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2019-20 NBA Predictions

Saturday, Feb. 1

  3:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Timberwolves 16%
Clippers -10.5 84%
  7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Heat 35%
Magic -4 65%
  7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Knicks 11%
Pacers -12.5 89%
8 p.m.
Nets 38%
Wizards -3 62%
8 p.m.
Warriors 37%
Cavaliers -3.5 63%
8:30 p.m.
Hawks 22%
Mavericks -8 78%
8:30 p.m.
76ers 39%
Celtics -3 61%
9 p.m.
Hornets 22%
Spurs -8 78%
10 p.m.
Lakers -2.5 59%
Kings 41%
10:30 p.m.
Jazz -2.5 59%
Trail Blazers 41%

Sunday, Feb. 2

  12:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nuggets -4.5 68%
Pistons 32%
2 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans 27%
Rockets -6.5 73%
  2 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Suns 18%
Bucks -9.5 82%
3 p.m.
Bulls 14%
Raptors -11 86%

Monday, Feb. 3

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Mavericks 32%
Pacers -4.5 68%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Warriors 28%
Wizards -6 72%
  7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Knicks 33%
Cavaliers -4.5 67%
7 p.m.
Magic -4 66%
Hornets 34%
  7:30 p.m.
Celtics -6 73%
Hawks 27%
7:30 p.m.
76ers -0.5 52%
Heat 48%
7:30 p.m.
Suns 32%
Nets -4.5 68%
8 p.m.
Pistons 20%
Grizzlies -8.5 80%
10 p.m.
Timberwolves 41%
Kings -2 59%
10:30 p.m.
Spurs 11%
Clippers -13 89%

Tuesday, Feb. 4

  7:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bucks 50%
Pelicans PK 50%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Hornets 5%
Rockets -18.5 95%
9 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Trail Blazers 16%
Nuggets -10 84%
10 p.m.
Spurs 11%
Lakers -13 89%

Wednesday, Feb. 5

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Suns -1 55%
Pistons 45%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Warriors 22%
Nets -8 78%
  7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pacers 29%
Raptors -5.5 71%
7:30 p.m.
Magic 22%
Celtics -8 78%
  8 p.m.
Hawks 22%
Timberwolves -8 78%
8 p.m.
Cavaliers 13%
Thunder -12 87%
  8:30 p.m.
Grizzlies 26%
Mavericks -6.5 74%
9 p.m.
Nuggets 33%
Jazz -4.5 67%
  10 p.m.
Heat 16%
Clippers -10 84%

Thursday, Feb. 6

  7:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Magic -3 61%
Knicks 39%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans -3 63%
Bulls 37%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
76ers 35%
Bucks -4 65%
10 p.m.
Spurs 32%
Trail Blazers -4.5 68%
10:30 p.m.
Rockets 38%
Lakers -3 62%

Friday, Feb. 7

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Mavericks -0.5 52%
Wizards 48%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Grizzlies 16%
76ers -10 84%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Hawks 12%
Celtics -12.5 88%
  8 p.m.
Pistons 15%
Thunder -11 85%
  8 p.m.
Raptors 44%
Pacers -1.5 56%
9 p.m.
Rockets -2.5 60%
Suns 40%
10 p.m.
Heat 42%
Kings -2 58%
10:30 p.m.
Trail Blazers 16%
Jazz -10 84%
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‘Not forgotten’: grieving Lakers honor Bryant

LeBron James spoke for everyone as the Los Angeles Lakers honored the memory of franchise icon Kobe Bryant on Friday, delivering the simple message: “Not forgotten.”

In a night of ceremony and tears at Staples Center, the Lakers hosted the Portland Trail Blazers in their first NBA game since a helicopter crash claimed the lives of Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday.

Portland’s 127-119 victory — fueled by Damian Lillard’s 48 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists — seemed little more than a footnote.

“We all wanted to win this game really bad,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Our guys poured their guts out, out there. So I’m disappointed we didn’t get the win, but I couldn’t be more happy and more proud of our guys’ effort and their performance.”

Lakers star Anthony Davis admitted he felt anxious and nervous going into a night that Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said was “about Kobe Bryant.”

Fans were greeted by a sea of Bryant jerseys — one draping each seat.

In the darkened arena, a purple-tinged spotlight picked out the Bryant jerseys hanging in the rafters — his numbers 8 and 24 both retired by the Lakers.

Bouquets of red roses held open two courtside seats in honor of Bryant and Gianna, while yellow roses sculpted the numbers of 8 and 24 in massive arrangements on the court.

