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Dwight coming alive in 2nd quarter

Dwight Howard was held scoreless in the first quarter, but the Rockets' center has seven points midway through the second quarter and smacked away a DeAndre Jordan shot (Jordan blocked Howard earlier in the frame). Houston leads by single digits with less than 4 remaining in the half. Follow live

J.A. Adande @jadande

Chris Paul had 2 turnovers through the 1st 3 games of the Spurs series. Jamal Crawford has 4 turnovers in 1st half tonight

Bulls take Game 1 in Cleveland

Despite a game-high 30 points from Kyrie Irving, the short-handed Cavs never led as they dropped Game 1 to Derrick Rose (25 points) and the Bulls 99-92.

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david b. thorpe @coachthorpe

Rockets blitzing Crawford on ballscreens because he handles them poorly. Then he turns it over two times in a row for 4 Rox points.

Rockets lead by 6 after 1st quarter

Trevor Ariza carried the scoring load in the first quarter, finishing with 11 points in 9 minutes, while James Harden added 8 points and 5 assists. The Clippers shot just 32 percent from the field with PG Chris Paul out. Follow live

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

After watching the first eight minutes of Clippers-Rockets, maybe double-Hack-a-Shaq wouldn't be so terrible.

Offense lacking in early going of Game 1

With Chris Paul sidelined, the Clippers are relying on Austin Rivers, and they've struggled accordingly. But the Rockets aren't much better, as both teams are shooting less than 40 percent from the floor midway through the first. Follow live

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Chris Paul is grabbing his left hamstring even as he gets up off the bench in his street clothes to cheer on his teammates.

Bulls have a trend they need to break

So the Bulls took Game 1 of the series in Cleveland, the third straight time they've beaten a LeBron James team in a series opener. Excellent! Now they just need to avoid the fate they faced the last two times ....

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Bulls personnel walking out of locker room looking understandably happy. Best team wins of the year in last two games.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Thibodeau: "We know that we're going to have to play a lot better than we did today." If he's saying that, what will the Cavs say?

A record LeBron probably doesn't want

Chicago's wire-to-wire win in Game 1 is the first time that a LeBron James-led team never held a lead in a home playoff game. James has played in 85 home postseason games including tonight.

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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