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Durant leads Thunder past Grizzlies 100-86

Durant leads Thunder past Grizzlies 100-86

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-86 on Saturday night in the opening game of their first-round series.

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Durant leads Thunder past Grizzlies 100-86

Durant leads Thunder past Grizzlies 100-86

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-86 on Saturday night in the opening game of their first-round series.

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Pacers fall flat in playoff opener

Pacers fall flat in playoff opener

INDIANAPOLIS | Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past the top-seeded Pacers 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93

Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93

Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener

Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener.

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Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener

Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener.

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AL HAMNIK: Thibodeau's MVP on Bulls is the entire team, who else?

AL HAMNIK: Thibodeau's MVP on Bulls is the entire team, who else?

CHICAGO | So, what do we really know about the Bulls after an 82-game regular season?

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Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors 94-87

Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors 94-87

TORONTO (AP) — Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

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Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Brooklyn

TORONTO (AP) — Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of Raptors fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs.

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5 things to know about Mavericks-Spurs series

5 things to know about Mavericks-Spurs series

While San Antonio Spurs steamrolled toward their fourth 60-win season in 11 years, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if there is a secret formula for the franchise's almost unfathomable run of excellence.

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Lillard looks to first postseason with Portland

Lillard looks to first postseason with Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts expects guard Damian Lillard to make a quick adjustment to playoff basketball.

April 19, 2014 2:28 am

TNT's Sager to miss NBA playoffs due to leukemia

ATLANTA (AP) — TNT analyst Craig Sager will miss the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia.

April 18, 2014 6:27 pm

Improved Gibson key for Bulls

Improved Gibson key for Bulls

DEERFIELD, Ill. | Taj Gibson flashed back to the grueling workouts in the searing Southern California heat last summer.

April 18, 2014 4:45 pm

Column: no April, May or June Madness in NBA

Column: no April, May or June Madness in NBA

ATLANTA (AP) — ATLANTA (AP) — If the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks were in any other sport, they might have a glimmer of hope for winning a championship.

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Kawhi Leonard waits for Spurs spotlight

Kawhi Leonard waits for Spurs spotlight

The tone in Kawhi Leonard's voice never changes.

April 18, 2014 3:20 pm

NBA playoffs looking more wide-open than expected

NBA playoffs looking more wide-open than expected

MIAMI (AP) — It's hardly a certainty that the No. 1 seeds in the conference playoffs will reach the NBA Finals. It's happened that way only 11 times in the last 35 years.

April 18, 2014 11:15 am

Clippers-Warriors series billed as must-see TV

Clippers-Warriors series billed as must-see TV

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Forget the Showtime Lakers or the Sacramento Kings of past decades.

April 18, 2014 2:11 am

Wizards' fast-moving John Wall makes playoff debut

Wizards' fast-moving John Wall makes playoff debut

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall talks as fast as he plays. That makes him entertaining to be around, even when the ball gets thrown out of bounds, or when the sentences come out a bit funky.

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Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?

Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?

To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

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Bulls ready to start playoff push against Wizards

Bulls ready to start playoff push against Wizards

CHICAGO | Lose a franchise player, trade away another star. Snag home-court advantage for at least one round in the playoffs?

April 17, 2014 3:52 pm

LeBron still No. 1 with NBA's most-popular jersey

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James still has the NBA's best-selling jersey.

April 17, 2014 11:16 am

Crawford's 41 points leads Warriors over Nuggets

Crawford's 41 points leads Warriors over Nuggets

DENVER (AP) — Jordan Crawford scored a career-high 41 points and Harrison Barnes added 30 as a squad of Golden State backups beat the Denver Nuggets 116-112 Wednesday night.

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Crawford's 41 points leads Warriors over Nuggets

Crawford's 41 points leads Warriors over Nuggets

DENVER (AP) — Jordan Crawford scored a career-high 41 points and Harrison Barnes added 30 as a squad of Golden State backups beat the Denver Nuggets 116-112 Wednesday night.

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Blazers defeat Clippers 110-102

Blazers defeat Clippers 110-102

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Will Barton had a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers downed the Los Angeles Clippers 110-104 in the regular-season finale Wednesday night, with both teams resting key players in advance …

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Blazers defeat Clippers 110-102

Blazers defeat Clippers 110-102

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Will Barton had a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers downed the Los Angeles Clippers 110-104 in the regular-season finale Wednesday night, with both teams resting key players in advance …

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Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111

Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Detroit Pistons had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant. Even on a career night for Caldwell-Pope, advantage Oklahoma City.

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Grizzlies grab 7th seed, beat Dallas 106-105 in OT

Grizzlies grab 7th seed, beat Dallas 106-105 in OT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies had every reason to ease up in the regular season finale after pushing hard the past three months to reach the postseason.