As Usher sang “Amazing Grace,” a hush fell over the crowd.

Los Angeles Philharmonic cellist Ben Hong then played as a video montage of Bryant interviews, interspersed with on-court moments and intimate family pictures, was played on the massive scoreboard.

After a 24.2-second moment of silence, Boyz II Men — from Bryant’s hometown of Philadelphia — brought James to tears with their performance of the Star Spangled Banner in the dimly lit arena.

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Usher sings Amazing Grace during the Los Angeles Lakers ceremony to honor Kobe Bryant before their NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers

Then it was James’s turn, his voice solemn as he recited the names of all nine killed when the helicopter went down in the rugged hills of Calabasas in suburban Los Angeles: Gianna’s basketball teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, Alyssa’s parents John and Keri Altobelli, Payton’s mother Sarah Chester, basketball coach Christina Mauser, pilot Ara Zobayan and, finally, Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

“I’ve got something written down,” James said. “They asked me to kind of stay on course or whatever the case may be.

“But Laker Nation, I’d be selling y’all short if I read off this shit so I’m gonna go straight from the heart,” he added to cheers from the crowd of 18,997.

“The first thing that comes to mind, man, is it’s all about family.

“As I look around this arena, we’re all grieving, we’re all hurt, we’re all heartbroken. When we go through things like this the best thing you can do is lean on the shoulders of your family.”

James said the time for a Bryant memorial would come, but that he considered this night “a celebration” of Bryant’s 20-year career — all spent with the Lakers — and of the life he was making since he retired in 2016.

“This is a celebration of the 20 years of the blood, the sweat, the tears, the broken down body, the getting up, sitting down to everything, the countless hours, the determination to be as great as he could be.

“Tonight we celebrate the kid who came here at 18 years of age, retired at 38 and became the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years.”

“The fact that I’m here now means so much to me,” James added. “I’m going to continue with my teammates to continue his legacy not only for this year but as long as we can continue to play the game of basketball that we love, because that’s what Kobe Bryant would want.

“So in the words of Kobe Bryant: ‘Mamba Out,'” James said, recalling Bryant’s sign-off when he retired.

“But in the words of us: ‘Not forgotten.’ Live on brother.”

– ‘just beautiful’ –

And Bryant lived in symbols all over Staples Center — a special KB logo painted on the court, and Lakers team introductions in which every player was introduced “From Lower Merion High School, No. 8, Kobe Bryant.”

James had prepared for the game with Bryant’s No. 24 jersey hanging next to his locker — the same locker Bryant used when he helped Los Angeles win five NBA titles.

“What he said was just beautiful,” Vogel said. “It represented who he is and really who we are as a team, as an organization.”

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In their memory, Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna’s seats were covered with flowers, and the two players’ jerseys

Staples Center officials had asked fans without tickets to watch the tribute from home, but many couldn’t stay away.

Thousands thronged the downtown arena and the neighboring LA Live entertainment complex, some adding to the memorials of flowers, stuffed animals, balloons and candles that have sprung up and some just finding comfort in being there.

Many wrote on massive paper-covered boards erected for the purpose, although pavements were also black with written messages.

Impressionist painter Reza Safa said his reconstruction of a photograph showing Bryant carrying Gianna on his shoulders was a gift for Bryant’s wife, Vanessa.

“Tonight, I’m not going to the game,” Safa said. “I’m just going to paint.”

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James vows to carry on Bryant legacy

LeBron James vowed Friday that he and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates would continue the legacy of club icon Kobe Bryant, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash.

James, his voice fraught with emotion, addressed the Staples Center crowd before the Lakers returned to NBA action for the first time since Bryant’s death.

Flinging away his prepared notes, James said to cheers he would speak from the heart, calling on all present to celebrate Bryant’s life and a career that included five NBA titles in 20 years with the Lakers.

“I know at some point we will have a memorial for Kobe,” he said. “But I look at this as a celebration tonight.

“This is a celebration of the 20 years of the blood, the sweat, the tears, the broken down body, the getting up, sitting down to everything, the countless hours, the determination to be as great as he could be.

“Tonight we celebrate the kid who came here at 18 years of age, retired at 38 and became the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years.

“The fact that I’m here now means so much to me,” James said. “I’m going to continue with my teammates to continue his legacy not only for this year but as long as we can continue to play the game of basketball that we love, because that’s what Kobe Bryant would want.”

