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Clippers are shooting 28.6% from the field (8/28) and 18.2% (2/11) from three.
Jamal Crawford is 0/5 and Austin Rivers 1/4 shooting.
Duncan, Parker, Diaw to check in. Crawford awarded in the act of shooting, will have 3 free throws.
The Spurs are whipping the ball around everywhere, getting wide open looks and just missing. Clippers just hanging on for dear life.
Unlike almost everybody else on earth, Bonner's not as good from the corners as he is from the wings.
Blake Griffin's jersey is soaked in sweat and he's doubled over panting.
Wow, Matt Bonner has missed two unguarded corner 3s
Me and the dude. http://t.co/Af41NatN9C
Clips down to 28.6% shooting
Spurs in Yakety Sax mode these last few possessions. Fortunately for them, Clippers not taking advantage.
The Clippers have 6-7 reliable players. The Spurs have 9-10. That has become glaringly obvious through three games.
Clippers have made 8/28 shots and Chris Paul is walking toward Doc Rivers trying to get back in game.
They should put a statue of Paul Pierce hitting a 3 in front of the ACC.
Pierce enters game at the 4. 10 seconds later, he hits a 3. 84-80, Wizards.
Paul Pierce has large Greivises
DeRozan is awake again and so is Pierce who STILL should be getting the ball more given the way he's shooting in his limited looks.
Big shot pierce
Charlie V has a posse at his locker.
Is the first round of this years postseason gonna have a single series get to a game 6?
Tiago was unable to move the large baby Glen Davis.
At least Doc Rivers is still loose even if his team isn't.
As venues go, AT&T is up there when it comes to the fun factor. Things have gone pretty well for these fans of late, thus the raucous feel
Alright, let’s get Pierce in for Drew and spread them out.
Fan tells Doc Rivers they're going to T him up and Doc responds, "Wait until the fourth quarter. It's too early."
The only thing more enjoyable than the Spurs' ball movement is their H-E-B commercials.
Everyone asks what will the Clippers do if they get knocked out early again. Adding a couple of reserves that can play isn't a bad start.
Clippers get blown out in this game and the mental burden of a collapse plus a blowout will be hard to overcome.
Ime and Tim Duncan running that last timeout circle at the end before the players headed back to the court.
Corey Brewer: When u have the MVP on your team it makes it easy.
Where were you when Drew Gooden invented time travel?
James Harden had a playoff career-high 42 points & became the 1st Rockets player with 40+ point in the playoffs since Tracy McGrady in 2008.
Fans really bringing it tonight at the AT&T. Respect.
Dreeeeeeew Gooden with a driving scoop layup like hes Dr. J or something.
Carlisle with a fine rant about officiating. Said Howard "is throwing people around. This series has to be played within the rules."
The most efficient offense in the NBA during the regular season has 19 points 13 1/2 minutes into this game.
DeRozan hit with the tech after he pushed Porter, who blocked his shot then said something.
Interesting note from Wizards PR staff: Wizards have never been up 3-0 in a series in franchise history.
Doc Rivers yelling, glaring at officials after no call on Big Baby. Meanwhile, Patty Mills drilled a 3-pointer for a 31-19 Spurs lead
Like the numbers project, the Spurs' outside shots were bound to fall at home and it's showing early.
Patty Mills for three and Doc calls a quick timeout and is yelling at officials. Spurs 31, Clippers 19 with 10:33 left in the 2nd quarter.
Rick Carlisle very critical of refs. "This series has to be played within the rules."
DeRozan with tech
If Patty Mills is back in form…look out, West.
Doc is PISSED at the no call on Big Baby drive. Went all the way out at the top of the key at this stoppage to plead his case.
Vintage Patrick Thrills PUTIT gives Spurs a 31-19 lead, drawing a timeout from the Clippers w/ 10:33 left in the 2nd Q.
