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Rose good inside
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Derrick Rose was 6-of-6 in the paint, including this impressive slam late in the first half on ESPN.

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Butler leading Bulls at half

Jimmy Butler has a game-high 17 points and Derrick Rose scored 10 of his 12 in the 2nd quarter. Chicago takes a 9-point lead over Milwaukee into the break in Game 1. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Bulls are currently 9-of-9 on shots in restricted area. Bucks ranked fourth best in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage on those shots

Gibson called for high sticking

Taj Gibson came down with a defensive rebound and was swarmed by three Bucks. So Gibson channeled his inner Barkley and cleared out some space with his 'bows, catching O.J. Mayo on the jaw. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Brooks was here

Aaron Brooks is proving to be the difference so far. Counting his first quarter buzzer-beater, Brooks has 7 points in the second period. The Bulls lead by 7 points early in the second. Coincidence?

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Bucks running with Bulls early

Chicago was the 2nd-stingiest first-quarter defense in the regular season, holding opponents to 43.7%. Milwaukee shot the lights out at a blistering 59.1% pace and would have the lead if not for an Aaron Brooks buzzer-beater to give the Bulls the 30-29 lead after one. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Heat wave in Chicago

Tony Snell was only briefly in the game and he's the only player that has seen minutes not to have scored. The Bucks and Bulls are burning up the nets (68.8% and 71.4%, respectively) with the first quarter almost in the books.

The Butler did it in United Center
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Jimmy Butler has come to play. He leads all scorers with 7 points as the Bulls lead by 1 midway through the first. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Rose with his first highlight of the postseason -- splits the defense and drops one home at the rim. He's also 0-for-2 from beyond the arc.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

Bucks look like they're really trying to push the pace early, even off made buckets. Got some good looks, but Giannis picked up a charge.

Derrick Rose returns to the playoffs
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The 2010-11 MVP is back in the playoffs for the first time in 3 years. That's not good news for the Bucks as the Bulls are 33-18 with Rose this season and have won 6 of their last 7 games against Milwaukee. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Keeping it 100
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With today's win, the Warriors remain a perfect 41-0 when keeping opponents under 100 points. The best records this season when the other team fails to score 100:

  • Warriors 41-0
  • Hawks 44-5
  • Rockets 35-4
  • Clippers 34-4
  • Cavaliers 39-7

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Warriors take care of business in Game 1
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Stephen Curry scored a season-high 16 points in the paint en route to his team-high 34 points in the Warriors' 106-99 win over the Pelicans.

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Curry: 'We're a resilient team'
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Stephen Curry on the Warriors almost giving up a 25-point lead: "This was a good test for us to start the playoffs, when we haven't had many experiences like this down the stretch of the [regular] season."

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Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

Interesting from Kerr. GSW guards the 3-point line harder (and sacrifices 2s) when only a barrage of 3s can wipe away a lead