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CLEVELAND (AP) Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside Cleveland’s locker room and pounded his chest with both hands. The Celtics got thumped next. James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home court, …

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SEATTLE (AP) NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell has been released from a Seattle hospital after an overnight stay for an unknown condition. Russell confirmed on Twitter on Saturday that he went to the hospital late Friday. He doesn’t say why. Russell says in the light-hearted message, ”As my wife likes to remind me, I …

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HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets were the best team in the NBA in the regular season. They played like it Wednesday night, using a balanced scoring attack to rout the Golden State Warriors 127-105 and even the Western Conference finals at one game apiece. James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points on a …

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A person familiar with the search tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Mike Budenholzer to become the team’s next coach. The 2015 NBA Coach of the Year will replace Joe Prunty, the former assistant who went 21-16 in the regular season after replacing the fired Jason Kidd in …

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BOSTON (AP) Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 on Tuesday and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Boston improved to 8-0 …

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HOUSTON (AP) Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 to lead Golden State to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night. Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the Warriors trailed …

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BOSTON (AP) The assignment for Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris in his first start this postseason was easy to explain but nearly impossible to execute. His job: Guard LeBron James, and keep the four-time NBA MVP from running the Celtics out of their own gym in the Eastern Conference finals for the second year in …

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) George Hill has gone from point guard to point grad in the NBA playoffs. Cleveland’s starting guard missed practice Saturday and had a good excuse for his absence – he graduated from college. Hill received his diploma from IUPUI and took part in commencement ceremonies in Indianapolis while his teammates got in …

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ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks are giving Lloyd Pierce his first head coaching job in the NBA, choosing a man who has been an assistant with Philadelphia and Memphis to rebuild the franchise. The Hawks announced Friday they had agreed to terms on a deal with Pierce. ”It was critically important to find a dynamic …

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Rodney Hood got an unusual reaction when he apologized to his Cleveland teammates for refusing to check into Game 4 against Toronto. They laughed. The chaotic Cavaliers have dealt with bigger nonsense this season. ”They was like, `Hood, that’s not really a distraction’ because of everything that they’ve been through this …

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