NBA Playoffs

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after making the game-winning shot at the buzzer against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 118-115. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
April 24, 2019 - 1:49 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After Damian Lillard hit his walk-off 3-pointer to send the Trail Blazers along in the playoffs, he waved goodbye to the Thunder bench. "That was the last word," he afterward. "That was having the last word." Lillard finished with a franchise playoff-record 50 points and...
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Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell, left, drives to the net against Orlando Magic center Khem Birch (24) during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press via AP)
April 23, 2019 - 10:10 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors turned in another dominant defensive effort, extending their playoff winning streak to a team-record four and clinching a berth in the second round. Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam added 24 and the Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 115-96 on Tuesday...
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Brooklyn Nets' Caris LeVert, right, goes up for the shot against Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, center right, of Cameroon, during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
April 23, 2019 - 9:47 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons thumped his chest after a big dunk , Joel Embiid pointed toward an overmatched defender on a slam of his own, and the Philadelphia 76ers flexed their offensive muscle from the opening tip to beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-100 on Tuesday night and close out their Eastern...
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots over Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 21, 2019. The Celtics defeated the Pacers 110-106 to win the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 22, 2019 - 8:41 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Boston Celtics proved they could be every bit as physical as the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. They may need to be even tougher for the rest of the postseason. After delivering the knockout blow to the Pacers with a first-round sweep, the Celtics quickly...
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FILE - This June 18, 2018, file photo shows Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks during a news conference introducing the team's draft picks in New York. NBA League Operations president Byron Spruell said Marks will serve a one-game suspension and be fined $25,000 for entering the referees' locker room after Game 4 of the Nets-76ers playoff series Saturday. (AP Photo/File, Mary Altaffer)
April 21, 2019 - 9:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nets general manager Sean Marks was suspended one game without pay and fined $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday for entering the referees' locker room after Brooklyn's loss to Philadelphia in Game 4 of their playoff series. The Nets lost 112-108 on Saturday in a game in which Brooklyn's...
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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left, and forward Kevin Durant, center, congratulate each other as Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley walks by during the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 21, 2019 - 6:35 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A little scoreboard watching inspired Klay Thompson and Golden State. Seeing Houston up 3-0 on Utah combined with having dropped a game at home, the Warriors got back to business. Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Thompson added 32 in a 113-105 victory over the Los Angeles...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after a foul in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
April 21, 2019 - 1:50 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — James Harden never worried. In fact, he didn't know he had missed his first 15 shots. Through it all, he never changed the attacking style that made him the NBA's leading scorer. Harden overcame a poor shooting performance and scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter,...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is defended by Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
April 20, 2019 - 11:10 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks know they are often considered a one-man team. Saturday night, they took some major steps toward changing that perception. On a night where Giannis Antetokounmpo was limited by foul trouble, the Bucks had seven players score in double figures and beat the Detroit...
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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, and Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green jaw at each other 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 20, 2019 - 9:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has rescinded technical fouls called on Golden State's Kevin Durant and JaMychal Green of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. The players were called for double technicals early in the third quarter Thursday night at Staples Center as they...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 120-99. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
April 20, 2019 - 2:22 am
Little Caesars Arena in Detroit will finally host its first playoff game — in what is probably the last chance the Pistons have to make their series against Milwaukee competitive. "Let's make it hard on them," Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. "Let's make it a home atmosphere, because we need...
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