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NBA daily recaps. Just the important notes from each game, usually from the winning team. If someone on the losing squad does something special, perhaps they'll get a mention as well. Bookmark this NBA game roundup page and skim-read it daily. Updated early most weekday mornings, sometimes later on weekends. And watch NBA video highlights.

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NBA Daily for Sunday, May 19, 2019

Roundup of yesterday's NBA games:

Green, Warriors beat Blazers for 3-0 lead in West finals
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Draymond Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Green had his seventh career postseason triple-double and Stephen Curry scored 36 points for Golden State, which moved a win away from a fifth straight trip to the NBA finals with Game 4 set for Monday... CJ McCollum had 23 points for the Trail Blazers, who led by 18 points in the second quarter. Damian Lillard added 19 points, but Portland was hurt at the line, making just 20 of 33 attempts. Golden State's Andre Iguodala left in the third quarter with a sore lower leg. Kerr said he will have an MRI on Sunday. Iguodala played 17 minutes and had nine points.

NBC Sports Bay Area: "While Curry said there was no alarm among his Warriors, perhaps there should have been. Through the first 24 minutes of Saturday's game, Blazers forward Meyers Leonard -- who made his first start of the playoffs -- scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, looking like the best player on the floor. Meanwhile, Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 37 percent, as the Blazers took a 66-53 lead into halftime despite Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combining to miss 15 of 20 shot attempts."

NBC Sports Bay Area: “I don’t even know what to say about Draymond,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr marveled afterward. “He was like a wrecking ball out there. He was destroying everything in his path. The pace that he was generating was incredible. And it just seemed like he never got tired.” Green’s numbers bark out a triple-double: 20 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists. His other numbers whisper impact: Four steals, one block. Yet the numbers barely begin to convey the way he dictated the action at both ends. He lifted the spirit and energy of his teammates while crushing any chance of the Blazers finding a path to victory."

NBC Sports Bay Area: "In all three games of the best-of-seven series, the Warriors have won by throwing wave after wave of defenders at Lillard and McCollum. They have blitzed both players on pick-and-rolls, and employed plenty of off-ball help when one of the two manages to get in isolation. The result? Lillard and McCollum have shot a combined 35.2 percent from the field, and turned the ball over 22 times, and the Blazers now face elimination from the NBA playoffs."

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NBA Daily for Saturday

Roundup of yesterday's NBA games:

Bucks top Raptors 125-103 for 2-0 East finals lead
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo started the game with an emphatic dunk. The next possession, a sprawling block to deny Marc Gasol. The next possession, another dunk. The tone was set. And it never changed. The Eastern Conference doesn't belong to Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks - yet. But they're two wins away, after Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds, Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to add 17 points and the Bucks never trailed on the way to a 125-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night and a 2-0 lead in the East finals.

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NBA Daily for Friday, May 17, 2019

Roundup of yesterday's NBA games:

Warriors rally from 15 down at halftime, hold off Blazers
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- These Golden State Warriors have long been able to score in fabulous, jaw-dropping flurries. Down by eight to the Portland Trail Blazers at home with 4 1/2 minutes to go, they needed every last burst, perfect pass, driving layup and dunk. "Our experience really paid off for us tonight having a bunch of guys who just won't quit," said Draymond Green, who was right smack in the middle of it all. Stephen Curry scored 37 points, and the Warriors rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit before holding off Portland on the final possession for a 114-111 win Thursday night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals... Stephen Curry shot 11 for 22 and made all 11 of his free throws - three with 2:01 left - to post his third straight 30-point performance while Splash Brother Klay Thompson needed a half to heat up, scoring 13 of his 24 points in the Warriors' 39-point third period. It was reminiscent of those old third-quarter runs that have defined this group.

San Jose Mercury News: "In the Warriors’ 114-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Curry and Thompson made plenty of shots. Curry finished with 37 points while going 11-of-22 from the field, 4-of-14 from 3 and 11-of-11 from the free-throw line, a performance that cemented his third consecutive 30-point game. Thompson had 24 points while going 8-of-22 from the field and 4-of-8 from deep, marking the fourth consecutive game he scored without 25 points."

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NBA Daily for Thursday, May 16, 2019

Roundup of yesterday's NBA games:

Bucks finish with a flourish, rally to top Raptors 108-100
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- Down for most of the game, clearly rusty at times after nearly a full week off, the Milwaukee Bucks looked very much like a team in trouble. Until the fourth quarter. The team with the NBA's best record this season found its stride at the perfect time. Brook Lopez scored 13 of his career playoff-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points and the Bucks closed the game on a 10-0 run to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night... Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and Kyle Lowry added 30 for the Raptors, who led by as many as 13 early and took an 83-76 lead into the final quarter. Lowry was 5 for 7 in the fourth - and his teammates were 0 for 15.

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NBA Daily for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Roundup of yesterday's NBA games:

Curry, Warriors take Game 1 of Western Conference finals
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry had all kinds of room for a change and capitalized, finding his shooting touch in a hurry to get Golden State on a roll. Portland's defenders were too far back in the paint or a step behind all night. "Practice shots," Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard said of Curry's wide-open chances. So far, the Warriors are showing they can keep winning until Kevin Durant gets healthy. Making it look easy again, Curry knocked down nine 3-pointers on his way to 36 points, leading the two-time defending champions past the Trail Blazers 116-94 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals... Klay Thompson had 26 points, including a late one-handed slam. Green established the energy on both ends early for the well-rested Warriors, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals.

NBC Sports Northwest: "With hardly any recovery time and not even a day to gameplan, Portland looked disorganized and sluggish at times. They’re starting backcourt shot a combined 11-for-31 from the floor. Their bigs didn’t even show on high screens while Steph Curry and Klay Thompson launch without challenge. “Yeah, that was very poor execution, you know, defensively on our part,” Lillard added. “Just having our bigs back that far; understanding the team we are playing against, they are not going to shoot mid-range jumpers and try to attack the rim.”"

Mercury News: "In a game that badly needed a driving force, Curry provided that jolt of energy by hitting on 9 of his 15 attempts from 3-point range. He led the Warriors with 36 points in their otherwise sleepy 116-94 win over Portland. In the last 1:04 of the first half, Curry scored eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers to stretch the Warriors’ lead from 3 points to 9. It was a burst we’ve seen countless times from him."

NBC Sports Northwest: "On offense, there were almost too many problems to list. Yes, the turnovers hurt. The Trail Blazers had 21 of them, one-third by Lillard, and they cost Portland 31 points. And the guards didn’t shoot well, either. Lillard and McCollum combined to go just 11-31 from the field and 3-10 from three-point range."

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