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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, pushes off Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, April 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 30, 2019 - 2:27 am
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets avoided both an emotional letdown and another Damian Lillard masterpiece . Forty-eight hours after dispatching the Spurs in their first Game 7 triumph in 41 years, the Nuggets rode a 37-point performance from Nikola Jokic to a 121-113 win over the well-rested...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, is fouled by Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala during the first half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 29, 2019 - 6:38 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry made a point Monday of studying all 16 3-pointers James Harden attempted in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. He wants to be better prepared to defend the Houston star who has such a knack of drawing his man in to generate contact as he jumps forward...
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich prepares for Game 5 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 29, 2019 - 4:56 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs suffered through an odd, erratic season filled with injuries, strife and drama before a second straight ouster from the playoffs in the first round. Gregg Popovich enjoyed it so much he is coming back for a 24th season as coach in San Antonio. Normally extremely private...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after scoring a three point basket against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
April 29, 2019 - 3:00 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder plan to keep coach Billy Donovan for a fifth year. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Monday that he doesn't expect change despite Oklahoma City's third consecutive first-round playoff exit. The Thunder have reached the playoffs each of Donovan's...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts with forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 28, 2019 - 8:23 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr saw his share of spectacular postseason performances playing alongside one of the greatest ever. "There was this guy named Michael, I can't remember his last name," the Golden State coach cracked in reference to former Bulls teammate Michael Jordan. Kevin Durant is...
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Boston Red Sox's Chris Sale delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
April 28, 2019 - 8:21 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale is still searching for answers — and a victory, too. The Boston Red Sox ace remained winless in six starts this season, giving up Daniel Robertson's two-run homer in the first inning and Yandy Diaz's two-run triple in the second during a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo is fouled during the first half of Game 1 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash
April 28, 2019 - 5:26 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Al Horford stood his ground as Giannis Antetokounmpo charged his way. Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks' MVP candidate, desperately wanted to provide a spark and cut into a second-half lead against Horford's Boston Celtics in the opener of a second-round playoff series on Sunday...
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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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