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  • Wizards back home with 2-0 lead over Bulls

    April 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Chicago Bulls failed to score for more than seven minutes.Not just any ol' 7:38. Not some stretch in second quarter that people might vaguely remember. This was the final 3:53 of regulation and the first 3:45 of overtime in Game 2 of a playoff series.

  • Pacers say practice got physical before Game 1

    April 23, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Pacers guard Lance Stephenson acknowledged Wednesday that he and Evan Turner got into a practice ''scuffle'' last week before Game 1 against Atlanta but denied the two threw any punches.Coach Frank Vogel and Indiana's players concurred with Stephenson's version of events, though the descriptions were different. Yahoo! Sports first reported that Turner had to be ''dragged out of practice'' last week after the argument and that fists were flying.

  • Jackson seeking Knicks coach, says it won't be him

    April 23, 2014

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated.Phil Jackson won't be hiring himself to coach the Knicks.Two days after firing Mike Woodson, Jackson reiterated Wednesday that he won't be returning to the bench, despite the fact that even fiancee Jeanie Buss told him he should.

  • Suns' Dragic honored as NBA's Most Improved Player

    April 23, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) - Goran Dragic, whose breakout season helped the Phoenix Suns make a remarkable transformation, has been named the NBA's most improved player.The 6-foot-3 Slovenian, who turns 28 in two weeks, flourished under first-year coach Jeff Hornacek's double-point guard system, teaming with Eric Bledsoe to form a dynamic backcourt.

  • Bobcats' Al Jefferson still in walking boot

    April 23, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) - Al Jefferson was still in his walking boot when the Charlotte Bobcats arrived for their shootaround hours before facing the Miami Heat in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference first-round series.Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says the team was planning to have Jefferson participate in at least some of Wednesday morning's shootaround, but not in anything involving contact. Jefferson was diagnosed with a plantar fascia strain in his left foot Sunday, when the Bobcats lost the series opener.

  • Pacers rally past Hawks 101-85 to even series

    April 23, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Pacers got tired of talking trash.That left them with plenty of energy to handle the Hawks on Tuesday night.Paul George scored 27 points, George Hill added 15 in the second half and that suffocating defense that seemed to vanish over the past few weeks was back in force. Atlanta couldn't contend with the Pacers' resurgent combination, falling 101-85 and into a 1-1 tie in the best-of-seven playoff series.