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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, April 28
L.A. Lakers at Denver (10:30 p.m. EDT). The Lakers will try and complete a four-game sweep of the Nuggets in their first-round series.

STARS
Saturday
-Rashard Lewis, Magic, had 27 points and 13 rebounds in a 106-94 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of their first-round series.
-Deron Williams, Jazz, scored eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead Utah to an 86-82 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of their first-round series.

ON THE ROPES
series lead. Mehmet Okur added 14 points and 18 rebounds, grabbing the biggest board of the game when Williams went 0-for-2 from the line with 7.3 seconds left and Utah only ahead by two. The Rockets host Game 5 Tuesday and need a win to keep the series going.

LONG TIME COMING
Smith scored 27 points to lead the Hawks to a 102-93 victory Saturday night that breathed life into their long-shot playoff hopes, cutting Boston's lead in the opening-round series to 2-1. Atlanta earned its first playoff win since May 16, 1999, a Game 5 clincher over the Detroit Pistons. The Hawks were swept by New York in the next round, then spent nine long years trying to get back to the postseason.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Chris Bosh set a career playoff-high with 39 points and added 15 rebounds for the Raptors in a 106-94 loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday in their first-round playoff series. ... Kevin Garnett scored 32 points in Boston's 102-93 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of their first-round series.

FIRED
Sam Vincent was fired by the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday after one turmoil-filled season as coach. Part-owner Michael Jordan, who has the final say on all basketball decisions, dismissed Vincent less than a year after he gambled by giving him his first NBA head coaching job. Struggling to find a consistent rotation and clashing with players, the inexperienced Vincent led the Bobcats to a 32-50 record in a season the fourth-year franchise felt confident would end with its first playoff berth.

SPEAKING
``In a game like tonight, on our home court, us giving up as a whole is uncalled for. Yeah. We quit. Everybody. From the coaches to the players, we quit. And I said it. I'm not blaming anyone. I'm not pointing the fingers at nobody. I didn't play worth a (expletive) tonight, and I can accept that. But as a competitor, there's no way that I should lay down and quit and lay down on my team like we did tonight.'' - Denver's Carmelo Anthony after a 102-84 loss to the Lakers on Saturday night that gave the Lakers a 3-0 lead in their first-round series.
 

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