NBA basketball

Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell defends during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 132-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 19, 2019 - 3:11 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — He's Kevin Durant, and the Los Angeles Clippers got reminded of it. Durant scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 21 playing with five fouls, and the Golden State Warriors dominated from the opening tip to win 132-105 Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff...
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San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio, Thursday, April 18, 2019. San Antonio won 118-108. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 19, 2019 - 12:38 am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio point guard Derrick White was screaming, flexing and stomping around the court after almost every basket against Denver. It was completely out of character for White, but the mild-mannered point guard has never been in this situation before. White had a career-high 36...
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Brooklyn Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24), Caris LeVert (22) and D'Angelo Russell (1) react to a dunk by Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons (25) during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in New York. The 76ers won 131-115. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
April 19, 2019 - 12:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Embiid took off his warmup gear and changed into street clothes, his left knee feeling too sore to play. Even with the All-Star center sitting down, the Philadelphia 76ers were flying high in Game 3. Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 points, Tobias Harris added 29...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin speaks at a news conference before the team's NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Three people familiar with the situation say the New Orleans Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cavaliers GM Griffin the Hornets' new executive vice president of basketball operations. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contract negotiations are ongoing and no announcement has been made. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
April 18, 2019 - 2:18 am
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Pelicans newly hired top basketball executive said he's keeping coach Alvin Gentry and wouldn't rule out the possibility of talking six-time All-Star Anthony Davis into rescinding his trade request and committing to New Orleans long-term. "We have a very long and successful...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo gives high-fives to his teammates during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
April 18, 2019 - 12:37 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Saddled with early foul trouble and faced with an aggressive defensive scheme that kept him in check for the first two quarters, Giannis Antetokounmpo set the tone immediately in the second half. Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 26 points in Milwaukee's big third quarter and the...
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Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) hangs on the rim after slamming a dunk against the Indiana Pacers in the final minute of the fourth quarter of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Boston. The Celtics won 99-91. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 17, 2019 - 10:38 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A poor third quarter did the Indiana Pacers in during Game 1 of their first-round series with the Boston Celtics. In Game 2, Boston seized on a fourth-quarter collapse by Indiana. Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and Boston rallied late in the fourth to beat the Indiana 99-91 Wednesday...
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San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan rips his jersey as he heads to the bench after drawing his second personal foul against the Denver Nuggets early in the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 17, 2019 - 6:40 pm
The Golden State Warriors are trying to regain the lead in a series they probably still can't believe is tied. Same with the San Antonio Spurs, who like the Warriors know they are facing an opponent who won't stay down no matter how far they fall down. The Clippers' historic comeback against the...
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Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins reacts after falling to the floor during the first half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 17, 2019 - 5:24 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center DeMarcus Cousins is unlikely to return this postseason for the Golden State Warriors yet won't require surgery on his torn left quadriceps muscle. Coach Steve Kerr has named Andrew Bogut as his starter in place of Cousins for Game 3 Thursday night of the team's first-...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, center, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
April 17, 2019 - 2:50 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum likes when games get gritty. The guard scored 33 points as the Portland Trail Blazers took a 2-0 lead in their playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 114-94 victory on Tuesday night. Tense at times with plenty of jawing back-and-forth between the...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores on a layup past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 1:27 am
TORONTO (AP) — Kept off the scoreboard in a Game 1 defeat, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was "at his finest" in Game 2, at least in the eyes of coach Nick Nurse. Fellow All-Star Kawhi Leonard wasn't too bad, either. Leonard scored 37 points, Lowry bounced back with 22 and the Raptors routed the...
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