Rose: Youngest MVP
Chicago point guard Derrick Rose officially became the NBA's youngest MVP on Tuesday, joining Michael Jordan as the only Bulls players to win the award.
Jordan was a five-time MVP.
In his third year, the dynamic Rose led the Bulls to their best season since the championship era.
The 22-year-old got 1,182 points and 113 first-place votes from a panel of media voters, supplanting Wes Unseld as the youngest to win the award with a runaway win. Orlando's Dwight Howard (643 points) finished second, Miami's James was third, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant was fourth, and Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant finished fifth.
Rose averaged 25 points and 7.7 assists.
Rookie honors for Griffin
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will be named the NBA's rookie of the year on Wednesday, a person familiar with the news told the Associated Press.
The No. 1 draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2009 led all rookies in scoring and rebounding after missing last year because of a broken kneecap. Griffin averaged 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists while playing in all 82 games.
Mavs take Game 1
When Kobe Bryant drained a three-pointer to put the Los Angeles Lakers up by 16 points in the second half, nobody would have been surprised if the visiting Dallas Mavericks packed it in. These perennial underachievers aren't exactly known for their playoff tenacity.
Their stirring comeback against the two-time defending champions showed that Dirk Nowitzki and his Mavs might be capable of creating new reputations this spring.
Nowitzki scored 28 points and hit two go-ahead free throws with 19.5 seconds remaining, Jason Kidd forced a crucial turnover moments later, and the Mavericks escaped with a 96-94 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series Monday night.