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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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Brewer keeping Dallas down
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Corey Brewer just hit his second big 3-pointer in as many minutes to take Houston's tenuous 7-point lead and blow it out to 11 midway through the fourth. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Houston up but Ariza down

Trevor Ariza is currently out of the game with cramps as Houston's training staff feverishly tries to work out the knots. Ariza has 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. The Rockets are up 7 points after three quarters. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons are both 3-of-11 from the floor. Mavs need at least one of them to be an efficient scorer.

Roddy White @roddywhiteTV

I maybe wrong but James harden maybe the best at getting to the lane he makes it look so easy and smooth

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Harden goes coast-to-coast and picks up his 16th point of the evening. Mavs need a timeout. Home team leads, 72-62.

Derrick Rose on playoff return

After his first playoff game in 3 years, the Bulls star said: "It felt good. It felt normal. I'm grateful to be playing again, playing with my teammates that I have right now. They're allowing me to play the way that I normally play and it's an honor, man."

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Charlie Villanueva finally gets into a playoff game. His 594 regular season games without a playoff game were the most among active players

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Half: Rockets 59, Mavs 55. James Harden 12 points, 7 assists Dirk Nowitzki 12 points, 4 rebounds Rajon Rondo 11 points, 4 assists

Texas two-step
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The in-state neighbors have seemingly agreed to trade quarters. Houston cruised 32-19 in the first. Then Dallas dosey-doed in the second, outscoring the Rockets 36-27. Rajon Rondo was responsible for 17 of those 36 Mavs points. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Dallas knots it at 40
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The bad news is Chandler Parsons was in visible pain and limping as he clenched a towel on his way to to the locker room. The good news? Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki combined for 8 quick points to tie the game. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Chandler Parsons is getting checked out by athletic trainer Casey Smith during the timeout. He's not close to 100 percent.