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Cavaliers look to finish sweep of Pacers

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Paul George was driving to the lane and scoring at will. Lance Stephenson was hitting his 3-pointers and barking. Myles Turner was posterizing center Tristan Thompson.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse was rocking Thursday night. The Indiana Pacers led 74-49 at halftime and were on their way to climbing back into their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

About an hour later, LeBron James and Cleveland had torn the hearts out of the Pacers and their fans, having completed the largest comeback in NBA playoff history.


Rondo fined for attempted trip on bench

CHICAGO (AP) The NBA has fined Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo $25,000 for attempting to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder from the bench in Game 3 of their first-round series.

The league announced the fine hours before Game 4 tips off on Sunday.


Beverley fined $25K for confronting fan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The NBA has fined Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 for confronting a fan after Game 3 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The league announced the fine about two hours before Game 4 tipped off Sunday.


Warriors take 3-0 lead without Durant

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Stephen Curry wasn't trying to be a hero. He just wanted the win.

Curry scored 34 points - including a 3-pointer with just about a minute left that all but sealed the victory - and the Golden State Warriors overcame a slow start to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113 and take a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.


Clips' Griffin out for rest of playoffs

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Chris Paul and his Los Angeles Clippers teammates are more concerned with supporting Blake Griffin than worrying about Game 4 against the Utah Jazz.

They will focus on that game later.


Memphis ties series despite Leonard's 43

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said he was an option to take the final shot and that the San Antonio Spurs thought so, too, on a night when he scored a franchise postseason record 35 points.

Marc Gasol laughed and insisted he didn't know his teammate was an alternative on the game-winning play. Zach Randolph backed up his All-Star center, too.


DeRozan has 33, Raptors even series at 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) DeMar DeRozan reverted back to his playmaking form. The Toronto Raptors reasserted themselves on defense.

They're headed back to Canada after winning a bruiser of a first-round playoff game on Saturday over the Milwaukee Bucks.


Hawks rout Wizards, pull within 2-1

ATLANTA (AP) The Hawks are back in the series, and the bad blood with the Washington Wizards shows no signs of letting up.

Paul Millsap scored 29 points, Dennis Schroder had 27 and Atlanta delivered an early knockout blow in a 116-98 victory Saturday, slicing the Wizards' lead to 2-1 in the opening-round playoff matchup.


Nurkic to start for Portland in Game 3

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Jusuf Nurkic will start for the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

Nurkic missed the final seven games of the regular season and the first two playoff games at Golden State because of a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg.


OKC's Gibson provides help for Westbrook

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Taj Gibson often describes his role for the Thunder as doing whatever the team needs.

For now, scoring is playing a bigger part than usual. The versatile 6-foot-9 power forward has found his way since being traded from Chicago and has emerged one of Oklahoma City's few consistent offensive weapons alongside Russell Westbrook in the playoffs. He may need to keep it up to give the Thunder a chance of winning the first-round series with Houston - Oklahoma City trails 2-1 heading into Game 4 Sunday at home.

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