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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:33:38 PDT
James Harden loves games like the one Houston had Saturday night. ''They put two on the ball, me I make the pocket pass, I made the easy play and had confidence in my teammates to make the next one.'' Corey Brewer led the way in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of his 15 points. Brewer made three 3-pointers in about 3 minutes in the fourth to keep the Mavericks at bay. He added another three points when he made a layup and a free throw to give Houston a 109-95 lead with 3 minutes left.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:34:19 PDT
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 performance, and the Warriors went up big before holding off the Pelicans 106-99 in their playoff opener Saturday. They smothered Anthony Davis and the Pelicans early on with the league's best defense, thrilling a gold shirt-wearing sellout crowd of 19,596 that rocked and roared most of the afternoon.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:20:06 PDT
He played like an MVP, and if he keeps it up, the Bulls will be a tough team to knock out. Rose had 23 points and seven assists in his first postseason game in three years, Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, and Chicago opened the playoffs with a 103-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. It was quite a night for a superstar point guard making his first playoff appearance since he tore a knee ligament in the 2012 playoff opener against Philadelphia. ''You can't think that way when you're on the floor and you're in a battle,'' Rose said.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:39:53 PDT
The San Antonio Spurs have faced almost every postseason obstacle imaginable during their 18-year run of steady success. They've never had their team owner banned from the NBA for life in the middle of a playoff series, though. ''Yeah, we've had some challenges as a team,'' Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. ''And we're tougher because of it.'' The Clippers hope their unique experience during last year's supremely turbulent postseason gave them some of the tenacity necessary to survive a first-round meeting with the defending NBA champions.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:43:49 PDT
There's nothing to indicate the Atlanta Hawks will have any trouble with the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. The top-seeded Hawks won all four regular-season meetings by an average of more than 17 points. They finished a whopping 22 games ahead of the Nets in the Eastern Conference standings. A year ago, the Hawks were in the same position when they took on the Indiana Pacers.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:24:52 PDT
Paul Pierce beat the Raptors with a veteran mix of brains and baskets. Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat Toronto 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. ''It takes the pressure off us and puts it on them now,'' Pierce said of winning on the road to start the series. Pierce hit a 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to begin the extra session, further tormenting a Raptors team he eliminated with Brooklyn in last year's playoffs, then derided this week by saying, ''I don't feel they have the 'It' that makes you worried,'' in an interview with ESPN.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:57:31 PDT
TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri used an expletive Saturday talking about Washington forward Paul Pierce when addressing fans before the Raptors playoff opener.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:10:05 PDT
James Harden helped the Houston Rockets to their first division title since 1994 and the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs starting Saturday against Dallas. Harden is ''very motivated'' to do more this postseason after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in each of his first two seasons in Houston. ''We've got the right guys in this locker room to get it done and go further than that.'' Seeded eighth in 2013, the Rockets weren't expected to get past the Thunder, who beat them in six games, but being ousted by underdog Portland in the opening round last season stung a whole lot more. The Rockets lost the first two games at home to the Trail Blazers before coming back only to lose the series on a last-second 3-pointer by Damian Lillard in Game 6.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:58:15 PDT
NBA owners held their first serious discussions about the playoff format, though Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday it was too soon to tell if there was interest in changing it. The playoffs will open Saturday without the Oklahoma City Thunder, who finished ninth in the Western Conference with a 45-37 record that would have made them the No. 6 seed in the weaker East.
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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:36:06 EST
Harden, Rockets too much for Mavs in Game 1
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Resurgent Rose leads Bulls to 1-0 series lead
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:39:30 EST
Curry gets 34, Warriors hold off Davis' Pelicans
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:55:31 EST
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:04:36 EST
Wizards take Game 1 on the road
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:31:23 EST
Pelicans G Evans exits Game 1 with knee injury
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:25:37 EST
Report: Suns' Knight undergoes knee surgery
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:09:45 EST
Silver: No changes to lottery, playoff seedings
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:28:08 EST
Report: Salary cap could pass $100M in 2017
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:47:55 EST
Mavs, Indy, Lakers, Grizz win draft tiebreakers
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:10:45 EST
Abdul-Jabbar has quadruple bypass surgery
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:12:40 EST
Celtics' Bradley 'good to go' in Game 1 vs. Cavs
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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:05:54 EDT
Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri used an expletive Saturday talking about Washington forward Paul Pierce when addressing fans before the Raptors playoff opener.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:18:24 EDT
Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Friday.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:36:07 EDT
Iowa State says coach Fred Hoiberg has undergone open-heart surgery to replace aortic valve.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:05:41 EDT
The Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:05:26 EDT
The Brooklyn Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic and the Utah Jazz's Rodney Hood today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:55:42 EDT
The National Basketball Association announced today that, beginning with the 2015 NBA Playoffs, referee names will be posted in the official play-by-play feeds alongside all calls reported to the table. These calls include fouls, technical fouls and all violations, such as goaltending, lane violations and three-second violations.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:30:18 EDT
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.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:07:18 EDT
A video game simulation of the NBA playoffs sees the Golden State Warriors beating the Cleveland Cavaliers, after getting by what would have been an exhausted San Antonio team.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:54:53 EDT
San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter participated in practice Friday, but the team was unsure if he will play in Sunday night's playoff series opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:44:27 EDT
New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams wants anybody who thinks he celebrated too much following the team's playoff-clinching win over San Antonio to know his reaction had nothing to do with basketball.
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