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Torrey Craig bloodies nose in Game 2, return questionable

DENVER (AP) — Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig left the game after bloodying his nose in a collision during the second quarter of Game 2 against Portland. His return Wednesday night is questionable. Craig was going for a rebound when he appeared to bounce off Blazers forward Zach Collins and fall into the leg of teammate Monte Morris. Craig was ...

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Jokic’s 37 points leads Nuggets past Portland 121-113

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets avoided both an emotional letdown and another Damian Lillard masterpiece . Forty-eight hours after dispatching the Spurs in their first Game 7 triumph in 41 years, the Nuggets rode a 37-point performance from Nikola Jokic to a 121-113 win over the well-rested Portland Trail Blazers in the opener of their second-round series Monday night. ...

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Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Celtics 123-102 in Game 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo attacked the rim, Khris Middleton connected from long range and Eric Bledsoe turned in an effective performance. The Milwaukee Bucks looked more like themselves in Game 2. Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Middleton made seven of Milwaukee’s franchise playoff-high 20 3-pointers, helping the Bucks even their second-round playoff series against the Boston ...

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Durant leads the way again, Warriors lead Rockets 2-0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors brought it on both ends, kept their mouths shut and handled business at home against James Harden and the Rockets. Now, the two-time defending champions are headed to Houston with a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal. Durant scored 29 points and established an early defensive tone against ...

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James Harden played with blurred vision and stinging eyes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — James Harden’s eyes were still red and stinging well after the final buzzer. He could barely see on the court let alone read the box score after the game. The reigning MVP hopes he will feel better with a few days off before the Rockets‘ Western Conference semifinal series against Golden State resumes Saturday in Houston ...

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Jokic helps Nuggets win Game 1 over Portland

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 37 points and the Denver Nuggets withstood Damian Lillard’s 39-point effort and Enes Kanter’s strong return to Portland’s lineup in a 121-113 win over the well-rested Trail Blazers in the opener of their second-round playoff series Monday night. Lillard, who struck for 50 points, including a 37-footer at the buzzer to oust Oklahoma City ...

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On Basketball: Warriors, Rockets should be embarrassed

Golden State and Houston should be embarrassed. And NBA fans should be livid. Steve Kerr, the Warriors‘ coach and about as classy an act as there is in the league, opened his media session Monday by pantomiming a flop on a reporter in the most thinly veiled jab he could possibly take at Houston’s James Harden. Not long after that, ...

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Buddy system: Bond between Jokic, Murray showing on court

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic got right to the point on his flourishing chemistry with teammate Jamal Murray . After all, he believes it’s something to write home about. “We are playing really good together,” the versatile Denver Nuggets big man said . “He’s a great basketball player, a great competitive guy and I just love to have him as ...

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AP source: Cavs interview J.B. Bickertstaff for coaching job

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ coaching search tells The Associated Press the team is interviewing former Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Bickerstaff is meeting with Cleveland officials Tuesday, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Cavaliers aren’t revealing their plans. Bickerstaff is the third known candidate to meet ...

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Officiating becomes focus of Warriors-Rockets Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Before Golden State’s group film session, Stephen Curry made a point Monday morning of studying on his own all 16 3-pointers James Harden attempted in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. He wants to be better prepared to defend the Houston star who has such a knack of drawing his man in to generate contact ...

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