The Grizzlies are happy to be back in Memphis, where they finished the regular season by winning a franchise-record 14 straight games.

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson said the report of interference by owner Jim Dolan in personnel moves is untrue.

The Chicago Bulls failed to score for more than seven minutes.

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.

The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated.

Goran Dragic, whose breakout season helped the Phoenix Suns make a remarkable transformation, has been named the NBA's most improved player.

Phoenix's Goran Dragic was named the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 2013-14 season on Wednesday.

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.

The Miami Heat will try to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Charlotte Bobcats in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals when the teams meet for Game 2 Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena.

The San Antonio Spurs fought off a valiant effort from the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal and will go for a 2-0 series lead Wednesday night when the two long-time rivals clash at AT&T Center.

The Houston Rockets will try to even their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night when the teams play Game 2 at the Toyota Center.

Last summer Grant Hill had just retired from professional basketball.

The NBA playoffs, a two-month marathon party, have begun. Once again, Seattle isn't invited, and even if it were, we'd probably bring Brussels sprouts and prune juice to the shindig.

In Tom Thibodeau's four seasons with the Bulls, he has finished first, second, eighth and third in Coach of the Year voting.

Truth be told, D.J. Augustin is a bit jealous of his newborn son, Trey.

With the game and perhaps the Bulls' season on the line against the Wizards on Tuesday night at the United Center, guard Kirk Hinrich took the ball to the basket on the final possession of a 101-99 overtime loss.

Losing the first two home games of a best-of-seven series is tough enough. Blowing double-digit, second-half leads in both is even more demoralizing.

With the game and perhaps the Bulls' season on the line against the Wizards on Tuesday night at the United Center, guard Kirk Hinrich took the ball to the basket on the final possession of a 101-99 overtime loss.

The Pacers got tired of talking trash.

The Washington Wizards' young backcourt of Bradley Beal and John Wall have arrived.

This one looked like it was slipping away from the Washington Wizards. Then, in a flash everything changed.

LOS ANGELES-Blake Griffin's word of choice to describe the Los Angeles Clippers' turnaround was "relaxed."

It was a tale of two third quarters for the Indiana Pacers. In this one, there was more emotion, there was more intensity and a lot more celebratory chest bumping. Paul George had 27 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals and the Pacers routed the Atlanta Hawks, 101-85, in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Tuesday night. The Pacers trailed 52-48 at the half, but outscored Atlanta 31-13 in the third and never looked back. They shot 75 percent (12-of-16) in the frame while limiting the Hawks to just a 25 percent clip (5-of-20) for the stanza. Indiana took a healthy 79-65 cushion into the fourth, where it led by as many as 27 before cruising to the easy triumph. Atlanta outscored Indiana 30-16 in the third period in Game 1 en route to a 101-93 triumph on Saturday night to become the first road team to defeat the Pacers twice this season. Indiana went 35-6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse during the regular season. Game 3 of this best-of-seven set will be Thursday in Atlanta. Luis Scola posted 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while George Hill netted 10 of his 15 points in the third for Indiana, which has won at Philips Arena just twice since December of 2006. Paul Millsap put in 19 points and Jeff Teague added 14 points, five boards and four assists for the Hawks.

Never afraid to raise his fists, Dan Carcillo made his mark in the league as a puncher more than a postseason star.

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.

Even though it didn't look like it in Game2, the Golden State Warriors have seen opposing defenses try to trap star point guard Stephen Curry many times before. They've seen teams try to be physical with him and take him out of the game with aggressive double teams.

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and made two big baskets down the stretch, helping the Toronto Raptors draw even in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Brooklyn Nets with a hard- earned 100-95 decision at Air Canada Centre.

DeMar DeRozan put his playoff jitters aside and turned in an All-Star performance for the Toronto Raptors.

For Indiana, Game 2 had a last-stand feeling to it. "It's a must win," Roy Hibbert had said, and in that if nothing else the Indiana center was accurate. For the top-seeded Pacers to fall behind 2-0 and face elimination without seeing their beloved home floor again this season ... well, if that wasn't desperation at the door, it sure wasn't Avon calling, either.

The Pacers answered back.

When the Indiana Pacers needed a lift. Paul George stepped up. All over the court, over and over again.

It was a tale of two third quarters for the Indiana Pacers.

Dirk Nowitzki is easy to take for granted.

It wasn't anything Cavaliers acting General Manager David Griffin said about coach Mike Brown on Tuesday that made Brown's return seem uncertain.

Chris Bosh had the look of a player in the middle of a slump.

This came after a two-hour practice and film period Tuesday. Heat veteran Shane Battier, so ready, so antsy, stayed on the court after everyone left, sprinting from one side to the other and setting up for a three-point shot.

Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford was asked at practice Tuesday how best to ration Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's fouls while guarding Miami Heat superstar LeBron James.

James Harden missed 20 shots, including two in the final seconds of Houston's Game 1 loss to Portland in overtime.

As we know all too well in this city, the Orlando Magic have become irrelevant since Dwight Howard left town, but has anybody checked the flip side of this disheartening reality?

Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones has agreed to pay $10,000 to a charitable organization that benefits the homeless in exchange for having a misdemeanor harassment charge dismissed.

Kevin Durant is tired of hearing about Tony Allen's defense.

Dirk Nowitzki missed from several of his usual spots as Dallas blew a lead in the fourth quarter of its playoff-opening loss to San Antonio.

Flip Saunders is a former coach himself, so he knows how coveted a head coaching job in the NBA can be.

For all the problems he had facing the Clippers' smothering trap defense in Game 2 of their playoff series, Warriors guard Stephen Curry hopes to see more of it.

The Detroit Pistons say they're shifting their radio broadcasts to WMGC-FM, with the station providing "around-the-clock coverage" of the NBA team.

We have no time to waste.

LeBron James grabbed a basketball off a rack as he left the practice court Tuesday, then turned and took a 40-footer without so much as jumping.

Composed and confident for someone with such a hazy future, David Griffin is going about his job as if he'll have it forever — or at least for the next few years.

Cavaliers acting general manager David Griffin hopes to have the "interim" removed from his title soon.

The Golden State Warriors agreed to terms Tuesday to buy 12 acres of land in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood to build a new arena.

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