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Bird says Vogel out as Pacers coach

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Larry Bird has never cared about popularity contests. All he ever wanted to do was win.

So on Thursday, the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations announced he would not re-sign Frank Vogel to a new contract despite five trips to the playoffs, including two appearances in the Eastern Conference finals. Instead, the Pacers will search for a coach who can do Vogel couldn't: win an NBA title.

"Sometimes my job really sucks and this is one of them," a somber-sounding Bird told reporters. "I just had time to think about it and watch the team throughout the year. I know a lot of you didn't expect us to make the playoffs, but I had a lot higher expectations. I just came to the conclusion that it was necessary for these guys to hear a new voice."

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Cavs set NBA record with 25 3s, lead 2-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Your shot, Warriors.

Dropping jumpers from every corner and angle, the Cleveland Cavaliers drained an NBA record 25 3-pointers - the most in any regular season or playoff game - during a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in Game 2 of their second-round series.

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Wizards star Wall undergoes knee surgery

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards All-Star guard John Wall underwent left knee surgery and is expected to be ready for the start of next season.

The team said Wall had a procedure done to remove calcium deposits in his left knee to eliminate pain and help him heal more effectively. He also had surgery on his right knee, undergoing an arthroscopic lavage procedure to clean out the knee.

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Heat's Bosh declared out for playoffs

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh's season is now officially over, regardless of how far the Miami Heat advance in the postseason.

The Heat and Bosh made the announcement Wednesday afternoon after the team practiced in Toronto, ending the recent speculation that Bosh would try to return to the court during the playoffs.

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Scott 'shocked' by Lakers firing him

LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott says he thought he had more time to right the ship before the team fired him last week.

Scott tells ESPN he was "surprised" and "shocked" by the move even though he led the Lakers to the two worst seasons in their history, including this season's franchise-worst 17-65 mark.

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James wants to face Wade, Heat in series

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James isn't looking too far forward in the NBA playoffs. He's taken a peek, however.

James has considered the possibility of playing the Miami Heat - his former team and good friend Dwyane Wade - in the next round, a dramatic matchup that already has fans salivating at its potential. If Cleveland can advance past Atlanta, and if Miami takes care of Toronto, it will be the Cavaliers and Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Lowry, Raptors try to avoid 0-2 deficit

(AP) -- It took the Toronto Raptors 15 years to get this far again, and Kyle Lowry knows they won't go further if he doesn't play better.

The Raptors need Lowry to play the way Goran Dragic is.

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Warriors rally past Blazers for 2-0 lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The defending champions mounted a remarkable comeback without MVP Stephen Curry.

Next game, they might have him back and really get rolling.

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Celtics' Ainge embracing big offseason

BOSTON (AP) During his tenure as Celtics president, Danny Ainge has developed a reputation as deal maker that pounces on opportunities.

He will forever be tethered to the coup he pulled off in the summer of 2007 to assemble the Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen just three years into the tenure of then-coach Doc Rivers.

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Green's fire drives Warriors' repeat bid

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry might be the face of the Warriors with the breathtaking long-range shots and ball-handling that makes Golden State so appealing to watch.

Draymond Green is the heart.

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