NBA roundup: Spurs, Cavs sweep; Warriors
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[April 25, 2016]
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Kawhi Leonard
scored 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge posted a double-double as the San
Antonio Spurs cruised to a 116-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on
Sunday to sweep their best-of-seven, Western Conference first-round
Leonard added seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal
to his day's work while Aldridge finished with 15 points and 10
rebounds. Point guard Tony Parker chipped in 16 points.
Grizzlies guard Lance Stephenson led all scorers with his playoff
career-best 26 points.
San Antonio went 8-0 against Memphis this season overall and
Sunday's victory marked the Spurs' 10th sweep of a postseason series
in franchise history.
Warriors 121, Rockets 94
HOUSTON -- Golden State star Stephen Curry missed the second half
due to a sprained right knee, but the Warriors still cruised to a
win over Houston to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference
first-round playoff series.
Klay Thompson finished with 23 points while Draymond Green added 18
points, eight rebounds and six assists. Thompson and Green combined
to score 25 of the Warriors' 41 third-quarter points in levying the
knockout blow. Golden State set an NBA postseason record with 21
Houston's Dwight Howard posted a double-double (19 points, 15
boards), while James Harden had 18 points, seven rebounds, 10
assists and seven steals.
Cavaliers 100, Pistons 98
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Kyrie Irving scored 31 points, and LeBron
James added 22 points and 11 rebounds to help Cleveland complete a
four-game sweep of Detroit in a first-round Eastern Conference
After Detroit cut a nine-point Cleveland lead to 97-96 with 1:08
remaining on a 3-pointer by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Irving buried
a 3-pointer from the wing with 42.6 seconds left to put the
Cavaliers up by four.
Pistons guard Reggie Jackson shaved the Cleveland lead to 100-98 on
a dunk with 32.8 seconds remaining, and then Detroit had a chance to
tie or win after rebounding an Irving miss with under 10 seconds
remaining. Proceeding down the court without a timeout, Jackson
couldn't convert a contested 3-point shot from the top of the key as
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Marcus Morris scored 24 points to lead the Pistons.
Celtics 104, Hawks 95 (OT)
BOSTON -- Down by 16 points early in the third quarter, Boston
overcame 45 points by Atlanta's Paul Millsap and scored an overtime
victory to even the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at
Amir Johnson scored his team's first five points of the OT, and
Isaiah Thomas (28 points) nailed a 3-pointer from the right corner
to ice the game with 30 seconds left.
Marcus Smart scored 11 straight Celtics points in the fourth
quarter, set Johnson up for the first two baskets of overtime and
played tough defense on Millsap down the stretch. Millsap, who also
had 13 rebounds, scored just two points in the final 10:33 of the
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