Monday, July 23, 2018
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Clippers lose top two players

LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin is out for the rest of the playoffs after aggravating his left quadriceps tendon and Chris Paul had right hand surgery Tuesday, leaving the stunned Clippers without their top two players for the rest of their first-round series against the Trail Blazers.

The team said Griffin had an MRI exam that revealed no further structural damage to the quad that he injured in a game Dec. 25. He missed 41 games and another four as punishment for punching the team's assistant equipment manager, returning April 3. He's expected to be ready for training camp in September.

"You feel bad for Chris, you feel bad for Blake," said guard J.J. Redick, who is dealing with his own nagging left heel injury.

Paul had surgery to repair a hand fracture sustained in the third quarter of Monday night's 98-84 loss in Game 4 that allowed Portland to tie the best-of-seven series. The star point guard appeared to catch his hand on Gerald Henderson's jersey.

"C.P. is a reacher. He probably has the best hands in the league. At that time it got caught in the wrong place," coach Doc Rivers said. "It's amazing how things change for you."

HAWKS 110, CELTICS 83: Kent Bazemore sparked a stunning turnaround with three straight 3-pointers in the second quarter, and host Atlanta reclaimed the upper hand.

The Hawks are up 3-2 in the series and positioned to close it out Thursday in Boston.

This one started out horribly for Atlanta, which couldn't make a shot and trailed 29-19 midway through the second quarter. Then, suddenly, the Hawks looked like a different team.

Atlanta ripped off a 28-8 run to take control before halftime. The Hawks blew it open with a 42-point third quarter.

Hawks 110, Celtics 83

BOSTON (83): Crowder 4-10 0-0 10, Jerebko 2-4 2-2 6, Johnson 2-4 2-2 6, Thomas 3-12 1-3 7, Turner 5-10 4-4 15, Smart 2-7 4-6 10, Olynyk 0-3 0-0 0, Rozier 2-7 0-0 4, Sullinger 4-9 1-2 10, Hunter 1-3 0-0 3, Mickey 2-3 0-0 4, Zeller 1-2 4-6 6, Young 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 29-77 18-25 83.

ATLANTA (110): Bazemore 6-14 0-0 16, Millsap 4-8 1-4 10, Horford 2-11 2-2 6, Teague 5-11 5-6 16, Korver 5-8 0-0 13, Scott 7-9 1-1 17, Sefolosha 2-4 2-2 6, Schroder 4-7 0-0 9, Hardaway Jr. 2-6 0-0 4, Muscala 0-4 0-0 0, Hinrich 1-3 0-0 2, Patterson 1-5 1-1 3, Humphries 3-6 0-0 8. Totals 42-96 12-16 110.

Boston 20 19 23 21— 83

Atlanta 15 32 42 21— 110

3-Point GoalsBoston 7-29 (Smart 2-5, Crowder 2-6, Sullinger 1-2, Hunter 1-2, Turner 1-2, Young 0-1, Jerebko 0-2, Olynyk 0-2, Rozier 0-3, Thomas 0-4), Atlanta 14-36 (Bazemore 4-9, Korver 3-6, Humphries 2-2, Scott 2-3, Teague 1-2, Schroder 1-2, Millsap 1-3, Sefolosha 0-1, Hinrich 0-1, Muscala 0-1, Patterson 0-1, Horford 0-2, Hardaway Jr. 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 54 (Jerebko 8), Atlanta 59 (Horford, Millsap 8). AssistsBoston 19 (Rozier 4), Atlanta 30 (Sefolosha, Millsap 6). Total FoulsBoston 17, Atlanta 17. TechnicalsSchroder. A18,987 (18,729).

RAPTORS 102, PACERS 99: DeMar DeRozan scored 34 and host Toronto rallied past Indiana to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series. Solomon Hill's potential tying 3-pointer was ruled after the buzzer. The Raptors overcame 39 points from Paul George and a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit.

Raptors 102, Pacers 99

INDIANA (99): George 11-19 12-12 39, Turner 7-10 0-0 14, Mahinmi 1-2 2-2 4, G.Hill 5-9 1-1 15, Ellis 3-10 2-2 8, S.Hill 3-4 2-2 11, Stuckey 1-10 0-2 2, Lawson 0-1 1-2 1, Miles 2-8 0-0 5, Allen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-73 20-23 99.

TORONTO (102): Carroll 1-3 3-4 5, Patterson 3-10 0-0 7, Valanciunas 5-8 1-3 11, Lowry 3-11 7-8 14, DeRozan 10-22 12-13 34, Biyombo 3-5 4-4 10, Ross 1-6 0-0 3, Joseph 3-6 1-1 8, Powell 4-11 2-2 10. Totals 33-82 30-35 102.

Indiana 35 26 29 9— 99

Toronto 20 32 25 25— 102

3-Point GoalsIndiana 13-29 (George 5-11, G.Hill 4-7, S.Hill 3-3, Miles 1-5, Stuckey 0-1, Ellis 0-2), Toronto 6-26 (DeRozan 2-4, Joseph 1-2, Patterson 1-4, Lowry 1-5, Ross 1-6, Carroll 0-1, Powell 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 45 (Turner, George 8), Toronto 52 (Biyombo 16). AssistsIndiana 22 (George 8), Toronto 12 (Lowry 5). Total FoulsIndiana 26, Toronto 18. TechnicalsGeorge. A19,800 (19,800).

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Warriors' Steve Kerr, despite missing more than half the regular season while recovering from back surgery and subsequent complications, was named coach of the year. … Washington officially announced the hiring of Scott Brooks as head coach, replacing Randy Wittman. … Forward Dirk Nowitzki isn't retiring and said it is all but certain he will spend a 19th season with the Mavericks.

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