Atlanta Hawks mascot preforms during the first half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Celtics won 87 - 80. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE
Hawks guard Tracy McGrady feels the squeeze between Celtics forwards Sasha Pavlovic (left) and Kevin Garnett on Tuesday in Atlanta. The Hawks felt the squeeze at the end, too — blowing an 11-point lead and losing 87-80 in Game 2, as the Celts tied the series 1-1.
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett looks to pass during the first half of Game 2 in Atlanta.
Celtics forward Sasha Pavlovic lays in two points during Boston's 87-80 Game 2 win over the Hawks in Atlanta. That's Hawks center Jason Collins trying to swat away the shot.
Hawks forward Ivan Johnson (left) and Celtics center Greg Stiemsma go up for a rebound during the first half of Game 2 on Tuesday.
Hawks guard Tracy McGrady drives to the basket while being defended by Celtics guard Marquis Daniels during the first half of Tuesday's 87-80 Boston victory in Game 2.
Rip and fall
Bulls guard Rip Hamilton looks to score against the defense of Sixers forward Elton Brand on Tuesday night during Game 2 of the teams' playoff series in Chicago. Philly prevailed 109-92 to even the series 1-1 against a Bulls team playing its first game without injured MVP Derrick Rose.
Bulls point guard John Lucas looks to split the Sixers defense Tuesday in Chicago. Instead, Philly split the first two games in the Windy City, winning 109-92 as the series heads to Philadelphia.
The Sixers' Lou Williams dunks for two of his 20 points against the Bulls on Tuesday.
Philly forward Andre Iguodala looks to pass between Chicago defenders C.J. Watson and Luol Deng during the Sixers' Game 2 win Tuesday.
Defense wins in the NBA, especially in the playoffs. Tonight's Exhibit A: 76ers center Lavoy Allen blocking a shot by Bulls forward Taj Gibson during the fourth quarter of Philly's 109-92 Game 2 road win.
Kobe Bryant (left) celebrates with Andrew Bynum in Los Angeles on Tuesday night as Bryant's 38 points led the Lakers' 104-100 victory over the Nuggets in Game 2 of the teams' playoff series. LA leads the series, 2-0.
There's always heavy traffic in Los Angeles — and as the Nuggets' JaVale McGee finds out here, it's not always on the freeways.
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Man in the middle
Denver's Kenneth Faried gets sandwiched between the Lakers' Steve Blake (left) and Kobe Bryant during LA's 104-100 Game 2 win.
Head in the game
Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari fouls the Lakers' Devin Ebanks. Does he ever.