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NBA playoffs: Bulls, Spurs win opening games in conference semifinals

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Some have referred to the Heat as “rusty” for having been inactive for more than a week following their first-round shellacking of the Milwaukee Bucks. But playing at home in front of a capacity playoff crowd, the Heat could only manage two players with more than 10 points – James with 24 and Dwayne Wade with 14. In fact, the Heat’s big three (James, Wade and Chris Bosh) could only manage 47 total points in addition to getting soundly beaten on the glass.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who previously was a top assistant to Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, was not taking any victory laps afterward: “I think when you're facing adversity, you have to be mentally tough … But this is just one game. We have to play a lot better in our next one.”

San Antonio Wins a Thriller Over Golden State

It seems an annual ritual – the coast teams get most of the glamour and the media attention, and the San Antonio Spurs, situated firmly in the middle of the country among the jackrabbits and tumbleweeds, just keep on winning. Monday night at the AT&T Center, the Spurs, led by their own ageless big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, defeated the no-less-impressive Golden State Warriors, 129-127, in double overtime in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

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