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Portland Trail Blazers' Maurice Harkless, top, blocks a shot from Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
April 20, 2017 - 1:21 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 19 points on an off night, JaVale McGee sparked Golden State off the bench with 15 points, and the short-handed Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-81 in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series Wednesday night without injured leading scorer...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook drives past Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
April 19, 2017 - 11:21 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 35 points and the Houston Rockets overcame 51 points from Russell Westbrook in the highest-scoring triple-double in playoff history, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2017, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) is defended by San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) and center Pau Gasol during the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in San Antonio. Pau and Marc Gasol have been battling each other on a basketball court since they were children with the older brother always finding ways to win. Now little brother Marc is doing his best to rally the Grizzlies to avoid being swept away in their first playoff meeting. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
April 19, 2017 - 10:17 am
Marc is winning the individual battle. Older brother Pau is walking away with the victories in the Gasols' first NBA playoff battle. The sibling showdown between the Spaniards has added another dimension to the Grizzlies-Spurs opening-round Western Conference series. The Gasols have been competing...
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Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, right, high-fives Raymond Felton after making a basket during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
April 19, 2017 - 2:36 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buoyed by a newfound sense of urgency, the Clippers took it to the Utah Jazz from the opening tip. The patch of real estate under the basket was all theirs, all game. Blake Griffin led a smash-mouth revival of Lob City with 24 points and DeAndre Jordan had a double-double in the...
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Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan, center, dunks against the Utah Jazz during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
April 19, 2017 - 1:18 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin led a smash-mouth revival of Lob City with 24 points, DeAndre Jordan had a double-double and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 99-91 on Tuesday night to even their playoff series at 1-1. Jordan finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Paul added...
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Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan, center, dunks against the Utah Jazz during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
April 19, 2017 - 1:14 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin led a smash-mouth revival of Lob City with 24 points, DeAndre Jordan had a double-double and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 99-91 on Tuesday night to even their playoff series at 1-1. Jordan finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Paul added...
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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) looks to pass under pressure from Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 18, 2017 - 11:12 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry shrugged off his Game 1 struggles in style, and got the Raptors back on level terms. Lowry scored 22 points, including the clinching basket with less than 10 seconds to play, and Toronto beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-100 on Tuesday night, evening their first-round playoff...
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April 18, 2017 - 6:31 pm
Oregon junior forward Jordan Bell has become the latest Ducks player to declare for the NBA Draft. Bell made his announcement on Tuesday on the website riselongbeach.com. The Long Beach, California, native says he plans to hire an agent, which would end his eligibility. Bell joins Dillon Brooks and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks at the opening business session of the NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tenn. The NCAA has awarded men’s basketball tournament games in 2020 and 2021 along with several other championship events to North Carolina after the state repealed elements of a law that limited protections for LGBT people and put it at risk of being passed over as a host for future events. The governing body announced decisions Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had “reluctantly” agreed to consider North Carolina again for hosting duties.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
April 18, 2017 - 2:06 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has awarded coveted men's basketball tournament games and other events to North Carolina, effectively ending a boycott that helped force the state to repeal parts of a law that limited protections for LGBT people. The governing body announced decisions Tuesday for...
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April 18, 2017 - 1:31 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has awarded men's basketball tournament games in 2020 and 2021 along with several other championship events to North Carolina after the state repealed elements of a law that limited protections for LGBT people and put it at risk of being passed over as a host for...
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