Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls looks to pass the ball during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 4, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kobe Bryant didn't bring his shooting touch to Denver, going 7 of 23 from the floor for 22 points in the Lakers' 99-84 loss to the Nuggets on Friday. Kobe went 3 of 10 from beyond the arc and added six turnovers as Denver trim its series deficit to 2-1.
School in Sessions
Ramon Sessions puts up solid all-around numbers (15 points, nine rebounds, six assists) but goes 0 for 4 beyond the arc, contributing to the Lakers' 6-of-25 effort from deep.
Known more for his unconventional plays, JaVale McGee surprises the Lakers going off for 16 points and 15 rebounds. The undersized Nuggets outrebounded the Lakers 54-44 in Denver's must win.
Giving them fits
Ty Lawson fuels the Nuggets offense, scoring a game-high 25 points to go along with seven assists and four rebounds. Lawson was efficient Friday, shooting 9 of 19 from the floor and not committing a turnover.
Smiles all around
Evan Turner and the 76ers should feel relived after Friday's 79-74 come-from-behind win over the top-seeded Bulls. Despite Philly making 1 of 14 shots from beyond the arc and shooting 34 percent from the floor, the 76ers take a 2-1 series lead against short-handed Chicago.
This is mine!
Joakim Noah battles for a loose ball before suffering a gruesome left ankle injury in the third quarter. Noah, who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, would be another huge loss for a team that is already without reigning MVP Derrick Rose.
Can't knock the hustle
Evan Turner (left) and Spencer Hawes battle Bulls center Joakim Noah for a loose ball. Chicago won the rebounding battle 49-43 but committed seven more turnovers (15-8) than Philly.
Can I get some space?
Evan Turner tries to split the Bulls defense during his 16-point, nine-rebound effort to help the 76ers protect home court. Philly is attempting to become the third No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in a seven-game series.
Evan help us
Evan Turner tries to stay in front of Carlos Boozer, one of the few bright spots for the Bulls. The high-priced Chicago forward finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 9 of 17 from the floor. Getty ImagesDrew Hallowell
Good and bad of it
Rajon Rondo picks up his seventh career playoff triple-double -- 17 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists -- in the Celtics' 90-84 overtime win to take a 2-1 series lead over the Hawks. Despite his brilliant all-around effort, Rondo shot 7 of 22 from the field and committed six turnovers in the win. Getty ImagesJim Rogash
No ordinary Joe
Joe Johnson puts up a game-high 29 points during a back-and-forth contest. But the Hawks star guard wasn't very efficient, shooting 11 of 28 from the field as Atlanta shot 38 percent as a team from the floor. NBAE/Getty ImagesBrian Babineau
Alll about team
Don't judge Mickael Pietrus solely by the box score (six points, one rebound). The Celtics reserve guard played relentless defense against Hawks star Joe Johnson as Boston holds Atlanta to 4 of 20 from beyond the arc.