Al Horford grabbed 13 rebounds and dished four assists as the Atlanta Hawks pulled off an upset over the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the semifinals of the NBA playoffs.

The 6-feet-10-inch center, who had to battle with the Bulls' imposing frontline all night, more than held his own in the Hawks' 103-95 win.

Game 2 in Chicago is set for Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old Dominican, who was born in Puerto Plata, played 37 minutes and scored nine points. He also blocked two shots.

He has averaged 11.5 points per game in the playoffs.

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Pau Gasol, meanwhile, and his Lakers were less fortunate. Los Angeles, despite a solid effort from its 7-foot center, dropped Game 1 of the western semifinals to the Dallas Mavericks, 96-94.

The 30-year-old Spaniard scored 15 points and grabbed 11 boards. He also dished out seven assists and blocked a shot.

He turned the ball over three times, however.

After a slow start, Gasol has picked it up in the playoffs, averaging nearly 14 points per game in seven contests.

The Lakers, two-time defending NBA champions, will try to even the series Wednesday night at home.

For the third-seeded Mavericks, guard J.J. Barea, who is Puerto Rican, scored eight points and had five assists in 14 minutes.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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