NBA Playoffs

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, then-Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. The Phoenix Suns announced Friday, May 3, 2019, they have hired Williams as their new coach, replacing Igor Kokoskov, who was fired last week after one disappointing season. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 03, 2019 - 10:44 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns are looking for stability after their previous coach lasted just one season. They hope Monty Williams is the man to lead their turnaround. The Suns announced Friday that they had come to terms with Williams, a former head coach and a current assistant in Philadelphia...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid reacts to his dunk during the second half of Game 3 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 116-95. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
May 02, 2019 - 10:43 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had knocked the air out of Toronto by the time he punctuated a Game 3 victory with a windmill dunk. Embiid sprinted down the court with his arms stretched out like airplane wings, and the Philadelphia 76ers flying high in the postseason. Embiid refused to get tripped...
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FILE - In this June 23, 2017, file photo, Boston Celtics team president Danny Ainge speaks at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Mass. The Celtics said that Ainge suffered a mild heart attack Tuesday night, April 30, 2019, in Milwaukee, where the team played the Bucks in the second round of the NBA playoffs. The team said he received immediate medical attention and is expected to make a full recovery. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
May 02, 2019 - 11:58 am
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge had a mild heart attack and is expected to fully recover. The 60-year-old executive received immediate medical attention Tuesday night in Milwaukee, the team said in a statement Thursday. The Celtics were facing the Bucks in the second round of the...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots during the first half of Game 2 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
April 30, 2019 - 9:54 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokoumpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Khris Middleton made seven of Milwaukee's 20 3-pointers, and the Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 123-102 on Tuesday night to even their second-round playoff series at a game apiece. Antetokoumpo bounced back from a sub-par...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, pushes off Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, April 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 30, 2019 - 12:33 am
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 37 points and the Denver Nuggets withstood Damian Lillard's 39-point effort and Enes Kanter's strong return to Portland's lineup in a 121-113 win over the well-rested Trail Blazers in the opener of their second-round playoff series Monday night. Lillard, who struck...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after scoring a three point basket against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
April 29, 2019 - 2:00 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder plan to keep coach Billy Donovan for a fifth year. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Monday that he doesn't expect change despite Oklahoma City's third consecutive first-round playoff exit. The Thunder have reached the playoffs each of Donovan's...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic faces the cameras after the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 90-86 to advance to the second round against Portland. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 28, 2019 - 2:46 am
DENVER (AP) — Time was winding down and the San Antonio Spurs couldn't hear their coach screaming for someone to foul over all the noise. That's one for the Denver crowd. The Nuggets also are making some noise. Nikola Jokic had another triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8...
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Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, left, watches as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) moves the ball during the first half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Toronto, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 27, 2019 - 9:11 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored a career playoff-high 45 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam added 29 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-95 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Saturday night. Leonard matched his career-best scoring...
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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 27, 2019 - 5:29 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Mike D'Antoni thinks James Harden should win a second straight MVP award. The veteran coach also believes the Beard should take home another award, too. "I don't know if he'll get MVP, he should in my opinion," D'Antoni said. "But he definitely should get most improved...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts to an official's call during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball playoff series against the Utah Jazz, in Houston, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
April 27, 2019 - 4:43 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From coach Mike D'Antoni to his stars James Harden and Chris Paul and all the rest of the Rockets, another chance at the champion Golden State Warriors has been on their mind for months. Golden State and Houston will face off in the playoffs for the fourth time in five years...
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