NBA Playoffs

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) scores past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) and guard Terrence Ross (31) during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 25, 2019 - 3:11 pm
The biggest play Kyle Lowry made in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs might have been overlooked. Game 3 in Orlando, time winding down, Toronto clinging to a three-point lead. Kawhi Leonard's jumper was well short, barely grazing the front of the rim. The rebound hits the floor and...
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Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder, center left, and Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center right, come face to face during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball playoff series, in Houston, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
April 25, 2019 - 3:09 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Minutes after the Houston Rockets eliminated the Utah Jazz to advance to the Western Conference semifinals for the third straight season they were already looking ahead to the possibility of getting another shot at the Golden State Warriors. "That's what I want," center Clint Capela...
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich prepares for Game 5 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 25, 2019 - 1:10 am
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich goes to the playoffs every season. And he usually sticks around for a while. The Spurs have never gone back-to-back years without a trip to the second round of the playoffs during the Popovich era. But the Denver Nuggets are one win away from changing that, as they'...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with teammates after being pulled from the game against the Orlando Magic during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press via AP)
April 24, 2019 - 10:40 am
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have reason to believe this is the year their playoff run doesn't end in failure and frustration. Just ask the Orlando Magic, who have seen firsthand how good this Raptors team can be. Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam added 24 and the Raptors routed...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry stands on the court during the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 23, 2019 - 8:03 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr drove home from a stunning 35-point defeat at Oracle Arena one night last month and thought of something on the bright side: He can't recall very many ugly losses during Golden State's sensational five-year run. This season has brought a handful of embarrassing...
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots over Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 21, 2019. The Celtics defeated the Pacers 110-106 to win the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 22, 2019 - 9:41 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Boston Celtics proved they could be every bit as physical as the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. They may need to be even tougher for the rest of the postseason. After delivering the knockout blow to the Pacers with a first-round sweep, the Celtics quickly...
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Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) celebrates during the second half of Game 4 against the Indiana Pacers in the NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 21, 2019. The Celtics defeated the Pacers 110-106 to win the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 22, 2019 - 12:06 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Road, sweet road. There were eight NBA playoff games this weekend, and all eight were won by the road team. It's the first time in NBA history there were eight road playoff wins in a two-day span. "Road wins are the best, especially in the playoffs," Toronto's Kawhi Leonard...
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FILE - This June 18, 2018, file photo shows Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks during a news conference introducing the team's draft picks in New York. NBA League Operations president Byron Spruell said Marks will serve a one-game suspension and be fined $25,000 for entering the referees' locker room after Game 4 of the Nets-76ers playoff series Saturday. (AP Photo/File, Mary Altaffer)
April 21, 2019 - 10:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nets general manager Sean Marks was suspended one game without pay and fined $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday for entering the referees' locker room after Brooklyn's loss to Philadelphia in Game 4 of their playoff series. The Nets lost 112-108 on Saturday in a game in which Brooklyn's...
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Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford watches as his team plays the Toronto Raptors during the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Toronto, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 19, 2019 - 3:21 am
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...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
April 17, 2019 - 7:12 pm
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...
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