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Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Andre Roberson defends during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
April 26, 2017 - 12:33 am
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Houston Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. The Thunder head home a year after...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Andre Roberson defends during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
April 25, 2017 - 11:11 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Houston Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. The Thunder head home a year after...
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April 25, 2017 - 6:53 pm
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina point guard and Final Four most outstanding player Joel Berry II is withdrawing from the NBA draft to return for his senior season. The school announced Monday that Berry would join teammates Tony Bradley and Theo Pinson in declaring for the draft but wouldn'...
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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, and Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee react after a McGee dunk against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 24, 2017, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
April 25, 2017 - 2:59 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Warriors can breathe for a bit after a first-round series filled with drama. With a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State now awaits the conclusion of the series between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers — currently tied at 2. The Warriors will also await...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, dribbles around his back past Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 24, 2017, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
April 25, 2017 - 2:15 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Long after the Trail Blazers had left their court, many of Golden State's players celebrated on the floor at the Moda Center to the delight of a rather large contingent of yellow-clad fans who chanted "War-ri-ors! War-ri-ors!" The first-round sweep was sweet, even in Portland'...
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In this April 9, 2017, photo, former NBA All Star Stephon Marbury attends an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors in New York. Marbury’s agent said Tuesday, April 25, 2017, that they are in talks with several clubs in China after he parted ways with the Beijing Ducks at the weekend. Marbury “will definitely play one more year,” Wang Meng told The Associated Press. Marbury, 40, helped the Beijing Ducks secure three China Basketball Association championship wins after joining them in 2011 following a roller-coaster NBA career. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
April 25, 2017 - 2:15 am
BEIJING (AP) — Stephon Marbury's agent said Tuesday that they are in talks with several clubs in China after the former NBA All-Star parted ways with the Chinese Basketball Association's Beijing Ducks at the weekend. Marbury "will definitely play one more year," Wang Meng told The Associated Press...
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Atlanta Hawks Tim Hardaway Jr. battles Washington Wizards Kelly Oubre Jr. for a lose ball in an NBA playoff basketball game , in Atlanta on Monday, April 24, 2017. Atlanta won 111-101 to even the best-of seven series at 2-2. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
April 25, 2017 - 12:46 am
ATLANTA (AP) — In a year when the geezers are coming up big in the NBA playoffs, add another one to the list. Jose Calderon might be the most unlikely of all. The 35-year-old Spaniard, picked up on waivers late in the season, made a huge contribution to help the Atlanta Hawks pull away from the...
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Houston Rockets center Nene (42) celebrates a basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 23, 2017. Houston won 113-109. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
April 24, 2017 - 6:59 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Nene has spent 15 years in the NBA and many still struggle in pronouncing his name. Count ABC's broadcasting team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson among the offenders. As Houston's backup center made play after play on Sunday they repeatedly called him "NAY-NAY,"...
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April 24, 2017 - 2:22 pm
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina juniors Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson will join freshman Tony Bradley in declaring for the NBA draft, though they won't hire agents. The school announced the moves Monday. Berry was the Final Four's most outstanding player as the Tar Heels beat Gonzaga for...
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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson reacts after making a three-point basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
April 24, 2017 - 2:25 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With coach Steve Kerr ailing, the Golden State Warriors are in capable hands with assistant Mike Brown. Kerr, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, stayed behind at the team hotel Saturday night while the Warriors overcame a slow start to beat the Trail Blazers 119-113 and take...
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