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Rockets, Harden stay alive

Boston Celtics continue their conspicuous quip opposite a New York Knicks in a NBA playoffs.

JAMES Harden scored 31 points as Houston kept their NBA first-round playoff hopes alive with a 107-100 win over Oklahoma City in diversion five.

Playing opposite his former Thunder teammates, Harden emptied his initial 7 three-point attempts for a childish Rockets who now route a best-of-seven array 3 games to two.

“The guys are battling,” pronounced Houston manager Kevin McHale. “You got to go out there and quarrel each singular night.”

Harden, who helped lead a Thunder to a NBA finals final deteriorate where they mislaid to a Miami Heat, shot only four-of-25 from three-point operation in a initial 4 games opposite Oklahoma City.

Houston played yet starting indicate ensure Jeremy Lin for a second true diversion given of a painful chest muscle.

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James Harden handles a turn rhythmical by Reggie Jackson. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

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But a Thunder missed all-star indicate ensure Russell Westbrook even more. Westbrook tore his parallel meniscus, underwent medicine and is finished for a season.

The teams conduct behind to Houston for diversion 6 of a Western Conference array on Friday.

The Rockets will be perplexing to make story in this array as no NBA group has ever come behind from being down 3-0 to win a best-of-seven series.

“We got another event during home and we are going to take advantage of it,” Harden said. “Tomorrow we will watch some film and get prepared for diversion six.”


Kevin Durant puts adult a shot opposite Francisco Garcia and James Harden. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Turkey’s Omer Asik finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds yet his biggest impact came on a free-throw line down a stretch.

Asik done 13-of-18 giveaway throws as he helped keep Houston in control late in a fourth entertain with a Thunder looking to tainted him during each opportunity.

“He strike his giveaway throws,” pronounced Oklahoma City manager Scott Brooks. “He stepped up. Give him credit given he strike his shots. It is a plan we don’t use unequivocally often.”

The Thunder done only eight-of-33 from over a arc, losing for a second-consecutive diversion after winning a initial three.

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Boston Celtics centre Kevin Garnett was superb in his side’s 92-86 win over New York. Picture: AP

Kevin Durant was hold scoreless in a fourth entertain and finished with 36 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for a Thunder.

Reggie Jackson – starting in Westbrook’s place – had 20 points, while Serge Ibaka finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds in a loss.

MEANWHILE, Kevin Garnett helped a Boston Celtics stay alive in a NBA playoffs with a win over a New York Knicks.

The Celtics will horde Game 6 on Friday night, wanting dual victories to turn a initial NBA group to overcome a 3-0 necessity to win a series.

Brandon Bass combined 17 points, steadying Boston as it shook off an 11-0 necessity and pulled divided in a second half to stop a Knicks again from their initial playoff array feat given 2000.

J.R. Smith, behind from his one-game cessation for elbowing Jason Terry with a Knicks approach forward late in Game 3, missed his initial 10 shots and finished 3 of 14 for 14 points.

Terry also scored 17 off a bench.

Jeff Green scored 18 points and Paul Pierce had 16 as a dual authorization stalwarts extended this deteriorate – and maybe their Celtics careers – during slightest one some-more game.

Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points yet was only 8 of 24 in another gloomy sharpened night for a Knicks, who blew a large lead in this diversion and now a series. They face an neglected outing behind to Boston instead of a rest this aging register could certainly use before a second round.

If they get there.

The Celtics were a initial of a 8 NBA teams that have come from 3-1 down, violence Philadelphia in 1968, and put themselves on a brief list of teams that have erased a 2-0 necessity a subsequent year in a NBA Finals.

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Iman Shumpert of a New York Knicks tries to squeeze a turn from Celtics star Paul Pierce. Picture: Getty Images
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So maybe it would be wise if they were a initial to overcome 3-0.

“I consider so. we mean, we consider that would be wonderful, and someone’s going to do it and we wish it to be us, obviously, given that’s a conditions we’re in,” manager Doc Rivers pronounced before a game. “Someone will do it, and we unequivocally wish to be a partial of that.”

He’s still got a chance.

The Knicks singular a Celtics to 75 points per diversion while winning a initial three, and scarcely came behind to win Game 4 on Sunday even yet Smith. So they felt good even after blank their initial possibility to hang it up.

Though few of these players were here for a streak, a Knicks were maybe a bit arrogant streamer into a diversion for a authorization that before final year had mislaid an NBA-record 8 true postseason games.

Smith pronounced Tuesday he’d have been personification golf instead of practicing had he played in Game 4, and players wore black to a diversion Wednesday as if they were streamer to a Celtics’ “funeral.”

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Doc Rivers objects to a call. Picture: Getty Images
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Forget a funeral. The Celtics are still unequivocally most alive.

Smith finally done a 3-pointer to finish his drought, and afterwards another cut what had been a 15-point Boston lead to 88-83 with 1:05 remaining. But Garnett done a jumper, afterwards knocked down dual giveaway throws to bind it.

The Knicks were only 5 of 22 from 3-point range, that looked worse until Smith strike 3 late ones.

The Sixth Man of a Year perceived a shrill acclaim when he went to check in during a initial quarter, yet listened a few boos by a third. They will expected be noisy on Friday, a kind customarily indifferent in Boston for a Lakers player.

By a time Anthony gathering right into a center of a line for a asperse that done it 11-0, a Celtics already had 3 turnovers. But Bass done a span of giveaway throws and afterwards a asperse to settle them down. He combined 5 some-more points in a duration as Boston climbed within 22-20 even yet Pierce missed all 6 shots in a scoreless 12 minutes.

