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OAKLAND---Stephen Curry made
a career playoff-high seven three-
pointers and scored 33 points,
leading the Golden State Warriors
past the Los Angeles 118-97 on
Sunday to even a first-round
series that has been pulled into a
race-related scandal involving the
Clippers players made a silent
protest against Donald Sterling by
shedding their warm-up jerseys
and going through pregame routine
with their red shirts on inside out.
They also wore black bands on
their wrists or arms and black socks
in a show of solidarity.
Curry and the Warriors made
another kind of statement.
The All-Star guard made his first
five 3s to give Golden State a 20-
point lead in the first quarter that
held up most of the way. Curry
shot ten for 20 from the floor,
including seven of 14 from beyond
the arc, and had seven assists and
seven rebounds to help the War-
riors snap a two-game skid.
Golden State outshot Los Ange-
les 55.4 to 42.9 per cent. The Clip-
pers had 19 turnovers, while the
Warriors had a series-low 15
Game 5 is tonight in Los Ange-
les.Andre Iguodala added 22 points
and nine assists, and David Lee,
Klay Thompson and Harrison
Barnes each scored 15 as the War-
riors regained their shooting touch
in front of a roaring, gold-shirt
wearing sellout crowd of 19,596
that stood after every swish.
Jamal Crawford scored 26 points,
and Blake Griffin had 21 points and
six rebounds for a Clippers team
wrapped up in the most talked-
about topic in sports.
TRAIL BLAZERS 123,
ROCKETS 120, OT
had 29 points and ten rebounds
as Portland took a 3-1 advantage
in the series in Oregon.
Nicolas Batum added 25 points
in the first win for the home team
in the series, which moves to
Houston for Game 5 on Wednes-
day. It was the third overtime game
of the series.
The Blazers haven t advanced
out of the first round since the
postseason in 2000
James Harden had 28 points and
Dwight Howard added 25 points
and 14 rebounds for the Rockets.
Portland trailed by as many as
11 points, but rallied in the fourth
quarter. Mo Williams three-pointer
put the Blazers in front 105-104
with 18.9 seconds left. Dorell
Wright missed the first of two free
throws making it 106-104 with 8.3
seconds to go.
Howard dunked off a feed from
Harden with 3.6 seconds left to tie
it again and Williams missed a
three at the buzzer to send the
game into overtime at 106-106.
WIZARDS 98, BULLS 89
WASHINGTON---Trevor Ariza had
a career playoff-high 30 points
as Washington scored the first 14
points of the game and barely
looked back in taking a 3-1 lead
in the Eastern Conference series.
John Wall added 15 points and
ten assists for the Wizards, who
forced 16 turnovers and committed
only six. Washington played with-
out forward Nene, who was sus-
pended for grabbing Jimmy Butler
by the head in Game 3.
The Wizards are looking to win
a playoff series for only the third
time since the 1970s. They can fin-
ish off the Bulls in Game 5 on
Tuesday in Chicago.
Taj Gibson scored a career-high
32 points on 13 for 16 shooting for
Chicago, but his teammates com-
bined to go 22 for 62 from the field.
RAPTORS 87, NETS 79
NEW YORK---DeMar DeRozan
scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry
added 22 as Toronto evened the
first-round series at two games
Amir Johnson had 17 points for
the Raptors, who started fast, gave
up all of a 17-point lead, then shut
the Nets down over the final 5 min-
utes to snap a 13-game road losing
streak in the playoffs that went
back 13 years.
Game 5 is Wednesday night in
Toronto, with the series now guar-
anteed a return to Brooklyn on Fri-
day for Game 6.
Paul Pierce scored 22 points for
the Nets, who were three for 17 in
the fourth quarter and didn t have
a field goal after Pierce s basket
with 6:13 left gave them a 77-73
...even series 2-2
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