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2019 NBA PREDICTIONS-Monday, Nov. 11-Saturday, Nov. 16

Monday, Nov. 11

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Timberwolves PK 51%
Pistons 49%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Mavericks 36%
Celtics -3.5 64%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Grizzlies 31%
Spurs -5 69%
  8 p.m.
Rockets -2.5 60%
Pelicans 40%
10:30 p.m.
Raptors 14%
Clippers -11 86%
10:30 p.m.
Jazz -9.5 82%
Warriors 18%

Tuesday, Nov. 12

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Cavaliers 11%
76ers -13 89%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Thunder 43%
Pacers -1.5 57%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pistons 18%
Heat -9.5 82%
8 p.m.
Knicks 24%
Bulls -7 76%
9 p.m.
Hawks 7%
Nuggets -15.5 93%
  9 p.m.
Nets 17%
Jazz -10 83%
9 p.m.
Lakers PK 51%
Suns 49%
10 p.m.
Trail Blazers 41%
Kings -2 59%

Wednesday, Nov. 13

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Grizzlies 47%
Hornets -0.5 53%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
76ers 48%
Magic -0.5 52%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Clippers 32%
Rockets -4.5 68%
7:30 p.m.
Wizards 17%
Celtics -10 84%
8 p.m.
Spurs 22%
Timberwolves -7.5 78%
10 p.m.
Warriors 12%
Lakers -12.5 88%
10 p.m.
Raptors 35%
Trail Blazers -3.5 65%

Thursday, Nov. 14

  6 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Heat -2 58%
Cavaliers 42%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls 11%
Bucks -13 89%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Mavericks -6.5 75%
Knicks 25%
8 p.m.
Clippers PK 51%
Pelicans 49%
9 p.m.
Hawks 16%
Suns -10.5 84%
10:30 p.m.
Nets 14%
Nuggets -11.5 86%

Friday, Nov. 15

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pistons -0.5 52%
Hornets 48%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Spurs 25%
Magic -7 75%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pacers 16%
Rockets -10.5 84%
8 p.m.
76ers -2.5 61%
Thunder 39%
8 p.m.
Jazz -5 68%
Grizzlies 32%
8 p.m.
Wizards 19%
Timberwolves -9 81%
10:30 p.m.
Celtics -5.5 70%
Warriors 30%
10:30 p.m.
Kings 20%
Lakers -9 80%

Saturday, Nov. 16

  6 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nets 40%
Bulls -2.5 60%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bucks -7 75%
Pacers 25%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Hornets 35%
Knicks -3.5 65%
8 p.m.
Rockets 45%
Timberwolves -1 55%
8 p.m.
Pelicans 30%
Heat -5.5 70%
  8:30 p.m.
Trail Blazers 50%
Spurs PK 50%
8:30 p.m.
Raptors 22%
Mavericks -8 78%
10:30 p.m.
Hawks 9%
Clippers -14 91%
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Warriors woe as Curry suffers broken hand

Golden State Warrior star Stephen Curry grimaces after he was injured in the second half of their 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Chase Center arena

The Golden State Warriors crumbling dynasty was dealt another jackhammer blow on Wednesday when superstar Stephen Curry suffered a broken hand against the Phoenix Suns.

Curry sustained the injury with 8:31 left in the third quarter as he drove to the rim and collided with Suns Aron Baynes in a one-sided 121-110 loss to Phoenix.

“Stephen Curry has a broken hand,” the Warrior public relations department confirmed in a tweet.

Baynes ended up landing awkwardly on top of Curry, who stayed on the ground for a few moments holding his wrist and then got up and tried to shake off the pain.

He attempted to stay in the game before the Warriors called a timeout and Curry walked over to the bench and left for the locker room with the Suns dominating on the scoreboard.

The loss of Curry for an extended period now leaves the Warriors as a shadow of their recent championship teams.

A mix of superstars, supporting cast, coaching and championship experience had made the Warriors the strong pre-season favourites for the past several seasons.

Even before Curry got hurt, Golden State was already without departed Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who is injured and likely out for the entire season.

Their bid for a third straight championship and fourth in five years was dashed last season when they lost in the NBA finals in six games to the Toronto Raptors.

On Wednesday, Phoenix led 43-14 at the end of the first quarter and 72-46 at halftime.

Curry finished with nine points and six assists in 21 minutes of playing time.

Devin Booker scored a game-high 31 points and Baynes finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds for the surprising Suns who are off to a an impressive 3-2 start to the season.

Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 20 points.

