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Stephen Curry scores 40 as Warriors take 3-0 lead on Rockets (May 24, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is defended by Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (6) during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON -- Stephen Curry scored 40 points and the Golden State Warriors made it look easy against Houston, beating the Rockets 115-80 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The Warriors won the first two games by just five points combined. There would be no such drama in this one, with Curry leading them to a 26-point advantage in the second quarter.

Now the baby-faced MVP has Golden State just one victory away from its first trip to the NBA Finals since 1975. Game 4 is Monday night in Houston.

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San Miguel, Star collide (May 24, 2015)
[ Source: Interaksyon ]

Marc Pingris of Star Hotshots. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Sister squads San Miguel Beermen and the Star Hotshots collide in a battle of champion squads as PBA Governors’ Cup action returns at SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

The Philippine Cup champion Beermen and the defending Governors’ Cup titlist Hotshots face off at 5:15 p.m. after the unbeaten Barako Bull Energy faces off with the Meralco Bolts at 3 p.m. in the league’s first playdate since flying to Dubai last week for a two-game tour.

Sunday’s games will be aired live on TV5.

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LeBron James: 'Violence is not the answer' (May 24, 2015)
Dave McMenamin [ Source: ESPN ]

LeBron James hopes the Cavaliers can help the city of Cleveland heal. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- With another case garnering national interest involving a white police officer taking the lives of African-American citizens occurring in LeBron James' home state, the Cleveland Cavaliers star found himself addressing more than just basketball after practice Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo was found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault for the 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams by a Cuyahoga County judge. Thirteen police officers fired 137 shots at Russell and Williams, who were both unarmed, at the conclusion of a high-speed car chase.

Three to four dozen demonstrators assembled outside the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in peaceful protest Saturday morning following the release of the Brelo verdict, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

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 Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) reacts after making a basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks were dealt a severe blow on Saturday when All-Star guard Kyle Korver was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs with "a severe right ankle sprain", the National Basketball Association team said.

The 34-year-old suffered the injury late in the third quarter of Game Two of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Atlanta on Friday, after becoming entangled with opposing guard Matthew Dellavedova.

Korver did not return after leaving the court, though X-rays conducted at Philips Arena after the game came up negative.

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Terrence Ross undergoes ankle surgery (May 24, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

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TORONTO -- Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross has had ankle surgery to remove bone spurs.

The team says he had surgery in California on Friday, and he'll undergo rehabilitation in Toronto.

Ross has averaged 9.8 points in a career-best 82 games this season. He's shot .373 from 3-point range in his career.

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Even before playing his first minutes in the NBA, Fil-Am Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson already made headlines after getting schooled by Kobe Bryant in a team practice last year.

In October, the 36-year-old superstar told the rookie "Don't hurt yourself" after hitting a jumper on Clarkson's defense during scrimmage.

Reporters could not help but bring up the incident in an interview with the rookie at the NBA Store shortly after he conducted an NBA Cares basketball clinic in Tondo, Manila on Saturday.

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Ryan Roose Garcia of Barako Bull. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Barako Bull stakes its unbeaten slate against Meralco.

The Energy (3-0), currently on top of the standings, are the only remaining team without a blemish in the tournament. They stunned Talk ‘N Text, 100-87, in their last outing on May 15.

The Bolts (2-2) are aiming to build a win streak and duplicate their win over Star in their last game.

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Los Angeles Lakers' Fil-American rookie Jordan Clarkson interact with the kids during the NBA Cares event Saturday in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Jordan Clarkson may have taken over the Lakers’ shooting guard spot while Kobe Bryant is out, but he knows Bryant’s shoes are still Bryant’s to wear.

“We’ll see, we’ll see. Who knows,” Clarkson said on Saturday afternoon during his NBA Cares stint in the Philippines.

Clarkson had time to talk to the members of the media after conducting some drills in Tondo, Manila, with Jazz guard Trey Burke and NBA legend Horace Grant.

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Hawks' Kent Bazemore: 'I still think we're the better team' (May 24, 2015)
Brian Windhorst [ Source: ESPN ]

The Hawks "just haven't shown" yet that they're better than the Cavs, Kent Bazemore said, noting, "We played them in the regular season this year and got the best of them." Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports

ATLANTA -- Down 2-0 to the Cleveland Cavaliers and headed on the road, the Atlanta Hawks are badly in need of confidence. Kent Bazemore made an attempt to give them some with brash statements Friday night.

The Cavs won Game 2 emphatically 94-82, despite not having Kyrie Irving due to his knee injury. Bazemore, however, is staying confident and believes the top-seeded Hawks still have the better team.

"We played them in the regular season this year and got the best of them," Bazemore said in reference to the Hawks' 3-1 record against the Cavs this past season. "I still think we're the better team. We just haven't shown it yet."

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Perpetual Help still perfect, rips FEU (May 24, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Local Basketball

BRIGHT Akhuetie fueled a strong windup as Perpetual Help turned back Far Eastern University, 70-64, yesterday to stretch its unbeaten run to five games in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Akhuetie dropped 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Gabriel Dagangon, Prince Eze and NCAA MVP Scottie Thompson also came through to help the Altas pull away from a slim 58-57 edge in the last seven minutes.

“We were just patient, whether it was on offense or defense,” coach Aric del Rosario said of his Altas, the Group A leader and only unbeaten team in the 18-team field.

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