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Hawks wrap up regular season, beat Bucks 111-103

Hawks wrap up regular season, beat Bucks 111-103

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Scott scored 17 points and the Atlanta Hawks ended the regular season with a 111-103 win Wednesday over the Bucks, hours after Milwaukee owner Herb Kohl announced he was selling his team.

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Burke's 32 lift Jazz over Wolves in the finale

Burke's 32 lift Jazz over Wolves in the finale

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trey Burke scored a career-high 32 points to go with nine assists and seven rebounds and the Jazz avoided the worst record since moving to Utah 35 years ago with a 136-130 double overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwo…

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Burke's 32 lift Jazz over Wolves in the finale

Burke's 32 lift Jazz over Wolves in the finale

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trey Burke scored a career-high 32 points to go with nine assists and seven rebounds and the Jazz avoided the worst record since moving to Utah 35 years ago with a 136-130 double overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwo…

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Grizzlies grab 7th seed, beat Dallas 106-105 in OT

Grizzlies grab 7th seed, beat Dallas 106-105 in OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies grabbed the Western Conference's No. 7 seed away from Dallas by edging the Mavericks 106-105 on Wednesday night in the regula…

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Grizzlies grab 7th seed, beat Dallas 106-105 in OT

Grizzlies grab 7th seed, beat Dallas 106-105 in OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies grabbed the Western Conference's No. 7 seed away from Dallas by edging the Mavericks 106-105 on Wednesday night in the regula…

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Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111

Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit …

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Knicks beat Raptors, who get No. 3 seed anyway

Knicks beat Raptors, who get No. 3 seed anyway

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks finished their disappointing season with a 95-92 victory Wednesday night over the Toronto Raptors, who blew a 21-point lead but earned the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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76ers top resting Heat in finale, 100-87

76ers top resting Heat in finale, 100-87

MIAMI (AP) — Thaddeus Young scored 20 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 12 in the final game of his impressive rookie campaign, and the Philadelphia 76ers wrapped up a dismal season by topping the Miami Heat 100-87 on Wednesday night.

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76ers top resting Heat in finale, 100-87

76ers top resting Heat in finale, 100-87

MIAMI (AP) — Thaddeus Young scored 20 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 12 in the final game of his impressive rookie campaign, and the Philadelphia 76ers wrapped up a dismal season by topping the Miami Heat 100-87 on Wednesday night.

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Wizards head to playoffs with win

Wizards head to playoffs with win

BOSTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

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Hawks wrap up regular season, beat Bucks 111-103

Hawks wrap up regular season, beat Bucks 111-103

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Scott scored 17 points and the Atlanta Hawks ended the regular season with a 111-103 win Wednesday over the Bucks, hours after Milwaukee owner Herb Kohl announced he was selling his team.

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Hill leads Lakers over Spurs in finale, 113-100

Hill leads Lakers over Spurs in finale, 113-100

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jordan Hill had 18 points and 14 rebounds and the Lakers closed their worst season since they moved to Los Angeles with a 113-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

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Evans leads Pelicans past Rockets, 105-100

Evans leads Pelicans past Rockets, 105-100

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans closed out a difficult season with a crowd pleasing 105-100 victory over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

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Nets rest starters, lose 114-85 to Cavaliers

Nets rest starters, lose 114-85 to Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd sat his starters for the playoffs and the Nets closed the regular season with a 114-85 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

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Wizards head to playoffs with win

Wizards head to playoffs with win

BOSTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

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Nets rest starters, lose 114-85 to Cavaliers

Nets rest starters, lose 114-85 to Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd sat his starters for the playoffs and the Nets closed the regular season with a 114-85 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

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Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86

Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to help the Charlotte Bobcats defeat the Chicago Bulls 91-86 Wednesday night and finish the season with eight wins in their final nine games.

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Pacers rest 3 starters, cruise past Magic 101-86

Pacers rest 3 starters, cruise past Magic 101-86

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Indiana Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams.

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Pacers rest 3 starters, cruise past Magic 101-86

Pacers rest 3 starters, cruise past Magic 101-86

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Indiana Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams.

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Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team

Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks owner Herb Kohl was well past retirement age and realized it was time to secure the future of the franchise. He had one big caveat for any potential investors: Keep the team in his hometown of Milwaukee.

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A good read: Bucks' Udoh draws fans for book club

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Epke Udoh will leave one positive lasting impression from this dreary season for the Milwaukee Bucks, and it has nothing to do with basketball.

April 16, 2014 2:13 am

A look at the NBA playoff picture

A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with one day remaining in the regular season:

April 16, 2014 2:12 am
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