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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...

Durant, Curry shut down Clippers in Warriors' 132-105 win

Apr. 19, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He's Kevin Durant, and the Los Angeles Clippers got reminded of it. Durant scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 21 playing with five fouls, and the Golden State Warriors dominated from the opening tip to win 132-105 Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series....

Simmons scores 31 points, 76ers beat Nets without Embiid

Apr. 19, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Embiid took off his warmup gear and changed into street clothes, his left knee feeling too sore to play. Even with the All-Star center sitting down, the Philadelphia 76ers were flying high in Game 3. Ben Simmons scored a career playoff-high 31 points, Tobias Harris added 29 points and...

Harden's triple-double helps Rockets rout Jazz again

Apr. 18, 2019 1:38 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets didn't talk about their defeat at home by the Utah Jazz in the second game of their second-round playoff series last season before Game 2 of their first-round matchup on Wednesday night. The Beard and his teammates were certainly thinking about it though....

Antetokounpo leads Bucks past Pistons for 2-0 series lead

Apr. 18, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Saddled with early foul trouble and faced with an aggressive defensive scheme that kept him in check for the first two quarters, Giannis Antetokounmpo set the tone immediately in the second half. Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 26 points in Milwaukee's big third quarter and the Bucks beat...

Pistons Griffin misses Game 2 against Bucks due to sore knee

Apr. 17, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Detroit Pistons say Blake Griffin will be out of the lineup for the second game of the team's first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Griffin sat out Game 1 of the series with left knee soreness. The Pistons lost the opener by 35 points. He took part in light drills at...

Lillard, Westbrook, Beverley playing with intensified edge

Apr. 17, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard stared intently well after his deep, buzzer-beating 3-pointer fell to close out Portland's third quarter against the Thunder. The look on his face was one of determination, focus and yes, even a little bravado. It was as if Lillard was making a statement. It's not new...

Warriors, Spurs try to forget blown chances for 2-0 leads

Apr. 17, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

The Golden State Warriors are trying to regain the lead in a series they probably still can't believe is tied. Same with the San Antonio Spurs, who like the Warriors know they are facing an opponent who won't stay down no matter how far they fall down. The Clippers' historic comeback against the Warriors,...

Injured DeMarcus Cousins unlikely to return this postseason

Apr. 17, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center DeMarcus Cousins is unlikely to return this postseason for the Golden State Warriors yet won't require surgery on his torn left quadriceps muscle. Coach Steve Kerr has named Andrew Bogut as his starter in place of Cousins for Game 3 Thursday night of the team's first-round...

Blazers go up 2-0 against the Thunder with 114-94 win

Apr. 17, 2019 2:51 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum likes when games get gritty. The guard scored 33 points as the Portland Trail Blazers took a 2-0 lead in their playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 114-94 victory on Tuesday night. Tense at times with plenty of jawing back-and-forth between the teams,...