Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93 (Yahoo Sports) - Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Hawks ended an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs, which dated to May 2011. Indiana, which spent the whole season working to get home-court advantage in the playoffs, wasted no time in giving it right back with a dismal third quarter. Atlanta opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run, breaking a 50-50 tie, then pulled away when Teague scored nine points in a 14-0 run that made it 74-58 with 4:08 left in the quarter. Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in OT, take 2-0 lead (Yahoo Sports) - Defenseman Barret Jackman scored on a drive through traffic, giving the St. Louis Blues their second straight 4-3 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday for a 2-0 series lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions. St. Louis rallied after Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for a vicious elbow to the head on Blues captain David Backes, who had to be helped off the ice, went straight to the locker room and did not return for the extra period. Vladimir Tarasenko forced overtime with his second goal of the series, beating Corey Crawford with a wrist shot that banged off the right post and in with 6.4 seconds to go. Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener (Yahoo Sports) - Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener. Stephen Curry added 14 points for the Warriors, who trailed by 11 points to start the game before rallying in the third when Griffin and Paul were on the bench together. Paul led the Clippers with 28 points, and J.J. Redick added 22 points in 30 minutes. Foul trouble plagued both teams, but losing Griffin and Paul for stretches cost the Clippers at both ends. Harper pulled for not hustling, Nats fall to Cards (Yahoo Sports) - Bryce Harper hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first base and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath. That would be his final play in the Washington Nationals' 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. First-year manager Matt Williams will tolerate physical miscues, such as the error that provided St. Louis three unearned runs, but he won't take the nonchalance that the normally aggressive Harper displayed during his sixth-inning jog. That's why he came out of the game,'' Williams said. Stanning & Glover win at GB trials - Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning reunite to win the women's pair at the British rowing trials. Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Nets (Yahoo Sports) - Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs. Ujiri, the NBA's reigning executive of the year, apologized in a brief news conference at halftime, saying he'd made the ''wrong choice of words'' and was ''just trying to get our fans going.'' Asked if the profanity represented his feelings about the Nets, who have been accused of tanking in order to face Toronto in the first round, Ujiri said: ''You know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize.'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he had no problem with Ujiri's colorful language. ''It doesn't offend me whatsoever,'' Casey said after the Nets won 94-87 in Game 1. Quigg retains title inside two rounds - Scott Quigg defends his WBA super-bantamweight title for the third time with a second-round stoppage against Tshifhiwa Munyai. Cast-off Borini takes Liverpool to brink of glory - After Anfield flop Fabio Borini derails Chelsea, Liverpool will have only themselves to blame if they miss a first title in 24 years - Phil McNulty Sunderland dents Chelsea's title hopes (Yahoo Sports) - In another twist to this unpredictable English Premier League season, last-place Sunderland damaged Chelsea's title hopes with a 2-1 upset at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. After surprise losses to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in recent weeks, Chelsea again stuttered against weaker opposition, as Jose Mourinho's 77-match unbeaten home run as Chelsea boss came to an end in a major boost for league leader Liverpool. Chelsea could not hold onto its lead after Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring, as Connor Wickham leveled from the rebound six minutes later following Marcos Alonso's long-range effort. Scherzer, Tigers end 10-game skid against Angels (Yahoo Sports) - Max Scherzer struck out nine in seven innings and the Detroit Tigers finally managed to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-2 on Saturday. Detroit had lost 10 straight to the Angels and hadn't beaten them since Aug. 26, 2012. The Tigers snapped that skid behind a sharp outing by Scherzer and home runs from Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez. Albert Pujols hit his 498th homer, connecting for a solo shot in the ninth.

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Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 19, 2014, 8:07 pm]
Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Hawks ended an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs, which dated to May 2011. Indiana, which spent the whole season working to get home-court advantage in the playoffs, wasted no time in giving it right back with a dismal third quarter. Atlanta opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run, breaking a 50-50 tie, then pulled away when Teague scored nine points in a 14-0 run that made it 74-58 with 4:08 left in the quarter.

Pacers’ troubles continue as Hawks convincingly win Game 1 [NBC Sports: April 19, 2014, 8:01 pm]
The eight-seed Hawks blowout the Pacers in Game 1.

Blake Griffin dumps water on Warriors fan after fouling out of Game 1 (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: April 19, 2014, 6:45 pm]
Blake Griffin totally did this on purpose.

Trail Blazers-Rockets Preview (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 19, 2014, 6:42 pm]
The Houston Rockets were happy simply to return to the playoffs last season. A year later and with the addition of Dwight Howard, the Rockets are back in the postseason and looking to make some noise. ''Just being here is not good enough,'' said Chandler Parsons, who made his playoff debut last year. ''We want to win and we want to contend for a championship and we want to be the last team standing.'' The Rockets returned to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009 and battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the first round before being eliminated by Oklahoma City in Game 6.

