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NBA Tipoff: Warriors want to ‘destroy everything’ and limit Jazz rallies

The Golden State Warriors have jumped out to huge leads in both games against the Utah Jazz and are a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs. The next challenge for the …


Transition-oriented Wizards getting physical in postseason

The transition-oriented Wizards are earning a reputation for physical, chippy play after playoff encounters with the Hawks and Celtics. Led by Markieff Morris, Washington has shown an eagerness for hard …


NBA Playoff Capsules: Wizards beat Celtics 116-89 in technical foul-filled Game 3

John Wall scored 24 points, Isaiah Thomas was held to 13 and the Washington Wizards jumped out to a hot start and rode it to a 116-89 victory over the …


NBA Tipoff: NBA point guards, beware: The injuries are piling up

San Antonio’s Tony Parker needs surgery to fix his left leg and won’t play again until next season. Toronto’s Kyle Lowry is dealing with a nasty sprained ankle. Utah’s George …


Defending Rockets’ James Harden is a chess match worth watching

Oklahoma City swingman Andre Roberson often was praised by his coach and teammates for playing suffocating defense on James Harden during their first-round playoff series. Houston’s MVP candidate still averaged …


Road sweet road: LeBron relishes away games in playoffs

LeBron James is usually at his best on the road in the playoffs. The Cavaliers star has won at least one road game in a record 27 consecutive series, an …


Spurs’ Tony Parker out for rest of playoffs with quad injury

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker will miss the rest of the playoffs after injuring his left leg in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets. …


NBA Tipoff: Wall vs. Thomas has been worth the watch in Round 2

The Eastern Conference semifinals showdown between Boston’s Isaiah Thomas and Washington’s John Wall has been every bit as good as advertised, with the point guards trading shots in two thrilling …


Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas getting help from Kobe Bryant

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is getting some tips on his game from Kobe Bryant and praise from some of basketball’s biggest s tars. The 5-foot-9 Thomas, who has been …


NBA Playoff Capsules: Thomas scores 53, Celtics beat Wizards 129-119 in OT

Isaiah Thomas scored 53 points – the second-highest total in Celtics playoff history – to help Boston beat the Washington Wizards 129-119 in overtime on Tuesday night and take a …


NBA Tipoff: It’s only 1-0: Spurs, Raptors look to rebound from routs

Even the San Antonio Spurs get blown out sometimes. So do the Toronto Raptors, every time they play a postseason game in Cleveland.


NBA capsules: Houston Rockets’ 22 3-pointers dismantle San Antonio Spurs, 126-99 in Game 1

Trevor Ariza scored 23 points, James Harden added 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the visiting Houston Rockets stormed past San Antonio 126-99 on Monday night in Game 1 of …


We meet again: Cavaliers, Raptors back together in postseason

We The North vs. We Are The Champions. One round earlier than a year ago, Toronto and Cleveland are meeting again in the NBA playoffs.


NBA capsules: Jazz flatten Clippers 104-91, win 1st-round series 4-3

Gordon Hayward scored 26 points and the Utah Jazz easily eliminated the host Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday with a 104-91 victory, winning the first-round playoff series 4-3.


NBA Playoff Capsules: Spurs advance: San Antonio beats Grizzlies 103-96 in Game 6

Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-96 Thursday night to take the series 4-2.


NBA Tipoff: Top-seeded Celtics headline trio of elimination games

The top-seeded Boston Celtics are back from the brink of disaster. They have dug themselves out of an 0-2 hole against the Chicago Bulls to take the lead in the …


NBA Playoff Capsules: Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series

Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley scored 24 points apiece to help the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 108-97 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round …


Russell Westbrook does it all to no avail for Thunder

Russell Westbrook made it perfectly clear in his record-setting season that he can do pretty much anything on a basketball court. But he can’t do everything.


NBA Tipoff: Spurs, Raptors try to move on to second-round showdowns

LeBron James and the champs are ready for their next challenger. James Harden and the Rockets are getting revved up in Texas. With their opponents waiting, Toronto and San Antonio …


Young Bucks hope they’ve learned lessons in time for Game 6

Sometimes, a young team needs to learn from failure to get better.


Work load: LeBron not slowing as playoff minutes increase

LeBron James isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. After leading the league in minutes per game during the regular season, the 32-year-old averaged nearly 44 minutes in Cleveland’s four-game …


Rockets determined to play better in conference semis

James Harden and the Houston Rockets are feeling great heading into the Western Conference semifinals for one big reason. They don’t believe they played well so far despite downing the …


NBA Playoff Capsules: James Harden leads way as Houston Rockets eliminate Oklahoma City

James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped Houston overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over visiting Oklahoma City on Tuesday night …


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017

NBA capsules: Golden State Warriors move on with a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers

Stephen Curry had 37 points before sitting out the final quarter and the Golden State Warriors welcomed back teammate Kevin Durant with a 128-103 victory over the host Portland Trail …


UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017

NBA capsules: LeBron James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round

LeBron James made a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left Sunday and the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on for a 106-102 series-clinching victory over Indiana in Indianapolis.


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017

NBA Playoff Capsules: Marc Gasol lifts Grizzlies past Spurs 110-108 in OT

Marc Gasol hit a 12-foot floater with 0.7 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-108 Saturday night in Memphis, Tennessee, to even up …


Thunder forward Taj Gibson providing scoring help for Russell Westbrook

Taj Gibson often describes his role for the Thunder as whatever the team needs. For now, scoring is playing a bigger part than usual. He is averaging 11 points on …


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017

Warriors coach Steve Kerr out for Game 3 vs Blazers with illness

Steve Kerr won’t coach the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their playoff series because of an illness. The reigning NBA Coach of the Year missed the morning shootaround, …


AP source: NBA investigating Patrick Beverley incident with fan

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the NBA is investigating an incident between Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley and an Oklahoma City Thunder fan. Video …


NBA Tipoff: Rites of postseason: LeBron looks for sweep, Clippers ailing

LeBron James is going for another playoff sweep, and the Clippers are dealing with the loss of Blake Griffin. There’s four Game 4s on tap in the NBA on Sunday, …