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  • NBA Playoffs Roundup: Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) lines up a dunk over Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (21) during the fourth quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Bradley scored 24 as the Celtics defeated the Bulls 108-97. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense? “Everyone knows he’s a good defender. Tonight, he got his offensive game going,” Chicago’s Dwyane Wade said after Bradley scored 24 points to lead Boston ...
  • NBA Playoffs Roundup: Rockets advance, Spurs up 3-2 on Grizzlies Houston Rockets' Nene, right, goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, left, and another Thunder player defend during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)(Photo: The Associated Press)HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Houston Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. The Thunder head home a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals ...
  • NBA Playoffs 2017: The old guys are coming up big so far in these playoffs Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, and Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) battle for a loose ball during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   George W. Bush was early in his first term as president. Seattle was years away from losing the SuperSonics. “Arrested Development” hadn’t even started airing yet. That’s how long ago Utah’s Joe Johnson and Houston’s Nene made their NBA debuts. So-called old guys like them are delivering all across these playoffs thus ...
  • NBA Playoffs Roundup: Raptors roll past Bucks for 25-point Game 5 win in Toronto -NBA-PLAYOFFS-MILWAUKEE-BUCKS-AT-TORONTO-RAPTO-90465240PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 37 points before sitting out the final quarter and the Golden State Warriors welcomed back teammate Kevin Durant with a 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night to sweep their first-round playoff series. The Warriors advanced to the conference semifinals, where they’ll face the winner of ...
  • NBA Playoffs Roundup: Isaiah Thomas’ 33 points lift Boston Celtics to Game 4 win over Chicago Bulls Celtics v Bulls-USATSI-10028324 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James made a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers sweep their playoff series against the Indiana Pacers with a 106-102 victory on Sunday. James finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds. He became the first player under the current playoff format to win 21 straight first-round games, and he ...
  • NBA Playoffs Roundup: Marc Gasol’s game-winning shot lifts Grizzlies to OT win against Spurs raptors v BucksRaptors 87, Bucks 76 MILWAUKEE (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 87-76 in a defensive slugfest on Saturday to tie their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at two games apiece. Kyle Lowry had 14 of his 18 points in the second half for the Raptors, who turned up ...
  • NBA Playoffs Roundup: Thunder, Westbrook hold off Rockets, Harden in crucial Game 3 NBA-PLAYOFFS-HOUSTON-ROCKETS-AT-OKLAHOMA-CITY-90399798 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Houston Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. James Harden scored 44 points for Houston, but he missed a 3-pointer that could have won the ...
  • NBA Playoffs Roundup: LeBron James, Cavs stage historic comeback to down Pacers for 3-0 lead Pacers v Cavs-USATSI-10022480-1- INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA postseason record by erasing a 25-point halftime deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114 on Thursday night and take a 3-0 lead. James passed Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the NBA’s career playoff scoring ...
  • NBA Playoffs Roundup: Warriors drub Blazers for 2-0 lead without Durant -2017-04-19-Steph-CurryHOUSTON (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 series. Westbrook set a franchise playoff scoring record and added 13 ...
  • NBA Roundup: Bulls beat top-seeded Celtics 111-97 to take 2-0 series lead Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) and Chicago Bulls guard Jerian Grant (2) chase the ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Boston. The Celtics won 100-80. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) BOSTON (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their series against the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Butler added eight rebounds and eight assists. Rondo’s night ended ...
  • Kelsey Plum goes No. 1 in WNBA draft Plum WNBANEW YORK (AP) — Kelsey Plum went first in the WNBA draft Thursday. Then, South Carolina took over. Plum was taken No. 1 by the San Antonio Stars. The Washington guard finished her college career with an NCAA-record 3,527 points. The Stars had the worst record last season and held the top pick for the first ...
  • NBA Playoffs Roundup: Bulls top Celtics 106-102; Thomas plays after sister’s death celtics v bulls pl1 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 Washington, Thomas led the ...
