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Who will soar in Game 1?

Atlanta swept Brooklyn during the regular season, but will the playoffs be a different story for the Hawks?

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Mike Budenholzer conversation

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer talks about the team's mindset heading into the playoffs, what he learned working under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and the arrest of Thabo Sefolosha.

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23hMike Mazzeo

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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From where will Brow's help come?

The Pelicans received one of the most dominant scoring debuts ever, but the uncertain status of Tyreke Evans may leave Anthony Davis with little help.

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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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Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Joe Johnson gets booed. Joe hits a floater. The Atlanta faithful quickly silenced at Philips Arena. Then Korver from 3. Bang. #Nets

David Lee out for Game 2

The Warriors will be missing a key piece off their bench as Lee (lower back strain) won't play Monday against the Pelicans. Lee, who averaged 7.9 ppg this season, missed Golden State's Game 1 win.

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Cavaliers take Game 1 from Celtics. Kyrie Irving: 2nd Cavaliers player to score 30 points in playoff debut. Other: LeBron James

Final: Cavaliers 113, Celtics 100
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Kyrie Irving scored 30 points in his playoff debut to lead the Cavaliers past the Celtics in Game 1. LeBron James added 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Box score

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Everyone's equal as Hawks host Nets
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The Hawks are the 1-seed this season, but they know how dangerous the 8-seed can be. Last year, underdog Atlanta took the top-seeded Pacers to 7 games, so don't expect the Hawks to overlook Brook Lopez & Co. Follow live

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Cavs closing out Game 1

Cleveland’s lead over Boston remains in double digits as the Cavaliers lead 111-98 with 2:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. Cleveland's Big Three has combined for 69 points. Watch live

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Toronto GM Masai Ujiri fined $35,000 for obscene language — his comments about Paul Pierce — and Raptors fined $25,000, NBA announces.

Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

The NBA has fined Masai Ujiri $35,000 & the Raptors an additional $25,000 for using obscene language in a public setting yesterday.

Cavs beat the buzzer again
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At halftime, it was a Kyrie Irving 3-pointer at the horn. To end the third, it was James Jones's turn. The Cavs forward capped off a 9-0 Cleveland run with this triple. The Cavaliers lead the Celtics by double digits midway through the 4th quarter on ABC.

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Cavs hit another 3 at the buzzer

Boston went on a 14-0 run to pull within six points, but the Cavaliers responded with a 9-0 run of their own -- capped off by James Jones' 3 at the buzzer -- to end the third quarter with a 91-76 lead. Watch live

Cavs putting Celtics away in 3rd
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Kyrie Irving is no longer perfect from beyond the arc, but Iman Shumpert's triple gave the Cavaliers 10 3-pointers in the game. Cleveland is shooting 44 percent from deep and has pushed its lead to 16. Watch live

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Kyrie Irving missed a 3, so clearly the playoff jitters are finally getting to him.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

I wonder if Brad Stevens will be forced to start Isaiah Thomas at some point in this series. Need his scoring when the Cavs go like this.

Irving drills buzzer-beater
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Kyrie Irving's playoff debut is going quite well. The Cavs guard went 4-of-4 from beyond the arc in the first half, including this triple at the horn, and scored a game-high 20 points. The second half is underway on ABC.

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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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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

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