Clippers get mad at themselves, then get good and get even with Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO -- They were widely dismissed as the same old Los Angeles Clippers, too mentally fragile to fight back from consecutive losses in the playoffs against a supposedly deeper, savvier team.

Their shortcomings were spelled out in painful detail for each of them to see during a 21/2-hour film session in a hotel ballroom on the eve of a ...Read more

San Antonio's indifferent play evens series with Clippers

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SAN ANTONIO -- All of the catchphrases Gregg Popovich delivered were telling in how the San Antonio coach chose to admonish his players.

He said things such as "lacked a lot of discipline," "didn't execute," "not very wise" and "lack of focus," words that described the Spurs' indifferent approach during their 114-105 loss to the Los Angeles ...Read more

Mavericks beat Rockets to avoid sweep, keep playoff hopes alive

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DALLAS -- Monta Ellis scored 31 points and J.J. Barea added 17 points and 13 assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 121-109 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night at the American Airlines Center.

Houston leads the first-round series 3-1. Game 5 is Tuesday in Houston. No team has come back from an 0-3 deficit to win an NBA playoff ...Read more

Austin Rivers steps up for Clippers' Game 4 victory with aggressive play

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SAN ANTONIO -- He will no longer be known solely as the underachieving son of Doc Rivers and the subject of a viral video starring Blake Griffin.

Austin Rivers became a playoff hero Sunday afternoon in the biggest game of his basketball career.

The Los Angeles Clippers guard gave his team the kind of long-sought-after jolt it needed from its ...Read more

Big Three down to two as Kevin Love sidelined with shoulder injury

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BOSTON -- LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both said the play that injured Kevin Love was not a basketball play. Irving called Sunday's 101-93 Game 4 victory the most physical game he's played in.

For now, the Cavaliers' Big Three is down to two -- at least until Kevin Love's dislocated left shoulder is examined again and a prognosis is given. But...Read more

Hawks still mad after poor-shooting effort in Game 3

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NEW YORK -- They're still mad.

A day after a dismal shooting performance in a playoff loss to the Nets on Saturday, anger could be heard in the Hawks' voices and sensed in their expressions. They missed far too many open shots in Game 3 and it cost them a 91-83 loss in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

The Hawks feel they let ...Read more

Bulls in command against Bucks, but turnovers still an issue

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Back in the dynasty days, Bulls assistant coach Johnny Bach used to occasionally splice scenes from war movies like "Full Metal Jacket" into film review as a motivational tactic.

So as the Bulls reviewed plays, including Jerryd Bayless losing Derrick Rose for the buzzer-beating, game-winning layup Saturday, not to mention their 28 turnovers, ...Read more

Kevin Love injured, J.R. Smith ejected as Cavs sweep Celtics with 101-93 Game 4 victory

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BOSTON -- The Cavaliers are moving on. Now the question remains, who all is coming with them?

LeBron James scored 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and the Cavaliers swept the Boston Celtics out of the first round with a 101-93 Game 4 victory, but the larger concern now is Kevin Love's injured left shoulder.

Love left the game with 5:22...Read more

Bucks stun Bulls on Bayless' buzzer-beating layup

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MILWAUKEE -- Roll over is not in the Milwaukee Bucks' vocabulary.

After losing in double overtime on Thursday to fall down 3-0 in their first-round series with the Chicago Bulls, the Bucks came out with plenty of fight on Saturday afternoon.

The Bucks set up an inbounds play and executed it perfectly as Jared Dudley tossed a perfect pass to ...Read more

Spurs prepare to play with intensity to offset Clippers' urgency

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SAN ANTONIO -- For the San Antonio Spurs, the playoffs are about maintaining the right balance.

That being said, the Spurs still have deep concerns about facing the Clippers on Sunday in Game 4 here, knowing the 2-1 lead San Antonio earned from a throttling of Los Angeles in Game 3 doesn't mean the best-of-seven series is a foregone conclusion....Read more

Curry scores 39, leads Warriors to sweep of Pelicans

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Stephen Curry had 39 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as the top-seeded Warriors advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, where they will face the winner of the Portland-Memphis first-round series.

The Warriors headed into the fourth quarter leading by 21 points. An Eric Gordon 3-pointer cut the lead to 95-85 with six minutes left,...Read more

Clippers caught at a bad time

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SAN ANTONIO -- All is not lost. The Los Angeles Clippers have at least two more games to revive themselves, even if it did feel as if theirs was a season on the brink after they became Texas toast in their latest playoff setback.

The Clippers staged what was probably their worst performance of the season in Game 3 of their first-round series ...Read more

Rose takes blame for Bulls' buzzer-beating loss to Bucks

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MILWAUKEE -- One of the few things the Bulls didn't turn over Saturday in their shocking, buzzer-beating 92-90 loss to the Bucks was responsibility.

"I put that all on me," said Derrick Rose, beat by Jerryd Bayless on the game-winning layup as time expired off Jason Kidd's creative inbounds play and Jared Dudley's perfectly thrown pass.

"We ...Read more

D'Angelo Russell reportedly coveted by 76ers

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The thought around the NBA is that the 76ers hope to select D'Angelo Russell in the NBA draft, according to a league executive.

"He's the guy they want," the executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Saturday. "That's the word around the league. You know the Sixers. They won't come out and say it, but he's the guy they want."

The ...Read more

Cavs coach Blatt doesn't like rules regarding intentional fouls

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BOSTON -- Cavaliers coach David Blatt doesn't like the league's rules regarding flagrant fouls and intentional fouls, i.e. Hack-a-Shaq, but he isn't ready to reveal his solutions.

"It's not that we're not doing a good job. The referees are calling it and it's being interpreted the way it's supposed to be," he said. "I just think the rules ...Read more

Spurs blast Clippers, 100-73

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SAN ANTONIO -- The whiteboard inside the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room late Friday night touted a two-hour dinner in the Navarro room inside the team hotel.

There figured to be plenty of poking at fancy food after the wholly unappetizing display the Clippers staged in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series at the AT&T Center.

The ...Read more

Harden-led Rockets put Mavericks on the brink of elimination after 130-128 win

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DALLAS -- James Harden scored 42 points as the Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks, 130-128, to take a 3-0 series lead in the first round of the NBA playoffs Friday night at the American Airlines Center.

No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series. Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday in Dallas. Tipoff is ...Read more

Bulls' Rose has raised offensive game in playoffs

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MILWAUKEE -- Derrick Rose drew criticism from some NBA types during the regular season for saying he would ease into certain games in his first extended action in more than two seasons.

Rose often said he would be able to flip a switch once the playoffs begin. And he has.

Through three games against the Bucks' tenacious defense, he is ...Read more

NBA says refs missed foul on Curry's 3-pointer, traveling violation

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NEW ORLEANS -- The NBA announced its officials made incorrect non-calls on both of Stephen Curry's 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation during the Warriors' 123-119 overtime win in Game 3 against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Curry's tying 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left that sent the game into overtime should have also included a foul on ...Read more

Warriors win in overtime after furious comeback

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NEW ORLEANS--Stephen Curry tossed up a rainbow 3-pointer from the corner that tied the game on the scoreboard but really served to drive a stake right into the heart of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Curry's shot while falling out of bounds sent the game into an overtime period that the Golden State Warriors' opponents could have never imagined. The...Read more