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Clippers complete biggest comeback in NBA playoff history to stun Warriors

The Los Angeles Clippers produced a record-breaking postseason rally to shock the Golden State Warriors 135-131 and level the Western Conference first-round series.

Los Angeles overturned a 31-point deficit as the Clippers completed the biggest comeback in NBA history at Oracle Arena on Monday.

The Clippers – who trailed by 31 points with just over seven minutes remaining in the third quarter – eclipsed the previous record set by the Los Angeles Lakers, who rallied from 29 points down to top the Seattle Supersonics in 1989.

Los Angeles cut into the deficit and eventually tied the score on a jumper by Lou Williams with a little more than a minute to play in Game 2.

Warriors star Stephen Curry answered with a three-pointer on the next possession before Williams knocked down another jumper and Landry Shamet connected on a clutch three-pointer to put the Clippers ahead by two with 15.9 seconds to play.

Montrezl Harrell followed with a pair of free throws to seal the victory and even the series at 1-1.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers levelled their Eastern Conference series with the Brooklyn Nets thanks to a 145-123 win at home in Game 2.

The 76ers used a 51-point quarter to beat the Nets – which tied the NBA playoff record for most points ever scored in a quarter.

Ben Simmons produced a triple-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, becoming just the third 76ers player to record multiple triple-doubles in the playoffs.

The 76ers also set a franchise record for points in a postseason game – eclipsing the previous mark of 141 against San Francisco in 1967.

Williams sparks stunning comeback

Williams led the Clippers with 36 points and 11 assists away from home.

Joel Embiid totalled a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia amid his knee problems.

Iguodala headlines Golden State’s woes

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was two-of-six shooting and missed four of his five three-point attempts in his team’s loss. He was a minus-1 for the game.

Ed Davis followed up his double-double showing from Game 1 with two points and one rebound in just six minutes of playing time.

Beverley with the dunk!

Patrick Beverley with the steal leading to a dunk from Danilo Gallinari.

 Jarrett Allen reached up high to catch this pass and finish an emphatic alley-oop slam.
 Magic at Raptors

The Orlando Magic secured an unexpected win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 1. The Raptors have been one of the favourites to win the Eastern Conference all season, so they will need to respond and play at a much higher level on Tuesday.

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Ben Simmons hits out at the boo-boys after shock 76ers loss

Ben Simmons hit out at the boo-boys after he was the target of the fans’ jeers in the Philadelphia 76ers shock loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

The Sixers fell to a 111-102 defeat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference round one playoff series despite being heavy favourites on home court.

It was a particularly tough evening for Simmons, who had just nine points and seven rebounds, and was loudly jeered after a missing a three-throw in the third quarter.

After the disappointing setback, a frustrated Simmons took aim at the dissenting voices.

“If you are going to boo, then stay on that side,” he said.

“That is how you feel. If you are a Sixers fan and going to boo, stay on that side.”

Team-mate Joel Embiid was reluctant to criticise the fanbase but says he can understand why some players would take exception.

“I love the fans and I never say anything about them. They show us love. It’s understandable. They come in, they pay a lot of money, they want the game to be entertaining. They want to watch us win so I understand why they boo,” Embiid said.

“But the fact that it’s after every single miss, when shots aren’t going to fall. Tonight they didn’t fall, but for me, I’m fine. I’ll play through anything.

“But for some guys it’s annoying. It can be annoying. It’s like every missed shot, you get booed so you get the next one and it’s kind of like, ‘should I shoot it or should I not because I’m about to get booed?’ I don’t know. Some guys are like that. It’s hard. I think we all got to do a better job.”

Jimmy Butler had no qualms with Simmons’ comments but can understand the fans’ discontent.

“He’s [Simmons] a grown man,” he said. “If that’s the way that he feels, that’s the way that he feels.

“They want to see us win – I want to see us win, too. In the end, I think we just gotta do better.

“I guarantee if we’re winning, they’re not booing, so that’s the way to change it.”

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It´s pretty special – Stephen Curry breaks Ray Allen´s postseason threes record

Stephen Curry reflected on a “pretty special” achievement after surpassing the legendary Ray Allen to become the NBA’s all-time leader for postseason three-pointers.

The superstar point guard was in top form as the Golden State Warriors earned a 121-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series at Oracle Arena.

