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Miami Open - FINAL
United States (1) Serena Williams 7716
Germany (27) Sabine Lisicki 6463
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Romania (3) Simona Halep
United States Sloane Stephens
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Czech Republic (8) Tomas Berdych
Argentina Juan Monaco
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Japan (4) Kei Nishikori
United States (22) John Isner
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Austria Dominic Thiem 641
Great Britain (3) Andy Murray 366
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, dribbles behind his back while Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, right, falls to the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

LOS ANGELES -- Stephen Curry snaked through the paint, came out near his bench, dribbled behind his back and faked Chris Paul to the floor on a jumper from the left corner, drawing oohs from the crowd.

That was just the first of several moves the Golden State Warriors put on the Los Angeles Clippers in rallying for their 10th straight victory, 110-106 Tuesday night. Curry finished with 27 points and Klay Thompson added 25.

"I knew he was trailing and I thought I could make a move toward the basket and get some creativity in between," Curry said. "As soon as I saw him kind of go down, I knew I had to shoot it and just see what happened. You kind of get a little adrenaline rush because those are kind of cool moments. Thankfully, the shot went in. I didn't see the bench's reaction, but they said everybody was going crazy."

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Spurs pull away from Heat behind Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker (April 01, 2015)
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San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket against a Miami Heat defender in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

MIAMI -- Something about the Miami Heat brings out the best in Kawhi Leonard.

And with the playoffs looming, the NBA champions might be peaking.

Leonard had 22 points, nine rebounds and four steals, Tony Parker added 16 points in his 1,000th NBA game, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Heat 95-81 on Tuesday night.

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Drummond leads Pistons past Hawks 105-95 (April 01, 2015)
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Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond, left, is defending by Atlanta Hawks' Pero Antic (6) while trying to take a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons played without Greg Monroe again on Tuesday night, and their top two point guards were limited.

They still found a way to beat the top team in the Eastern Conference.

Andre Drummond had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Pistons defeated the Atlanta Hawks 105-95 for their fifth victory in the last six games.

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Nets back into 8th, beat Pacers for fourth straight win (April 01, 2015)
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez, center, celebrates with teammates Markel Brown (22) and forward Joe Johnson (7) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers at the Barclays Center, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in New York. The Nets defeated the Pacers 111-106. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK -- Lionel Hollins was surprised how quickly his team built a big lead. His players were proud of how they regrouped after blowing it.

Big games in Brooklyn were big disappointments for the home team earlier this season, but the Nets believe they are a different team now -- potentially a playoff one.

Brook Lopez had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Nets reclaimed sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference by beating the Indiana Pacers 111-106 on Tuesday night for their season-high fourth straight victory.

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Doc Rivers (above) and Steve Kerr added spice to the Clippers-Warriors rivalry by entering a cheeky war of words ahead of their teams' Tuesday showdown. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Just because Doc Rivers and Steve Kerr are two of the newest arrivals in the Clippers-Warriors rivalry, it doesn't mean they can't sling barbs as well as the more established veterans.

The latest bit of verbal jousting came before the Clippers fell to the Warriors 110-106 on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Rivers, the second-year coach of the Clippers, said he could understand why Draymond Green, who has inflammation in his shins, wasn't playing in the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams.

"That was pretty predictable; they didn't want to take the risk of going 2-2 [in the season series] with their regular guys," Rivers said. "You could pretty much predict they weren't going to play everybody."

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Clippers guard Jamal Crawford went through a full workout on Tuesday and is nearing a return from a calf injury. Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- Jamal Crawford went through a full workout on Tuesday before the Los Angeles Clippers played the Golden State Warriors and is nearing a return to the court.

Crawford will travel with the team this week during their two-game road trip to Portland and Denver but is not expected to play, sources told ESPN.com. If Crawford continues to progress the plan is for Crawford to return next week when the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers on April 7, sources said.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers sounded more optimistic about Crawford's return when asked about him before Tuesday's game.

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Kevin Durant made some of his strongest comments yet about his future free agency, going as far to say he wants to have his jersey retired in Oklahoma City.

"I love it here, man. I love my teammates, I love the city, I don't really think about anywhere else," Durant told Revolt TV in a recent interview. "I hear it all the time, don't get me wrong, and once you hear it you're kind of like [looks up, thinking]. But for me, I love staying in the moment, and I'm one of those guys that would love to stick it out with one team my whole career.

"Kobe [Bryant], Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki type. That's awesome," he said. "But you never know what the future holds sometimes and how teams may feel about you after a while, but I love it here and I would love to get my jersey retired here."

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AKRON, Ohio -- LeBron James may not add another NBA MVP trophy to his collection this year.

He's got an award, though, that just might mean a little more.

On Tuesday night, the Cavaliers superstar, who returned to Northeast Ohio last summer after four seasons in Miami, was honored by his hometown with a distinguished award for leadership, inspiring youth and philanthropic efforts.

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Denzel Bowles; Ivan Johnson. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones/Paul Ryan Tan

Defending champion Purefoods Star Hotshots and the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters add another chapter to their storied matchup as they open their best-of-five PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals showdown Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Tip-off is set at 7 p.m. live on TV5.

The Hotshots and the Tropang Texters have figured in some of the league’s most exciting games, with the latest one coming just last month in a classic triple overtime duel which Purefoods prevailed, 118-117, on March 14.

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Lance Stephenson does not regret joining Charlotte Hornets (April 01, 2015)
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Lance Stephenson has struggled in his first season with the Hornets but he believes he still will be able to make an impact. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Lance Stephenson doesn't regret his decision to sign with the Hornets as a free agent, even though this season has been a huge struggle for the five-year NBA veteran.

"Not at all," Stephenson said. "I love this system. I love my coaches. I love my teammates. Some people come into systems and fit right in. Some people it takes time. I feel like with me, I'm going to take time."

The Hornets gave Stephenson a three-year, $27 million deal this past offseason expecting him to bring a boost with his playoff experience. But he hasn't come close to living up to expectations.

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