Monday, May 1, 2017

Basketball

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) drives around Utah Jazz's George Hill (3) and Boris Diaw, center, during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

BY KAREEM COPELAND SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Clippers coach Doc Rivers put it simply when he said Chris Paul willed his team to victory with the season on the ...
Boston Celtics' Gerald Green (30) dunks as Chicago Bulls' Nikola Mirotic, left, and Jimmy Butller watch during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Friday, April. 28, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

BY ANDREW SELIGMAN CHICAGO (AP) — The Boston Celtics got hit with a devastating emotional blow just as the playoffs were about to start. They dropped the first two games ...
Washington Wizards' Markieff Morris (5) and Bradley Beal celebrate their victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series on Friday, April 28, 2017, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

BY PAUL NEWBERRY ATLANTA (AP) — John Wall refused to give in. Even as Dennis Schroder took off the other way, ahead of everyone for what looked like an uncontested ...
Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter (15) dunks between San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge and guard Danny Green, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50), and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard during the first half of Game 6 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

BY TERESA M. WALKER MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs wanted no part of playing a seventh game against the Grizzlies, not with the Houston Rockets looming in ...
Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo runs into Toronto Raptors' DeMarre Carroll during the second half of Game 6 of an NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

BY GENARO C. ARMAS MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Toronto Raptors keep getting themselves into tough situations in the playoffs. They hope their resilience helps make them stronger as they get ...
Brady ernst drives in for a shot

The Eagles have added yet another big bird, as JUCO forward Brady Ernst officially joined the FGCU men’s basketball program, signing his National Letter of Intent and giving the Eagles ...
Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) and center Al Horford (42) on a drive to the basket in the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BY JIMMY GOLEN BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley more impressive ...
Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) steals the ball away from Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap, left, during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

BY HOWARD FENDRICH WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall figured the credit went to the down-the-stretch defense displayed by his Washington Wizards. Neither Dennis Schroder nor coach Mike Budenholzer found any ...
This April 21, 2017 file photo shows Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets, looking over a stat sheet during the third quarter of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action. Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president of ...
Houston Rockets' Nene, right, goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, left, and another Thunder player defend during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

BY KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — 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 ...
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