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Utah holds off Denver, 114-111

DENVER — With Utah running out of big bodies, Deron Williams carried an even bigger load in leading the Jazz to a 114-111 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday in Game 2 of their Western Conference playoffs.

Williams had 33 points and 14 assists and Carlos Boozer added 20 points and 14 rebounds as the injury-riddled Jazz tied the series at a win each.

Chauncey Billups’ three-point attempt from the top of the key in the closing seconds hit off the back iron.

Williams and Kyle Korver made two free throws each in the final 11 seconds to hold off the Nuggets.

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Cleveland 112, Chicago 102 — LeBron James scored 40 points and took over in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers, fueled by a rabid home crowd that booed every move by the Bulls’ Joakim Noah, maintained home-court advantage.

Noah, who between Games 1 and 2 criticized Cleveland’s lack of downtown activity, had 25 points and 13 rebounds.


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