May 4, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee (34) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) during the first half of game three in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Playoffs: Celtics, Sixers Win; Nuggets Beat Lakers

The Celtics needed overtime to beat the Hawks and the Sixers hung on for a win over the Bulls. The Nuggets beat the Lakers in Denver in the nightcap.

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Nuggets Vs. Lakers, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 3 Final Score: Denver Back In Series With 99-84 Win

JaVale McGee has outplayed Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in a playoff game. To the bomb shelters, everyone. McGee was absolutely ridiculous on Friday night, contributing 16 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in 28 minutes of play for the Denver Nuggets. In the time he was on the floor, his team scored 30 more points than the Los Angeles Lakers. There were other Nuggets who had very good games, but it's safe to say that he was the difference in Denver's 99-84 victory in Game 3.

Kenneth Faried also had a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds while Ty Lawson led all scorers with 25 points. Even though the Lakers have a significant size advantage over Denver, the Nuggets outrebounded their opponents 54-44.

Kobe Bryant had a solid first half for the Lakers, but struggled shooting the ball in the second half and finished with 22 points on 7-23 shooting. Andrew Bynum finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, an impressive line considering that he didn't score in the first half, but the Lakers dug themselves into such a deep hole early that there was no way out of it. Denver outscored the Lakers 30-14 in the first quarter and never relinquished the lead after they went ahead 14-12 in the first.

The Lakers now lead the series 2-1, with the home team winning all of the series' first three games.

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Joakim Noah Injury: X-Rays Reportedly Negative, But Fracture Still Feared

X-rays on Joakim Noah's turned left ankle came out negative after the Chicago Bulls' Game 3 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. But two sources cited by Johnson indicate that the team still fears that the center may have suffered a fracture in the freak play.

Johnson reports that Noah left the Wells Fargo Center in Philly on crutches, wearing an air cast. The Bulls' Game 4 against the Sixers is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

The Bulls, of course, are already without their All-NBA point guard Derrick Rose. Luol Deng is also struggling through a torn wrist ligament. Losing Noah or playing him at a severely damaged capacity would cross Chicago's top three players off the team's healthy list. The Bulls are down 2-1 in the series after Friday's loss.

Noah had a rare healthy season for Chicago, missing just two games. He missed a combined 54 games over the previous two seasons.

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Al Harrington Injury: Broken Nose From Andrew Bynum Elbow Knocks Nugget Out Of Game

Al Harrington has suffered a broken nose after being elbowed in the face (apparently inadvertently) by Andrew Bynum during the fourth quarter of the Denver Nuggets' Game 3 against the L.A. Lakers on Friday, reports ESPN's sideline man Ric Bucher. Harrington bled on the court after the shot to the dome.

Bucher also reported that Harrington will likely need to wear a mask when he returns to action later in the series.

Harrington had a strong bounceback season for the Nuggets, averaging 14 points per game. George Karl has had the luxury of using bizarre, but effective frontlines this season, mixing and matching Harrington, Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov.

Harrington scored seven points before being knocked out of Game 3.

For more on Harrington and the Nuggets, visit Denver Stiffs and SB Nation Denver. For more on the Lakers vs. Nuggets series, visit our dedicated StoryStream.

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Lakers Vs. Nuggets, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 3: Ty Lawson Has Denver Up 55-39 At Half

The Denver Nuggets weren't able to slow down the Los Angeles Lakers in either of the first two games of their series, but they've looked spectacular in the first half of Game 3. Ty Lawson can't miss while the Nuggets' big men have been fantastic inside on both ends of the floor. At halftime, they lead the Lakers 55-39.

Lawson has 18 points on 7-11 shooting, including 3-3 from behind the arc, to go along with four assists and no turnovers. Kenneth Faried already has 10 boards, including four on the offensive end, and JaVale McGee has been a monster off the bench. He has nine rebounds in just 12 minutes, helping Denver to a 31-18 rebounding margin over the Lakers.