Now Patrick drills the PUJIT - Doc timeout. Spurs take a 12 point lead once more. SA shooting 57%, 5/10 from 3PT.
Patty Mills at it again, makes a three-pointer to give Spurs a 31-19 lead over Clippers.
SPURS MACHINE ACTIVATED BEEP BOOP BOOP BEEP.
Rick Carlisle said the play sticking in his head was to start the fourth where Dwight threw Devin. "The officials have to get that together"
Matt Bonner vs. Hedo Turkoglu is must watch television. Cannot take my eyes off the matchup.
The Rangers have defeated the Penguins in overtime to win the series. They'll await the Capitals/Islanders winner.
Don't understand shooters who pull hand back when they release the ball instead of following through. Doesn't look as cool as they think.
Manu and Marco did not play much together during the regular season. Out of sync there.
Spurs are so good at ball movement that Manu Ginobili tried to get the crowd involved.
Wizards still punking Raptors. Otto Porter has been a destroyer. Finally DeRozan pushes back. Still no Hayes or J Johnson, toughest Raptors.
Vapor trails as Bonner lumbers up court...
Otto talking junk after blocking DeRozan. Wow.
Clippers starting second quarter with four reserves plus J.J. Redick.
Raptors made seven of their first 10 threes. Law of averages. Haven't made one since. Now, 7-for-18 on threes.
Tweet I may regret later: I think they got this
Big problem for Clippers in the first quarter: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin had two turnovers each.
No free chicken. At least Wizards are winning.
John Wall once told me he never worked on his trademark spin move. He says it's all instinct
Given the way this series has unfolded, I'm actually more surprised by the absence of Chuck Hayes than James Johnson.
I thought it was rude that when Austin Rivers checked in, Boris Diaw played full court defense on him to deny him the ball.
Spurs 25, Clippers 16 at the end of the 1st quarter. Kawhi Leonard with 10 points, J.J. Redick with 7 points.
Spurs shooting 52.4%. Kawhi Leonard has 10 points. Clippers shooting 33.3%. Blake Griffin hasn't scored, 0/2
Spurs' defense held Clippers to 33% shooting with 4 turnovers. Blake 0 points, Paul 2 points, Redick 7 points.
Kyle Lowry has been the definition of awful in this series
Dar-ryl ! Dar-ryl ! Dar-ryl ! http://t.co/1lfEpBoXFv
Gonna need a vine of that John Wall spin move And-One pronto please...
Lowry gestures to arm three times, telling ref he got fouled.
Spurs lead Clippers, 25-16, after a first quarter that couldn't have gone much worse for Clips. Spurs shooting 52.4% to Clips' 33.3%.
1Q: Spurs 25, Clippers 16. SA shoots 52$, Kawhi 10 points on 4/5 shooting. SA just 1 TO with 6 ast on 11 FGM.
End of 1, Spurs up 25-16. Leonard with 10 points, Green 5. Spurs have 6 assists on 11 buckets, shooting 52.4 pct. Clips, 33.3 pct.
Spurs up 25-16 after 1Q. Fairly locked in on both ends so far.
That was ridiculous John Wall.
Clippers trail Spurs 25-16 after one quarter
Clippers down 25-16 after 1, and they're fortunate it's not worse.
End of first quarter: Spurs 25, Clippers 16. Kawhi has 10 points.
McHale also said Howard and Harden had yeoman efforts.
Also, Bonner finally saw "Whiplash," loved it. Said it did not give him Popovich flashbacks.
Lowry way short on 3. Wall coast-to-coast. Says it all about the PG battle this series.
However, if both Atlanta and Washington sweep their opening round series, then Portland-Memphis Game 5 jumps up to 5 p.m. Pacific on Wed.
Also, first minutes for Jones.
Home teams have combined for zero FTAs in the first quarter of the past two games of this series.
BREAKING: Kawhi Leonard missed a shot.
McHale said the Rockets wouldn't be where they are without Josh Smith and Corey Brewer.