He done a 3-pointer shortly after returning from a mangle in a second, and another gave a Celtics their initial lead during 34-33 with 5:46 remaining in a half. Then Garnett had dual baskets in an 8-0 run that gave Boston a 42-37 advantage, and a Celtics walked off during halftime to mostly dumbfounded overpower within Madison Square Garden with a 45-39 lead.

The second halves had belonged to a Knicks in a series, yet a Celtics remained solid in a third quarter, opening a 69-60 lead on Terry’s 3-pointer with 41 seconds left.

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Actors Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, and Woopie Goldberg suffer a Knicks-Celtics clash. Picture: Getty Images
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76ers aim shortlist of coaches

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Former Philadelphia 76ers conduct manager Doug Collins walks off a justice during a finish of an NBA diversion opposite a Cleveland Cavalier. Picture: Michael Perez,
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THE 76ers will start interviewing possibilities subsequent week for their empty conduct coaching position, and a design is holding figure as to that instruction a Sixers might move.

The Sixers have identified a organisation of partner coaches, all of them 50 years aged or younger, as their primary targets. The organisation includes Indiana Pacers partner Brian Shaw and Golden State Warriors partner Mike Malone, both of whom are still coaching in a NBA playoffs.

According to a news from Yahoo Sports late Wednesday, a Sixers have gained accede to talk Malone and Utah Jazz partner manager and former 76er Jeff Hornacek. Hornacek has been an partner in Utah for a final dual seasons after portion as a team’s sharpened coach.

The 76ers also devise to talk partner manager Michael Curry, a Sixers partner for a final 3 seasons.

All of a possibilities – and there are others, according to infancy owners Joshua Harris – are a sheer depart from former manager Doug Collins, who guided a Sixers to a third-worst winning commission (.415) in their final 15 seasons before resigning final month.

According to group sources, some of a players became undone with Collins’ old-school ways or, as one Sixer said, his “tendency to be overbearing.”

“Clearly we wish a right informative fit for a organization,” is how Harris described what he called a “wide-ranging” hunt for a replacement.

“There are a series of people that we have identified, and it would be tough to put names and numbers to it,”
Harris pronounced after Collins departed. “There is a satisfactory volume of talent out there, and we’re usually sifting by it.”

According to a source, a Sixers will many expected pronounce with Hornacek initial since Utah did not make a playoffs. Hornacek spent dual seasons (1992-94) with a Sixers. Hornacek and Sixers ubiquitous manager Tony DiLeo, who assimilated a Sixers in 1990, have confirmed a loyalty over a years.

Shaw’s name has come adult frequently as a intensity conduct manager in new seasons. Last season, he came tighten to alighting a Charlotte pursuit – that is again empty after Mike Dunlap was dismissed – and his name has also been mentioned in tie with a Detroit Pistons.

After timid as a actor in 2003, Shaw, who quickly played for a Sixers in 1998, assimilated a staff of a Los Angeles Lakers, where he won a span of championships as an partner from 2004 to 2011. He has been an partner in Indianapolis a final dual seasons.

The son of former conduct manager Brendan Malone, Mike Malone has been an partner for a final 12 seasons with New York, Cleveland, and New Orleans. Malone is deliberate to be a tip defensive coach.

The Sixers, Detroit, and Charlotte are a usually teams with coaching vacancies. However, a Atlanta Hawks will expected reinstate Larry Drew, who is meddlesome in a Sixers job, when a Hawks are separated from a playoffs. There could also be openings in Brooklyn, Memphis, and with a Los Angeles Clippers.

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Big Bogut kills off Nuggets

Andrew Bogut leads a approach with 14 points and 21 rebounds in Golden State’s 92-88 win over Denver in a initial turn of a NBA playoffs.

ANDREW Bogut played what he described as his best diversion in a Golden State uniform to lead a Warriors into a second turn of a NBA playoffs.

Bogut finished with 14 points and 21 rebounds in diversion 6 opposite Denver as a Warriors hold on to win 92-88 and secure a array 4-2.

Golden State ensure Stephen Curry, who a Warriors felt was a aim of counsel damage attempts in diversion five, poured in 22 points, while Nuggets star Andre Iguodala led all scorers with 24.

Bogut pronounced a opening was his excellent for his new club, that stranded with a Aussie hulk notwithstanding blank half a deteriorate by injury.

“For certain (it’s his best win). Saved a best for last. It’s a good day for us,” Bogut said.

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Andrew Bogut was widespread for Golden State in diversion 6 of their NBA playoff array opposite Denver.

“It’s always about a team.”

Bogut pronounced a win should overpower some of a Warriors doubters who pronounced they couldn’t make a hole in a finals.

“We’re in a second turn of a playoffs. No.1 – no one suspicion we’d make a playoffs. No.2 – no one gave us a possibility to get by a initial round.”

“We roughly let it trip divided though we fought tough and it’s a outrageous win.”

Meanwhile, a Brooklyn Nets kept their playoff hopes alive with a 95-92 feat over a short-handed Chicago Bulls to force a determining diversion 7 in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Deron Williams scored 17 points, handed out 11 assists and won a burst turn opposite Chicago’s Joakim Noah in a shutting seconds to sign a victory.

Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson chipped in another 17 points any and Gerald Wallace combined 15 for a Nets, who will horde a array decider in Brooklyn on Saturday.

The leader of a array will face reigning NBA champions Miami in a second round. The Heat, led by LeBron James, swept Milwaukee out of a playoffs in 4 games.

The Nets shot only 28 per cent from a margin in a second half, though they hold on opposite a Bulls group personification but starting indicate ensure Kirk Hinrich for a second true diversion since of a calf injury.

Chicago were also but Britain’s Luol Deng, who was sidelined by a flu.

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