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Late run carries Celtics past Bulls

The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense? “Everyone knows he’s a good defender. Tonight, he got his offensive game going,” Chicago’s Dwyane Wade said after Bradley scored 24 ...

Rockets advance to West semis

/ Apr 26, 2017

Rockets advance to West semis

The Houston Rockets are headed to the Western Conference semifinals after using strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to overcome another big game by Russell Westbrook and eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 105-99 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night. James ...

Warriors sweep away Trail Blazers in rout

/ Apr 25, 2017

Warriors sweep away Trail Blazers in rout

Long after the Trail Blazers had left their court, many of Golden State’s players celebrated on the floor at the Moda Center to the delight of a rather large contingent of yellow-clad fans who chanted “War-ri-ors! War-ri-ors!” The first-round sweep was sweet, even in ...

Kerr to miss Game 4 against Trail Blazers

/ Apr 24, 2017

Kerr to miss Game 4 against Trail Blazers

Ailing Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he won’t be on the sidelines for Game 4 on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers because of symptoms stemming from back surgery. Kerr stayed behind at the team hotel for Saturday night’s Game 3 at ...

Cavaliers finish off Pacers in four

/ Apr 24, 2017

Cavaliers finish off Pacers in four

LeBron James stuck to the old script Sunday. Again, he bailed out the Cleveland Cavaliers. And again, he sent the Indiana Pacers home for vacation. On yet another milestone day for basketball’s king, James’ crowning achievement was making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 to ...

Grizzles survive in OT to tie series with Spurs

/ Apr 23, 2017

Grizzles survive in OT to tie series with Spurs

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said he was an option to take the final shot and that the San Antonio Spurs thought so, too, on a night when he scored a franchise-record 35 points. Marc Gasol laughed and insisted he didn’t know his teammate was ...

Golden Kings make quick work of Evessa

/ Apr 22, 2017

Golden Kings make quick work of Evessa

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Two teams entered Saturday’s contest with the same target: improving their chances of making the playoffs. The Ryukyu Golden Kings did just that, winning 84-69 over the host Osaka Evessa. The longtime bj-league rivals who captured seven of the league’s 11 titles, now competing ...

Thunder outlast Rockets, trim series lead to 2-1

/ Apr 22, 2017

Thunder outlast Rockets, trim series lead to 2-1

Russell Westbrook figured out that he didn’t have to do it all. Once that happened, the Thunder figured out how to beat the Houston Rockets. Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double and the Thunder held off the Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to ...