SCOREBOARD
Monday, April 21
Utah at Houston (9:30 p.m. EDT). The Jazz will attempt to win their third straight playoff game in Houston in Game 2 of their first-round series.

STARS
Saturday
-Chris Paul, Hornets, had 35 points and 10 assists to lead New Orleans to a 104-92 win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their first-round series.
-LeBron James, Cavaliers, scored 32 points to lead Cleveland to a 93-86 win over the Wizards in Game 1 of their first-round series.

GOING THE DISTANCE
Tim Duncan saved the San Antonio Spurs with his first 3-pointer of the season at the end of overtime, and Manu Ginobili hit a layup at the end of the second extra period to send the defending champions past the Phoenix Suns, 117-115 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round series. The teams will meet again in San Antonio on Tuesday night before the best-of-seven series shifts to Arizona.

FOR STARTERS
Chris Paul had 35 points and 10 assists in his first career playoff game Saturday night, lifting the New Orleans Hornets to a 104-92 come-from-behind victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their first-round series. David West, in his first playoff game since he was a rookie reserve, scored 23 points, and Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 15 rebounds to help New Orleans storm back from a 12-point halftime deficit and win going away. ... Andrei Kirilenko scored 21 points, Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 16 rebounds and the Utah Jazz beat the Houston Rockets 93-82 in the opener of their first-round series. Deron Williams had 20 points and 10 assists as Utah won its second straight playoff game in Houston. The last victory came in Game 7 last season, and that was when Houston got help from Yao Ming. ... LeBron James scored 32 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers opened the NBA playoffs with an intense 93-86 win over Washington. Called ``overrated'' by Washington's DeShawn Stevenson in the final weeks of the season, James scored 20 points in the second half to lead the defending Eastern Conference champions, who took a 1-0 lead in a best-of-seven series

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Amare Stoudemire scored 33 points and Steve Nash had 25 points and 13 assists in the Suns' 117-115 loss to the Spurs in Game 1 of their first-round series on Saturday. ... Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points in the Mavericks' 104-92 loss to the New Orleans Hornets in Game 1 of their first-round series.

SPEAKING
``I guess they're not going to go easy.'' - Suns coach Mike D'Antoni after a 117-115 double-overtime loss to the Spurs in Game 1 of their first-round series on Saturday.

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