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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates after hitting a buzzer beating three-point shot to win the game against the Denver Nuggets following a basketball game Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Denver. Oklahoma City beat Denver 106-105. Westbrook also broke the NBA record for triple doubles with 42. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
April 09, 2017 - 9:11 pm
DENVER (AP) — First, Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season. Then, he broke the Denver Nuggets' hearts. Westbrook's 36-foot dagger at the buzzer gave Oklahoma City a 106-105 victory, eliminating the Nuggets from playoff contention and capping an...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, passes against Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
April 09, 2017 - 8:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — James Harden had 35 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds for his 21st triple-double of the season, leading the Houston Rockets to a 135-128 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Harden is second to Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, who broke Oscar Robertson's 56-year...
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April 09, 2017 - 3:32 am
HAWKS-PLAYOFFS Hawks seal 10th straight playoff appearance when Bulls lose ATLANTA (AP) — After two impressive victories, the Atlanta Hawks clinched their 10th consecutive playoff appearance Saturday when Chicago lost at Brooklyn. The Hawks (41-38) have the longest active postseason streak in the...
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April 09, 2017 - 3:31 am
CELTICS-HORNETS Thomas (again) leads Celtics past Hornets, 121-114 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 32 points, and the Boston Celtics remained in contention for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 121-114 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday. Al Horford...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant gestures as he enters the court for the team's NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
April 09, 2017 - 2:31 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant's first touch after missing 19 games with a knee injury? Just a driving baseline reverse and emphatic one-handed slam. Yes, indeed, KD looks healthy and ready for the playoffs even after five weeks on the sidelines. Durant triumphantly returned to finish with 16...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant gestures as he enters the court for the team's NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
April 09, 2017 - 1:16 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant's first touch after missing 19 games with a knee injury? Just a driving baseline reverse and emphatic one-handed slam. Yes, indeed, KD looks healthy and ready for the playoffs even after five weeks on the sidelines. Durant triumphantly returned to finish with 16...
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket as Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, April 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
April 09, 2017 - 12:41 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored a franchise-record 59 points and matched his career high with nine 3-pointers to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 101-86 on Saturday night. Lillard surpassed Damon Stoudamire's previous record of 54 points with a step-back 3-pointer. The...
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket as Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, April 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
April 09, 2017 - 12:40 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored a franchise-record 59 points and matched his career high with nine 3-pointers to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 101-86 on Saturday night. Lillard surpassed Damon Stoudamire's previous record of 54 points with a step-back 3-pointer. The...
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Atlanta Hawks' Tim Hardaway Jr., right, is congratulated by Malcolm Delaney after shooting a three-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 08, 2017 - 8:49 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — After two impressive victories, the Atlanta Hawks clinched their 10th consecutive playoff appearance Saturday when Chicago lost at Brooklyn. The Hawks (41-38) have the longest active postseason streak in the Eastern Conference and the second-longest in the NBA behind the San Antonio...
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Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio (6) guard Jerian Grant (2) and Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez fight for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 08, 2017 - 7:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Dwyane Wade returned but the Chicago Bulls sustained a potentially costly loss when the Brooklyn Nets beat them 107-106 on Saturday. Spencer Dinwiddie made four free throws in the final 13.6 seconds for the Nets in their home finale. He scored 19 points, as did rookie Caris LeVert...
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