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Curry’s 38 points lead Warriors to Game 1 win over Clippers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr preached to the Golden State Warriors to not “take the bait.” The bait being Patrick Beverley. Stephen Curry scored 38 points and made eight 3-pointers to give him the most in postseason history, and the top-seeded Golden State Warriors began their quest for a three-peat by running away from the frustrated Los Angeles Clippers ...

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DeRozan leads Spurs past Nuggets in Game 1, 101-96

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic overcame suffocating double teams to become the fourth player in NBA history to record a triple-double in his playoff debut and the first since LeBron James in 2006. What did it mean to him? “To be honest, nothing,” Jokic said. It also mattered little to the San Antonio Spurs, who beat the Denver Nuggets 101-96 ...

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Game of Phones: 76ers get blown call on bench in blowout

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — How’s this for a blown call: Amir Johnson was busted showing Philadelphia 76ers All-Star teammate Joel Embiid his cellphone on the bench late in a Game 1 playoff loss. Johnson was caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and scrolling through his phone late in the fourth quarter and the Sixers losing by double digits. Johnson ...

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AP source: Luke Walton reaches agreement to be Kings coach

Luke Walton will become coach of the Sacramento Kings, securing another NBA head coaching job just a day after parting ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons. The 39-year-old Walton was dismissed by the Lakers on Friday after Los Angeles went 37-45. His move to the Kings was confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday by a ...

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Augustin has 25, hits winning 3, Magic beat Raptors 104-101

TORONTO (AP) — For the Orlando Magic, the first game of the playoffs felt a lot like the final few weeks of the regular season: high stakes, small margins, and a big win at the end of the day. D.J. Augustin scored 25 points, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left, and the Magic beat the Toronto Raptors 104-101 ...

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Nets, Magic win road openers in NBA playoffs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — D’Angelo Russell flashed some postseason magic, playing like the All-Star leader Brooklyn needed with 26 points, and Caris LeVert scored 23 to lead the Nets to an impressive 111-102 win Saturday over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. The sixth-seeded Nets turned Philly in the city of 20,000 boos — ...

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AP sources: Pelicans hiring former Cavs GM Griffin

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin New Orleans’ new executive vice president of basketball operations, three people familiar with the situation said Friday. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contract negotiations are ongoing and no announcement has been made. ...

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Shorter season? Shorter games? Silver ponders NBA format

NEW YORK (AP) — The future of NBA basketball could look like European soccer. Tournaments that take place during the season along with league games intrigue Commissioner Adam Silver as a way to change the format of the NBA’s 82-game season. If it even keeps an 82-game season. Silver mentioned everything from shorter games to a shorter season Friday as ...

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Nuggets brace for Popovich, Spurs in return to playoffs

DENVER (AP) — Gone from San Antonio may be the familiar names of Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard. Still, there’s plenty of Pop — coach Gregg Popovich, who’s led the Spurs to five championship rings as they extended their playoff streak to 22 straight appearances. The iconic coach and his seventh-seeded squad begin a first-round series Saturday against ...

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Fresh off loss at Golden State, Clippers return for playoffs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — This is such a different time for the Clippers and Warriors from their days as fierce rivals who swung elbows, tussled and trash-talked at every chance. Both franchises were finding themselves then, from a testy Christmas matchup in 2013 in Oakland to a chippy seven-game first-round series just four months later that was won by Los ...

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