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Clippers overwhelm Spurs

Apr 20, 2015

Clippers overwhelm Spurs

Blake Griffin accelerated through the paint and threw down a vicious dunk right on Aron Baynes’ head in the third quarter. A few minutes later, Griffin did it again to the same poor San Antonio center. After three years of early-round failures, the Los ...

Top-seeded Warriors beat Pelicans in playoff opener

Apr 19, 2015

Top-seeded Warriors beat Pelicans in playoff opener

Stephen Curry carried the Golden State Warriors to a huge lead, waving his arms and flexing his muscles with one acrobatic shot after another. Every time the New Orleans Pelicans pulled closer, Curry came back even better. Curry scored 34 points with an MVP-worthy ...

'King James' eyes NBA crown

Apr 18, 2015

'King James' eyes NBA crown

For LeBron James, his homecoming season with the Cavaliers went up, down and sometimes sideways, like three seasons rolled into one. The fourth is about to begin. The only one that matters. James has his sights set on another NBA title, and if he ...

Apr 18, 2015

Hawks' Sefolosha has surgery on leg

Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha is recovering from surgery on his right leg, which he says was injured during his arrest by New York police last week. The team says Sefolosha had surgery Thursday to repair a fractured fibula and ligament damage. The operation was ...

Pelicans clinch playoff spot

Apr 16, 2015

Pelicans clinch playoff spot

Anthony Davis had 31 points and 13 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans earned their first playoff berth since 2011 with a 108-103 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Davis, who’ll make his playoff debut against Golden State, came through in the ...

Pacers dig deep to beat Wizards, stay in playoff race

Apr 15, 2015

Pacers dig deep to beat Wizards, stay in playoff race

C.J. Miles and George Hill helped Indiana survive Part I of its playoff push Tuesday night. Now comes the harder part — making the red-eye flight to Memphis and doing it all over again less than 24 hours later. At least the Pacers still ...

Kerr employing Jackson's philosophy with Warriors

| Apr 14, 2015

Kerr employing Jackson's philosophy with Warriors

by Sam Smith

Sometimes the basketball congnoscenti will mock the Phil Jackson coaching tree as a withered oak in winter, assistants like Jim Cleamons, Kurt Rambis and most recently Brian Shaw with short head coaching tenures. This while organizations wait years to reach deep into the organizations ...

Warriors rack up 66th victory

Apr 14, 2015

Warriors rack up 66th victory

Klay Thompson turned a meaningless game for the Golden State Warriors — and a huge one for the Memphis Grizzlies — into must-see TV for a moment. Memphis almost made everybody tune in for another reason. Thompson scored 26 of his 42 points in ...

Bucks punch ticket for postseason

Apr 13, 2015

Bucks punch ticket for postseason

The rebuilding plan is way ahead of schedule for the Milwaukee Bucks. A year after a franchise-worst 67-loss season, the Bucks are headed to the playoffs. Ersan Ilyasova scored 21 points and coach Jason Kidd’s team relied on defense in a 96-73 victory over ...

Redick, Griffin key Clippers' victory

Apr 12, 2015

Redick, Griffin key Clippers' victory

Don’t ask the Los Angeles Clippers about their playoff seeding or first-round opponent. They have no clue. “When you figure it out let me know,” coach Doc Rivers said after a 94-86 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. J.J. Redick and Blake ...

Spurs edge Rockets for 10th straight

Apr 11, 2015

Spurs edge Rockets for 10th straight

The San Antonio Spurs hacked Josh Smith for most of the second half against the Houston Rockets on Friday night to keep the ball out of James Harden’s hands. Coach Gregg Popovich’s strategy worked. The Spurs held Harden to 16 points and got their ...

Curry pumps in 45 as Warriors rack up 64th win of season

Apr 10, 2015

Curry pumps in 45 as Warriors rack up 64th win of season

Stephen Curry never talks about his case for NBA MVP unless he’s asked. Instead, he prefers to let his play speak for itself. Note to Curry: The message is coming through loud and clear. Curry eclipsed his own NBA record for most 3-pointers in ...