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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Houston Rockets center Nene, right, defends in the second quarter of a first-round NBA basketball playoff game in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
April 22, 2017 - 7:56 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook figured out that he didn't have to do it all. Once that happened, the Thunder figured out how to beat the Houston Rockets. Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double and the Thunder held off the Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in...
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April 22, 2017 - 3:40 am
BRAVES-PHILLIES Hellickson, Hernandez lead Phillies past Braves 4-3 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings and Cesar Hernandez had three hits and scored two runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. Hellickson (3-0)...
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Los Angeles Clippers guard JJ Redick, right, guards Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
April 22, 2017 - 2:14 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers sounded in awe of his point guard after watching Chris Paul beat the Utah Jazz with a fantastic fourth-quarter performance. Paul scored a season-high 34 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 111-106 victory Friday night to take...
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Los Angeles Clippers guard JJ Redick, right, guards Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
April 22, 2017 - 12:59 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Chris Paul scored 34 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 111-106 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. The Jazz led most of the game before Paul took over in the fourth quarter and powered a 15-0 run that...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Houston Rockets center Nene, right, defends in the second quarter of a first-round NBA basketball playoff game in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
April 22, 2017 - 12:25 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Houston Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. James Harden scored 44 points for Houston, but he missed a...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Houston Rockets center Nene, right, defends in the second quarter of a first-round NBA basketball playoff game in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
April 22, 2017 - 12:20 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Houston Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. James Harden scored 44 points for Houston, but he missed a...
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, center, and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, left, and center Boris Diaw (33) look for a rebound during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
April 21, 2017 - 11:55 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Clippers forward Blake Griffin has left Game 3 against the Jazz with a bruised right big toe and will not return. The five-time All-Star left the game with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter after landing awkwardly following a transition layup. He had 11 points, six rebounds...
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Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) and Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier battle for a loose ball during the first quarter of Game 3 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
April 21, 2017 - 11:01 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Boston Celtics got pep talks from a past champion as well as their current superstar. Then, they put a charge in a series that was slipping from their reach. Al Horford had 18 points and eight rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points, and the top-seeded Celtics beat the Chicago...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2017, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe plays during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Portland, Ore. It is clear to Crabbe, and just about everyone else who is watching, that Portland's bench needs to do more against the Warriors in the first round of the NBA playoffs. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File)
April 21, 2017 - 6:38 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It's clear to Allen Crabbe — and just about everyone else who's watching — that Portland's bench needs to do more against the Warriors. And Crabbe is pointing to himself as someone who needs to step up. The Trail Blazers' reserves had a combined 35 points Wednesday night when...
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April 21, 2017 - 3:38 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers upgraded center Jusuf Nurkic to doubtful for Game 3 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have a 2-0 lead in the series, which shifts to Portland on Saturday night. Nurkic missed the final seven games of the regular...
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