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Knicks’ Jose Calderon drains game-winning three to beat Lakers (VIDEO)

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If the Knicks were asking Jose Calderon to defend a game-winning shot, it probably doesn’t go very well. But the guy is shooting 40 percent from three this season.

The Lakers had come back from 16 back to make it a game, one that was tied 87-87 with 9.3 seconds left. The Knicks had Calderon inbounding the ball, with the plan to get the ball to Carmelo Anthony. However, the Lakers double-teamed him from the start and denied that option. As an outlet Calderon threw the ball to Robin Lopez out high, but the pass almost went into the backcourt and the entire play blew up, the spacing was shot, and the Knicks were scrambling. This was just an ugly mess. Lopez just gave the ball back to Calderon.

Calderon drove right but Marcelo Huertas was caught off guard when Calderon pulled up, and that gave the Knick point guard a clean look at a three.

Splash.

Knicks win. Which makes some fans in Toronto sad (the Raptors have the Knicks pick this June, although the Nuggets have the right to switch picks with the Knicks, so the Raptors get the worse of the two).

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s fourth triple-double in 11 games leads Bucks

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NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, nearly getting his fourth triple-double in the last 11 games by halftime, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-100 on Sunday night.

Antetokounmpo already had 12 points, nine assists and eight rebounds by the half on his way to becoming the first Bucks player with four triple-doubles in a season. All of them have come since Feb. 22.

Jabari Parker added 23 points, and Khris Middleton had 19 points to help the Bucks win their third straight game.

Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Nets, who dropped their fourth in a row. Sean Kilpatrick added 19 in his first home game with the Nets after they returned from a franchise-record, nine-game trip.

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The Nets committed 12 turnovers that led to 17 points in the fourth quarter as Milwaukee seized control after trailing 79-78 through three.

Antetokounmpo, who had a highlight dunk in the first half when he jumped from just near the foul line on the fast break, set up Miles Plumlee‘s dunk that put Milwaukee ahead for good at 99-98 with 3:21 to play. The Bucks kept expanding it from there on a finishing 12-2 run, helped repeatedly by the Nets’ turnovers that sent Antetokounmpo leading a fast break in the other direction.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Because of plane trouble, the Bucks didn’t get into New York until early Sunday afternoon. Their plane wasn’t able to take off Saturday night after their victory over New Orleans in Milwaukee, so they remained there overnight. … Antetokounmpo’s seven assists in the first quarter matched the high for a Bucks player in any period this season.

Nets: Brooklyn was swept in the three-game season series. The Nets dropped the first two in their first seven games of the season. … G Wayne Ellington missed the game with an upper respiratory infection. … Brooklyn wore “Los Nets” jerseys as part of the NBA’s Latin Nights series.

WHERE DID EVERYBODY GO?

Lopez is the only player remaining from the Brooklyn team that Kidd coached to the second round in the 2013-14 season. Kidd got the Bucks job that July in what began the team’s breakup. Paul Pierce wasn’t re-signed and many more moves followed.

“That happens in sports. Change happens all the time, from coaches to players, so the teams that tend to win are the ones who stick together, are together for a long time,” Kidd said. “You look at Golden State, you look at San Antonio, you look at Oklahoma City, those are the teams that are atop the NBA and those are the teams that tend to win, so for Brooklyn or Milwaukee, we’re all trying to strive to be consistent.”

 

Doc Rivers calls Branden Dawson arrest “terrible situation,” says it’s too early for official team action

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LOS ANGELES — As if Doc Rivers didn’t have enough on-the-court issues to deal with — his Clippers got thumped by the Cavaliers Sunday and now head out on a road trip that includes the Spurs and Warriors — he had the arrest of one of his players to deal with Sunday.

Clipper rookie Branden Dawson, who spent most of the season in the D-League, was arrested Sunday morning on charges of felony domestic abuse. Rivers said it was too soon to know what they Clippers would do about it.

