Professional basketball

April 20, 2019 - 4:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley were ejected Saturday in the third quarter of Game 4 between Philadelphia and Brooklyn after a scuffle that spilled into the stands. Dudley reacted to Joel Embiid's hard foul on Jarrett Allen, bumping the 76ers' All-Star center. Butler then shoved...
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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 - 10:09 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NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has rescinded technical fouls called on Golden State's Kevin Durant and JaMychal Green of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.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 - 3:22 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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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, shoots in front of Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter (00) I the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 19, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
April 20, 2019 - 2:19 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook called his play in Game 2 "unacceptable." It was more than acceptable in Game 3. He had 33 points and 11 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-108 on Friday night to cut their series deficit to 2-1. Thunder forward Paul...
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving gestures during the first half of Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
April 20, 2019 - 2:18 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Boston Celtics keep following the same game plan. Three games into their first-round playoff series, it's still working. Another dominant second-half defensive performance Friday night helped the Celtics retake control of the game and another late scoring run helped them...
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Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam (43) shoots against Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic (9) and Jonathan Isaac, right, during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
April 19, 2019 - 9:39 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Pascal Siakam had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 16 points and the Toronto Raptors held off the Orlando Magic 98-93 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series. Siakam was 13 for 20 from the floor and the Raptors held Orlando...
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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 - 3:11 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 19, 2019 - 12:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Embiid took off his warmup gear and changed into street clothes, his left knee feeling too sore to play. Even with the All-Star center sitting down, the Philadelphia 76ers were flying high in Game 3. Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 points, Tobias Harris added 29...
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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 18, 2019 - 12:37 am
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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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots over Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) during the first quarter of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 17, 2019 - 9:55 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and the Boston Celtics rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 99-91 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven, first-round series Coming out of a timeout and with a chance to tie, the Pacers' Wesley Matthews...
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