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Embiid has 31-16 in return, 76ers up 3-1

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NEW YORK (AP) Joel Embiid scored and rebounded. He blocked shots and even threw the most important pass of the game.

The only thing he didn't do is lose his cool after his hard foul triggered a scuffle.

After having to sit out the last game, there was no way Embiid was going to risk an ejection and miss his chance to help the Philadelphia 76ers seize control of the series.

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Jokic helps Nuggets get even with Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Denver coach Mike Malone wanted more passion, fire and emotion. The young Nuggets responded.

Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Murray added 24 points and Denver beat the San Antonio Spurs 117-103 on Saturday night, rebounding from a flat performance tie the first-round series at two games apiece.

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Bucks cruise past Pistons for 3-0 lead

DETROIT (AP) Khris Middleton had 20 points and nine rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 119-103 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the first-round series.

The Bucks can finish off the Eastern Conference series Monday night in Detroit after winning the first three games by an average of 24 points.

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Butler, Dudley ejected after scuffle

NEW YORK (AP) Jared Dudley didn't like the way Joel Embiid has been delivering fouls.

Jimmy Butler didn't like the way Dudley tried to show it.

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Rockets look to take 3-0 lead on Jazz

Potent offense isn't Houston's only formula for success. The Rockets have taken a 2-0 series lead over Utah by clamping down on the defensive end.

Going into Game 3 against the Jazz on Saturday, Houston has done everything it has needed to do defensively to take control of this first-round series. The Rockets have allowed Utah to score just 94.0 points per game and shoot 39.4 percent from the field in the two losses. The Jazz are just 15-for-65 from 3-point range in that two-game stretch.

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Clippers aim to get even with Warriors

As the Los Angeles Clippers and visiting Golden State Warriors prepare for Game 4 in their Western Conference first-round playoff series on Sunday, neither team is putting much stock in what's happened so far.

The Warriors own a 2-1 series lead after their 132-105 win on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

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Lillard, Westbrook set to tangle again

Damian Lillard got the better of Russell Westbrook in the first two games of their Western Conference first-round playoff series, outscoring Westbrook by 21 points.

And, consequently, Lillard's Portland Trail Blazers beat Westbrook's Oklahoma City Thunder twice at home to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

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Celtics beat Pacers to close in on sweep

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Boston Celtics keep following the same game plan.

Three games into their first-round playoff series, it's still working.

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Siakam scores 30, Raptors lead Magic 2-1

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Toronto Raptors think Pascal Siakam should be selected the NBA's Most Improved Player.

He was their MVP on Friday night.

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NBA rescinds T's on Durant, Clips' Green

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has rescinded technical fouls called on Golden State's Kevin Durant and JaMychal Green of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

The players were called for double technicals early in the third quarter Thursday night at Staples Center as they jawed at each other. The Warriors won 132-105 and lead the series 2-1.

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