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Johnson scores 28, Jazz beat Clippers 105-98 to even series (April 24, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Joe Johnson scores 28 points as the Jazz overcome Gordon Hayward's food poisoning to win Game 4, 105-98.

SALT LAKE CITY -- Joe Johnson scored 28 points, and the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-98 on Sunday night to tie their first-round playoff series at 2-all.

Johnson, who hit the winning shot in Game 1, scored 11 straight Jazz points during a crucial stretch in the fourth quarter, including a pull-up jumper for a 91-90 lead with 3:55 remaining after trailing by seven early in the period. The Clippers never led again after controlling the game for most of the night.

Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles also hit huge baskets for Utah down the stretch. The Jazz needed all the help they could get after Gordon Hayward left with food poisoning.

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Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg voiced his frustration Sunday night over how Isaiah Thomas is being officiated, suggesting that the Celtics point guard has gotten away with carrying the ball at various points throughout the first-round playoff series. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

CHICAGO -- After watching Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas dominate his team to the tune of 33 points in a 104-95 Game 4 loss on Sunday night, the frustration that has been building up inside of Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg finally boiled over. Hoiberg believes that Thomas has been carrying the ball at various points through the series and is upset about how the All-Star point guard is being officiated.

"Let me say this, Isaiah Thomas is a hell of a player," Hoiberg began. "An unbelievable competitor -- he's a warrior, everything he's going through right now. He had a hell of a game tonight. But when you're allowed to discontinue your dribble on every possession, he is impossible to guard. He's impossible to guard when you're able to put your hand underneath the ball and take two or three steps and put it back down. It's impossible to guard him in those situations."

Hoiberg said he has been talking to officials throughout the series, telling them that he feels Thomas is carrying the ball. Hoiberg said he has been told by the officials that they would watch for the violation.

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Thomas scores 33, Celtics beat Bulls 104-95 to tie series (April 24, 2017)
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Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas erupted for 33 points in Game 4.

CHICAGO -- Isaiah Thomas is playing through tears after the death of his sister, drawing strength from the rest of the Boston Celtics.

They found another gear in Chicago.

Thomas scored 33 points, and the Celtics beat the Bulls 104-95 on Sunday to tie their first-round playoff series at 2-all.

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Russell Westbrook of OKC Thunder.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of the first round of the NBA playoffs.

A recurring theme throughout the series has been Oklahoma City's tendency to lose leads when Westbrook sits in the second half. It happened again on Sunday, as the Thunder were outscored 13-4 in a stretch that lasted from late in the third quarter to early in the fourth. The lapse turned a 75-68 lead into an 81-79 deficit.

Thunder center Steven Adams was asked about the issue, and Westbrook interrupted.

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Nene's 28 lead Rockets past Thunder for 3-1 series lead (April 24, 2017)
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Despite Russell Westbrook recording a triple-double in the first half, Houston prevails 113-109 in Game 4 behind a 28-point performance from Nene off the bench.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden's shot was off, and one of the most unlikely players on Houston's roster came to the rescue.

Nene scored 28 points on perfect shooting from the field, and the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

The 6-foot-11 center from Brazil made all 12 of his shots and had 10 rebounds. It was an impressive performance from a reserve who averaged about nine points per game in the regular season.

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James leads yet another team to a first-round sweep (April 24, 2017)
Dave McMenamin [ Source: ESPN ]

LeBron James recorded his 43rd career 30-point, 10-rebound game in the postseason in Sunday's series-clinching Game 4 win at Indiana. Ron Hoskins/NBAE/Getty

INDIANAPOLIS -- It could have been any conversation between any mother and son leaving a crowded live sporting event.

The mother wanted to walk back to the hotel alone. It wasn't too far from the arena, she reasoned. The son didn't think it was a good idea. The mother countered by saying she could just hail a cab. The son said that with the game getting out, traffic would be congested and why not walk because it will be faster, just walk with someone. The son suggested a business associate accompany the mother, and the problem was solved.

A perfectly normal conversation between LeBron and Gloria James after the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar turned in another playoff performance in sweeping the Indiana Pacers that is making his masterpieces seem mundane.

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James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round (April 24, 2017)
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LeBron James scores 33 points and grabs 10 rebounds to advance the Cavaliers to the next round of the postseason with a 106-102 victory over the Pacers.

INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James stuck to the old script Sunday.

Again, he bailed out the Cleveland Cavaliers. And again, he sent the Indiana Pacers home for vacation.

On yet another milestone day for basketball's king, James' crowning achievement was making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 to play and helping the defending champions hold on for a series-clinching 106-102 victory at Indiana.

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Aguilar’s defensive effort earns Cone’s praise (April 24, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Japeth Aguilar had 5 blocks against TNT. PBA IMAGES

With TNT controlling the tempo of the game in the first half, Ginebra coach Tim Cone told his wards at halftime that the Gin Kings must pick up the pace on defense if they want to grab the victory.

Luckily, Japeth Aguilar heeded the call and held the fort in the paint, allowing the Gin Kings to slowly creep their way back.

“Japeth was incredibly active all game long. He’s such an intimidator and great rim protector all game long and I think, that was the key,” Cone said. “It was really the defensive stand in the third and fourth quarter that really changed the game and Japeth was just all over the place.”

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Sunday he won't return to the sideline until he can find a remedy for the painful symptoms he's experiencing due to complications from back surgery almost two years ago.

He acknowledged this could keep him out the remainder of the playoffs.

"This is not going to be a case where I'm coaching one night and not coaching the next," Kerr said. "I'm not going to do that to our team, to our staff. We're hoping that over the next week or two, or whatever it is, I can start to make a definitive realization, a reduction, or just feel it that I'm going to do this or not."

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 GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren (left) and star guard Terrence Romeo | Composite Image/PBA Media Bureau images

 MANILA, Philippines – Franz Pumaren could've raved about the second win that temporarily stopped GlobalPort's bleeding in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

But he spent much of his post-game presser lauding his prized guard, Terrence Romeo.

"That's what we've been hoping--that our bench would contribute," Pumaren told the press after a 105-86 demolition of Mahindra on Sunday.

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