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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) dishes the ball between Houston Rockets' Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza (1) and James Harden (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Houston, Sunday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
March 28, 2017 - 10:54 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. The Warriors scored 37 points in the first quarter and never trailed on the way to their eighth straight...
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Phoenix Suns' Marquese Chriss, left, grabs a rebound from Atlanta Hawks' Ersan Ilyasova, of Turkey, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 28, 2017 - 10:07 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Dennis Schroder hit consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 17-1 run that carried the Hawks to a 95-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak and boosting Atlanta's playoff hopes. The Suns lost their ninth in a row in a matchup of teams with the...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Tony Snell (21) dunks over Charlotte Hornets' Marvin Williams (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
March 28, 2017 - 9:28 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Snell scored a season-high 26 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points and eight rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks handed the Charlotte Hornets' playoff hopes a potentially devastating blow with a 118-108 victory on Tuesday night. Malcolm Brogdon had 14 points and 10...
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Injured Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap, left, and guard Thabo Sefolosha watch from the bench as the Hawks fall 107-92 to the Brooklyn Nets in an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Atlanta. It is the Hawks seventh consecutive loss and the fifth consecutive game Millsap has missed. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
March 28, 2017 - 8:30 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The slumping Atlanta Hawks are hopeful of getting back at least one of their injured players. Barring a setback, guard Kent Bazemore should be able to play Wednesday when the Hawks begin a road trip at Philadelphia. Bazemore missed his fifth straight game Tuesday night with a bruised...
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Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) is fouled as he drives past Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, March 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
March 28, 2017 - 8:27 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker sat out Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks with an ankle injury that he aggravated in his 70-point performance. Booker was already having problems with his right ankle when he set a franchise record and became the youngest player to reach 70...
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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, New York Knicks' Joakim Noah warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. Noah is expected to return to practice following knee surgery, and the Knicks hope he can begin serving his 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy as soon as this week. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)
March 28, 2017 - 2:37 pm
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Joakim Noah was seeking help to overcome injuries that wrecked his first season in New York and turned to an over-the-counter supplement. That decision "backfired," Noah said Tuesday. It led to a 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy , preventing Noah...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2017, file photo, North Carolina State's Dennis Smith Jr. (4) shoots against North Carolina during the the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C. Smith, the Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year, is headed to the NBA after one season with the Wolfpack. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
March 28, 2017 - 1:00 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State freshman Dennis Smith Jr. is heading to the NBA. The point guard declared for the draft during a Tuesday morning announcement on ESPN. The move was no surprise since Smith was considered a likely one-and-done prospect this year and is projected to be a...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) takes his last shot of the game during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, March 27, 2017. The Thunder won 92-91. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
March 28, 2017 - 2:00 am
DALLAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook rescued Oklahoma City with a stunning rally and guaranteed the first losing record for Dallas in 17 full seasons under owner Mark Cuban. Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes for a...
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San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates a basket with Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge, right, and Patty Mills, of Australia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Monday, March 27, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
March 28, 2017 - 1:01 am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Cavaliers acknowledged having heavy legs, yet there is something far weightier on the minds of the defending NBA champions. Cleveland is in the midst of one of its worst stretches this season and there is little time to fix it. Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks to pass against Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) and forward Nerlens Noel (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, March 27, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
March 27, 2017 - 11:30 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Oklahoma City Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes to beat the Dallas Mavericks 92-91 on Monday night. Westbrook scored 37 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, with 13 rebounds and 10...
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