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'Hack-a-Shaq' looms for Clips-Rockets

Clippers C DeAndre Jordan shot under 40% on free throws this season, while Houston's Dwight Howard and Josh Smith each shot below 53%. Will there be intentional fouls? Said Jordan: "I don't think that will happen this series; if so, the games will be five hours long."

No Paul in Game 1 vs. Rockets

Houston is well-rested after 6 days off, and they have home-court advantage, too. As if that weren't enough, the Clippers will be without Chris Paul, who's out with a hamstring injury he played through in Game 7 vs. the Spurs. Follow live

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Bulls seize home-court advantage

Game 1 was Chicago's from start to finish. The Bulls never trailed LeBron James and the Cavaliers in a 98-92 win. Derrick Rose led Chicago with 25 points, though he suffered a late injury scare. "It was just a stinger ... it should be all right," Rose said postgame. Box score


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Bulls top Cavaliers in Game 1 ... 3rd straight time they've beaten a LeBron James team in Game 1 of playoff series (lost other 2 series)

Rose exits in final minute

After trying to fight his way through a screen set by two Cavs, Derrick Rose grabbed his right shoulder in apparently serious pain. He checked out, as the Bulls look to close out the Cavs in Game 1. Follow live

J.A. Adande @jadande

I love how Pau Gasol pauses to celebrate the mini-victories in the game, like that little fist pump after LeBron missed at the rim

James struggling late for Cavs

LeBron James has attempted just 3 shots in the fourth quarter, and he's up to 6 turnovers on the night as he tries to lead Cleveland back with just more than a minute left in regulation. Follow live


Dave McMenamin @mcten

Shumpert has 18 pts after 15 pts his last game. Just the 2nd time since CLE traded for him that he's hit double digits in consecutive games

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

All those buzzwords that gave the Bulls problems this year: Intensity, energy, effort -- haven't been a problem tonight.

James, Irving giving Cavs a pass

Cleveland's offense has been disjointed in Game 1, as evidenced by the fact that LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have 13 of the Cavs' 14 total assists. The Bulls are clinging to a single-digit lead in the fourth. Follow live


Dave McMenamin @mcten

Kyrie started the game 1-for-7 from the field. He's 9-for-12 since then. He's up to 29 pts. CHI up 83-79 with 8:57 to go.

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Rose has been much better with at least 2 days rest. The first part of this series is every other day. He has played 30 minutes so far.

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Bulls are shooting 55.7% through 3 quarters, their 2nd-highest FG pct through 3 quarters in a game this season (56.7% vs Kings 2/10/15)