  • March Madness – Conference Scoreboard: ACC, SEC tie for most wins, Zags give WCC best win percentage North Carolina players celebrate after the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Gonzaga, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina won 71-65. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)(PhatzRadioSports / AP)   —-  The 2016-17 season is over, with North Carolina holding off Gonzaga to win the national championship for the program’s sixth NCAA title. The win for the Tar Heels wrapped up the season’s biggest story line: How North Carolina would bounce back from a buzzer-beating loss in last year’s finale. Let’s take an early ...
  • NBA Playoffs Roundup: LeBron, Cavs edge Pacers 109-108 in Game 1 Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James reacts after scoring in the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 109-108. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 32 points and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, looking to flip the switch after a shaky regular season, began the NBA playoffs by escaping with a 109-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday in Game 1. Playing in his 200th playoff game, James added 13 assists and six rebounds ...
  • Capsule previews of every NBA first-round playoff series Warriors v Cavs vB2xStV (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —–   Capsules and predictions for the NBA’s first-round playoff series, starting this weekend: ___ EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 BOSTON CELTICS (53-29) vs. No. 8 CHICAGO BULLS (41-41) Season series: Split, 2-2. Story line: It’s Boston’s first time as the No. 1 seed in the East since 2008 — which was also the last time the Celtics ...
  • NBA Roundup: Celtics clinch No. 1 seed in East, beat Bucks 112-94 Rick Carlisle, Sean Kilpatrick, Harrison Barnes, Fred Hoiberg, Trey Burke, Meyers Leonard, Joe Harris, Draymond Green, Shabazz Napier, Otto Porter, Quincy Acy, Sheldon McClellan, Bradley Beal, Billy Donovan, Tom Thibodeau, Phil Jackson, Memphis, Tennessee, NBA Southwest Division, NBA Western Conference, NBA Playoffs, NBA basketball, Men's basketball, Sports, Professional basketball, Basketball, Men's sports, Marc Gasol, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA Pacific Division, Zach Randolph, New York, Utah, Florida, Indiana, Miami, Indiana Pacers, NBA Southeast Division, NBA Eastern Conference, NBA Central Division, Mike Conley, National Basketball Association, Athlete injuries, Athlete health, New York City, Los Angeles, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, San Antonio, Paul George, Portland, Kyrie Irving, Cleveland, Toronto, Men's soccer, Soccer, Professional soccer, Houston, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, NBA Atlantic Division, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston, Golden State Warriors, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA Northwest Division, Thabo Sefolosha, MLS Western Conference, Kawhi Leonard, Orlando, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Toronto Raptors, George Hill, Jeremy Lin, Major League Soccer, DeAndre Jordan, Orlando Magic, Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Atlanta Hawks, Jeff Teague, Oscar Robertson, John Wall, Gordon Hayward, Taj Gibson, Klay Thompson, Houston Rockets, Carmelo Anthony, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, Washington Wizards, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, Eric Gordon, Damian Lillard, Gerald Green, J.J. Redick, Goran Dragic, Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas, Tristan Thompson, Ersan Ilyasova, Jordan Crawford, Jimmy Butler, LaMarcus Aldridge, Devin Harris, Jose Juan Barea, Jonas Valanciunas, Wesley Matthews, Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris, Jose Calderon, Brooklyn Nets, Ish Smith, Shelvin Mack, Norman Powell, Jerami Grant, Trevor Booker, Steve Kerr, Jordan Clarkson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Elfrid Payton, Patrick Beverley, Aaron Gordon, Willie Reed, Jeff Hornacek, Rudy Gobert, Giannis Antetokounmpo, New Orleans Pelicans, Karl-Anthony Towns, Noah Vonleh, Tim Quarterman, Hassan Whiteside, Clint Capela, Cheick Diallo, Nicolas Brussino, Nikola Jokic, Paul Zipser, Minnesota United FC BOSTON (AP) — Gerald Green scored 18 points, 10 of them in a 25-2 fourth-quarter run, and the Boston Celtics beat the resting Milwaukee Bucks 112-94 in the regular-season finale on Wednesday night to claim the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Celtics were assured of home-court advantage through the conference finals when ...
