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Conley returns to lead Grizzlies past Warriors

The masked man came to the rescue for the Memphis Grizzlies. Mike Conley returned just eight days after having facial surgery to score 22 points, and the Grizzlies used a smothering defensive effort to beat the Golden State Warriors 97-90 on Tuesday night, evening the Western Conference semifinals 1-1. “It ...

Rose, Gasol spark Bulls

May 5, 2015

Rose, Gasol spark Bulls

The Chicago Bulls came in oozing with confidence, unafraid of LeBron James and convinced they could keep their playoff momentum rolling. Derrick Rose made sure they did. Looking like the league MVP he was before being slowed by knee injuries, Rose scored 25 points, ...

Curry voted Most Valuable Player

May 5, 2015

Curry voted Most Valuable Player

His voice cracked first. Then, his eyes got red. Finally, Stephen Curry cried. He had felt this way in the past — when he barely received any university scholarship offers out of high school, when some questioned whether his game could translate to the ...

May 4, 2015

Hannaryz cruise past Five Arrows to reach Western semis

by Ed Odeven

The Kyoto Hannaryz took their first step toward securing a fourth consecutive trip to the Final Four. The top-seeded Hannaryz played lockdown defense en route to a 93-63 triumph over the Takamatsu Five Arrows in Game 2 of their bj-league Western Conference first-round series ...

Warriors guard Curry reportedly wins MVP

May 4, 2015

Warriors guard Curry reportedly wins MVP

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award, a person familiar with the decision said Sunday. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the league has not released the voting results. An official announcement ...

Beal steps up to help Wizards beat Hawks

May 4, 2015

Beal steps up to help Wizards beat Hawks

After resting up for the past week, the Washington Wizards merely had to withstand Atlanta’s early pace. Once the Hawks ran out of gas, Bradley Beal and the Wizards took control. Just call them the road warriors. Beal shook off a sprained ankle to ...

Big Bulls extinguish Firebonds to reach next round

May 4, 2015

Big Bulls extinguish Firebonds to reach next round

by Ed Odeven

An abundance of highlight reel plays raised the excitement level for the already ecstatic home fans. But the second-seeded Iwate Big Bulls excelled in their execution of the fundamentals in a 95-71 triumph over the seventh-seeded Fukushima Firebonds in Game 2 of their bj-league ...

Clippers eliminate Spurs in thrilling Game 7

May 3, 2015

Clippers eliminate Spurs in thrilling Game 7

It figured that the most entertaining first-round series in the NBA playoffs would come down to a play involving Chris Paul and Tim Duncan. Paul, who willed himself back from an early hamstring injury, banked in a shot over Duncan with a second left ...

Big Bulls dismantle Firebonds in playoff opener

May 2, 2015

Big Bulls dismantle Firebonds in playoff opener

by Ed Odeven

Aggressive. Alert. Attentive. Those were the defining traits that shined through for the Iwate Big Bulls in their playoff opener. In a teacher’s grade book, the second-seeded Big Bulls would’ve received satisfactory scores — straight As — for their overall effort and execution. It ...

Hawks finish off Nets

May 2, 2015

Hawks finish off Nets

Being tied after four games of the first round brought out the best in the Atlanta Hawks. And as they showed in delivering a devastating third-quarter knockout, their best was better than anyone else in the Eastern Conference this season. Paul Millsap had 25 ...

May 2, 2015

Mavericks' Parsons has knee surgery

Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons has undergone knee surgery, and there is no timetable for his return. Parsons had cartilage damage in his right knee. The arthroscopic procedure Friday was done by team physician Dr. T.O. Souryal. Parsons just finished the first season of a ...

Clippers battle past Spurs, force Game 7

May 1, 2015

Clippers battle past Spurs, force Game 7

The Los Angeles Clippers are aware their toughness, resolve and focus have been questioned for years. They also know there is only one way to silence that talk. Los Angeles proved its mettle against the veteran San Antonio Spurs again, overcoming another disappointing loss ...