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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks for the shot as Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) defends during the second half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Toronto, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 28, 2019 - 12:55 pm
Philadelphia is already in trouble in its Eastern Conference semifinal series against Toronto, and 76ers coach Brett Brown might be one of the biggest reasons why. It's not that Brown made coaching mistakes in Game 1. Instead, he might have not made enough mistakes in 2012 and 2013. Let's explain:...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic faces the cameras after the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 90-86 to advance to the second round against Portland. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 28, 2019 - 2:20 am
DENVER (AP) — Time was winding down and the San Antonio Spurs couldn't hear their coach screaming for someone to foul over all the noise. That's one for the Denver crowd. The Nuggets also are making some noise. Nikola Jokic had another triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8...
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Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, left, watches as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) moves the ball during the first half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Toronto, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 27, 2019 - 11:44 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard wasn't interested in putting up a career-high point total against the Philadelphia 76ers. Even as history beckoned, Toronto's understated star was hoping he could take a seat on the bench. Leonard scored a career playoff-high 45 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Pascal...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after a foul in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
April 27, 2019 - 6:29 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Mike D'Antoni thinks James Harden should win a second straight MVP award. The veteran coach also believes the Beard should take home another award, too. "I don't know if he'll get MVP, he should in my opinion," D'Antoni said. "But he definitely should get most improved...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts to an official's call during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball playoff series against the Utah Jazz, in Houston, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
April 27, 2019 - 5:43 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From coach Mike D'Antoni to his stars James Harden and Chris Paul and all the rest of the Rockets, another chance at the champion Golden State Warriors has been on their mind for months. Golden State and Houston will face off in the playoffs for the fourth time in five years...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is defended by Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
April 27, 2019 - 2:47 pm
Much has changed since the Celtics outlasted the Bucks during their seven-game slugfest in the first round of last year's NBA playoffs. For starters, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are both healthy after injuries sidelined them for the entire postseason last year. Giannis Antetokounmpo is having a...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, left, and Stephen Curry high-five as they walks off the court during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
April 27, 2019 - 3:28 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Durant is setting the tone for the Golden State Warriors. Get him the ball and watch him work. Durant scored 38 of his playoff career-high 50 points in the first half, Draymond Green had a triple-double, and Golden State dominated in closing out the Los Angeles Clippers 129...
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San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) and center Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 120-103. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 27, 2019 - 3:17 am
DENVER (AP) — No stranger to the weight that accompanies Game 7s , DeMar DeRozan offered one overly basic reminder to his team. "Us versus them," the San Antonio guard said. DeRozan's point : It's not his team playing a hostile crowd when the Spurs face the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center in the...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 4, 2008 file photo, NBA legend John Havlicek holds the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy at Manchester Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, N.H. The Boston Celtics say Hall of Famer John Havlicek, whose steal of Hal Green’s inbounds pass in the final seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference finals against the Philadelphia 76ers remains one of the most famous plays in NBA history, has died. The team says Havlicek died Thursday, April 25, 2019 at age 79. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)
April 26, 2019 - 12:39 pm
BOSTON (AP) — John Havlicek's legacy was built over 16 years with the Boston Celtics, eight of them as NBA champions, making him among the best to ever play the game. One play immortalized him forever. "Havlicek stole the ball! "Havlicek stole the ball!" Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most screamed...
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Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 25, 2019 - 10:41 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and DeMar DeRozan added 25 to help the San Antonio Spurs overcome Nikola Jokic's 43 points and beat the Denver Nuggets 120-103 on Thursday night, forcing a Game 7 of the opening round series. Jokic had 27 points in the second half to post the...
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