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2017 NBA awards finalists announced

May 20, 2017

As expected, Houston's James Harden, left, and OKC's Russell Westbrook are MVP finalists. Thomas B. Shea/USA TODAY SportsFinalists for the 2017 NBA awards were announced Friday night prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. There are three finalists each for the following awards: Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Kia NBA Sixth Man Award, Kia NBA Most Improved Player and NBA Coach of the Year. Rapper/entertainer Drake will help reveal the winners when he hosts the first-ever NBA Awards show June 26.

Here is a running list of the award finalists:

Most Improved Player of the Year

Milwaukee PG/F Giannis Antetokounmpo: He became just the fifth player in NBA history to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals, joining LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Scottie Pippen and Dave Cowens. Antetokounmpo has increased his points per game, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals and field goal percentage averages in each of his four seasons....

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Rockets beat Nuggets 110-104 to secure 3rd seed in West

April 06, 2017

Houston Rockets guard James Harden.HOUSTON -- After missing his first game of the season on Sunday because he had the flu, James Harden was thrilled to not only be back on the court on Wednesday, but to be feeling like himself again.

Harden scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets squandered a big early lead, but held on to outlast the Denver Nuggets for a 110-104 win that secured the third seed in the Western Conference.

"I can walk and talk now," he said. "I was on bed rest for a couple of days just because I couldn't really talk, couldn't move. I had the shakes. But I'm back. So I'm good."...

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Gallinari, Harris, Jokic help Nuggets edge Pelicans, 134-131

April 05, 2017

Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari.NEW ORLEANS -- The Denver Nuggets aren't done yet, as coach Mike Malone was happy to point out following a victory that tested the limits of his club's offense and required about 30 seconds of good defense.

Danilo Gallinari scored 28 points, Gary Harris added 23 points and a pivotal late steal, and the Nuggets pulled to a half-game out of the Western Conference's final playoff spot with a 134-131 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

"It's funny. A lot of people keep counting us out," said Malone, whose team has rebounded from a recent three-game skid with two straight victories to stay on the heels of eighth-place Portland. "People kind of give up hope. We haven't. Everybody in that locker room is remaining positive, optimistic, and we're going to play this out."...

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Chandler leads Nuggets past Cavs 126-113

March 23, 2017

Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chamdler against Cleveland counterpart LeBron James.DENVER -- LeBron James's forgettable night included some statistical oddities like going minus-30 in 34 minutes and being the only player on either team to miss a free throw.

In East-leading Cleveland's stunningly thorough 126-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, James saw his Cavaliers get outscored 70-30 in the paint.

And the most painful of those points had to be from Nikola Jokic, who backed down James in the paint in a pivotal third-quarter possession, fending off plenty of contact for a hook shot that rocked the Pepsi Center....

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Harden hits layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift Rockets

March 21, 2017

Trailing by a point and with the clock winding down, James Harden goes coast-to-coast for the layup for the winning basket as part of his 39 points in the Rockets' dramatic win.HOUSTON -- James Harden isn't necessarily known for his speed. That said, he felt extremely fast on his coast-to-coast drive in the fading seconds Monday night.

"I was running so fast," Harden said. "I felt like I was Usain Bolt."

Harden drove the length of the floor for a layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift the Houston Rockets over the Denver Nuggets 125-124....

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