Curry trailed Allen by seven heading into Sunday’s encounter and drained his eighth in the third quarter to take his postseason threes to 386.

It has taken Curry just seven trips to the playoffs to break the record, in comparison to 11 for Allen, and he was in buoyant mood.

“That’s pretty special. I mean, I always talk about longevity and the all-time great shooters. Ray Allen, Reggie Miller – anytime we can pass them in the record books, it’s pretty special,” Curry said.

“I shot a lot of [three-pointers], so I got to make a lot of them.

“The way I play, the shots I take, obviously have confidence every time you rise up, but to be in the same category and to pass a guy like Ray Allen and all the iconic moments he’s had in playoff games and Finals games and all that type of stuff, it’s pretty surreal.

“So [I’m] definitely honoured and grateful for those opportunities. I always joke, though: I shoot a lot of threes. I’d better make a lot of them.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was astounded by the achievement of Curry, who had 38 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

“That’s remarkable, given that he’s kind of right in his prime,” he said. “He’s got a lot of years left.”

Golden State forward Draymond Green believes the argument over who is the greatest shooter in NBA history has now been closed.

“I don’t think there’s much argument when anyone says he’s the greatest shooter of all time,” Green said.

“I don’t know if you can find many people to argue that.”

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2018-19 NBA Predictions

2018-19 NBA Predictions

Friday, March 1

  7:30 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Hornets 43%
Nets -1.5 57%
7:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Bulls 40%
Hawks -2.5 60%
8 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Trail Blazers 29%
Raptors -5.5 71%
  8 p.m.
Wizards 14%
Celtics -11 86%
9 p.m.
Pelicans -4 66%
Suns 34%
10 p.m.
Clippers 39%
Kings -3 61%
10:30 p.m.
Bucks -3 62%
Lakers 38%

Saturday, March 2

  5 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Pistons -4 66%
Cavaliers 34%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Magic 36%
Pacers -3.5 64%
7:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Nets 33%
Heat -4.5 67%
8:30 p.m.
Warriors -5 70%
76ers 30%
8:30 p.m.
Grizzlies 19%
Mavericks -9 81%
8:30 p.m.
Thunder -1.5 57%
Spurs 43%
9 p.m.
Lakers -4 65%
Suns 35%
  9 p.m.
Bucks 41%
Jazz -2 59%
9 p.m.
Pelicans 14%
Nuggets -11.5 86%

Sunday, March 3

  1 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Trail Blazers -1 54%
Hornets 46%
3:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Hawks 31%
Bulls -5 69%
3:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Rockets 39%
Celtics -2.5 61%
3:30 p.m.
Knicks 12%
Clippers -12.5 88%
6 p.m.
Timberwolves 42%
Wizards -2 58%
6 p.m.
Magic -4 66%
Cavaliers 34%
6 p.m.
Raptors -4.5 67%
Pistons 33%
7 p.m.
Grizzlies 12%
Thunder -12.5 88%

Monday, March 4

  7:30 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Hawks 18%
Heat -9.5 82%
7:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Mavericks 36%
Nets -3.5 64%
8:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Nuggets -1 55%
Spurs 45%
9 p.m.
Bucks -10.5 84%
Suns 16%
9 p.m.
Pelicans 19%
Jazz -9 81%
10 p.m.
Knicks 12%
Kings -12.5 88%
10:30 p.m.
Clippers 23%
Lakers -7.5 77%

Tuesday, March 5

  7 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Bulls 17%
Pacers -9.5 83%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Magic 18%
76ers -9.5 82%
8 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Rockets 38%
Raptors -3 62%
8 p.m.
Thunder -2 57%
Timberwolves 43%
8 p.m.
Trail Blazers -1.5 56%
Grizzlies 44%
10:30 p.m.
Celtics 20%
Warriors -8.5 80%

Wednesday, March 6

  7 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Mavericks 35%
Wizards -4 65%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Heat 33%
Hornets -4.5 67%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Timberwolves 32%
Pistons -4.5 68%
7:30 p.m.
Cavaliers 20%
Nets -9 80%
7:30 p.m.
Spurs -3 62%
Hawks 38%
8 p.m.
76ers -7.5 76%
Bulls 24%
8 p.m.
Jazz -1 54%
Pelicans 46%
9 p.m.
Knicks 27%
Suns -6.5 73%
10 p.m.
Celtics -3 62%
Kings 38%
10:30 p.m.
Nuggets 49%
Lakers PK 51%

Thursday, March 7

  8 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Pacers 17%
Bucks -10 83%
10:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB.
Thunder 45%
Trail Blazers -1 55%
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Warriors´ Green injured against Rockets

Draymond Green suffered a left ankle sprain during the Golden State Warriors’ clash with the Houston Rockets.

