NBA Playoffs

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 27, 2019 - 1:47 pm
Much has changed since the Celtics outlasted the Bucks during their seven-game slugfest in the first round of last year's NBA playoffs. For starters, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are both healthy after injuries sidelined them for the entire postseason last year. Giannis Antetokounmpo is having a...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, left, and Stephen Curry high-five as they walks off the court during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
April 27, 2019 - 2:28 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Durant is setting the tone for the Golden State Warriors. Get him the ball and watch him work. Durant scored 38 of his playoff career-high 50 points in the first half, Draymond Green had a triple-double, and Golden State dominated in closing out the Los Angeles Clippers 129...
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San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) and center Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 120-103. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 27, 2019 - 2:17 am
DENVER (AP) — No stranger to the weight that accompanies Game 7s , DeMar DeRozan offered one overly basic reminder to his team. "Us versus them," the San Antonio guard said. DeRozan's point : It's not his team playing a hostile crowd when the Spurs face the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center in the...
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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, right, is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 27, 2019 - 2:04 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After outlasting the no-name Los Angeles Clippers in six games, the Golden State Warriors have a superstar on their hands next. James Harden and the Houston Rockets in a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals. That's when the Rockets let a 3-2 lead slip away and saw the...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 4, 2008 file photo, NBA legend John Havlicek holds the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy at Manchester Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, N.H. The Boston Celtics say Hall of Famer John Havlicek, whose steal of Hal Green’s inbounds pass in the final seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference finals against the Philadelphia 76ers remains one of the most famous plays in NBA history, has died. The team says Havlicek died Thursday, April 25, 2019 at age 79. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)
April 26, 2019 - 11:39 am
BOSTON (AP) — John Havlicek's legacy was built over 16 years with the Boston Celtics, eight of them as NBA champions, making him among the best to ever play the game. One play immortalized him forever. "Havlicek stole the ball! "Havlicek stole the ball!" Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most screamed...
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Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 25, 2019 - 10:50 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan helped San Antonio overcome a huge effort by Nikola Jokic and force a Game 7 against Denver. Aldridge scored 26 points and DeRozan added 25 to help the Spurs beat the Nuggets 120-103 on Thursday night. "They've been great at throwing a punch at...
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Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell (5) scores as Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut (12), Klay Thompson, second from right, and Andre Iguodala watch during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
April 25, 2019 - 1:11 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lou Williams again came off the bench and knocked down big shot after big shot. Patrick Beverley crashed the boards at every chance. Danilo Gallinari drove the lane with authority. The Los Angeles Clippers took the Warriors right out of their comfort zone by beating the two-...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with teammates after being pulled from the game against the Orlando Magic 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 24, 2019 - 9:40 am
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have reason to believe this is the year their playoff run doesn't end in failure and frustration. Just ask the Orlando Magic, who have seen firsthand how good this Raptors team can be. Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam added 24 and the Raptors routed...
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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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