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NBA PLAYOFF ROUNDUP

Duncan and Spurs roll over Nuggets

The San Antonio Spurs didn't let Game 2 come down to fourth-quarter shooting.

The Spurs made nine of their first 10 shots last night and then outscored the Denver Nuggets by 20 points in the second quarter en route to a 104-76 win in San Antonio that evened their first-round playoff series at one win each.

"Any loss like that is embarrassing," said Denver's Carmelo Anthony, whose team shot just 36 percent. "After the first game we expected someone to get better. They were the team that got better." San Antonio, which lost the opener Sunday after missing 17 straight shots down the stretch, went back to basics -- that is, they got the ball to Tim Duncan.

On his first touch, Duncan drove on Kenyon Martin and hit a short bank shot. Next trip, he backed down Marcus Camby in the post and flipped in a hook.

Establishing Duncan early created shots on the perimeter, and the Spurs made them. They hit their first four 3-pointers, two by Brent Barry, and they owned an 11-point lead less than eight minutes into the game. Tony Parker scored 12 points in the first period, matching his total for all of Game 1. He finished with 19 points.

Duncan had 24 points, while reserve Manu Ginobili added 17 points in 18 minutes. Barry, who started in Ginobili's place, made all four of his 3-pointers for 16 points.

Bulls 113, Wizards 103 -- Kirk Hinrich found his shooting touch and host Chicago is headed to Washington with a 2-0 lead in the opening-round playoff series. Hinrich scored 21 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and the Bulls overcame a strong start by the Wizards to win.

Hinrich rebounded from a tough 8-for-23 shooting night in Chicago's 103-94 win in the opener Sunday night, hitting 12 of 15 shots and spearheading key runs at the end of the first half and beginning of the final quarter. Antonio Davis added 18 points and Ben Gordon 14 for the Bulls.

Gilbert Arenas, held to 9 points in the opener, picked up his game dramatically. He scored 39 -- 16 in the final period -- and helped the Wizards rally in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough.

Arenas, who shot 14 for 25, hit a 3-pointer with 1:30 left to cut the deficit to 6, but Hinrich answered with a 3-pointer and then two free throws to preserve the victory.

Larry Hughes scored 19 and Antawn Jamison 18 for Washington.

Hinrich stunned the Wizards by scoring 10 points in the first 2:40 of the final quarter, hitting two 3-pointers, a jumper and a layup in a 12-3 surge that gave the Bulls a 93-73 lead. He finished 5 for 5 on 3-pointers.

Suns 108, Grizzlies 103 -- Memphis got rough with Phoenix in Game 2, and it almost worked. The Suns erased a 5-point deficit with a 14-4 run over the final 4:04 to beat the Grizzlies in Phoenix and take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Amare Stoudemire, who scored just 9 points in the series opener, had 34 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, including 18-of-22 shooting at the foul line. The physical Grizzlies sent Phoenix to the line 40 times, and the Suns made 32 of them.

Shawn Marion, playing with a sprained right wrist, added 22 points for Phoenix, including a pair of 15-footers that tied the game, then put the Suns up for good. He also had 13 rebounds.

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