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Korver gets the dagger ready
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The Nets got the Atlanta lead down to 5, but Kyle Korver pulled up from a triple-threat position and drilled a 3-pointer to get the Hawks crowd back in it with just under 3 minutes remaining in regulation. Follow live

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Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

Horford about to return to the game for the Hawks. He's got a large megillah of tape around his right pinkie finger and hand.

Horford available for Hawks

Al Horford was officially diagnosed with a dislocated right pinkie and is available to return. The Hawks had likely hoped he wouldn't be needed, but the Nets have narrowed the gap to single digits midway through the fourth quarter. Follow live

Raptors GM Ujiri releases statement

"I have the deepest respect for Commissioner Silver and the NBA, and while showing passion for our team and fans I will choose my words more carefully in the future so as not to indicate otherwise. I apologize and have acknowledged the fine with the Commissioner. I consider the matter closed, and our sole focus is on the playoffs." Costly curse

Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Swing. Possible six-point swing. Clark misses an open 3. Scott finishes an And-1. And here comes Al Horford. #Nets down 13.

Nets on the outside looking in

It's not like Brooklyn is taking bad shots, necessarily. They just won't go down. The Nets are 0-for-11 on open jumpers so far through three quarters, and they finished 1-for-12 outside the restricted area in the third to fall behind the Hawks by 12 headed to the final frame. Follow live

Russillo @ryenarussillo

I am firmly back in the Horford is better than Noah camp. (Realize it may be unfair because Noah has been hobbled)

Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

Hawks haven't given up an offensive board in nearly 8 minutes, as order has been restored: Hawks 72, Nets 56 at 2:30 mark of 3rd quarter

A career high for Brook Lopez

The Hawks are struggling to keep Brooklyn's star center off the glass. Lopez has 13 rebounds, including 6 offensive, to set a new personal postseason best. Atlanta has just 5 offensive rebounds total.

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Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

Slighly concerned about Paul Millsap, though that drive and finish a few possessions back is somewhat encouraging. Not as ferocious on glass

Hawks respond with help from deep

Just as quickly as the Nets got hot, they cooled off, and DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver knocked down triples from the left side to push Atlanta's lead back to double digits over midway through the third quarter. One potential problem: Jeff Teague has four fouls for the Hawks. Follow live

Nets on a run in Atlanta
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Brooklyn is locking up the usually fluid Hawks offense, and a 9-0 spurt has the Nets within 3 early in the third quarter. Deron Williams had 5 points in less than a minute to force an Atlanta timeout. Follow live

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8-seed just a number to The Brow
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The Pelicans showed they wouldn't back down from the heavily-favored Warriors in a close Game 1 loss on Saturday. On Sunday, Anthony Davis reiterated that lack of fear to reporters: "There's no doubt in my mind that we can beat [the Warriors]."

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A 50/50 shot for the Nets
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The Nets are shooting precisely 50% from the field at the half. That's a nice break-even line for Brooklyn this season, though it could be a problem; the Nets are 11-0 when shooting better than 50% from the field this season. while they're 27-44 when shooting 50% or worse. Follow live

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Hawks dispensing with Lopez & Co.
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Brook Lopez outlasted early foul trouble to tally 9 points and 9 rebounds, but the Nets gave up 17 points off of 11 turnovers to Atlanta to fall behind by 10 at the break. Both teams have struggled from deep and are a combined 7-for-24 on 3-pointers. Follow live

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No Afflalo for Blazers in Game 1

Portland coach Terry Stotts has officially ruled Arron Afflalo out for the Blazers postseason opener against the Grizzlies tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET. Afflalo strained his right shoulder on April 9 against the Warriors and has not played since.