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Johnson scores 28, Jazz beat Clippers 105-98 to even series

April 24, 2017

Joe Johnson scores 28 points as the Jazz overcome Gordon Hayward's food poisoning to win Game 4, 105-98.SALT LAKE CITY -- Joe Johnson scored 28 points, and the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-98 on Sunday night to tie their first-round playoff series at 2-all.

Johnson, who hit the winning shot in Game 1, scored 11 straight Jazz points during a crucial stretch in the fourth quarter, including a pull-up jumper for a 91-90 lead with 3:55 remaining after trailing by seven early in the period. The Clippers never led again after controlling the game for most of the night.

Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles also hit huge baskets for Utah down the stretch. The Jazz needed all the help they could get after Gordon Hayward left with food poisoning.

The series returns to Los Angeles for Game 5 on Tuesday night....

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Fred Hoiberg: 'Impossible to guard' Isaiah Thomas when he travels

April 24, 2017

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg voiced his frustration Sunday night over how Isaiah Thomas is being officiated, suggesting that the Celtics point guard has gotten away with carrying the ball at various points throughout the first-round playoff series. AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastCHICAGO -- After watching Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas dominate his team to the tune of 33 points in a 104-95 Game 4 loss on Sunday night, the frustration that has been building up inside of Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg finally boiled over. Hoiberg believes that Thomas has been carrying the ball at various points through the series and is upset about how the All-Star point guard is being officiated.

"Let me say this, Isaiah Thomas is a hell of a player," Hoiberg began. "An unbelievable competitor -- he's a warrior, everything he's going through right now. He had a hell of a game tonight. But when you're allowed to discontinue your dribble on every possession, he is impossible to guard. He's impossible to guard when you're able to put your hand underneath the ball and take two or three steps and put it back down. It's impossible to guard him in those situations."

Hoiberg said he has been talking to officials throughout the series, telling them that he feels Thomas is carrying the ball. Hoiberg said he has been told by the officials that they would watch for the violation....

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Thomas scores 33, Celtics beat Bulls 104-95 to tie series

April 24, 2017

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas erupted for 33 points in Game 4.CHICAGO -- Isaiah Thomas is playing through tears after the death of his sister, drawing strength from the rest of the Boston Celtics.

They found another gear in Chicago.

Thomas scored 33 points, and the Celtics beat the Bulls 104-95 on Sunday to tie their first-round playoff series at 2-all....

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Russell Westbrook defends Thunder teammates: 'Don't try to split us up'

April 24, 2017

Russell Westbrook of OKC Thunder.OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of the first round of the NBA playoffs.

A recurring theme throughout the series has been Oklahoma City's tendency to lose leads when Westbrook sits in the second half. It happened again on Sunday, as the Thunder were outscored 13-4 in a stretch that lasted from late in the third quarter to early in the fourth. The lapse turned a 75-68 lead into an 81-79 deficit.

Thunder center Steven Adams was asked about the issue, and Westbrook interrupted....

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Nene's 28 lead Rockets past Thunder for 3-1 series lead

April 24, 2017

Despite Russell Westbrook recording a triple-double in the first half, Houston prevails 113-109 in Game 4 behind a 28-point performance from Nene off the bench.OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden's shot was off, and one of the most unlikely players on Houston's roster came to the rescue.

Nene scored 28 points on perfect shooting from the field, and the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

The 6-foot-11 center from Brazil made all 12 of his shots and had 10 rebounds. It was an impressive performance from a reserve who averaged about nine points per game in the regular season....

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Team History (Last 10 Conferences)
Conference Win Loss PCT Placing
2015-2016 Philippine Cup 10 13 0.435 8th
2014-2015 Governors' Cup 6 6 0.500 6th
2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup 5 7 0.417 7th
2014-2015 Philippine Cup 4 8 0.333 9th
2013-2014 Governors' Cup 3 7 0.300 8th
2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup 2 7 0.222 9th
2013-2014 Philippine Cup 5 11 0.312 6th
2012-2013 Governors' Cup 4 6 0.400 6th
2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup 5 9 0.357 9th
2012-2013 Philippine Cup 4 10 0.286 9th