NBA: Illegal Raptors screen freed Kyle Lowry for late 3-pointer in win over Pelicans

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Kyle Lowry hit the game-winning jumper in overtime of the Raptors’ 108-106 win over the Pelicans on Tuesday — an unimpeachably great play by the Toronto star.

But two earlier plays involving Lowry drew scrutiny in the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report.

Perhaps, the Raptors would have just won in regulation with correct officiating down the stretch. But if the game still would’ve reached overtime — a perfectly reasonable conclusion — Toronto benefited from an even bigger missed call in the extra period.

The game remained tied at 96 for the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, but the Raptors were robbed of a possession in that span. After blocking Lowry’s shot, Anthony Davis saved the ball from going out of bounds with a pass directly to Lowry. But Lowry was called for a foul — in error, according to the league:

Lowry (TOR) makes marginal contact with Davis (NOP) that does not affect his ability to retrieve the basketball.

The Raptors weren’t the penalty, so New Orleans just got the ball, though it should have gone to Toronto with a fresh shot clock.

But the Pelicans didn’t score again in regulation anyway, and the Raptors turned the ball over on both their remaining fourth-quarter possessions..

That took the game to overtime, where Lowry hit a 3-pointer — after coming around an illegal pick by Patrick Patterson on E'Twaun Moore with two minutes left, per the NBA:

Patterson (TOR) sets the screen on Moore (NOP) and delivers the contact.

A correct call would’ve ended the Raptors possession before Lowry hit the 3-pointer. Instead, Toronto used those three points en route to its two-point win.

Watch Kawhi Leonard, Mike Conley in epic playoff duel Saturday (VIDEO)

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Kawhi Leonard scored 16 straight points for the Spurs at the end of regulation to give San Antonio the lead and a chance. Then Mike Conley hit a floater in the lane forced overtime.

There Mike Conley hit a floating bank shot that had the Grizzlies up three with :47 seconds left, only to have Leonard answer with a three to tie the game. Marc Gasol would break that tie and get Memphis the series-evening win.

Conley and Leonard traded blows through the clutch parts of Saturday’s epic Game 4 between Memphis and San Antonio. It’s worth checking out the highlights again.

John Wall goes coast-to-coast, behind-the-back for lefty dunk (VIDEO)

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There’s not going to be many plays better than this in the entire playoffs.

There wasn’t a lot for Wizards’ fans to cheer in Game 3, the Hawks took control early and routed Washington, making it a 2-1 series. But there was this, John Wall going coast-to-coast with the ball, going around-the-back and throwing it down left handed.

Wall is just so fast end to end.

Warriors take 3-0 series lead over Blazers with 119-113 win

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and the short-handed Golden State Warriors overcame a slow start to take a 3-0 lead in their playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 119-113 victory on Saturday night.

The Blazers led by as many as 17 points in the first half, but couldn’t hold off the Warriors, who can clinch the series with a win Monday night in Game 4 at the Moda Center.

Golden State was without Kevin Durant, who was sitting for a second straight game cause of a left calf strain, and coach Steve Kerr stayed back at the team hotel because of illness.

The Warriors took a 108-100 lead after Andre Iguodala‘s dunk with 4:05 to go.

Noah Vonleh‘s dunk got Portland within four at 110-106 with 1:29 left, but Curry answered with a 3-pointer that all but sealed it, sending fans streaming for the exits.

CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 32 points, while Damian Lillard added 31.

Markieff Morris calls Paul Millsap a “crybaby,” Millsap responds “It definitely got personal now”

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The Atlanta Hawks owned the Washington Wizards from the opening tip Saturday, making it a 2-1 series with an easy win.

It’s a series now — and that includes trash talk.

Paul Millsap had 29 points, pulled down 14 boards, got to the line 11 times, and led the Hawks to the win. He got the calls he wanted this game, but Washington’s Markieff Morris was not exactly down with high praise for Millsap.

The key line here: “”He just did more for his team. He’s a crybaby. Get all the calls and you a crybaby.”

Millsap was asked about that comment in his postgame presser — and the best part may be Dennis Schroeder’s reaction.

“It definitely got personal now, yes. I mean, I don’t care. So what? He can take his loss and go back to the hotel and be ready for the next game.”

These two have already had a beef this series.

Game 4 in this series just got a lot more interesting.