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Warriors take 3-0 lead without Durant

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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.

Playing without both Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr, the Warriors came back Saturday night from a first-half 17-point deficit. Golden State can clinch the series with a win Monday night in Game 4 at the Moda Center.


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.


NBA probes Beverly incident with fan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the NBA is investigating an incident between Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley and an Oklahoma City Thunder fan.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Saturday because the league has not released details of its review. The incident occurred Friday night when the Rockets played in Oklahoma City. Video shows Beverley falling in front of the fan in the first half, then getting up and pointing at him before teammate Nene redirects him. Beverley exchanged words with the fan after the game.


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.


Westbrook has 32-13-11, OKC tops Rockets

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook figured out that he didn't have to do it all.

Once that happened, the Thunder figured out how to beat the Houston Rockets.


Frustrated Pacers looking to stay alive

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George's stone face and somber tone reflected the mood of the Indiana Pacers.

With their season on the brink, they must win - or go home.

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