Wizards go 2-0 up as Pacers, Raptors too win

(The Sports Xchange) — – – -Paul George scored a game-high 27 points and the top-seeded Indiana Pacers recovered from their first game loss to tie their first-round playoff series against Atlanta at 1-1 with a 101-85 points win Tuesday night.

Luis Scola came off the bench to supply 20 points while point guard George Hill added 15 points.

A 19-point run by the Pacers in the last three minutes of the third quarter and the first three minutes of the fourth quarter buried the Hawks with Indiana taking a 87-65 lead.

Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 19 points. Jeff Teague, who scored 28 points in the 101-93 win in the series opener, was restricted to 14 in Game Two on Tuesday.

Game Three is in Atlanta today.

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Raptors 100, Nets 95

DeMar DeRozan’s game-high 30 points led the Toronto Raptors to a victory over the Brooklyn Nets, which locked the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Raptors outscored the Nets 36-29 in the final quarter to seize the win.

Nets guard Joe Johnson had a team-high 18 points in the loss.

Paul Pierce, whose 15 points and court presence was critical in Brooklyn’s 94-87 Game One win on Saturday, got into early foul trouble and was limited to seven points and six rebounds.

Game Three is tomorrow in Brooklyn.

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Wizards 101, Bulls 99 (overtime)

Bradley Beal scored 26 points, including nine points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter, as the Washington Wizards rallied to pull out an overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Fifth-seeded Washing-ton will head home with a 2-0 lead in the first-round series after limiting the Bulls to 12 points in the final 12 minute of the game.

Wizards center Nene scored the first six points in overtime and Washing-ton kept the lead at 101-95 with 42.6 seconds left after guard John Wall hit two free throws.

Chicago scrambled back and had a chance to tie the score when guard Kirk Hinrich went to the foul line with 2.4 seconds left. But he failed on the first attempt, missed the second on purpose and Washington grabbed the rebound to seal the victory.


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