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Ja Morant’s 35 Led Memphis To An Overtime Win Over The Warriors

The Grizzlies hold the distinction of being in the NBA’s only two play-in tournaments, and after a narrow loss to Portland in the Bubble last season, Ja Morant and co. delivered big time in a do-or-die game against Golden State on Friday night, winning 117-112 in overtime.

On the road in San Francisco, Morant scored 35 points to go with six assists and four steals, as well as the Grizzlies’ last two buckets in the final minute of overtime to clinch the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and a meeting with the Utah Jazz in the first round.

The game was crazy from the jump, with Memphis storming out to an early lead before starting center Jonas Valanciunas — who was great in both rounds of the play-in — picked up his second foul and left the court. That gave the Warriors space for their own run and

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Anthony Davis, Lakers Fall to No. 7 Seed as Damian Lillard Shines in Blazers Win | Bleacher Report

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, May 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Faced with arguably their biggest game of the season, the Portland Trail Blazers muscled past the Los Angeles Lakers 106-101, breaking a tie for the sixth seed in the Western Conference, clinching a season-series victory over the defending champions and retaining control of their play-in tournament destiny.

Only the top six seeds in each conference will advance to the first round of the postseason automatically. Teams that finish seventh through tenth place will participate in a single-elimination play-in tournament beginning May 18.

One night after getting blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center—a game that saw Anthony Davis exit after nine minutes with back spasms—a shorthanded Lakers team suffered its eighth loss in its last 10 games. 

Without LeBron James

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Heated exchange on Pacers’ sideline as Kings win with big game from Marvin Bagley III

Simmering frustrations boiled over in a big way on the Indiana Pacers’ bench when center Goga Bitadze clashed with assistant coach Greg Foster during Wednesday’s 104-93 loss to the Kings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren found himself answering questions about a heated exchange on the team’s bench a day after ESPN reported he faces an uncertain future with the organization due in part to his relationship with players.

“We’re in a frustrating stretch here; a lot going on with the challenges of navigating through a season,” Bjorkgren said after the Pacers lost for the fourth time in five games. “The competitive juices are flowing and things like that will happen.”

Marvin Bagley III posted a season-high 31 points and 12 rebounds as the Kings (29-37) punished the Pacers (30-35) around the basket. Sacramento had a 62-46 advantage on points in the paint. The Kings forced

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South Wolverines baseball coach Taylor Nerland chases his dad in the win column as he begins his 6th season

Steve Nerland became a baseball fan when he was 13 or 14 and his family moved from Fairbanks to Anchorage in the 1960s. Now 70, Nerland remembers forging a connection with the game through the Armed Forces Radio Network, which served Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base.

“They broadcast a game of the day from different venues,” he said, “… and I started listening to baseball.”

Fast forward one generation, replace AM radio with cable TV, and the game captures the love of another Nerland boy.

“I can just remember growing up, he had SportsCenter on and ESPN on all the time,” 38-year-old Taylor Nerland said. “As a kid you kind of rebelled a little bit against it — ‘Aghh, SportsCenter again’ — but I’d find myself at the kitchen table watching highlights at 10 o’clock before going to bed. You find yourself wanting to see more.”

Taylor Nerland

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