Stephen Curry wasn’t about to say that shooting over Anthony Davis was easy.
Stephen Curry wasn’t about to say that shooting over Anthony Davis was easy. The Warriors’ prolific scorer was just crafty enough to make it look that way sometimes. Equally devastating from long range and on drives to the hoop, Curry scored 39 points, and the Golden State Warriors took a 109-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night, completing a sweep of their first-round playoff series.
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Spurs’ Leonard wins defensive player of year
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has been named the NBA defensive player of the year. Injuries limited Leonard to just 64 games this season. Leonard is just the sixth forward to lead the league in steals per game since the NBA started tracking the statistic 42 years ago. He averaged 2.3 steals per game and helped the Spurs finish third in defensive rating with 99.6 points allowed per 100 possessions.
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The Celtics wouldn’t go away, and then LeBron James showed them the door. James scored 30 points – 15 in the fourth quarter – and Kyrie Irving added 26 as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally shook off Boston in the fourth quarter for 99-91 victory Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their opening-round series. James moved past Hall of Famer Jerry West on the career playoff scoring list and made sure the Cavs didn’t slip up at home. He took over the game down the stretch and he and Irving, playing in just his second postseason game, combined for all of Cleveland’s 24 points in the final period and the Cavs’ final 28 over the last 17:29.
Jimmy Butler was simply following orders from Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Butler set a playoff career-high for the second straight game with 31 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 91-82 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. After scoring 25 points in Game 1, Butler trumped that with another terrific performance. Noah grabbed 19 rebounds and the third-seeded Bulls dominated on the glass 64-48 while taking a commanding lead in the series.
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Blake Griffin accelerated through the paint and threw down a vicious dunk right on Aron Baynes’ head in the third quarter. A few minutes later, Griffin did it again to the same poor San Antonio center. After three years of early-round failures, the Los Angeles Clippers are hungry for their first major taste of postseason success. As Griffin proved, they’ll jump all over the defending champion Spurs as many times as necessary to advance.
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