Warriors take Game 1 from Clippers [NBC Sports: April 19, 2014, 5:12 pm]
Warriors steal Game 1 in Los Angeles.

Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 19, 2014, 4:57 pm]
Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener. Stephen Curry added 14 points for the Warriors, who trailed by 11 points to start the game before rallying in the third when Griffin and Paul were on the bench together. Paul led the Clippers with 28 points, and J.J. Redick added 22 points in 30 minutes. Foul trouble plagued both teams, but losing Griffin and Paul for stretches cost the Clippers at both ends.

Wizards-Bulls Preview (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 19, 2014, 4:15 pm]
The only obstacle that matters now for the Chicago Bulls is the one in front of them. They lost Derrick Rose to a season-ending injury to his right knee in November after he sat out last season because of surgery on his left knee, and they traded away one of their top remaining players in Luol Deng. Not only did the Bulls get by, they started to flourish just when it looked as though they might come apart. With 36 victories since Jan. 1, the Bulls led the Eastern Conference and captured the fourth seed.

Rockets host Portland in first-round of playoffs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 19, 2014, 4:05 pm]
The Houston Rockets were happy simply to return to the playoffs last season. A year later and with the addition of Dwight Howard, the Rockets are back in the postseason and looking to make some noise. They play Game 1 of their first-round series against Portland on Sunday night. Houston's Chandler Parsons says: ''Just being here is not good enough ... we want to win and we want to contend for a championship and we want to be the last team standing.'' The Rockets returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 last season and battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the first round before being eliminated by Oklahoma City in Game 6.

Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Nets (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 19, 2014, 3:43 pm]
Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs. Ujiri, the NBA's reigning executive of the year, apologized in a brief news conference at halftime, saying he'd made the ''wrong choice of words'' and was ''just trying to get our fans going.'' Asked if the profanity represented his feelings about the Nets, who have been accused of tanking in order to face Toronto in the first round, Ujiri said: ''You know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize.'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he had no problem with Ujiri's colorful language. ''It doesn't offend me whatsoever,'' Casey said after the Nets won 94-87 in Game 1.

Jamal Crawford drains a jumper from half court to beat first quarter buzzer vs. Warriors (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: April 19, 2014, 3:30 pm]
It looked good as soon as it left his hands.

Nets defense smothers Raptors, gets Brooklyn Game 1 win on road [NBC Sports: April 19, 2014, 2:06 pm]
Playoff games are played in the halfcourt and the Nets owned that in Game 1.

Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors 94-87 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 19, 2014, 1:45 pm]
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round playoff series. Shaun Livingston scored 10 points and Kevin Garnett had five as the Nets won despite making 4 of 24 3-pointers. Kyle Lowry scored 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Raptors.

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri screams ‘F— Brooklyn’ to crowd at rally before Game 1 vs. Nets (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: April 19, 2014, 12:39 pm]
A rare and raw show of emotion from a team's GM was caught on camera.

Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 19, 2014, 12:30 pm]
NBA players are warned at the start of every season about the dangers of nutritional supplements. One of them could be the reason the Memphis Grizzlies will begin the playoffs without Nick Calathes. The reserve guard was suspended 20 games Friday for violating the league's anti-drug policy by testing positive for tamoxifen. Yahoo Sports, which first reported the suspension, reported that the drug was part of a supplement that Calathes had been using.

Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Brooklyn (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 19, 2014, 12:22 pm]
TORONTO (AP) -- Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of Raptors fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs.

Nash to Nowitzki: ‘What would you do if you were me? Would you come back?’ Dirk: ‘I’m not sure, bro.’ (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: April 19, 2014, 12:00 pm]
Dirk Nowizki is brutally honest.

Bobcats-Heat Preview (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 19, 2014, 10:36 am]
If the Miami Heat are going to watch their season and reign atop the NBA end at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, then fates of the franchises will have to change in a hurry. Miami has lost only four of its last 23 games against the Bobcats, going 15-0 in the series since LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade teamed up with the Heat. But it's numbers like those that the Heat are rendering irrelevant heading into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round matchup on Sunday. Miami may deserve the confidence of a two-time defending champion bidding for a fourth straight NBA Finals trip, but the Heat aren't overlooking any team heading into these playoffs.

Toronto Sun fires shot at aging Brooklyn Nets (PHOTO) [NBC Sports: April 19, 2014, 10:30 am]
"Garnett and Pierce are so old the Raptor had to ask his dad about them."

Doc Rivers, Mark Jackson add to war of words between Clippers and Warriors [NBC Sports: April 19, 2014, 9:00 am]
Words continue to be exchanged between two teams that clearly don't like each other.

Adam Silver says after owners’ meeting raising age limit top priority [NBC Sports: April 19, 2014, 7:29 am]
The owners are behind Silver's effort to raise the age limit. Now there's just the pesky matter of negotiating with the players' union.





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