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Leonard, George each score 31, Clippers tie series with Jazz

Jun. 15, 2021 02:39 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George know it takes the two of them to make things go right if the Los Angeles Clippers are going to advance beyond the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time. Both responded again on Monday night. Leonard and...

Young leads Hawks' rally past Sixers with Embiid hurting

Jun. 14, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young tried to reassure Atlanta coach Nate McMillan after it became clear the Hawks point guard was hiding a sore shoulder. McMillan had no complaints after Young lifted the Hawks to a crucial win over top-seeded Philadelphia. ...

No Irving or Harden in Game 5 when reeling Nets host Bucks

Jun. 14, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — First they lost James Harden, then Kyrie Irving, and finally the Brooklyn Nets lost their lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Though the series is tied, the Milwaukee Bucks are way ahead in the health category. Down to Kevin...

Nuggets lament injury-riddled season that came up short

Jun. 14, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets' season came to an ignominious end with Jamal Murray looking on from the bench and newly crowned league MVP Nikola Jokic watching from the locker room. The Phoenix Suns completed their second-round sweep with a 125-118 win Sunday night...

Analysis: Chris Paul, like it or not, is the favorite now

Jun. 14, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

It seems like Chris Paul relishes the notion of being the underdog. That’s why, when the Western Conference semifinals were over and the Phoenix Suns had swept their way into the NBA’s final four, he talked about how he felt written off a couple of seasons ago. Why he...

Suns rising at the right time, roar into conference finals

Jun. 14, 2021 03:01 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Jae Crowder received all sorts of quizzical text messages for his decision to sign with the Phoenix Suns in the offseason. What was he thinking? The Suns hadn't been to the playoffs in a decade. The West was stacked. “I look like a...

MVP Nikola Jokic ejected, Suns sweep Nuggets 125-118

Jun. 14, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Chris Paul couldn't miss. Devin Booker couldn't be stopped. The Phoenix Suns roared into the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 11 years Sunday night with a testy 125-118 victory over Denver that completed a four-game sweep. ...

Jokic ejected from Game 4 after flagrant foul in 3rd quarter

Jun. 13, 2021 22:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic was ejected for a flagrant foul in the third quarter of Game 4 against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. The NBA MVP missed an 11-foot jumper and didn’t get the call. Mikal Bridges grabbed the rebound and passed to...

Bucks tie series with 107-96 Game 4 win as Nets lose Irving

Jun. 13, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton finally are getting a little more help, while Kevin Durant keeps seeing his superstar cohorts get hurt. And now a second-round playoff series that once looked like a Brooklyn Nets runaway suddenly is up for...

Irving leaves Game 4 of Nets-Bucks series with injury

Jun. 13, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving missed the second half of Game 4 of his team's second-round playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks after spraining his ankle midway through the second quarter. Irving left the game and headed to the locker room with...