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The pain of James Harden (May 22, 2015)
Calvin Watkins [ Source: ESPN ]

James Harden was left feeling floored after failing to get up a final shot. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

OAKLAND, Calif. -- When the buzzer sounded and the crowd, most wearing yellow shirts, started to yell like they’ve never seen a basketball game before. James Harden was on his hands and knees.

Harden’s head was down like he was trying to hide it in some sand. When the Houston Rockets star got up, he slowly walked off the Oracle Arena floor and into a dark tunnel -- which is where his team's season is at right now.

Harden knocked down a black curtain on the way to the locker room. When Harden arrived, he wanted to watch the film of what just happened to him.

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Fans cheer Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- James Harden had Game 2 on his fingertips -- and then he didn't.

Now the Golden State Warriors have the Western Conference finals in their grasp.

Stephen Curry scored 33 points before Harden lost the ball in the closing seconds to end a spectacular duel between the NBA MVP and runner-up, and the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has acknowledged that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans job.

Kerr's comments came before the Warriors hosted the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, which they won 99-98, Thursday night. He said Gentry met with Pelicans officials earlier this week and that he encourages all of his assistant coaches to "embrace any opportunity that comes their way."

Kerr said the interview process hasn't taken Gentry away from his current coaching duties.

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Small ball: How the West will be won (May 22, 2015)
J.A. Adande [ Source: ESPN ]

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Just because the Western Conference finals appear to be downsizing doesn't mean the series is any less captivating.

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard's availability for Game 2 is in doubt because of a sprained left knee. The Golden State Warriors have been at their best lately when they go without a true center. The end result could be better basketball.

There's a faster pace. There's more room for players to showcase their one-on-one skills, and less deterrence to drive to the rim. There's no temptation to intentionally foul poor free throw-shooting big men away from the ball.

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mark Caguioa of Brgy. Ginebra. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

DUBAI -- Banged up or otherwise, Rain or Shine returns to the Al Shabab Al Arabi Club Friday to face Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the second of back-to-back PBA Governors’ Cup games here.

Fatigue, even aggravated injuries notwithstanding, the Elasto Painters are determined to make the most of the cards they’ve been dealt. Question is, will they have anything else left against the undermanned but well-rested Kings in their 8 p.m. (12 midnight Manila time) encounter?”

That is because the Elasto Painters, long after presstime, remain in the thick of the fight in its opening game Thursday against Jarrid Famous and Globalport also at 8 p.m. in this side of the globe.

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LeBron: I played too much iso ball (May 22, 2015)
Dave McMenamin [ Source: ESPN ]

LeBron neglected to move the ball when he was guarded by Paul Millsap on the perimeter. Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports

ATLANTA -- It was, by most measures, a fantastic night for LeBron James.

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday. James racked up 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists, in the process passing Michael Jordan for first on the all-time playoff list for games with 30 or more points, five or more rebounds and five or more assists. James also halted the biggest slump of his otherwise sterling career by winning Game 1 on the road, something he hadn't done in eight previous attempts.

And for the cherry on top, James sealed the victory with a monstrous dunk with 37.9 seconds left after driving right down the heart of Atlanta’s defense.

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DeMarre Carroll had to be helped off the floor in Game 1 after landing awkwardly and injuring his left knee. Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports

ATLANTA -- Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll has been diagnosed with a sprained left knee, the team confirmed Thursday. X-rays were negative.

Carroll's status for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland on Friday in Atlanta is questionable. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Carroll will undergo extensive treatment between now and then.

"We'll see how things go the next 24 hours," Budenholzer said. "We'll make a decision that's in DeMarre's short-term and long-term best interests, listen to the doctors, listen to DeMarre, make decisions."

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Rain or Shine Elasto Painters survived a career-high 40 points from Globalport star Terrence Romeo ro eke out a 119-112 win to barge into the win column in Dubai.

Import Wendell McKines scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while JR Quiñahan scored a career-high 24 points, shooting 4-of8 from beyond the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 from the 2-point region to offset Romeo's career performance.

It was a high-scoring affair right from the get-go as both teams broke the 30-point mark in the first quarter, with the Elasto Painters finishing ahead, 38-32.

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James Harden was just four votes shy of joining Stephen Curry and LeBron James as unanimous selections to the All-NBA first team. Getty ImagesCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry earned unanimous selections to the All-NBA first team Thursday, garnering 129 first-team votes apiece.

They are joined on the first team by Houston Rockets guard James Harden (125 first-team votes), New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis (119) and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (65).

The All-NBA second team consists of Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, Portland Trail Blazers forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol and Sacramento Kings center/forward DeMarcus Cousins.

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Will the Derrick Rose of old return? (May 22, 2015)
Nick Friedell [ Source: ESPN ]

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CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose was disappointed that the Bulls' season came to a close after a lopsided loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last week, but the 26-year-old former MVP seemed surprisingly upbeat given the circumstances.

After missing all but one game in the previous three postseasons because of knee injuries, Rose said being on the floor for all 12 of the Bulls' playoff games this year was at least a minor victory.

"I got a baseline now," Rose said after the game. "I'm healthy. I'm going into this with a game plan, certain things to work on. I feel like I'm going to push myself the hardest I ever pushed myself in my career and just see where it takes me for the beginning of next year."

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