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Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, left, gets a piece of the ball while defending Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Portland, Ore., Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Stung by the loss of point guard Mike Conley, the Grizzlies gritted out their latest victory over the Trail Blazers.

Memphis took a 3-0 lead in its first-round playoff series against Portland with a 115-109 victory on Saturday night. But it came with a cost: Conley left the game in the third quarter with a facial injury and was hospitalized for further evaluation.

The Grizzlies were already without backup point guard Beno Udrih, who sprained his right ankle in Game 2 and sat out Saturday's game.

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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) reacts after hitting a 3-point basket during the second half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Saturday, April 25, 2015. The Warriors won 109-98 to sweep the series. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS -- Stephen Curry wasn't about to say that shooting over Anthony Davis was easy.

The Warriors' prolific scorer was just crafty enough to make it look that way sometimes.

Equally devastating from long range and on drives to the hoop, Curry scored 39 points, and the Golden State Warriors took a 109-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night, completing a sweep of their first-round playoff series.

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Spurs maintaining perspective after demolishing Clips (April 26, 2015)
Michael C. Wright [ Source: ESPN ]


SAN ANTONIO -- Instead of beaming with pride after seizing a 2-1 lead in the series, the Spurs hunkered down Saturday at the team facilities to study the tape from Game 3, stretch out and take in some light shooting. San Antonio knows this series is far from over.

“It was an incredible game. Everything went our way. Sometimes it happens,” Manu Ginobili said of the 100-73 win. “The important thing now is to react well, to not get arrogant or think now we have them because it’s not even close. They’re going to be hurt. They’re going to be upset. They’re going to come back hard, the same way we came back from Game 1 to 2. We’re going to have to play with the same intensity, and hopefully make adjustments.”

Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan own a combined 42 years of experience, which provides them the perspective they believe is highly beneficial in managing the highs and lows of postseason basketball.

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The thought around the NBA is that the 76ers hope to select D’Angelo Russell in the NBA draft, according to a league executive.

“He’s the guy they want,” the executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Saturday. “That’s the word around the league. You know the Sixers. They won’t come out and say it, but he’s the guy they want.”

The executive said the team might have to nab one of the top two selections at the draft lottery on May 19 to get the former Ohio State combo guard.

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Local Basketball

MANILA, Philippines - San Beda scored eight unanswered points in overtime as the Red Lions subdued the defending champion La Salle Green Archers, 86-80, at the start of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena yesterday.

Baser Amer came away with 26 points and missed a double-double start by one rebound as the ace playmaker, who also dished out five assists, powered the reigning NCAA five-peat champions to victory.

Jeron Teng completed a three-point play to force an extra five minutes at 76-all but the Archers struggled with their offense in extra time, enabling the Lions, coming off a training in the US, to pull away early behind that eight-point run.

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Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine keeps a close eye on Talk 'N Text's Jayson Castro. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine will have to step up its defense big time if it wants to get back at Talk 'N Text.

The Elasto Painters tried to rally from 20 points down against the Tropang Texters on Friday’s Game 5, but they came up short and are now down in their best-of-seven title series, 2-3.

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said they will have to gut out a win in Game 6 on Sunday to force a winner-take-all on Wednesday.

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Jerryd Bayless buzzer-beater helps Bucks stay alive vs. Bulls (April 26, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Milwaukee Bucks' Jerryd Bayless (19) reacts after making the game-winning shot during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 92-90. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE -- Jerryd Bayless made a layup at the buzzer off an inbounds pass, lifting Milwaukee to a 92-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday that drew the Bucks within 3-1 in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

With 1.3 seconds left, Jared Dudley threw a high-arcing pass toward the basket from side court. Bayless caught the ball and quickly threw up the layup with his right hand for the game-winning basket.

Bulls guard Derrick Rose walked away in frustration after trying to defend Bayless on the final play under the basket, while green and white streamers descended from the Bradley Center rafters.

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Brook Lopez, Nets win Game 3, cut Hawks' series lead to 2-1 (April 26, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez reacts to a play during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks, April 25, 2015, at New York. The Nets won 91-83. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK -- They were beaten badly in the regular season and were losing by a little in the playoffs.

On their seventh try this season, the Nets finally got a victory over Atlanta. Get another one Monday, and they will be all even with the No. 1 seed in this Eastern Conference series.

Brook Lopez had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Thaddeus Young added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Brooklyn trimmed Atlanta's lead to 2-1 with a 91-83 victory Saturday.

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Wizards poised to deliver knockout punch against Raptors (April 26, 2015)
Ohm Youngmisuk [ Source: ESPN ]


WASHINGTON -- Paul Pierce’s mantra since Game 2 is now the battle cry for the Washington Wizards going into Sunday’s elimination game.

“Our focus right now is to not go back through customs,” Pierce said.

Pierce knows what it's like to have to play a do-or-die game before a fired-up Canadian crowd, after needing a game-clinching block to pull out Game 7 in Toronto last season for Brooklyn.

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Ginebra's Mongolian import Sanchir Tungalag. Photo by PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra has decided to acquire the services of Sanchir Tungalag, hoping that the Mongolian combo-guard will be able to help the team end its long title drought.

Tungalag will join fellow import Orien Greene in their pursuit to give the Gin Kigns its first PBA title since the 2008 Fiesta Cup.

''Since I'm here in the Philippines, I have to adapt to the Philippine style of play. I have to play the same here,'' the Mongolian said, as translated by an interpreter, in

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