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Clips overcome Durant's 45, force Game 6

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Lou Williams again came off the bench and knocked down big shot after big shot. Patrick Beverley crashed the boards at every chance. Danilo Gallinari drove the lane with authority.

The Los Angeles Clippers took the Warriors right out of their comfort zone by beating the two-time defending champions at their own game with energy on both ends, extending their season long after many had counted them out.

Williams hit a fadeaway jumper with 1:29 left and finished with 33 points and 10 assists, Golden State uncharacteristically clanked shots much of the second half and couldn't make key stops, and the upstart Clippers sent their first-round series back home with a 129-121 Game 5 win on Wednesday night.


Rockets outlast Jazz to win series in 5

HOUSTON (AP) In a series where their shots weren't falling like normal, the Houston Rockets managed to close it out with some tough defense.

James Harden scored 26 points and the Rockets outlasted the Utah Jazz 100-93 on Wednesday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1.


Spurs trying to force Game 7 vs. Nuggets

Denver strutted, shot and defended its way to a pivotal Game 5 win over San Antonio on Tuesday and is one win away from clinching a spot in the Western Conference semifinals.

But the Nuggets don't expect the seventh-seeded Spurs to go quietly when they meet Thursday night in the Alamo City in Game 6 of the first-round series.


Pistons' Griffin has left knee surgery

DETROIT (AP) Blake Griffin had surgery arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, an injury that forced him to miss the first two games of the playoffs.

The Pistons say the procedure Wednesday in Los Angeles was to address the issue that caused soreness in the knee across the last two weeks of the regular season and the postseason.


Lillard ousts OKC with 50, 3 at buzzer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) If Damian Lillard's series-clinching walkoff 3-pointer against the Thunder looked vaguely familiar, it's because he's done it before.

His buzzer-beating 3 sent Houston packing back in 2014.


76ers cruise past Nets, win series in 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers have gone south in Toronto.

Sixers coach Brett Brown wants the season series to come with an asterisk.


Raptors rout Magic, wrap up series in 5

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have reason to believe this is the year their playoff run doesn't end in failure and frustration.

Just ask the Orlando Magic, who have seen firsthand how good this Raptors team can be.


Nets summer includes decision on Russell

NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Russell was an All-Star and the Brooklyn Nets became a playoff team. Neither looked likely four months ago.

So it was a surprisingly successful season, though there's plenty of work left for the Nets to do - including deciding whether Russell will have a role.


Magic made big strides under Clifford

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic were supposed to have gotten a day off on Jan. 30. Instead, an incensed coach Steve Clifford brought his team in to watch film and make them see all the mistakes they made the night before in a loss to Oklahoma City.

Plenty of teams would have grumbled about such a move.


Walton lawyer calls allegations baseless

LOS ANGELES (AP) New Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit by a former sports reporter.

"I thought he was going to rape me," Kelli Tennant said at a news conference Tuesday, one day after TMZ reported that she was suing Walton.

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