“Obviously, it’s an awful situation as far as I’m concerned, I have a daughter,” Doc Rivers said after his team got crushed by the Cavaliers Sunday. “It’s a terrible situation, but we’ll figure out what we want to do and how we want to handle it.”

When pressed on it, noting other teams have suspended players, Rivers said it was simply too early to say how the team would respond.

Dawson was arrested at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning and was not with the team when they faced the Cavs as he was still in jail until after tip-off. He did not come to the arena.

The Clippers selected Dawson in the second round of the 2015 draft out of Michigan State. He has a non-guaranteed contract for next season with the Clippers.

Kanye West offers to redesign Clippers “Chuck the Condor” mascot

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If you’re the most ridiculed thing to do with the Los Angeles Clippers, that is saying something.

Right now, the new mascot Chuck the Condor has that title.

It’s gotten to the point Kanye West wants in on the redesign.

Having seen the Yeezy Adidas line of shoes, I’m not so sure that’s a good idea.

Chuck was having none of it and threw some shade back at Kanye.

Score one for Chuck. Plus he’s got other influential friends.

Cavaliers look playoff ready, Clippers look like they miss Blake Griffin in blowout loss

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LOS ANGELES — The results were clear.

One team looked like an elite team getting its execution down before the playoffs. There was dribble penetration, the ball moved, the shots fell, the defense was sharp.

One team looked like it was missing a key player.

The result was an old-fashioned shellacking, with Cleveland beating the Los Angeles Clippers 114-90 in a game that felt over by the half. LeBron James had 27 points, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith each had 17, and the Cavaliers hit 18 threes (shooting 48.6 percent).

“We made shots,” Irving said of what went right. “We made them come into defensive rotations, made it uncomfortable for DeAndre (Jordan) to come and guard Kevin (Love) when we go small and LeBron goes to the four, so it’s hard for them to match up with us when we go small like that. Also with our pick-and-roll game… we’re just going with what was working. Whether it was me attacking or LeBron going downhill, we were creating and with our pace feel like they couldn’t run with us.”

The Cavs looked like a team ready for the playoffs.

“We’re kind of getting in form right now,” LeBron said. “I think coach (Tyronn) Lue has done a great job of finding out his rhythm, of finding out what he wants from us, and we are responding. We have a great rotation right now and guys are healthy, so we are just trying to pay the game the right way.”

Cleveland played big and they played small effectively at different times. Offensively they got into the paint and then either finished or kicked out — then the ball didn’t stick, the Cavs were making the extra pass and a lot of their threes were open and in the flow of the offense. LeBron said there was only one three he could recall — a Smith heat-check three in front of the Clippers bench — that wasn’t in the flow, and laughingly added Smith gets to take those.

When the threes are falling for Cleveland — and Channing Frye was essential for this, hitting 5-of-7 — they are almost impossible to stop.

The Clippers, on the other hand, may have put up an impressive record without Blake Griffin (39-22), but up against the elite teams he is missed. And the drop off is dramatic — the Clippers starting forwards of Jeff Green and Luc Mbah a Moute were a combined 3-of-15 shooting, plus they were torched all game by LeBron and Love defensively. It was ugly. The Clippers spread pick-and-roll offense can mask the loss of Griffin against lesser teams, but not contenders such as the Cavaliers.

“It gets real tough (playing without Griffin),” Chris Paul said. “They have three, four guys out there that no shot clock can bail you out (of). Just having Blake to be able to throw the ball into the post, when the shot clock is low, or just that pick-and-roll, just having that pick-and-pop option. Just all the attention that he brings opens it up for all of is. So it has been tough without him, but we have to keep fighting until he gets back.”

That fight moves into a brutal five-game road trip for the Clippers that starts Tuesday in San Antonio and also includes stops in Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, and finally Golden State.  Originally the Clippers hoped to have Griffin back on this trip, but Rivers said that a quad injury (why Griffin had missed a few games before he broke his hand when he punched a team employee) is what is holding him back now. There is no time

Cleveland finishes up their road trip Monday in Utah. The Cavs are 3-0 on the trip so far.