Wizards beat Bulls in overtime to take 2-0 series lead
AP Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
CHICAGO -- Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points, Nene scored six of his 17 in overtime and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Washington rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter after blowing a 17-point first-quarter lead.
Nene scored the first six points in overtime after being held in check by Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah in regulation, and the Wizards hung on after Kirk Hinrich failed to convert at the foul line in the closing seconds.
D.J. Augustin led Chicago with 25 points, and Taj Gibson had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
John Wall had 16 points and seven assists for Washington, which will host Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Friday night.
Raptors 100, Nets 95 DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, and Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds as Toronto beat Brooklyn to even their first-round playoff series at one game each.
Amir Johnson scored 16 points and Kyle Lowry had 14 as the Raptors rebounded from a 94-87 loss in Game 1. It was Valanciunas' second straight playoff double-double.
Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Deron Williams had 15 and Mirza Teletovic 14 for the Nets, who will host Game 3 on Friday night.
Hampered by foul trouble throughout the game, Brooklyn's Paul Pierce went 2 for 11 from the field, including 0 for 6 from 3-point range. He finished with seven points.
Kevin Garnett scored 13 points and Shaun Livingston had 12 for the Nets, who led 66-64 heading into the fourth and couldn't take advantage of 21 Toronto turnovers.
Pacers 101, Hawks 85 Paul George had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, leading Indiana to the victory.
The Pacers and Hawks are tied at a game apiece heading into Game 3 in Atlanta on Thursday.
Reserve Luis Scola added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers. George Hill had all 15 of his points in the second half.
Indiana grabbed control with a 25-2 run that carried over into the fourth quarter.
George was especially effective even though he spent much of the night defending Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, who had 14 points. Paul Millsap finished with 19 for Atlanta.
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