Kevin Rice comes out from behind goal for a big goal, giving Syracuse a 9-8 lead with 1:48 left in the game.
McHale: "I had a lot of faith that our guys would find a way to get back in the game."
Lowry and/or DeRozan have played every second of this series, if I'm not mistaking.
Kevin McHale on emotions with. Josh Smith: I'm happy for him.
Teasing Bonner before the game about his tights. "It's for my calf." Ginobili chimes in: "And for speed."
Lowry finally making first trip to the free throw line. Is 3-for-15 from field. Mostly bad jumpers.
The ball has to get out of Wall's hands much quicker. The Wizards are starting to get predictable on offense again.
I'm not sure, but I don't think First Quarter Hedo is a great sign for L.A.
Austin Rivers in for Clippers along with Jamal Crawford.
Early minutes for Hedo.
Henrik furious with referee for delaying whistle despite having it covered up. Dangerous.
NBA announces that if there is a Game 5 in Portland-Memphis it will be at 6:30 pacific on Wednesday.
Wall starts fourth quarter. Going for the killshot.
Anyone have a GIF of that Monta Ellis floater?
Kawhi Leonard picks up DPOY trophy before game, then makes first 4 shots and 2 3s for 10 points in 10 minutes. Spurs 25-13.
Spurs 25, Clippers 13 with 2:05 left in the 1st quarter. Spurs shooting 57.9% from the field & 42.% from 3. Clippers shooting 41.7% & 20%.
Man is a war - like animal http://t.co/MePpGeVNHe
the Spurs have 6 assists on 11 makes, shooting 58%. Ball zipping and moving all over the place, exploiting mismatches early.
Raptors had 14 buckets in the 1st quarter, 15 in the 2nd and 3rd quarters combined
Clippers seem to have lost their focus as if suffering from a major Game 2 hangover.
Kawhi has 10 points in the first quarter. He has not missed a shot. Ho-hum.
Post-up mismatches galore. Clips have to double. Spurs just killing them off that.
End 3: Wizards 72, Raptors 70. Season on line for Raptors. Because you have may read - once or twice - teams down 3-0 are 0-110 in series.
Kawhi Leonard hits 3, gives Spurs a 25-13 lead over Clippers with 2:05 left in 1st. Leonard 4/4 from field, 2/2 on 3s
Really poor performance from the Clippers here -- look way out of sorts on both ends, down 25-13.
Duncan finds Kawhi open for three. The Spurs have their largest lead of the game - 12 points. Kawhi 10 points, Diaw/Parker/Green 13 pts.
Clippers defense, familiar problems. Any thing that requires a tertiary rotation is basically going to beat them
Shots between the restricted area & 3-point line, through 3 quarters... TOR: 9-for-36 WAS: 5-for-17
Kawhi Leonard's second three-pointer puts Spurs up, 25-13, on Clippers. Leonard made all four shots so far.
DPOY Kawhi Leonard is also your leading scorer with 10 points after knocking down spot-up 3 from Duncan's kickout. Spurs up 25-13.
Wizards bench with 14 points. The real note here is that Raps reserve with 11. Toronto has lots more firepower off the bench.
Mavs season came down to a Monta midrange jumper.
Chris Paul has a couple of uncharacteristic turnovers already.
Washington 72, Toronto 70 after three quarters. Ruh-roh, Raptors. http://t.co/Pv2wHlkJYH
End of 3Q: Wizards 72 Raptors 70. Gortat (20 and 10 reb) an Wall (12 and 11 ast) both with double-doubles. DeRozan with 26
TP floater unstoppable
Raptors trail by 2 going into the 4th - biggest quarter of the season for Toronto.
Wizards up 72-70 going into the fourth. A quarter to save the season, basically.
Feel like the Wizards have missed shots they often make. Not terribly concerned. Maybe I should be
Potential Game 5 at Oracle Arena is either a 6 pm or 7 pm start.
