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  • NBA Playoff Capsules

    April 24, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) - Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after the officials appeared to miss him stepping out of bounds, and Kyle Korver finished off Indiana from beyond the arc to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 98-85 victory Thursday night and another lead in the series with the top-seeded Pacers.

  • Blazers return home with a 2-0 advantage

    April 24, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Houston has a LaMarcus Aldridge problem.The Trail Blazers' All-Star forward has been dominating with more than 40 points in each of the opening two playoff games with the Rockets in Houston.Portland is up 2-0 as the series moves to Rip City on Friday night, giving the Rockets little time to figure out how to defend Aldridge.

  • Silver: Premature to say union will opt out of CBA

    April 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he has ''no expectation'' that players will opt out of the collective bargaining agreement in 2017, potentially leading to another lockout.The 10-year deal the league and players agreed to that ended the 2011 lockout gave either side the right to opt out after six years.

  • Raptors ready for road test in Game 3 in Brooklyn

    April 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - If Dwane Casey has any concerns coming to Brooklyn, they aren't about his players.The Toronto Raptors have already proven they can handle the road just fine.As for his boss, general manager Masai Ujiri, who figures to hear an earful Friday night?

  • Wizards seek real homecourt advantage vs. Bulls

    April 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) - If empty seats are any indication, the Washington Wizards are just as big of a surprise in their own city as they are to the rest of the NBA.After winning their first two games on the road in one of the most intimidating arenas in the league - the United Center - the Wizards are curious to see what it'll be like when they host their first playoff game in six years. Usually it's the crowd that spurs on the players in the postseason, but in this case there's hope that the team's performance will generate a spirited turnout Friday night for Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls.

  • Bobcats' Josh McRoberts fined $20,000

    April 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James.McRoberts' foul against James with 50 seconds remaining Wednesday night in Miami in the Heat's 101-97 playoff victory over the Bobcats has been upgraded to a Flagrant 2.

  • Mavs home after split at Spurs, but is that good?

    April 24, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are coming home after showing they won't go quietly in a first-round series with top-seeded San Antonio.Part of the big German wants to stay in South Texas after the Mavericks squandered a strong game in the playoff opener by going cold late before dominating most of the way in Game 2 and squaring the best-of-seven series.

  • Grizzlies' Conley wins NBA's sportsmanship award

    April 24, 2014

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger calls guard Mike Conley the kind of man a father would want to marry his daughter. Conley's peers certainly think highly enough to award him the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.Conley received 77 first-place votes of a possible 334 and earned 2,335 points overall for the award announced Thursday. He was followed by Boston's Jeff Green, Phoenix's Channing Frye, Washington's Bradley Beal, Portland's Damian Lillard and Chicago's Mike Dunleavy.