  • Final day of NBA season will decide some seeds, matchups Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) celebrates after scoring during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat as Celtics forward Jae Crowder, left, joins in, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Boston. The Celtics won 112-108. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   There will be final-night intrigue in the NBA. The two remaining playoff berths will be decided, along with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the site for Game 1 of the series that starts this weekend between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers. Most individual stat races are ...
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  • NBA Roundup: Heat stay alive, rally to top Cavaliers 124-121 in OT Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson goes up for a shot against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kay Felder (20) and forward Kevin Love (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Miami. Johnson scored 24 points as the Heat defeated the Cavaliers 124-121 in overtime. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored 24 points, including the game’s final four from the foul line, and the Miami Heat remained alive in the postseason chase by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-121 on Monday night. Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Miami, which would have been eliminated with a ...
  • The NBA award winners are … unclear Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots from the line in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   It was so easy last year. Stephen Curry was the unanimous Most Valuable Player, Karl-Anthony Towns was the unanimous Rookie of the Year, and most of the other NBA award races turned out to be very one-sided when the votes were counted. That was then. Here’s this year’s reality: When three NBA writers ...
  • NBA Roundup: Westbrook sets triple-double record, Thunder beat Nuggets Kenneth Faried, Doug McDermott, Billy Donovan, NBA Western Conference, NBA basketball, Men's basketball, Sports, Professional basketball, Basketball, Men's sports, General news, National Basketball Association, Portland, Denver, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA Northwest Division, Record setting events, Denver Nuggets, Enes Kanter, Oscar Robertson, Jameer Nelson, Danilo Gallinari, Gary Harris, Steven Adams, Semaj Christon, Mike Malone, Emmanuel Mudiay, Nikola Jokic DENVER (AP) — Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s 56-year-old record with his 42nd triple-double of the season Sunday, then he broke the Denver Nuggets’ hearts with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 106-105 victory. That eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention. Westbrook had 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in breaking Robertson’s record of 41 triple-doubles that ...
  • NBA Roundup: Chris Paul scores 19 points, Clippers beat Spurs 98-87 Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, attempts to shoot against San Antonio Spurs' Pau Gasol, left, of Spain, and LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored a franchise-record 59 points and matched his career high with nine 3-pointers to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 101-86 on Saturday night. Lillard surpassed Damon Stoudamire’s previous record of 54 points with a step-back 3-pointer. The crowd on its feet, he raised his arms in ...
  • NBA Roundup: LeBron, Cavs stunned by Hardaway, Hawks 114-100 Cleveland Cavaliers' Lebron James (23) looks to pass against Atlanta Hawks' Mike Muscala (31) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)PHOENIX (AP) — Russell Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, but failed for the second game in a row to break Oscar Robertson’s single-season record. Westbrook fell two assists shy of what would have been his 42nd triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 120-99 loss to the ...
  • NBA Roundup: Millsap, Hardaway boost Hawks past Celtics Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) is fouled by Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Atlanta. The Hawks won the game 123-116. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) ATLANTA (AP) — Paul Millsap scored 26 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 23 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a two-game skid with a 123-116 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. Isaiah Thomas scored 35 points, Jae Crowder had 24 and Marcus Smart 18 for the Celtics. They have dropped two in a row after ...
  • NBA Roundup: James dominates, Cavs beat Celtics 114-91 in East showdown Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, drives to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 42 points and the Golden State Warriors held off the Phoenix Suns 120-111 for their season-high 13th straight win, clinching the best record in the NBA for the third straight season. Curry scored 23 in the first quarter when the Warriors blew open a 41-18 lead, but the Suns rallied ...

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