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Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1

Ellis helps Mavericks cruise past Spurs 113-92 to even series at 1 game apiece
Raul Dominguez, The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO - Blowing their playoff opener turned out to be great therapy for the Dallas Mavericks.

Eighth-seeded Dallas rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

Dallas didn't relent in Game 2 after watching a 10-point lead evaporate in the final eight minutes of the series opener Sunday.

Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

Heat escape: Miami goes up 2-0 in East 1st-round series, tops Charlotte 101-97
Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press

MIAMI - LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward.

It was fitting. Miami took Charlotte's best shot, and survived.

James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Heat wasted two big leads before hanging on to beat the Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson after lost season

Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson; Phil Jackson says 'time has come for change'
Brian Mahoney, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Mike Woodson had the Knicks on top of their division and in the second round of the playoffs, destinations that had become unreachable and practically unimaginable in New York.

A year later, he was out of job.

Phil Jackson fired Woodson and the entire coaching staff on Monday, making his first big move since becoming team president in March and saying in a statement that "the time has come for change throughout the franchise."

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