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Lakers, Celtics, Hawks Take 2-0 Advantage in NBA Playoff Series

April 21 (Bloomberg) -- The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks won to take 2-0 leads in their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series.

At Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 39 points as the Lakers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 95-92 in the second game of their best-of-seven-game Western Conference series. Pau Gasol added 25 points as his team came back from a two-point halftime deficit.

Kevin Durant had 32 points for the Thunder.

Ray Allen scored 25 points as the Celtics routed the Miami Heat 106-77 at TD Garden in Boston in their Eastern Conference series. Glen Davis, who started in the absence of Kevin Garnett, added 23 points. Garnett was suspended for elbowing Miami’s Quentin Richardson in the opening game.

After falling behind 29-25 in the second quarter, the Celtics went on a 44-8 scoring run and never relinquished the lead.

Dwyane Wade had 29 points for the Heat, who made 38 percent of their field goal attempts compared with 48 percent for the Celtics.

At Philips Arena in Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 27 points for the Hawks, who beat the Milwaukee Bucks 96-86. Josh Smith added 21 points and 14 rebounds as all five starters reached double digits for the Hawks. John Salmons was high scorer for the Bucks with 21 points.

Jason Richardson scored 29 points and the Phoenix Suns evened their playoff series at one game apiece with a 119-90 win over Portland. Martell Webster came off the bench to score 16 points for the Trail Blazers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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