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the series shifts to Utah for two games.
Kevin Durant had 26 points http://www.dolphinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-mike-gesicki-jersey , nine rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State
Warriors beat San Antonio 110-97 on Thursday night for a 3-0 series lead over the Spurs, who were still reeling from the death of Gregg Popovich’s
Golden State can close the first-round series with a win Sunday afternoon in San Antonio in Game 4.
The Spurs were playing a day after the death of Erin Popovich, who passed away after battling an undisclosed long-term illness. Erin and Gregg
Popovich were married four decades and had two children and two grandchildren.
San Antonio did not air a video tribute or hold a moment of silence for Erin in an apparent attempt to make the game as routine as possible for its
players, but that was impossible.
Coach Popovich was not in his customary position roaming the sidelines, choosing instead to be with his family. San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina
coached the team in Popovich’s place.
76ERS 128, HEAT 108
MIAMI (AP) – A masked Joel Embiid scored 23 points in his postseason debut, Marco Belinelli and Dario Saric each added 21 and Philadelphia beat
Miami to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Ben Simmons finished with 19 points John
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home-court advantage. Embiid went on a personal 7-0 run in the fourth quarter to help Philadelphia extend its lead to 14, and send many in the crowd
to the exits.
Goran Dragic scored 23 points for Miami, which got 19 from Justise Winslow and 14 from Josh Richardson.
Game 4 is Saturday afternoon.
PELICANS 119, TRAIL BLAZERS 102
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Nikola Mirotic scored a career playoff-best 30 points to go with eight rebounds, three steals and a block, and New Orleans beat
Portland to take a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
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advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008 with one more victory.
The 6-foot-10 Mirotic, acquired in a midseason trade after DeMarcus Cousins’ season-ending Achilles tear, made 12 of 15 shots, scoring on everything
from quick-release 3-pointers to cutting dunks and fast-break layups.
Damian Lillard scored 20 for Portland, but also missed nine of 14 shots. CJ McCollum scored 22 and Al-Farouq Aminu added 21, but Portland trailed by
double digits for most of the first half and all of the second.
Game 4 is Saturday.
James Harden proved once again that Utah’s vaunted defense was no match for him.
Harden scored 41 points and the Houston Rockets raced out to a huge lead and sailed to a 110-96 win over the Jazz in Game 1 of the Western Conference
semifinals on Sunday.
Houston was up by 25 at halftime behind 34 points combined from Harden and Chris Paul. The Jazz, who didn’t wrap up their first-round series with
Oklahoma City until late Friday night, looked sluggish and struggled to keep pace with the top-seeded Rockets, who hadn’t played since eliminating
Minnesota on Wednesday.
The Jazz tied for second in the NBA in the regular season by allowing just 99.8 points Erik Gonzalez Cleveland Indians Jersey , but
failed to stop Harden in any of their meetings. Harden, who also had seven assists and eight rebounds, picked up where he left off in the regular
season against the Jazz when he averaged 34.3 points, led by a 56-point performance in a 137-110 win in November.
”Their defense is really good – their defense is super,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. ”But James is James.”
Utah coach Quin Snyder seemed at a loss as to how to limit the MVP front-runner, who had the sixth 40-point playoff game of his career.
”He’s a special player,” he said. ”It’s hard to give credit to all the things that he does. He just impacts the game in so many mays. You
have to try to make it harder for him.”
It was Houston’s fourth straight win by 10 or more points this postseason, and the Rockets have won their five games against the Jazz by an average
of 16.8 points.
”We’re different,” Harden said. ”We’ve seen so many different defenses throughout this year that have prepared us for this moment.”
The Jazz got 21 points each from rookie Donovan Mitchell and Jae Crowder while playing without starting point guard Ricky Rubio Derwin James Color Rush Jersey , who sat with a
strained left hamstring. It was a significant blow after he averaged 14 points, 7.3 rebounds and seven assists in the first round.
The Jazz refused to blame their tough game on the fact that they didn’t have much of a break between the first and second round.
”It’s a quick turnaround obviously and there’s some fatigue,” Mitchell said. ”But that wasn’t the reason for the performance.”
The Rockets had 10 3-pointers by halftime, led by three apiece from Harden and P.J. Tucker. They finished with 17, including seven from Harden, which
tied his career-high for a playoff game.
The Rockets were up by 18 entering the fourth after Paul hit a 3-pointer at the end of the third. Utah scored the first seven points of the fourth
quarter to get within 86-75, but Harden made three free throws over the next minute to end the run.
Rudy Gobert, who had 11 points and nine rebounds, had a dunk after that Royce Freeman Color Rush Jersey , but a 3-pointer by Harden extended Houston’s lead to 92-77 with about 8 1/2 minutes left.
Mitchell was shaken up when Eric Gordon stepped on his ankle as he drove to the basket with about 5 1/2 minutes remaining. He stayed on the court for
a second holding his ankle before hopping up and walking gingerly to the bench. But remained on the bench for just a few seconds before returning and
said after the game that he was OK.
Both the Rockets and the fifth-seeded Jazz are in the semifinals for the second straight year. The Rockets, who beat the Timberwolves in five games to
advance, lost to the Spurs last season, and Utah was eliminated by Golden State.
Jazz: Royce O’Neale started in place of Rubio and finished with four points and four assists. … The Jazz haven’t said how long Rubio will be
out, but multiple reports have indicated that it could be as many as 10 days. … Joe Ingles had 15 points.
Rockets: Luc Mbah a Moute had three points and three rebounds in his first postseason action this season. He had been out since dislocating his right
shoulder on April 10. … Clint Capela had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his third straight double-double. … Paul finished with 17 points, four
steals and six assists.
HE SAID IT
Paul on his relationship with Mitchell and any advice he’s given him since the start of the postseason: ”He’s playing great on his own. So I
ain’t got nothing for him.”
The Rockets host Game 2 on Wednesday night before the series shifts to Utah for two games.