NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE

WESTERN CONFERENCE MATCHUPS

(1) San Antonio Spurs (61-21) vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies (46-36)
Regular-season series tied 2-2

(2) Los Angeles Lakers (57-25) vs. (7) New Orleans Hornets (46-36)
Lakers won regular-season series 4-0

(3) Dallas Mavericks (57-25) vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers (48-34)
Regular-season series tied 2-2

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27) vs. (5) Denver Nuggets (50-32)
Thunder won regular-season series 3-1

EASTERN CONFERENCE MATCHUPS

(1) Chicago Bulls (62-20) vs. (8) Indiana Pacers (37-45)
Bulls won regular-season series 3-1

(2) Miami Heat (58-24) vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers (41-41)
Heat won regular-season series 3-0

(3) Boston Celtics (56-26) vs. (6) New York Knicks (42-40)
Celtics won regular-season series 4-0

(4) Orlando Magic (52-30) vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks (44-38)
Hawks won regular-season series 3-1

2011 NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE

The playoffs tip off on Saturday, April 16, with Game 1 of the Chicago Bulls-Indiana Pacers Series.

Here’s the full opening-round schedule (all times Eastern; tipoff times and TV channels included if they’ve already been announced — subject to change):

Saturday, April 16
Game 1: Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 1: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 1: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 1: Portland Trail Blazers at Dallas Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, April 17
Game 1: Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs, 1 p.m. (TNT)
Game 1: New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 1: New York Knicks at Boston Celtics, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 1: Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)

Monday, April 18
Game 2: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)

Tuesday, April 19
Game 2: New York Knicks at Boston Celtics, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
Game 2: Portland Trail Blazers at Dallas Mavericks, 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20
Game 2: Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 p.m. (NBATV)
Game 2: New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

Thursday, April 21
Game 3: Chicago Bulls at Indiana, TBD (NBATV)
Game 3: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, TBD (TNT)
Game 3: Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

Friday, April 22
Game 3: Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks, TBD (ESPN2)
Game 3: Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, TBD (ESPN)
Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Hornets, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, April 23
Game 4: Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers, 2 p.m. (TNT)
Game 4: Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers, 5 p.m. (TNT)
Game 4: San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4: Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets, 10 p.m.

Sunday, April 24
Game 4: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 1 p.m. (ABC)
Game 4: Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 4: Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 4: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Hornets, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, April 25
Game 5: Portland Trail Blazers at Dallas Mavericks*, TBD
Game 4: San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies, TBD
Game 4: Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets, 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26
Game 5: New York Knicks at Boston Celtics*, TBD
Game 5: Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls*, TBD
Game 5: New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers*, TBD
Game 5: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic*, TBD

Wednesday, April 27
Game 5: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat*, TBD
Game 5: Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs*, TBD
Game 5: Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder*, TBD

Thursday, April 28
Game 6: Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks*, TBD
Game 6: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Hornets*, TBD
Game 6: Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers*, TBD
Game 6: Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers*, TBD

Friday, April 29
Game 6: Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets* TBD
Game 6: Boston Celtics at New York Knicks*, TBD
Game 6: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers*, TBD
Game 6: San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies*, TBD

Saturday, April 30
Game 7: Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls*, TBD
Game 7: Portland Trail Blazers at Dallas Mavericks*, TBD
Game 7: New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers*, TBD
Game 7: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic*, TBD

Sunday, May 1
Game 7: New York Knicks at Boston Celtics*, TBD
Game 7: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat*, TBD
Game 7: Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs*, TBD
Game 7: Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder*, TBD

Clippers Finish 1-3 vs Lakers

By the time Clippers center Chris Kaman was ejected in the final minute for a rough pick and a demonstrative argument with Derek Fisher, most of those good feelings had dissipated in another bad-tempered meeting between Staples Center’s cross-corridor rivals.

Kobe Bryant scored 37 points, Gasol added 26 points and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers never trailed in their 14th victory in 15 games since the All-Star break, 112-104 over the Clippers on Friday night.

During a game filled with flashy plays and two more jaw-dropping alley-oop dunks by rookie Blake Griffin, the Lakers maintained a steady lead for their NBA-leading 10th wire-to-wire win of the season. Gasol played an impressive game in his charity effort, and with matching contributions from Magic Johnson, they raised $52,000.

In the final minute, the 7-foot Kaman jolted the 6-1 Fisher with a physical pick on the perimeter, with both players angered by the placement of his counterpart’s elbows. Kaman and Fisher started jawing and eventually were separated by officials, who ejected Kaman and called a technical foul on Fisher with 28.8 seconds to go.

“Some people feel fondly of me, some people don’t,” shrugged Fisher, the Lakers’ five-time NBA champion point guard. “That’s a part of what we do. If big guys are coming to set screens on little guys, if you’re trying to tear my head off, I’m going to try to tear your head off.”

Kaman made an apparent meet-me-in-the-parking-lot gesture at Fisher on the way off the floor, but Fisher turned down teammate Matt Barnes joking offer of backup on the way out.

“I think I’m all right. My stepson is here, and he’s been lifting weights,” Fisher said with a laugh.

Kaman refused to comment on the fracas on the way to his car, and Griffin also refused to speak to reporters.

“I thought Derek came up high on his head,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. “I thought it was a pretty bad play on his part. Chris could have gotten hurt. There’s just no reason for that. Chris was just setting a good screen. It was a legal screen, and Fisher came up high with the elbow, so the NBA will look at it and make those decisions.”

This is nothing new for the local clubs. In their meeting on Jan. 16, Griffin, Artest, Lamar Odom and Baron Davis all were ejected for a minor scuffle with 5.7 seconds left.

At least the Staples co-tenants managed to end the streak of overtimes that has plagued their building this week, with two shootout victories for the Los Angeles Kings bookending the Lakers’ triple-overtime win over Phoenix and the Clippers’ double-OT victory over Washington.

The Lakers (52-20) also maintained their one-game lead over Dallas (51-21) for second place in the Western Conference with 10 games to go.

Ron Artest added 15 points and Andrew Bynum had 11 points and 12 rebounds in his return from a two-game suspension for the Lakers. The Clippers had a fast break that would have trimmed the Lakers’ lead to two points with 40 seconds left, but Artest swiped the ball from Griffin off the dribble.

“We made some good defensive plays down the stretch to pull that game out,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.

Mo Williams scored a season-high 30 points and Griffin added 22 for the Clippers, who have lost four of six.

“I had an off night,” Gordon said. “Things weren’t going my way, and I just couldn’t knock down a shot. I missed a couple of easy layups, and that happens sometimes. I thought we worked hard, and the guys came off the bench and made big plays for us.”

Bryant shot a season-high 17 free throws and moved easily on his sprained left ankle. He scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and got up smiling from a hard foul in the final seconds.

DeAndre Jordan had just three points in his return from a two-game absence with pneumonia. Bynum missed the Lakers’ wins over Portland and Phoenix for a flagrant foul against Minnesota’s Michael Beasley a week ago. … The Clippers have lost eight straight “road” games against the Lakers.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports

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