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Terrence Ross left the bubble to deal with a “non-COVID medical matter” at the recommendation of an NBA physician in Orlando.
The league has been criticized for consistent testing while the public struggles to be tested in a timely manner.
Portland's Damian Lillard poured in 51 points against a Philadelphia team missing injured stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, powering the Trail Blazers to a 124-121 NBA victory Sunday. Lillard, taunted on social media after two key missed free throws in a Saturday loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, unleashed the 10th 50-point performance of his career and fifth of the season to pull Portland within a half-game of Memphis for eighth in the Western Conference playoff fight.
Damian Lillard poured in 51 points and added seven assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 124-121 victory over a Philadelphia 76ers' squad that lost Joel Embiid to injury on Sunday night near Orlando. Carmelo Anthony recorded 20 points and seven rebounds as Portland (33-39) moved within a half-game of the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference race. The Trail Blazers are a half-game ahead of the San Antonio Spurs and one game in front of the Phoenix Suns for the play-in berth.
Everything is back to normal for Damian Lillard. The All-Star point guard scored 51 points after a frustrating finish a night earlier, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 124-121 on Sunday. On Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers, Lillard missed a pair of free throws with 18.6 seconds to go and a 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds left in a 122-117 loss.
Gordon Hayward showed early just how aggressive he would be as he drove the lane. Hayward hit three free throws with 2:29 left in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 122-119 on Sunday for their third straight victory. The Celtics hadn't scored in overtime until Hayward went to the line after being fouled by Nikola Vucevic.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry on Sunday said he was thrilled to see sports thrive in their return after being derailed by the COVID-19 crisis in March. The three-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion is an avid golfer and was among only a handful of people taking in the action at the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, where fans were not allowed on the course due to the pandemic. Curry will host his own PGA Tour event at TPC Harding Park next year.
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If you're a three-time NBA champion and two-time league MVP, you can skirt the ban on fans at the PGA Championship. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was deputized as a “guest reporter” for the final round of the tournament, making him one of the few outsiders allowed on the course at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco on Sunday. Curry, who is not in the NBA bubble in Florida because the Warriors didn't qualify for the NBA restart, asked the first two questions at winner Collin Morikawa's news conference.
Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs came to the NBA's restart bubble looking to develop their young talent. For Zion Williamson, postseason hopes have to wait until next year. DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Rudy Gay added 19 off the bench and the Spurs wasted much of a 20-point, second-half lead before hanging on to beat New Orleans 122-113 on Sunday.
It’s now official: There will be a play-in series to determine the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The league decided to add the play-in series option in an abundance of fairness, since about 14% of the regular season schedule was eliminated because of the coronavirus pandemic. To advance and face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, the eighth-place team will have to win one of the two games and the ninth-place finisher would have to go 2-0.
The NBA fined Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green $50,000 on Sunday for violating the league's anti-tampering rule. The fine is in response to Green's comments on Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker that he made Friday while serving as an analyst on TNT. Green initially praised Booker for his play during the Suns' undefeated run to begin the NBA's restart near Orlando.
The last time there was a slate of five or more NBA games on the same day, with every team scoring at least 110 points, was more than 32 years ago. Scoring numbers are soaring inside the NBA’s bubble, where the restarted season is happening at Walt Disney World. Through Sunday, 15 of the 22 teams inside the bubble were exceeding what had been their scoring averages before the season was suspended on March 11 because of COVID-19.
T.J. Warren scored 39 points as the in-form Indiana Pacers inflicted a 116-111 defeat on LeBron James and his stuttering Los Angeles Lakers, who have lost three in a row as the NBA playoffs approach. Indiana's win ensured the NBA's top regular-season record will belong to the Milwaukee, despite the Bucks losing 136-132 to Dallas in over-time. The Bucks (55-15) won't have the home court advantage that usually comes with the top mark.
Luka Doncic scored 36 points in his NBA-leading 17th triple-double and the Dallas Mavericks scored the last seven points of regulation to force overtime, going on to a 136-132 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks before fouling out in the final seconds hours after the reigning MVP was named a finalist for the award along with LeBron James and James Harden. Brook Lopez scored a season-high 34 points for the Bucks, who have already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Devin Booker scored 35 points and Jevon Carter added a season-high 20 points as the Phoenix Suns remained undefeated in the NBA restart, beating the Miami Heat 119-112 on Saturday night. Carter made six of eight 3-pointers as the Suns improved to 5-0 in the restart. “I think this bubble opportunity was big for us and we’re taking advantage of it,” Booker said.
T.J. Warren is leading a litany of All-Stars in scoring inside the NBA bubble, and his Indiana Pacers are the only Eastern Conference team with four wins. Warren scored 39 points, including seven straight to put Indiana ahead in the final two minutes, and the Pacers beat Los Angeles 116-111 on Saturday. LeBron James had 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists after sitting out the first game since the Lakers clinched the top seed in the West.
Jamal Murray scored 23 points in his first game of the NBA restart, including the tying and go-ahead baskets, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Utah Jazz 134-132 in two overtimes Saturday. The Nuggets overcame Donovan Mitchell's 35 points for Utah, including a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Murray, playing his first game since March 11 after missing four games with left hamstring tightness, sank a fallaway jumper for a 123-all tie and then beat the shot clock with a go-ahead 3-pointer.