Nuggets Stay Alive – NBA Roundup For May 1st
UNDATED (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have put themselves in position to wrap up their NBA first-round series at home on Friday.
Zach Randolph scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 rebounds as Grizzlies held on to beat the Clippers 103-93 in Los Angeles.
Randolph was one of three players with at least 20 points for Memphis, which leads the Western Conference quarterfinal series 3-2. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL’) finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Mike Conley chipped in 20 points and six assists.
The Clippers dropped their third in a row despite Chris Paul’s game-high 35 points.
Clippers center Blake Griffin started despite an ankle injury but finished with just four points, five rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes.
The Denver Nuggets have extended their season by at least two more days.
Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) scored 25 points and had 12 rebounds as the Nuggets held off the Warriors 107-100 to force a Game 6 in the NBA’s Western Conference quarterfinal series Thursday at Golden State. Ty Lawson chipped in 19 points and 10 assists, while Wilson Chandler also scored 19 points.
Kenneth Faried was a major contributor as well, hounding the Warriors’ guards and had a pair of dunks after Golden State got within 96-91 with 5:09 left. Faried delivered 13 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.
The Warriors trailed by as many as 22 before Stephen Curry made it a five-point game with his only three-pointer of the night. Curry finished with 15 points and shot just 1-for-7 from beyond the arc after hitting a league-record 18 treys in his first four playoff games.
Harrison Barnes had a team-high 23 points for Golden State.
Today, the Boston Celtics take on the New York Knicks and the Atlanta-Indiana series continues, as does the matchup between Oklahoma City and Houston.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd has become the first player to win back-to-back NBA sportsmanship awards. He received 91 first-place votes from league players and 2,474 total points to claim the Joe Dumars (DOO’-mars) Trophy in his first season in New York. He won the award last season with Dallas.
Three-time winner Grant Hill is only other player to win the award multiple times.