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Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) tries to shoot over Phoenix Suns' Alan Williams (15) as Suns' Ronnie Price, left, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 31, 2017 - 12:42 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points and 10 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers held on to hand the Phoenix Suns their 10th loss in a row, 124-118 on Thursday night. Devin Booker, playing in front of his former college coach, Kentucky's John Calipari, scored 33...
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts to an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
March 30, 2017 - 11:04 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic tied season highs with 28 points and six 3-pointers, Jimmy Butler scored 25, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-93 on a night when LeBron James moved into seventh place on the NBA's career scoring list. James moved past Shaquille O'Neal, finishing...
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts to an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
March 30, 2017 - 11:00 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic tied season highs with 28 points and six 3-pointers, Jimmy Butler scored 25, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-93 on a night when LeBron James moved into seventh place on the NBA's career scoring list. James moved past Shaquille O'Neal, finishing...
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts to an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
March 30, 2017 - 10:22 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has passed Shaquille O'Neal for seventh place on the NBA's career scoring list. James came into Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls with 28,573 points in 14 seasons with Cleveland and Miami. He needed 23 points to tie O'Neal and did...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives around San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
March 30, 2017 - 1:51 am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Golden State was emotionally prepared to shrug off a 22-point deficit during the first quarter in a key showdown with San Antonio. After all, the Warriors have battled the scrutiny of failing to win an NBA championship last year after a record-setting regular season and have...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives around San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
March 30, 2017 - 12:18 am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 23 and the Golden State Warriors rallied from a 22-point deficit in the opening quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-98 on Wednesday night for their ninth straight win. Golden State extended its lead over San Antonio to 3 1/2...
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook makes an uncontested dunk against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
March 29, 2017 - 11:30 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With as prolific a scorer as Russell Westbrook is, the Oklahoma City Thunder never feel as though any deficit is too much to overcome. Oklahoma City stormed back from a double-digit deficit behind another explosive performance by Westbrook to upend Orlando 114-106 in overtime...
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook makes an uncontested dunk against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
March 29, 2017 - 10:13 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-106 overtime win on Wednesday night. Westbrook, a leading MVP candidate, led the Thunder from behind by as many as 21 points in the second half as he recorded his 38th triple-...
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Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) drives to the net past Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half NBA basketball action, in Toronto on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
March 29, 2017 - 10:10 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Marco Belinelli scored 21 points, Kemba Walker had 19 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 110-106 on Wednesday night. Walker hit two big 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes, including one that gave the Hornets a 104-101 lead with 37.5 seconds left. He also had four...
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Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, takes the ball past Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell, right, on the way to making a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
March 29, 2017 - 1:03 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Wall scored 34 points and Washington rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-108 on Tuesday night, clinching the Southeast Division title for its first division crown in 38 years. Wall shot 14 of 25 and Bradley Beal was held to 16 points on 7-of-16...
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