Green stepped on the foot of Warriors team-mate DeMarcus Cousins in the second half on Saturday and the three-time NBA All-Star headed to the locker room soon after.

The Warriors then announced Green – who had to be helped up and off the floor – would not return against the Rockets.

Green is averaging 7.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists for the reigning champions this season.

The Warriors came into Saturday’s game with a 42-16 record and top of the Western Conference following the All-Star break.

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Pelicans to rest Davis against Lakers

Wantaway New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis will not play against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

The Pelicans will sit Davis in the matchup to give him rest, New Orleans announced before the game.

Los Angeles attempted to acquire NBA All-Star Davis before this year’s trade deadline after his agent Rich Paul notified the Pelicans he would not sign an extension.

However, New Orleans decided to retain Davis for the rest of the 2018-19 season.

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Rockets star Harden to miss Warriors clash

James Harden has been ruled out of the Houston Rockets’ showdown with reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors due to neck injury.

Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni announced Harden’s absence just hours before Saturday’s clash.

Harden was officially listed as questionable for Houston’s road game as a result of a cervical strain in his neck.

But the in-form Rockets star is now out with the injury as well as flu-like symptoms.

It is not clear when Harden initially suffered the injury, but ESPN notes he received treatment on his right shoulder and neck while resting on the sideline during Thursday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

However, that did not limit Harden’s play as he finished the game with 30 points in 37 minutes.

Harden also had pain from a left shoulder strain in the days leading up to the All-Star break, though it did not force him to miss any games.

Harden is making a strong case for his MVP campaign, averaging 36.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 7.7 assists to help the Rockets to a 33-25 record.

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Pistons hope to end skid against streaking Celtics

Through the first 20 games of the season, the Detroit Pistons looked like one of the most improved teams in the NBA.
They are now in danger of falling below the .500 mark. They need a home victory over the streaking Boston Celtics on Saturday to avoid that distinction.
Detroit was cruising along with a 13-7 record but has dropped its last six games. The latest was especially agonizing, as it blew a seemingly comfortable fourth-quarter lead and fell to the Charlotte Hornets 108-107 on Wednesday.
The Hornets scored 13 unanswered points to erase a 10-point deficit. The Pistons tied it in the final minute before Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb made a game-winning last-second jumper.
“I think six minutes left in the game we were up 101-91 and I don’t know if it was our offense going bad or their defense coming better, we struggled to score the ball in that situation and we’ve got to find easier shots,” Pistons point guard Jose Calderon said. “And at the same time we didn’t make those shots that we were making in the first. So yeah, we’re going to look at the end, but it was just those plays, those last six minutes we just maybe didn’t execute the right way.”
The Pistons trailed most of the first half, then took the lead by outscoring Charlotte 38-22 in the third quarter. They were limited to 14 fourth-quarter points, and Pistons coach Dwane Casey felt his team may have gotten worn down.
“We missed some good looks in that stretch,” he said. “You have to give Charlotte some credit. too, I thought defensively they buckled down. I go back to how we started. We had to exert so much energy to get back the lead but that is when the wheels fell off.”
The Pistons’ top players are healthy for Saturday’s contest, but they’re dealing with some injuries. Shooting guard Reggie Bullock has missed the last five games with an ankle sprain but is expected to play after practicing on Friday. Reserves Glenn Robinson III and Henry Ellenson are sidelined with ankle ailments.
The Celtics have already defeated the Pistons twice this season. They rolled at Little Caesars Arena 109-89 on Oct. 27, then won in Boston 108-105 three nights later.
Boston (18-10) has won eight straight, including a 129-108 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.
Center Al Horford is sidelined with a knee injury, which could present problems on Saturday as the Celtics try to contain Detroit’s inside duo of Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin.
Boston was the preseason favorite to reach the NBA Finals out of the Eastern Conference and has found a groove.
“We expected things to come easy,” guard Kyrie Irving told USA Today. “That’s being part of team environment. Even the best teams had to go through trials of figuring out what they look like every day.”
Coach Brad Stevens believes his team will continue to gain strength.
“We have all kinds of things we need to be better at,” he told USA Today. “Our spirit is good. We’re now more comfortable and focused on our tasks. Everybody knows what they need to do when they go in the game and know how we’re going to play,
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2018-19 NBA Predictions- Wednesday, Dec. 5-Sunday, Dec. 9

