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Warriors aim to close out Clippers in 5

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The Golden State Warriors hope to avoid giving their future competition any scheduling advantage as they seek to close out the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 of their first-round series Wednesday night in Oakland.

The top-seeded Warriors rebounded from a shocking home loss in Game 2 to sweep a pair in Los Angeles, putting themselves one win away from the Western Conference semifinals.

There the defending champions would face the winner of the Houston-Utah series, which got extended at least to a fifth game Monday when the Jazz stayed alive with a 107-91 win in Game 4.


Jazz hope to force Game 6 vs. Rockets

It took until they reached brink of elimination, but the Utah Jazz may have finally figured out how to effectively defend against the Houston Rockets.

Utah needs the late success it found in Game 4 to continue if it hopes to remain alive with a win in Game 5 on Wednesday night in Houston.


Spurs trying to force Game 7 vs. Nuggets

Denver strutted, shot and defended its way to a pivotal Game 5 win over San Antonio on Tuesday and is one win away from clinching a spot in the Western Conference semifinals.

But the Nuggets don't expect the seventh-seeded Spurs to go quietly when they meet Thursday night in the Alamo City in Game 6 of the first-round series.


Lillard ousts OKC with 50, 3 at buzzer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) After Damian Lillard hit his walk-off 3-pointer to send the Trail Blazers along in the playoffs, he waved goodbye to the Thunder bench.

"That was the last word," he afterward. "That was having the last word."


76ers cruise past Nets, win series in 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers have gone south in Toronto.

Sixers coach Brett Brown wants the season series to come with an asterisk.


Raptors rout Magic, wrap up series in 5

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have reason to believe this is the year their playoff run doesn't end in failure and frustration.

Just ask the Orlando Magic, who have seen firsthand how good this Raptors team can be.


Walton lawyer calls allegations baseless

LOS ANGELES (AP) New Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit by a former sports reporter.

"I thought he was going to rape me," Kelli Tennant said at a news conference Tuesday, one day after TMZ reported that she was suing Walton.


Nets summer includes decision on Russell

NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Russell was an All-Star and the Brooklyn Nets became a playoff team. Neither looked likely four months ago.

So it was a surprisingly successful season, though there's plenty for the Nets to build on - including a decision on whether Russell will have a role.


Cavs to interview 2 Blazers assistants

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers' coaching search will venture into the Pacific Northwest.

Cleveland plans to interview Portland assistants Nate Tibbetts and David Vanterpool for its coaching job, a person familiar with the team's plans told The Associated Press on Tuesday.


Suns fire coach Kokoskov after 1 season

PHOENIX (AP) One season was not enough for Igor Kokoskov to convince the Phoenix Suns that he was the man to lead the franchise into the future.

The Suns fired Kokoskov Monday night, ending the tenure of the NBA's first European-born coach after one disappointing season.

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