*Apparently* Redick is one of the best first-quarter scorers/possession in the league. Part of why Kawhi starts on him.
Manu, Patrick to check in soon.
Wall fast JV slow
Perfect timing by Diaw. Posted Redick, waited until Kawhi's defender got off enough, then hit Kawhi for the open three.
Redick with 7 points in the 1st is good news. The rest of the Clippers having 6 is not.
Complete failure to box out Boris Diaw costs Clippers two points.
Harden was 15 of 24 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3s and 7 of 7 on FTs. He also had 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 turnovers.
Diaw checks in for Tiago.
Since their 11-2 surge, the Spurs' following possessions have gone like this: Miss Miss Turnover Duncan make Timeout
The first round of the NBA Playoffs seems like it will be over quickly. Bummer. Was hoping for more competition.
Respect to the Dallas Mavericks for pushing the Houston Rockets to the brink tonight. Showed a lot of character.
Both halves, Vasquez & Williams have come in together, with one of the starting guards staying on the floor.
Houston turning Dwight Howard in to primarily a pick-and-roll man has been overlooked in round 1, but damn, is it effective. Hope it stays.
Timeout, 5:57 left in 1st, Spurs up 13-8. Home is good for what ails their offense; shooting 55 percent w/ 1 TO.
But, seriously: Amir's slid into the right places on a few possessions, and DeMar DeRozan has found him. Credit.
Double-double for Amir (10 points, 12 rebounds) in his return to starting lineup. Raptors regain a 68-67 lead (somehow). 1:44 left in 3rd
Wizards’ offense turning back into a pumpkin
You know how everyone wants Beal to shoot more 3's? Of his 11 attempts, nine from beyond the arc.
Raptors take the lead, 68-67.
scratc that. All even at 8-8 following another Tutton goal.
NYCFC is all types of a terrible team right now.
Yeah I know Monta scored a ton but still trust Dirk.
Dirk and Monta scored 34 each, Aminu had 15, Barea 11 and Devin 10.
Amir Johnson gives the Raptors the lead. There's no quit in this team!
Credit Ellis for being so confident there with that bad miss. He crushed it tonight though, so I get it.
No team in NBA history has rallied from an 0-3 hole to win a best-of-seven series.
Rockets beat Mavericks 130-128. Houston takes a 3-0 lead in the series. 42 points, nine assists, five rebounds for James Harden.
The worst possible shot by a defended Nowitzki is still a far better shot than what Ellis offered there. Mavs now down 0-3 in series.
Kevin McHale grabs Josh Smith by the back of his jersey and almost kisses him on the cheek at midcourt. Plenty of emotion there.
Chad Tutton goal draws Tar Heels to within 8-7 of Syracuse. Just under 12 mins to play in the fourth.
Final: Rockets 130, Mavs 128. Monta Ellis' J hits nothing but glass at buzzer. Dirk 34-8-4 Monta 34-9 Harden 42-9-5 Dwight 13-26
Dirk has to shoot that. That's crap.
Clippers remember dunks are easy.
Houston wins, 130-128. Josh Smith defends Monta Ellis' last second jumper that misses everything. It's 3-0. Have a nice evening.
Ellis no good from 20 feet. Rockets 130, Mavericks 128. Rockets up 3-0. Teams down 3-0 in the NBA playoffs have won 0 of 110 series.
Spurs 11, Clippers 2 with 7:55 left in the 1st quarter. The Spurs are doing whatever they want at the moment.
And that's how it ends.
Welp. Not a good shot.
Ellis missed a shot at the buzzer and Houston wins 130-128 to go up 3-0 in the series. What.A.Game!!
FINAL: Rockets 130, Mavs 128. Harden (42p), Howard (26r) huge. Houston took Dallas' best shot -- still won. They go for the sweep on Sunday.
Well … that shut me up. (But seriously, I never like that strategy)
Backdoor layup for Danny Green gives Spurs 11-2 lead over Clippers.
