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

STARS
Sunday
-Boris Diaw, Suns, had 20 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a 105-86 win over the San Antonio Spurs in a first-round series.
-LeBron James, Cavaliers, had 34 points and 12 rebounds in a 100-97 win over the Wizards in Game 4 of the first-round series.

REIGN OF KING JAMES
LeBron James had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and dished the ball to Delonte West for a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds left Sunday, helping the Cavaliers get past the Wizards 100-97 to take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series. Now James' Cavaliers, who eliminated the Wizards in each of the previous two postseasons, have control, with Game 5 on Wednesday at Cleveland.

NOT DONE YET
Boris Diaw had 20 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in one of the best playoff performances of his career, and the Phoenix Suns avoided a sweep with a 105-86 rout of the Spurs in Game 4 of their series on Sunday. Raja Bell scored 21 of his 27 points in a dominant first half to help Phoenix bring a one-sided end to the defending NBA champions' nine-game playoff winning streak. Phoenix trails the first-round series 3-1, with Game 5 Tuesday night in San Antonio.

ALL TIED UP
Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points and made all but one shot from the field, and Detroit played with a purpose and dominated the second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 93-84 on Sunday night, tying the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series at 2-2. Game 5 is Tuesday night at Detroit.

WILD, WILD WEST
West let out his pent-up frustration over a poor Game 3 with a determined effort in Game 4, scoring 10 of his 24 points in a quick stretch early in the second half to help the New Orleans Hornets pull away for a 97-84 victory Sunday and a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. The Hornets hadn't won in Dallas over 14 tries since January 1998. This victory means they might not have to come back until next season. They can eliminate the Mavericks by winning Game 5 on Tuesday night in New Orleans.

SPEAKING
``Everybody knows that we are good under pressure. I hate that we put ourselves in this position a lot of times.'' - Pistons guard Chauncey Billups after Detroit defeated Philadelphia 93-84 on Sunday night to tie their first-round playoff series at 2-2.
 

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