2 when shooting 40+% from 3-point in a game this season Cavs 62, Celtics 54

Half: Cavaliers 62, Celtics 54

Kyrie Irving drilled a triple as the buzzer sounded to finish the first half with with 20 points. The Cavaliers allowed the Celtics to shoot 53 percent, but Cleveland grabbed 10 offensive rebounds.

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Kyrie Irving's first half of playoff basketball: 20p on 8-for-12 shooting, 4-for-4 from 3, 2r, 2a, 1 buzzer beater

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Cavs, once trailing by 8, are up 62-54 at the half. Kyrie 20p; LeBron 13p 5a; Love 6p on 2-for-11 shooting 6r; Thompson 9p 5r

Pelicans' Monty Williams on injuries
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"As far as being painted in a corner, we've dealt with this all year long with our team, so it's not a big deal for us. Obviously we'd like to have Jrue [Holiday] and Tyreke [Evans] healthy."

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Bulls' Hinrich (knee) questionable
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After sitting out Game 1 against the Bucks, Kirk Hinrich (left knee) is listed questionable for Game 2 in Chicago. Hinrich also missed the last two games of the regular season with a hyperextended left knee.

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Olynyk drives and dunks
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The Celtics are not backing down from the Cavs early and lead after the 1st quarter. Kelly Olynyk has 10 points, including this slam.

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Brady: 'Good luck to the Celtics'

Patriots QB Tom Brady, who has proven to be as good at Facebook as he is at football, utilized social media to offer support for the Celtics before Sunday's Game 1 of a first-round playoff series against the Cavaliers. Brady's best wishes

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

Cavs trail 31-27 after 1Q. Kyrie 8p 2a; LeBron 5p 2a; J.R. 6p 3r; Thompson 5p 3r. Love 0p on 0-for-2. BOS: Olynyk 10p; Isaiah 6p 3a

Raps want to move past Pierce comments
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"If we keep talking about Paul Pierce this is going to be a Paul Pierce series, not the Wizards," Raptors G Greivis Vasquez said. "What he's doing is motivating his team. ... But we've got to play. But you can stop asking questions about Paul Pierce."

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Russillo @ryenarussillo

Celts getting shots up and cutting like they think they are supposed to win this thing. Impressive.

Celts scoring with Isaiah Thomas
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The Celtics have outscored the Cavs 18-12 since Thomas entered the game at 6:45. Boston currently leads Cleveland 31-27 at the end of the first quarter. Live on ABC/WatchESPN

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

JVG (correctly) notes how much shooting both teams have on the floor right now. Best % 3-point shooter for Celtics is Avery Bradley: 35.2%.

Watch: Celtics at Cavs Game 1, 3 p.m. ET

LeBron James is 9-0 in first-round series, while teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love make their postseason debuts. Since the All-Star break, the Celtics have the second-best record (20-11) in the East. The best? Cleveland (20-7). Live on ABC/WatchESPN

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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Chris Paul said he watched every playoff game yesterday. The alternative was playing Legos with the kids, who watched the games with him.

James on chances of making Finals
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LeBron calls the Cavs a "first-year team" but is excited for the playoffs. Says the King: "It's the postseason. And we have a chance. And that's all you can ask." The 2-seed Cavs face the Celtics today at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Evans day-to-day with knee bruise
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Sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein that Tyreke Evans' MRI exam revealed no structural damage. The Pelicans have listed Evans as questionable for Monday's Game 2 vs. the Warriors after he suffered the injury in a first-half collision with Golden State's Andre Iguodala in Game 1.

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