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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hawks down Bulls behind Johnson's 34

AP

CHICAGO — The Atlanta Hawks stared down Superman and they weren't blinking against the Bulls, either.

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Flying high: Atlanta's Jeff Teague goes up for a shot against Chicago's Derrick Rose in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Monday. The Hawks beat the Bulls 103-95. AP

Joe Johnson scored 34 points and Atlanta beat top-seeded Chicago 103-95 on Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

As if the loss itself wasn't bad enough, the Bulls got a scare when Derrick Rose came up limping after he turned his left ankle at the end of the game.

"I should be OK," Rose said. "I'll probably get treatment right now, go home, get some more treatment and be ready to go for Wednesday."

The Hawks went on a 15-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to turn a 69-65 deficit into an 80-71 lead with 10:27 remaining.

Johnson scored eight points during that stretch, and Atlanta hung on.

Johnson was brilliant, hitting 12 of 18 shots and all five 3-point attempts. Crawford scored 22 points, and Jeff Teague added 10 while starting at the point for the injured Kirk Hinrich and wound up getting the game ball from Hawks coach Larry Drew.

"We're the team that nobody talks about," Crawford said.

Well, this is a good way to get them talking — shoot 51.3 percent against one of the league's stingiest defenses and take a series opener.

Rose twisted the same ankle in the opening round against Indiana, but even before he limped off the court, this certainly wasn't his best night.

He scored 24 points, but he was just 11 of 27 from the field and did not attempt a free throw.

Luol Deng scored 21 points for the Bulls, while Carlos Boozer added 14 points.

Mavericks 96, Lakers 94

In Los Angeles, Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and hit two go-ahead free throws with 19.5 seconds left as Dallas rallied for a victory over the Lakers in Game 1 of their playoff series.

Nowitzki had 14 rebounds for the Mavericks, who rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half of the teams' first postseason meeting in 23 years.

Bryant scored 21 of his 36 points in the second half for Los Angeles, but he fell down while trying to get the ball from Pau Gasol with 5 seconds to play. After one free throw by Jason Kidd, Bryant missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

"You've got to make plays, and you've got to dodge some bullets," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "We did both."

Gasol had 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the second-seeded Lakers, who lost their second straight series opener.

The Mavericks trailed 92-87 with 3:32 to play, but finished on a 9-2 run.

"We felt like we gave the game away," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said.



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