Green goes back door on JJ, solid pass from Tiago. SA 11-2 lead.
If I wanted to get all hot-takey with it: It's going to be really hard for Clips to beat the Spurs team that plays in the AT&T Center.
Tall lineup on the floor for Houston.
Monta Ellis made a ridiculously tough shot — but it’s a bad call. Don’t trade “ridiculously tough” + time for free throws. Makes no sense.
DeRozan makes a shot, in comes the DeRozan stopper.
9-2 run for Spurs, as Kawhi drills the mid-range with seperation from Blake. Also, 2 LAC TOs.
Brewer hits 1 of 2. Rockets up two, 6.8 seconds left. Amazing game.
Corey Brewer makes just 1-2 free throws. Rockets up just two, 6.8 sec left. Timeout Dallas.
Brewer missed a free throw and it’s a 2 point game. Mavs have the ball and 6.8 seconds on the clock….
Tony Parker is the only Spur missing shots
Best I can tell, Parker has opening assignment on CP. Early possessions started so quick, Spurs were picking up whoever.
Ross gets rebound, taps backboard with ball. I can't make this stuff up.
That's DeRozan's first basket since 1:56 left in the 1Q. Had missed 10 straight.
Monta shot reminds of the one in Game 3 fading baseline. Will there be a Vince?
Brewer splits 'em (please)
Parkers score on a floater
Tony Parker looking to get to the basket on 2/3 first drives.
Harden will shoot FTs if he drives, and crush you with the step back if you play off him. He's such a potent scorer. Too tough.
I love my job.
Speaking to player development coach Chad Forcier before the game about Kawhi's DPOY, like a proud papa. "How cool is that for that kid?"
Dirk in the fourth quarter: 16 points, 5 rebounds, unlimited heart.
Press row utterings: “I feel like the scoreboard is lying to us” “No way they’re that close.” “What is happening?” “This makes little sense"
Two nights, two big shots late in the 4th by the top two MVP candidates. I'd say they represented both styles but Harden didn't get fouled.
Im tired of Harden
Harden with the jumper he used at the buzzer in Phoenix. Rockets up 3, 12.7 seconds left.
James Harden doing what MVPs do. A step-back jumper over taller defender. Rockets up, 129-126 with 12.7 seconds left.
Harden gets friendly bounce. Houston up 129-126 with 12.7 sec. to go.
Harden will shoot FTs
James Harden's stepback 18-footer over Tyson Chandler rattles in! What a shot. Rockets up three, 12.7 sec left.
When Howard comes up to set the screen, Ellis shoulda trucked him. Run right thru his chest to force the non-intentional foul call
Tony Parker misses his first shot.
Green draws the Paul assignment early.
Tony Parker misses again.
So much for the Mets' 11-game winning streak. Thanks for playing.
Harden hits one of his daggers. Rockets 129, Mavericks 126. Mans have the ball with 12.7 to play.
Playoff Basketball at the AT&T Center...
Heart breaking bounce.
Braeden Anderson told ESPN he will transfer to Seton Hall. also granted permission to play basketball and attend law school. So impressive.
HOU 127, DAL 126. 33.8 seconds left. Harden: 40 pts, 9 ast, 5 reb Monta: 32 pts, 9 ast, 3 stl Dwight: 13 pts, 26 reb Dirk: 34 pts, 8 reb
Dwight Howard has a playoff career-high 26 rebounds.
Last playoff game I covered in this building ended in confetti.
Dirk's final stand. 33.8 left.
Dirk is still so good. Guys like him, Tim Duncan just continue to impress after all these years. Love seeing it.
The problem isn't effort. They're trying. It's discipline. And, well, talent.
34-8-4 for Dirk. Win or lose, Mavs fans should savor this performance. You don't know how much more playoff greatness he has left in him.
Late T, but right call. Ross gets technical after all. At least he showed a pulse.