NBA

Antetokounpo leads Bucks past Pistons for 2-0 series lead

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 the Detroit Pistons 120-99 on Wednesday night to take ...

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Celtics beat Pacers 99-91 to take 2-0 series lead

BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and the Boston Celtics rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 99-91 on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in the first-round series Coming out of a timeout with a chance for Indiana to tie it, the Pacers’ Wesley Matthews threw an inbounds pass into the bench on ...

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Harden’s triple-double helps Rockets rout Jazz again

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. Harden put on an MVP performance with 32 ...

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Injured DeMarcus Cousins unlikely to return this postseason

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 playoff series against the Clippers in Los Angeles. Playing ...

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Lillard, Westbrook, Beverley playing with intensified edge

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 for the Portland guard. Lillard, the Thunder’s Russell ...

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

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, followed by Denver’s potential season-saving surge ...

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Leonard scores 37, Lowry has 22 as Raptors rout Magic 111-82

TORONTO (AP) — Kept off the scoreboard in a Game 1 defeat, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was “at his finest” in Game 2, at least in the eyes of coach Nick Nurse. Fellow All-Star Kawhi Leonard wasn’t too bad, either. Leonard scored 37 points, Lowry bounced back with 22 and the Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 111-82 on Tuesday ...

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Nuggets erase 19-point deficit in 114-105 win over Spurs

DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray just couldn’t get the bad taste out of his mouth, and even a bite of pretzel he poached from a kid after tumbling into the stands in the third quarter wasn’t exactly satisfying. “It was really dry,” Murray said. Maybe it was just what Murray needed, however, helping spark his fabulous fourth quarter that fueled ...

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Leonard, Raptors rout Magic; Murray rallies Nuggets

TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points, Kyle Lowry bounced back from a scoreless playoff opener with 22 and the Toronto Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 111-82 on Tuesday night, evening their Eastern Conference first-round series at one win apiece. Pascal Siakam had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed and led by as many ...

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