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The Truth is clutch. Paul Pierce scored only 2 pts in 1st half vs Raptors, but put up 16 Pts in 2nd half, 8 of them in final 2 minutes.

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Kings taking on extra $$ to move three spots DOWN in Kawhi draft and pick Jimmer 10th remains maybe most inexplicable trade in last decade

Leonard, Spurs slam Clippers
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Newly-crowned Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard showed off his skills on offense in the Spurs' 27-point Game 3 win over the Clippers. He scored a career-high 32 points, none more impressive than this must-see slam.

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Crazy Stat of Day: Rockets have 359 Pts in their first 3 games of series, most by one team in its first 3 playoff games since 1993-94 Suns.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

And Houston, with 359 points so far against Dallas, sports highest total for any NBA team in its first three playoff games since '93-94 Suns

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Clippers, meanwhile, will have to make franchise history to topple Spurs & see Round 2. They've never won a series after falling behind 2-1

Rockets, Mavs shoot the lights out
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Friday's high-scoring affair between the Rockets and Mavs saw Dwight Howard tie a Houston playoff record with 26 boards and James Harden (42) and Monta Ellis (34) hit playoff career highs in points.

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Heat bothered by NBA clinic in Cuba
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Commissioner Adam Silver said it was a mistake not to first consult the Heat regarding the clinic: "[T]hey were miffed. ... Our bad. We made a mistake. ... A rookie error on my part." There's sensitivity involving Cuba in South Florida, which has a large Cuban population.

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Spurs go up 2-1 on Clippers

The Spurs handed the Clippers their worst playoff loss ever Friday. Why was Game 3 important? Under coach Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have won 84% of their playoff series when leading 2-1. The Clippers, meanwhile, have never come back from a 2-1 series deficit in franchise history.

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And sure enough the numbers reflected that. Bibby was better with a soft contest. Different strokes, different folks.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Reminds me of when Mike Bibby told us that LeBron/Wade/Bosh made him too open. Hated having a lot of space. Overthought it.