Pacers, Spurs score easy wins

Posted: May 04, 2012

Danny Granger had 26 points and nine rebounds, Roy Hibbert added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the visiting Indiana Pacers beat the Orlando Magic, 97-74, on Wednesday night to a take a two-games-to-one lead in the first-round series.

The Pacers regained home-court advantage with the victory, riding good shooting early and building a 29-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Spurs go two games up

Tony Parker scored 18 points and the host San Antonio Spurs handed Utah its second-worst playoff loss in franchise history, beating the Jazz, 114-83, to take a two-games-to-none series lead in the first-round series.

Late Tuesday

The Denver Nuggets ran the court and drove the lane with all the intensity they lacked in their playoff opener. They double-teamed Andrew Bynum, harassed Pau Gasol and scored relentlessly in the paint.

Nope, still not enough to beat Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Not even enough to get a lead.

Bryant scored 38 points, Bynum followed up his triple-double with a career playoff-high 27 points and nine rebounds, and the Lakers weathered Denver's late rally for a 104-100 victory Tuesday night, taking a two-games-to-none lead.

Stoudemire wants to play

Amar'e Stoudemire thinks there's a "great chance" he can play in Game 4 of the Knicks' series against Miami on Sunday despite cutting his left hand on a fire extinguisher case.

Stoudemire is out of Thursday's Game 3 after a surgeon repaired a muscle in the hand Tuesday. The Knicks are calling him doubtful for Game 4, but Stoudemire said Wednesday he's "not totally sure yet."

- Associated Press

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