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Bulls charging ahead

With Kirk Hinrich out, Jimmy Butler has put the Bulls in charge in Game 1 against the Bucks.

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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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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

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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Butler leading Bulls at half
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Jimmy Butler has a game-high 17 points and Derrick Rose scored 10 of his 12 in the 2nd quarter. Chicago takes a 9-point lead over Milwaukee into the break in Game 1. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Bulls are currently 9-of-9 on shots in restricted area. Bucks ranked fourth best in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage on those shots

Gibson called for high sticking
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Taj Gibson came down with a defensive rebound and was swarmed by three Bucks. So Gibson channeled his inner Barkley and cleared out some space with his 'bows, catching O.J. Mayo on the jaw. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Brooks was here
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Aaron Brooks is proving to be the difference so far. Counting his first quarter buzzer-beater, Brooks has 7 points in the second period. The Bulls lead by 7 points early in the second. Coincidence?

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Bucks running with Bulls early
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Chicago was the 2nd-stingiest first-quarter defense in the regular season, holding opponents to 43.7%. Milwaukee shot the lights out at a blistering 59.1% pace and would have the lead if not for an Aaron Brooks buzzer-beater to give the Bulls the 30-29 lead after one. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Heat wave in Chicago
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Tony Snell was only briefly in the game and he's the only player that has seen minutes not to have scored. The Bucks and Bulls are burning up the nets (68.8% and 71.4%, respectively) with the first quarter almost in the books.

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