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Lillard sparks Portland past Oklahoma City for 3-1 lead

Apr. 22, 2019 1:34 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook went cold just when Dame Time hit in the third quarter again. Now time's almost up for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Damian Lillard scored 15 of his 24 points in the third quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers held Westbrook without a basket in the second half in...

Celtics can sweep; Warriors, Raptors, Blazers aiming at 3-1

Apr. 20, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The stars have been stars in these playoffs. Kyrie Irving has Boston on the cusp of sweeping away Indiana Pacers. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Golden State are coming off a game against the Los Angeles Clippers where the Warriors looked very much like the NBA champions again. Damian...

Westbrook leads Thunder past Trail Blazers, 120-108

Apr. 20, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook called his play in Game 2 "unacceptable." It was more than acceptable in Game 3. He had 33 points and 11 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-108 on Friday night to cut their series deficit to 2-1. Thunder forward Paul George...

Magic finally get a playoff game at home; OKC, Indy on ropes

Apr. 19, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

Orlando returned to Florida with home-court advantage. Indiana and Oklahoma City are seeking some home-court magic. A trio of Game 3s in the NBA on Friday night — Toronto at Orlando, Boston at Indiana and Portland at Oklahoma City — have three very different story lines. The Magic got a split of...

Thunder's Paul George out of sync, looking to find rhythm

Apr. 18, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Paul George has been rolling this season, so has Oklahoma City. The Thunder's All-Star forward has been off his game against Portland, and OKC has struggled against the Trail Blazers. Yes, George is averaging 26.5 points in their first-round playoff series, but he's making just 27...

Magic, Spurs, Blazers look for 2-0 series leads

Apr. 15, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

Orlando had to fight until the final days of the regular season to get its postseason berth. Portland had to scramble down the stretch to replace a huge part of its success. And as is usually the case, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich had his team playing its best basketball at the end. The Magic, Trail Blazers...

Blazers and Thunder meet in the playoffs for the first time

Apr. 13, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

While the Trail Blazers have something of an antagonistic relationship with the Thunder, Damian Lillard would not label it a full-blown rivalry. That could change Sunday. "This is our first time playing them in a playoff series, so I don't think they could be considered a rival. They're one of our division...

NBA first-round playoff series capsules

Apr. 12, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

Capsules for the first-round NBA playoff series in the Eastern and Western Conferences: ___ EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 MILWAUKEE BUCKS (60-22) vs. No. 8 DETROIT PISTONS (41-41) Season series: Bucks, 4-0 Story line: After rolling to the NBA's best record, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks open against a team they...

Thunder get 6th spot in West with win over Bucks

Apr. 11, 2019 1:15 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oklahoma City wanted a win to avoid slipping into a first-round playoff matchup against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Milwaukee Bucks, with the NBA's best record already clinched, just needed to stay healthy. Everybody got what they wanted Wednesday night. Russell...

Final day of NBA regular season arrives with much to decide

Apr. 10, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

The final day of the regular season has arrived, with one playoff spot to decide, seven of the eight first-round matchups still unknown and nine different seeds still not clinched. It also is the last day that Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki and Miami's Dwyane Wade will be NBA players before retirement. Dallas is in San...