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2019-20 NBA Predictions

Wednesday, Oct. 30

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls PK 50%
Cavaliers 50%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Timberwolves 27%
76ers -6 73%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Knicks 13%
Magic -11.5 87%
7:30 p.m.
Pistons 16%
Raptors -10 84%
7:30 p.m.
Pacers 37%
Nets -3.5 63%
  7:30 p.m.
Bucks 49%
Celtics PK 51%
8 p.m.
Rockets -7.5 76%
Wizards 24%
8 p.m.
Trail Blazers 31%
Thunder -5 69%
  10 p.m.
Hornets 21%
Kings -8.5 79%
10 p.m.
Clippers 28%
Jazz -6 72%
10:30 p.m.
Suns 33%
Warriors -4.5 67%

Thursday, Oct. 31

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Heat -0.5 53%
Hawks 47%
9:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nuggets -1 54%
Pelicans 46%
10:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Spurs 31%
Clippers -5 69%

Friday, Nov. 1

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Cavaliers 21%
Pacers -8.5 79%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Rockets -4 66%
Nets 34%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bucks -0.5 51%
Magic 49%
7:30 p.m.
Knicks 11%
Celtics -13 89%
8 p.m.
Pistons 27%
Bulls -6 73%
9:30 p.m.
Lakers 41%
Mavericks -2 59%
10 p.m.
Jazz -1.5 56%
Kings 44%
10:30 p.m.
Spurs 25%
Warriors -7 75%

Saturday, Nov. 2

  5 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans 30%
Thunder -5.5 70%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nets 48%
Pistons -0.5 52%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nuggets -2.5 60%
Magic 40%
8 p.m.
Timberwolves -2 59%
Wizards 41%
8 p.m.
Suns 44%
Grizzlies -1.5 56%
8 p.m.
Raptors 34%
Bucks -4 66%
8:30 p.m.
Hornets 18%
Warriors -9.5 82%
10 p.m.
76ers -1 54%
Trail Blazers 46%

Sunday, Nov. 3

  5 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls 31%
Pacers -5 69%
6 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Rockets -4.5 68%
Heat 32%
6 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Kings -2.5 61%
Knicks 39%
7 p.m.
Lakers -1 55%
Spurs 45%
7:30 p.m.
Mavericks -4.5 67%
Cavaliers 33%
9 p.m.
Jazz 42%
Clippers -2 58%

Monday, Nov. 4

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pistons 36%
Wizards -3.5 64%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans 39%
Nets -3 61%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Rockets -4 66%
Grizzlies 34%
8 p.m.
Bucks 45%
Timberwolves -1 55%
9 p.m.
76ers -2 57%
Suns 43%
10:30 p.m.
Trail Blazers 32%
Warriors -5 68%
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Rockets owner: We´re going to win championships with James Harden

The Houston Rockets may have exited the NBA playoffs at the hands of the Golden State Warriors for the fourth time in five years, but owner Tilman Fertitta insists they will win titles with James Harden on their roster.

Stephen Curry’s 33 points on Friday helped the Warriors to a 118-113 victory in Game 6, which sealed a 4-2 series success for Golden State and sent them through to the Western Conference Finals.

The Warriors, seeking a third straight NBA title, have proved a thorn in Houston’s side in recent seasons and Fertitta was quick to praise Steve Kerr’s men for once again getting the better of the Rockets.

However, he is also adamant that 2017-18 MVP Harden can end a title drought for his franchise that dates back to the 1994-95 season.

“They kicked our a** on our home court,” Fertitta told reporters.

“They beat us by 10 points in the fourth quarter. It’s unacceptable. We just have to be better.

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“I know that we’re going to rise to the occasion and our time is going to come. James is 30 years old [in August]. Michael [Jordan] didn’t win his first championship until [28]. Hakeem [Olajuwon] didn’t win his first championship until [31].

“I can promise you, we’re going to win some championships with James Harden, because we are not going to sit here. We will go to battle every year.

“We’re going to have a strong offseason, and we’re going to do whatever we can to be a better team. We are not going to sit on our hands, I can promise you that.”

Houston had lost the first two games of the series but brought it back to 2-2 before losing Game 5 on Wednesday, when they led in the fourth quarter only to be defeated 104-99 at Oracle Arena.

Fertitta felt that was a missed chance but maintains belief that his team will one day avenge all of their playoff losses to the Warriors.

“They showed why they’re the champions,” he added.

“We’re gonna learn from it, and we’re gonna come back next year, and we’re gonna kick their a** at some point. I can promise you that.

“We should have stepped on their throat the other night and cut their throat. It’s not, ‘Let’s make a few shots and win.’ It’s step on their throat and let’s take it back to Houston and end it in six.”

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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.”