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San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots over Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) during the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 17, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 18, 2017 - 2:20 am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs responded to another late-game meltdown as they have all season: relying on a little 3-point shooting and a whole lot of Kawhi Leonard. They also got an assist from the officials, according to Memphis coach David Fizdale. Leonard had a postseason career-high 37 points...
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Indiana Pacers' Paul George, right, reaches in against Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James in the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 117-111. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 17, 2017 - 11:31 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Blown big leads. Defensive breakdowns. Bad shots. None of it means anything to LeBron James. The only score that matters is 2-0. Kyrie Irving scored 37 points, Kevin Love added 27, James had 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers avoided another fourth-quarter collapse in Game 2, beating...
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Semaj Christon (6) is fouled by Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverley, right, during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
April 17, 2017 - 7:59 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — When J.J. Watt attended the Houston Rockets' playoff game on Sunday night, he got a front-row view of Patrick Beverley's intensity. The Houston Texans star defensive end was taken aback when Beverley walked over to his courtside seat during a timeout and simply stood in front of him...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second-half NBA playoff basketball game action in Toronto, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 7:15 pm
Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo marked his arrival as a big stage, playoff performer in his second trip to the NBA postseason — now he's looking for more. The 22-year-old dubbed the "Greek Freak" will be looking to once again put his stamp on the Bucks' series against the Toronto Raptors. There...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2017, file photo, Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) dunks against Baylor in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Waco, Texas. Kansas freshman Josh Jackson has announced he will enter the NBA draft. Jackson, who released a statement on Monday, April 17, 2017, was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
April 17, 2017 - 1:27 pm
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Josh Jackson declared for the NBA draft on Monday after one of the best freshman seasons in Kansas history, one marked by plenty of highlights on the floor and a few distractions off it. The 6-foot-8 swingman, who is considered a certain lottery pick, was the Big 12 newcomer...
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April 17, 2017 - 12:36 pm
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas freshman Josh Jackson has announced he will enter the NBA draft. Jackson, who released a statement on Monday, was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He helped the Jayhawks to a 31-5 record and a berth in the NCAA...
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April 17, 2017 - 12:29 am
AP-AS-PENCE-KOREA-THE-LATEST The Latest: Pence says 'era of strategic patience' is over PANMUNJOM, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says the "era of strategic patience is over" with North Korea, expressing impatience with the unwillingness of the North Korean regime to move toward...
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Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas shoots during the fourth quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. The Bulls won 106-102. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 16, 2017 - 10:46 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Chicago Bulls waited until the final night of the regular season to cement their spot in the postseason. Jimmy Butler made sure the wait for a playoff victory was a short one. Butler had 30 points and nine rebounds and the Bulls outlasted top-seeded Boston 106-102 in Game 1 on...
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Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas shoots during the fourth quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. The Bulls won 106-102. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 16, 2017 - 10:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Jimmy Butler had 30 points and nine rebounds and the Chicago Bulls outlasted Boston 106-102 in Game 1 on Sunday on an emotional night for grieving Celtics star Isaiah Thomas. Playing a day after 22-year-old sister Chyna Thomas was killed in a car accident in their home state of...
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April 16, 2017 - 6:55 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas took the floor to a deafening cheer for the Boston Celtics' playoff opener against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night, just a day after his sister was killed in a car accident. The Celtics held a pregame moment of silence for Chyna Thomas, who died early Saturday in a one...
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