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Curry has 39 as Warriors complete sweep

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Stephen Curry wasn't about to say that shooting over Anthony Davis was easy.

The Warriors' prolific scorer was just crafty enough to make it look that way sometimes.

Equally devastating from long range and on drives to the hoop, Curry scored 39 points, and the Golden State Warriors took a 109-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night, completing a sweep of their first-round playoff series.

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Bucks get layup at buzzer to avoid sweep

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jerryd Bayless cut right along the baseline, leaving Derrick Rose a couple of steps behind.

It was just the sliver of an opening Bayless needed to put up a game-winning layup at the buzzer.

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Grizzlies hold off Blazers to go up 3-0

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Stung by the loss of point guard Mike Conley, the Grizzlies gritted out their latest victory over the Trail Blazers.

Memphis took a 3-0 lead in its first-round playoff series against Portland with a 115-109 victory on Saturday night. But it came with a cost: Conley left the game in the third quarter with a facial injury and was hospitalized for further evaluation.

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18-0 run helps Nets trim deficit to 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) They were beaten badly in the regular season and were losing by a little in the playoffs.

On their seventh try this season, the Nets finally got a victory over Atlanta. Get another one Monday, and they will be all even with the No. 1 seed in this Eastern Conference series.

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Carlisle fined $25K for criticizing refs

DALLAS (AP) Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was fined $25,000 on Saturday for criticizing officials after a loss to Houston that left Dallas trailing 3-0 in a first-round playoff series.

Carlisle came close to getting called for a technical foul several times during the Rockets' 130-128 win in Game 3 Friday night.

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Harden scores 42, Rockets lead Mavs 3-0

DALLAS (AP) James Harden deferred to Dwight Howard and his role players when Houston swept two games at home to open a first-round series against Dallas.

The MVP candidate took over in the game that put the Rockets on the verge of Harden's first postseason series victory with Howard in their second season together - even interrupting his big man on a question about the best rebounding game of the center's playoff career.

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Wall helps Wizards go up 3-0 on Raptors

WASHINGTON (AP) After hitting a 3-pointer to double the Washington Wizards' lead with 16.3 seconds left, Paul Pierce turned to the stands with arms aloft, nodded and yelled, "That's why I'm here!"

Yes, the Wizards wanted the 37-year-old Pierce for his leadership and his past postseason success. They also signed him as a free agent to make the clutch, closing shot in the playoffs.

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Leonard has 32, Spurs up 2-1 on Clippers

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kawhi Leonard has a passion for playing defense, but the San Antonio Spurs forward does not want to be regarded a one-dimensional player.

So, a day after earning NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors, Leonard's offensive outburst helped San Antonio break the Los Angeles Clippers' "spirit" in a blowout victory.

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NBA: Curry was fouled on tying 3-pointer

NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry's tying 3-pointer could have been a four-point play.

The NBA says a foul should have been called on Curry's 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation Thursday night. Golden State went on to beat New Orleans 123-119 in overtime for a 3-0 lead in its series.

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Spurs' Leonard defensive player of year

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard is keeping some Hall of Fame company.

The San Antonio forward was selected the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win the award and the NBA Finals MVP.

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