Boston overtakes Indiana, 119-112


BOSTON -- John Bagley matched his career high of 35 points and got three of his 15 assists on Boston's last three overtime baskets, as the Celtics took a 2-0 playoff lead with a 119-112 win yesterday over the Indiana Pacers.

The Celtics earned their 10th straight victory and 17th in 18 games, pushing their home winning streak to 19.

They can clinch the best-of-five Eastern Conference quarterfinal series by winning tomorrow or Thursday night at Indiana.

Cavaliers 118, Nets 96

RICHFIELD, Ohio -- Mike Sanders hit six straight shots in the first quarter, and Brad Daugherty took over from there, as Cleveland took a 2-0 lead over New Jersey in their first-round series.

Cleveland, which hasn't won a playoff series since 1976, sent the Nets to their 10th consecutive playoff loss.

Daugherty made eight of 11 shots and 13 of 14 free throws for 29 points, giving him 69 in the two playoff games.

Trail Blazers 101, Lakers 79


PORTLAND, Ore. -- Center Kevin Duckworth had 19 points and nine rebounds, as the Trail Blazers took a 2-0 lead in their first-round NBA playoff series.

The Blazers can sweep the best-of-five series with a win on Los Angeles' home court Wednesday night.

Warriors 115, Sonics 101


OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Hardaway scored 23 and Mario Elie ignited Golden State with 17 second-half points to get the Warriors even with Seattle at one game apiece in their first-round playoff series.

Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday in Seattle.

Eddie Johnson scored 22 and Shawn Kemp had 17 and 19 rebounds for the Sonics, who were out-rebounded 48-41 by the smaller Warriors in the emotionally charged and physical game.

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