Denver Nuggets stave off elimination

Ty Lawson added 19 points and 10 assists and Wilson Chandler scored 19 for the Nuggets, who trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Game Six will be in Oakland today.

Harrison Barnes scored 23 points, Jarrett Jack had 20 and Klay Thomson had 19 for Golden State. Stephen Curry was held to a series-low 15 points and struggled to 1-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Denver jumped out to a 20-point lead at halftime and led 92-73 with nine minutes left before the Warriors made one more push. Curry’s three-pointer with 5:09 left capped an 18-4 burst and brought Golden State to 96-91.

The Warriors had a chance to make it a one-possession game but Curry and Thompson missed three-pointers on the same possession.

Chandler then responded with a three-pointer from the corner at the other end to stretch the lead to 103-95 with 1:25 left.

Zach Randolph had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Marc Gasol added 21 points as visiting Memphis defeated Los Angeles Clippers 103-93 for the third straight game to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference best-of-seven series.

Mike Conley scored 20 points and Tayshaun Prince tallied 15 as the Grizzlies continued a stunning turnaround after finding themselves in a 2-0 hole. Memphis can close out the series with a home victory in Game Six tomorrow.

Chris Paul scored 35 points and Jamal Crawford added 15 for the Clippers.

Blake Griffin had four points and five rebounds in 20 minutes before leaving midway through the third quarter because of a sprained right ankle suffered in practice on Monday.

The Grizzlies kept Los Angeles at bay throughout the final quarter.

Los Angeles pulled to within 91-86 on a three-pointer by Crawford with 1:49 remaining but Prince drained a long-range effort 20 seconds later and Gasol hit six free throws in the final 22 seconds to seal the win.


James leads Cavs to sweep of Pacers

(The Sports Xchange) – LeBron James scored 33 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:08 remaining, and Cleveland completed a four-game sweep of Indiana in their NBA playoff opening-round series.

Bahamas crowned basketball champs, Guyana take out Barbados

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, CMC – The Bahamas crowned themselves Caribbean champions when they turned back a resilient Cuba in the final of the regional Basketball Championship here Saturday night.

Road to Mecca begins with wins for Linden, G/town clubs

The ‘Road to Mecca’ began Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall with wins for Colts, Retrieve Raiders, Ravens and Kings as the new executive of the Guyana Amateur Basketball federation staged its first tournament a countrywide inter-club affair.

NBA round-up

Masked James leads Heat past Orlando (The Sports Xchange) – Indiana forward Paul George scored 10 points over the final four minutes, 20 seconds as the Pacers, the team with the best record in the NBA, beat the Boston Celtics 102-97.

Heat need rare win streak to keep NBA title hopes alive

SAN ANTONIO, (Reuters) – Stringing together a two-game win streak sounds routine for the reigning champion Miami Heat, but they have failed to do it for more than three weeks and must do so in the NBA Finals or risk losing their crown.

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