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2011 NBA Playoffs: Scores And Schedule

The 2011 NBA playoffs have been wacky so far, with the Spurs losing to the Grizzles and all, but would anybody have guessed this?

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The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers last night 98-92 in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, taking a commanding 3-0 series lead against the two-time defending champions. The pressure will be on both Kobe Bryant and the refs to make a series out of this, given that no team in NBA history has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a playoff series. 

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Game 4 will be held on Sunday, 2:30 p.m. CDT, 12:30 p.m. PDT.

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The third game in the Memphis/Oklahoma City series will be held today at 4:00 p.m. CDT. The Grizzles and Thunder are currently tied at one game a piece with the series shifting for the first time to Memphis. 

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The big game for Saturday night is of course the Heat and the Celtics. Miami will be looking to take a commanding 3-0 series lead, but will have to do so in the Garden in Boston. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CDT.

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Lastly, the Bulls and Derrick Rose knocked off the Hawks last night easily, 99-82 to take a 2-1 series lead. Rose was brilliant and showed why he was the NBA MVP, scoring 44 points en route to the victory.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.