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Rodney Hood leaves Game 7 after hurting left leg

DENVER (AP) — Portland guard/forward Rodney Hood remains hopeful he can play in the opening game of the Western Conference Finals after hyperextending his left knee. Hood left Game 7 on Sunday against Denver after colliding with Nuggets forward Torrey Craig on a screen in the third quarter. Hood stayed down on the floor, clutching at his left knee as ...

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McCollum leads Blazers past Nuggets 100-96

DENVER (AP) — Damian Lillard’s shots kept banging off the backboard, rattling off the rim, going everywhere but through the hoop. The Portland Trail Blazers are going to the Western Conference Finals anyway because CJ McCollum had his back. McCollum scored 37 points and added a crucial chase-down block in the closing minutes that helped the Blazers beat the Denver ...

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Leonard hits bouncer at buzzer, Raptors beat 76ers in Game 7

TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard bounced, bounced, bounced, bounced the Philadelphia 76ers out of the playoffs. Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory over the 76ers on Sunday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal ...

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Leonard’s bouncer beats buzzer, Raptors edge 76ers in Game 7

TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. After Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler tied it with a driving layup ...

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Double trouble: Pair of Game 7s await to end Round 2

Kyle Lowry was talking in Toronto on Saturday, discussing any number of topics, offering eloquent answers to every question that came his way. His last sentence was all that really needed to be said. “Nothing matters,” the Raptors guard said, “but Game 7.” There may be nothing better in sports than a Game 7 — and the second round of ...

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Rockets ousted from playoffs by Warriors again

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors yet again. Now the Rockets are left to ponder how they’ll get over the hump and past the Warriors to contend for a title. The two-time defending champion Warriors beat Houston 118-113 in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday night despite ...

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AP source: Lakers hire Frank Vogel as coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as an assistant. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because Vogel’s three-year contract has not been finalized. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday and met with a group that ...

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AP source: Cavs interviewing 3 assistants for coaching job

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavs‘ coaching search has picked up speed. Cleveland is meeting with four NBA assistants this weekend in Denver to try and fill its coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the team’s plans told The Associated Press. The Cavaliers met Friday night with Denver assistant Jordi Fernandez and interviewed Orlando’s Steve Hetzel on Saturday, according to the ...

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Curry, short-handed Warriors knock out Rockets in Game 6

HOUSTON (AP) — After Stephen Curry bounced back from the first scoreless first half of his playoff career to score 33 points in the last two quarters and help the Golden State Warriors eliminate the Houston Rockets and advance to the Western Conference finals on Friday night, coach Steve Kerr stopped to talk with his star’s parents. He said he ...

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Warriors move to conference finals despite missing Durant

HOUSTON (AP) — The Golden State Warriors still have plenty of work to do if they hope to win their third straight championship. But after fending off the Houston Rockets on Friday night without leading playoff scorer Kevin Durant to advance to the Western Conference finals, they did take a moment to celebrate the accomplishment. “It shows you how much ...

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