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Warriors get Durant back, sweep Blazers

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Long after the Trail Blazers had left their court, many of Golden State's players celebrated on the floor at the Moda Center to the delight of a rather large contingent of yellow-clad fans who chanted "War-ri-ors! War-ri-ors!"

The first-round sweep was sweet, even in Portland's house.

Stephen Curry scored 37 points and Golden State beat the Blazers 128-103 on Monday night to advance to the conference semifinals. The Warriors will face the winner of the series between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers, which is tied at 2.

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Powell helps Raptors go up 3-2 on Bucks

TORONTO (AP) Putting Norm Powell in the starting lineup has changed the playoff fortunes of the Toronto Raptors.

Powell scored a career playoff-high 25 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 10 assists and the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-93 in Game 5 of their first-round series on Monday night.

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Hawks hold off Wizards, even series at 2

ATLANTA (AP) In a year when the geezers are coming up big in the NBA playoffs, add another one to the list.

Jose Calderon might be the most unlikely of all.

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Drake to host first 'NBA Awards' show

NEW YORK (AP) Drake will host the NBA's first-ever awards show this June.

The Canadian rapper will preside over the June 26 ceremony in New York, which will be televised live on TNT.

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Bulls to start Canaan at PG in Game 5

CHICAGO (AP) Rolling along with a humming offense not too long ago, the Chicago Bulls will now try to regroup.

And they'll do it with a seldom-used point guard making a crucial start.

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Clippers backup G Rivers back for Game 5

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers will be getting reserve guard Austin Rivers back for Game 5 against the Utah Jazz.

Coach Doc Rivers said his son's minutes would be restricted when the first-round series resumes on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The best-of-7 contest is tied 2-2.

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George's future may dictate Pacers' fate

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The questions started less than an hour after the Indiana Pacers season officially ended.

Will Paul George commit to playing for the Pacers beyond next season? Will Jeff Teague re-sign with his hometown team? What does Indiana really need to become a championship contender?

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Bird pushes Pacers' ASG bid in Indy car

NEW YORK (AP) Indiana wants the NBA All-Star Game and sent Larry Bird to get it - in an Indy car.

Bird drove four blocks down Fifth Avenue in his specially themed car to deliver the Pacers' bid to host the 2021 game to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, fitting his 6-foot-9 frame into a car usually driven by much shorter people.

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Rockets lead 3-1, Westbrook has 35-14-14

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) James Harden's shot was off, and one of the most unlikely players on Houston's roster came to the rescue.

Nene scored 28 points on perfect shooting from the field, and the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

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Westbrook defends teammates during rant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets.

A recurring theme throughout the series has been Oklahoma City's tendency to lose leads when Westbrook sits in the second half. It happened again on Sunday -- the Thunder were outscored 13-4 in a stretch that lasted from late in the third quarter to early in the fourth. The lapse turned a 75-68 lead into an 81-79 deficit.

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