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Home team wins, Celtics lead Bulls 3-2

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BOSTON (AP) The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series:

Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense?

"Everyone knows he's a good defender. Tonight, he got his offensive game going," Chicago's Dwyane Wade said after Bradley scored 24 points to lead Boston to a 108-97 victory and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.


Beal, Wall put Wizards up 3-2 on Hawks

WASHINGTON (AP) John Wall figured the credit went to the down-the-stretch defense displayed by his Washington Wizards.

Neither Dennis Schroder nor coach Mike Budenholzer found any flaws with the way their Atlanta Hawks handled things late.


Rockets owner fined $100K for ref clash

NEW YORK (AP) Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action.

Byron Spruell, the NBA's president of league operations, announced Alexander's fine Wednesday.


GM: Kerr's health issues 'fixable'

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers fully expects Steve Kerr to find a solution to his debilitating health issues and return to the bench without being forced out of coaching altogether because of complications from two back surgeries.

It just might not be right away.


Spurs trying to close out Grizzlies in 6

If the season is a guide, the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies will have a Game 7.

The home team is undefeated in nine overall meetings this season as Memphis hosts San Antonio on Thursday for Game 6 of a Western Conference first-round playoff series at FedExForum.


Bucks hope to force Game 7 vs. Raptors

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) Sometimes, a young team needs to learn from failure to get better.

Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd hopes his players build on the lessons learned from a stinker of a Game 5 in their opening-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors. They need to regroup quickly to avoid elimination when the Raptors and Bucks meet Thursday night at the Bradley Center.


James not slowing as minutes increase

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Except for his backpedaling hairline, LeBron James shows no visible signs of age.

At 32, still in his prime, and still at the top of his game, he's defying time.


OKC will look to get Westbrook some help

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook made it perfectly clear in his record-setting season that he can do pretty much anything on a basketball court.

But he can't do everything.


Rockets advance, overcome Westbrook's 47

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Houston Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

The Thunder head home a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals after Houston took this series 4-1.


Hayward has 27, Jazz push Clips to brink

LOS ANGELES (AP) Still weak and lacking his usual energy after a bout with food poisoning, Gordon Hayward leaned on his teammates. They came up big.

Hayward scored 27 points, Utah controlled the paint and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-92 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

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