Andrew Bynum has been absolutely invisible thus far, scoring zero points in the first half. The Nuggets have done a great job at keeping him from getting touches, but the Lakers aren't doing a good job of getting the ball inside. They've already attempted 12 three-point shots. Kobe Bryant has 14 points, but the Lakers don't seem to have any offense outside of Kobe making shots with a high degree of difficulty.

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76ers Vs. Bulls, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 3 Final Score: Philly Pulls Off 79-74 Win

The Philadelphia 76ers' offense looked anemic through the first three quarters of Game 3, but they came alive in the fourth quarter, doubling up the Chicago Bulls to come back from 10 points down and winning 79-74.

Spencer Hawes was the unlikely hero, hitting three big shots in the fourth quarter as well as two big free throws. He was the Sixers' best performer, finishing the game with 21 points and nine rebounds. Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday were also effective, getting to the free throw line multiple times in the fourth quarter.

The Bulls haven't exactly been potent offensively at any point in the series and had just 60 points through three quarters, but that was still good enough for a nine-point lead heading to the fourth. Their offense completely dried up in the fourth quarter, however, as they managed just 14 points. Carlos Boozer contributed a "Carlos Boozer Hat Trick" by reaching double-digit tallies in points, rebounds, and negative net points. He had 18 points, 10 rebounds and was minus-11 on the night.

Philadelphia now leads the series 2-1 and can take total control with another win in Game 4 on their home court.

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Hawks Vs. Celtics, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 3 Final Score: Celtics Survive Scare With OT Victory, 90-84

Oh so that's how NBA basketball is played!

In the first overtime game of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, the Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 90-84

After a sloppy and slow first half, the Boston Celtics asserted themselves out of the locker room, taking an 1- point lead into the fourth quarter in the final 24 minutes.

But what looked like it would be a game where the Celtics cruised to an easy victory turned into a nailbiting overtime win for the home team, as the Hawks responded in the final six minutes, going on a 15-4 run to get the game to an extra session.

In overtime, though, the game belonged to the Celtics, as Rajon Rondo, who logged a whopping 49 minutes tonight, took control of the game despite what you see to the right.

With the win, the Celtics take a 2-1 series lead, with the next two games to be played in Boston.

Adding validity to the argument that he plays his best basketball in front of a national television audience, Rondo logged a triple-double -- the seventh of his playoff career -- with 17 points, 12 assists and 14 rebounds.

The Hawks were led by Joe Johnson and Jeff Teague, who finished with 29 and 23 points, respectively, but got next to no production from reserve Tracy McGrady in the second half. McGrady, who rolled his ankle late in the first half and left the game with 10 points, went 0-5 from the floor in the second half and overtime.

For more on the Celtics, head over to CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Hawks, check out Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta.

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VIDEO: Kevin Garnett's Post-Game Interview In Full

Well, we don't need much to capture Kevin Garnett's post-game interview after the Celtics' overtime win on Friday night ...

It's not quite #BarFight, but Garnett's "BEAAAAANTOWN!" scream was great. Remember, this was supposed to be an interview. The PA was tossing it to the court for a player-of-the-game presentation.

And let's be honest, Garnett should always have a mic in his face after a game. He never fails to do something fun.

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GIF: Rond-Oh No

So this happened during overtime:

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Anticipating contact? Probably. It never came and Rondo ended up looking pretty bad.

He's got a triple-double, though, so we're sure he'll survive.

For more on the Celtics, head over to CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Hawks, check out Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta.

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Avery Bradley's Dunk Fail Sums Up Friday's Game

This is basically what the quality of basketball is right now.

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There's probably a bowling alley or something open somewhere. We won't blame you if you bail on the NBA games.

Note: Bradley is normally a powerful dunker. Just one of those nights.

For more on the Celtics, head over to CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Hawks, check out Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta.

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2012: Series Ties Will Be Broken Friday Before Lakers Look To Continue Dominance

Three games will take place in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on Friday night, two of which will break ties in their respective series. The nightcap will feature the Denver Nuggets attempting to take a lead for the first time in three games against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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