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Warriors take 3-0 lead on mourning Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) Playing basketball seemed trivial to the Spurs following the death of Erin Popovich.

They competed as best they could Thursday night. It just wasn't enough against Golden State, again.

Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Warriors beat San Antonio 110-97 for a 3-0 series lead over the Spurs, who were still reeling from the death of Gregg Popovich's wife.

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Embiid scores 23 in return, 76ers up 2-1

MIAMI (AP) Joel Embiid had trouble with his new mask.

It didn't slow him down.

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Pelicans handle Blazers again, go up 3-0

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Nikola Mirotic watched his third 3-pointer of the first half swish through the hoop, turned to acknowledge the raucous, roaring crowd and raised his first triumphantly as he trotted back up court.

Portland had a hard enough time dealing with Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis and the New Orleans backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo in Games 1 and 2. Pile on the finest playoff performance of Mirotic's four NBA seasons, and the rout was on in Game 3.

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NBA grieves along with Popovich, Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LeBron James fought back tears. Former President Bill Clinton offered condolences. Craig Sager's daughter tweeted that she was "just sick" over the news.

Such is the regard that so many, from so many walks of life, have for San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose 67-year-old wife, Erin, died Wednesday after a long battle with a respiratory problem.

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Pacers looking forward to hosting Cavs

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana can't wait for another crack at the Cleveland Cavaliers, especially in front of the Pacers' home crowd

"It's going to be incredible being on the floor," Indiana center Myles Turner said. "I think we're in a great spot. We wanted to go 2-0 but we did our job and got one. I can't wait to get in front of the Indy fans."

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Heat C Whiteside again a non-factor

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside's numbers are down. He's trying not to be the same way.

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round series was difficult on many levels for Miami's center. He was in foul trouble throughout, finished with only five points and was largely a nonfactor in his team's 128-108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.

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Raptors head to nation's capital up 2-0

WASHINGTON -- The name of the arena has changed since the last time the Toronto Raptors visited the Washington Wizards in the playoffs.

That is not all.

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Celts G Rozier outplaying Bucks' Bledsoe

MILWAUKEE -- As the playoffs approached, the Milwaukee Bucks thought they might catch a break by finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference, setting up a first-round series with the Boston Celtics, who'd go into the postseason without point guard Kyrie Irving.

Through the first two games of the best-of-seven series, which resumes Friday night at the Bradley Center, the Bucks have learned to be careful for what they wished for.

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Bucks still seeking next step forward

MILWAUKEE (AP) A billboard down the street from the Milwaukee Bucks' nearly completed new arena makes a proclamation in big, bold letters: "The Future is Here."

The rebuilding process is over. Winning a playoff series could make that message resonate as loudly as a Giannis Antetokounmpo rim-rattling dunk .

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Jazz pull away from Thunder, even series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) It wasn't even clear until an hour before the game if Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell was going to play in Game 2 against Oklahoma City.

The Thunder probably wish he hadn't.

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