NBA basketball

Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell defends during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 132-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 19, 2019 - 2:11 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — He's Kevin Durant, and the Los Angeles Clippers got reminded of it. Durant scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 21 playing with five fouls, and the Golden State Warriors dominated from the opening tip to win 132-105 Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff...
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Brooklyn Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24), Caris LeVert (22) and D'Angelo Russell (1) react to a dunk by Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons (25) during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in New York. The 76ers won 131-115. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
April 18, 2019 - 10:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 points, Tobias Harris added 29 points and 16 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers shook off the absence of Joel Embiid to beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-115 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Without their All-Star man...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin speaks at a news conference before the team's NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Three people familiar with the situation say the New Orleans Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cavaliers GM Griffin the Hornets' new executive vice president of basketball operations. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contract negotiations are ongoing and no announcement has been made. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
April 18, 2019 - 1:18 am
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Pelicans newly hired top basketball executive said he's keeping coach Alvin Gentry and wouldn't rule out the possibility of talking six-time All-Star Anthony Davis into rescinding his trade request and committing to New Orleans long-term. "We have a very long and successful...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo gives high-fives to his teammates during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
April 17, 2019 - 11:37 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Saddled with early foul trouble and faced with an aggressive defensive scheme that kept him in check for the first two quarters, Giannis Antetokounmpo set the tone immediately in the second half. Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 26 points in Milwaukee's big third quarter and the...
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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) looks for the puck as Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) scores during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 10:20 pm
TORONTO (AP) — David Pastrnak scored twice in quick succession, Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists and the Boston Bruins held off the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Wednesday night to tie the first-round series 2-2. Charlie McAvoy had a goal and an assist, Zdeno Chara and Joakim Nordstrom also...
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Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) hangs on the rim after slamming a dunk against the Indiana Pacers in the final minute of the fourth quarter of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Boston. The Celtics won 99-91. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 17, 2019 - 9:38 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A poor third quarter did the Indiana Pacers in during Game 1 of their first-round series with the Boston Celtics. In Game 2, Boston seized on a fourth-quarter collapse by Indiana. Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and Boston rallied late in the fourth to beat the Indiana 99-91 Wednesday...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 12, 2018 file photo, New York Knicks' general manager Scott Perry, right, and president Steve Mills speak to reporters at a news conference in Tarrytown, N.Y. With the right mix of lottery luck and summer shopping, the Knicks know the chance is there to quickly improve what was the NBA’s worst record this season. “We're excited,” Knicks President Steve Mills said Wednesday, April 17, 2019 “and we're not going to hide that we're excited and we're optimistic about what we hope the summer leads to.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
April 17, 2019 - 5:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The first big stop for James Dolan's plane will be to pick up Patrick Ewing, if the Hall of Famer wants a lift to Chicago to represent the Knicks at the draft lottery. Maybe later it could fly Kevin Durant and another superstar to New York. With the right mix of lottery luck and...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores on a layup past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 12:27 am
TORONTO (AP) — Kept off the scoreboard in a Game 1 defeat, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was "at his finest" in Game 2, at least in the eyes of coach Nick Nurse. Fellow All-Star Kawhi Leonard wasn't too bad, either. Leonard scored 37 points, Lowry bounced back with 22 and the Raptors routed the...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, center, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
April 17, 2019 - 12:26 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum had 33 points, Damian Lillard added 29 and the Portland Trail Blazers took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 114-94 victory on Tuesday night. Maurice Harkless added 14 points and nine rebounds for the third-...
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Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, back, hugs guard Jamal Murray after he hit a key basket late in the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 114-105. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 16, 2019 - 10:54 pm
DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray missed his first eight shots before a scorching fourth quarter in which he scored 21 of his 24 points, leading the Denver Nuggets past the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 on Tuesday night and knotting their playoff series at a game apiece. The Nuggets were in danger of losing a...
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