Thursday, Dec. 6

8 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Knicks 8%
Celtics -15 92%
10 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Suns 13%
Trail Blazers -12 87%
10:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Rockets 45%
Jazz -1 55%

Friday, Dec. 7

7 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nuggets -0.5 52%
Hornets 48%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pacers 39%
Magic -2.5 61%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
76ers -2.5 59%
Pistons 41%
7:30 p.m.
Kings 45%
Cavaliers -1 55%
7:30 p.m.
Raptors -5.5 71%
Nets 29%
8 p.m.
Grizzlies 30%
Pelicans -5 70%
8 p.m.
Thunder -8 78%
Bulls 22%
8:30 p.m.
Lakers -2.5 59%
Spurs 41%
9 p.m.
Heat -3 63%
Suns 37%
9:30 p.m.
Warriors 35%
Bucks -4 65%

Saturday, Dec. 8

6 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Rockets -5.5 70%
Mavericks 30%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Kings 27%
Pacers -6.5 73%
7:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nets 49%
Knicks PK 51%
7:30 p.m.
Nuggets -5.5 71%
Hawks 29%
7:30 p.m.
Wizards -2.5 61%
Cavaliers 39%
8 p.m.
Celtics -9 81%
Bulls 19%
8 p.m.
Lakers 44%
Grizzlies -1.5 56%
10 p.m.
Timberwolves 39%
Trail Blazers -3 61%
10:30 p.m.
Heat 25%
Clippers -7 75%

Sunday, Dec. 9

3:30 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans 44%
Pistons -1.5 56%
6 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bucks 30%
Raptors -5.5 70%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Jazz -3 61%
Spurs 39%
7:30 p.m.
Hornets -4.5 67%
Knicks 33%
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2018-19 NBA Predictions-Thursday, Nov. 29-Sunday, Dec. 2

Thursday, Nov. 29

8 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Warriors 16%
Raptors -10 84%
10:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pacers 25%
Lakers -7 75%
10:30 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Clippers 47%
Kings -0.5 53%

Friday, Nov. 30

7 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls 17%
Pistons -10 83%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Cavaliers 8%
Celtics -15 92%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Jazz 46%
Hornets -1 54%
7 p.m.
Wizards 21%
76ers -8.5 79%
7:30 p.m.
Grizzlies 44%
Nets -1.5 56%
8 p.m.
Hawks 8%
Thunder -15 92%
8 p.m.
Rockets -4.5 68%
Spurs 32%
8 p.m.
Pelicans -1 54%
Heat 46%
9 p.m.
Magic 43%
Suns -1.5 57%
10:30 p.m.
Mavericks 27%
Lakers -6.5 73%
10:30 p.m.
Nuggets 46%
Trail Blazers -1 54%

Saturday, Dec. 1

5 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bucks -8.5 80%
Knicks 20%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nets 28%
Wizards -6 72%
7 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Warriors -0.5 51%
Pistons 49%
8 p.m.
Celtics 38%
Timberwolves -3 62%
8 p.m.
Bulls 6%
Rockets -17 94%
8 p.m.
Raptors -12 87%
Cavaliers 13%
10 p.m.
Pacers 45%
Kings -1.5 56%

Sunday, Dec. 2

3:30 p.m. Eastern CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Suns 16%
Lakers -10.5 84%
5 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans 42%
Hornets -2 58%
6 p.m. CARMELO SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Grizzlies 21%
76ers -8 79%
6 p.m.
Jazz -1.5 55%
Heat 45%
7 p.m.
Clippers 47%
Mavericks -1 53%
7 p.m.
Trail Blazers PK 51%
Spurs 49%