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NBA PLAYOFFS

NBA PLAYOFFS

Brooklyn evens series with overtime victory

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NEW YORK — Deron Williams finally delivered the game that's expected of him, and he wasn't going to let the Nets lose it.

And after he finished carrying them into a 2-2 tie with the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, the guy who had been being beaten up physically on the court and by fans and media off it knew how important his performance was.

"We really needed to get this one to stay in the series," he said, "and so it was definitely one of my better games this year for sure and probably as a Net."

Williams rebounded from two dismal games by tying a playoff career high with 35 points, and Brooklyn pulled out a 120-115 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night in Game 4.

The Nets, just 38-44 in the regular season, moved two victories from becoming the sixth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 — only the fourth since the first round became best-of-seven.

Bojan Bogdanovic made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:25 left in overtime but the Nets never would have gotten there without Williams, whose 16 points in the fourth quarter were two fewer than he had total in the first three games of the series.

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LOVE OUT FOR NEXT SERIES

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss at least the team's next playoff series with a dislocated left shoulder, a damaging blow to Cleveland's NBA title hopes. Love got hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's win over Boston as the Cavs completed a first-round series sweep. The Cavs said Love sustained a torn ligament and bruising. He is seeking additional medical opinions.

Jeff Teague had 20 points and 11 assists, and DeMarre Carroll added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, who host Game 5 on Wednesday.

Creighton graduate Kyle Korver had 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the NBA's leading 3-point shooter missed three straight from behind the arc in the final seconds with the Hawks trailing by three.

Milwaukee hangs on again

CHICAGO — Michael Carter Williams had 22 points and eight assists, Khris Middleton scored 21 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks avoided elimination again with a 94-88 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

With a 3-2 lead, the Bulls will try to close it out again Thursday at Milwaukee. But the Bucks aren't going quietly after dropping the first three games.

The Bucks regrouped after a nine-point lead dwindled to three, and they hung on again after a seven-point lead shrunk to four with just over a minute remaining.

Carter-Williams hit 10 of 15 shots while outplaying Derrick Rose. The Bucks guard rolled his right ankle early in the third but came back late in the quarter.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 points and reserve O.J. Mayo added 10 as the Bucks kept the Bulls off balance.

MONDAY

Brooklyn 120, Atlanta 115, OT Series tied 2-2

Milwaukee 94, Chicago 88 Bulls lead series 3-2

Memphis at Portland, late Grizzlies lead series 3-0

TUESDAY

Dallas at Houston, 7 p.m. Rockets lead series 3-1

San Antonioat L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Series tied 2-2

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