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Harden has 24 points, Rockets beat Mavs 118-108 in Game 1

Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis (11) is blocked by Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard (12) as he tries to score during the first quarter of game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Houston. Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) also defends on the play. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 24 points and Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Houston Rockets to a 118-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference series.

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Rose scores 23, Bulls beat Bucks 103-91

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, center, drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova, right, and guard Michael Carter-Williams during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose had 23 points and seven assists in his first postseason game in three years, Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, and the Chicago Bulls opened the playoffs with a 103-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

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Curry scores 34, Warriors beat Pelicans 106-99 in Game 1

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) shoots past New Orleans Pelicans' Tyreke Evans, left, Quincy Pondexter (20) and Anthony Davis (23) during the first half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 34 points with an MVP-worthy performance, and the Golden State Warriors went up big before holding off the New Orleans Pelicans 106-99 in their playoff opener Saturday.

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Hawks know from experience that 8 seeds can be troublesome

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) disrupts the drive of Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

ATLANTA (AP) — There’s nothing to indicate the Atlanta Hawks will have any trouble with the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.

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Pierce leads Wizards past Raptors in OT in Game 1

Washington Wizards' Nene Hilario gathers up a loose ball against the Tornto Raptos during the first half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs in Toronto, Saturday, April 18, 2015. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)   MANDATORY CREDIT

TORONTO (AP) — Paul Pierce beat the Raptors with a veteran mix of brains and baskets.

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