25 Apr 2009

Jazz tune up Lakers

8:39 am on 25 April 2009

The Utah Jazz have beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 88-86 in Salt Lake City for their first win in their National Basketball Association play-off series, which the Lakers lead 2-1.

The defending champions Boston have taken a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven first round series after beating the Bulls 107-86 in Chicago

Paul Pierce pumped in 24 points and Rajon Rondo added 20 points for the Celtics, who were never challenged after splitting two home games.

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Josh Howard added 17 and eight rebounds as the Mavericks defeated the San Antonio Spurs 88-67 to take a 2-1 lead.