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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Basketball

All time
# NBA Playoffs
Brooklyn Nets close in on series win as Big Three breeze past Boston, fan arrested for throwing water bottle
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden combined for 104 points.
# new york state of mind
Derrick Rose leads the way as New York Knicks win first play-off game since 2013
The Utah Jazz also levelled against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Philadelphia 76ers had a second straight victory over the Washington Wizards.
# LA story
Los Angeles Lakers rally late to level first-round series with Phoenix Suns
The Californians had to hold off their resurgent hosts in the second half.
# Hoops
Devin Booker leads Phoenix Suns to victory over Los Angeles Lakers
There was late drama at Madison Square Garden as the Atlanta Hawks clinched a narrow win over the New York Knicks.
# Late Late Show
Last-gasp Middleton gives Bucks play-off advantage against the Heat
Milwaukee prevailed to draw first blood against Miami after a dramatic overtime finish.
Milwaukee Bucks edge closer to second seed in East with defeat of Miami Heat
The Bucks, currently third in the East, could snatch second seeding if they beat the Chicago Bulls.
# Playoff Picture
New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks clinch places in NBA playoffs
The Lakers kept their hopes of a top-six spot alive with a narrow win over Houston.
# Westbrook in record books
Russell Westbrook sets new triple-double record in Washington Wizards’ loss
Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s 47-year-old record despite a one-point defeat to the Atlanta Hawks.
# Hoops
Anthony Davis leads LA Lakers to victory over Phoenix Suns
Despite again missing LeBron James, the defending champions won 123-110 to boost their play-off prospects.
# Business end
Brooklyn Nets rally from 21-point deficit to defeat the Denver Nuggets
A 16-point scoring spree from Blake Griffin sparked Brooklyn’s resurgence.
# LA story
Paul George leads from the front as Clippers beat Lakers in LA battle
There were also wins for the Mavericks and Warriors.
# Suns Shine
Phoenix Suns edge closer to top of West by snapping New York Knicks’ hot streak
Devin Booker scored 33 points as the Suns bounced back from successive defeats.
# How 'bout them Knicks
New York Knicks' resurgence continues with ninth win on the trot
The Julius Randle-inspired victory pushes the Knicks up to fourth in the Eastern Conference.
# Buzzer Beaten
Joel Embiid nearly pulls off miracle as Phoenix Suns hold off Philadelphia 76ers
Embiid barely missed a full-court shot at the buzzer which would have tied the game for Philadelphia.
# Golden Touch
Steph Curry shooting masterclass leads Golden State to victory over Sixers
Curry hit 10 three-pointers against the Eastern Conference leaders.
# Philly Special
Philadelphia 76ers beat Brooklyn Nets to claim Eastern Conference top spot
In the night’s other games, Luka Doncic and Stephen Curry dragged their teams to victory.
# ball don't lie
Kevin Durant drops 31 as Nets thump struggling Timberwolves
Durant led the scorers in a 127-97 victory for the Nets.
# Hoops
Paul George and Kawhi Leonard star as the LA Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns
The Utah Jazz continued their run of form at home.
# KD
Durant returns to deliver perfect shooting night in win over Pelicans
The Brooklyn Nets clobbered the New Orleans Pelicans 139-111.
# Golden Boy
Steph Curry gets hot as Golden State Warriors edge past Milwaukee Bucks
There were also wins for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks.
Clippers overcome Lakers to claim LA bragging rights
Marcus Morris led the Clippers’ charge with 22 points.
# The MVPs
Triple-doubles for Harden and history-making Westbrook deliver NBA wins
Westbrook unleashed 35 points, a career-best 21 assists and 14 rebounds to power the Wizards past the Indiana Pacers.
# Journey
'People would always ask me which sport do I prefer?' - Galway's dual diamond
Áine McDonagh is best known for her exploits with the Galway ladies footballers, but she’s always been a hugely talented basketball player.
Ingram hits hot streak as LeBron-less Lakers lose third straight game
With James, Davis and Gasol all sidelined, the Lakers have now fallen to fourth place in the Western Conference.
# we have a problem
Rockets suffer 20th straight defeat with narrow loss to Thunder
Elsewhere, Chris Paul became the sixth player in NBA history to register 10,000 assists.
# Philly Special
76ers continue hot form with win over Knicks
Philadelphia came from behind to post a thrilling three-point victory.
# Private
LeBron James urged to rethink vaccine stance
In comments ahead of the All-Star Game last weekend, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar would not say whether he planned on getting vaccinated.
# Phoenix Nights
LeBron eclipsed as Suns down Lakers
Suns leapfrog Lakers into second place in the Western Conference with victory.
# stick to sports
'I'll never shut up' LeBron James tells Zlatan
Ibrahimovic said athletes like the Lakers star should “stay out” of politics.
# Here's Luka At You Kid
Luka Doncic’s two late three-pointers propel Mavericks to victory over Celtics
Doncic finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
# Hoops
New Orleans overcome 24-point deficit in 120-115 victory over Boston
The feat marked the biggest comeback in Pelicans’ history.
Terry Rozier’s buzzer-beater edges Charlotte past Golden State 102-100
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was hit with two technical fouls for a late outburst at an official.
# Brooklyn Goes Hard
Harden scores 38 as the Nets leave it late against the Suns
There were also wins for the Lakers, Celtics and Raptors.
# Basketball
Clarkson on song as Jazz down Sixers in NBA's clash of conference leaders
The Utah Jazz overpowered the Philadelphia 76ers 134-123.
LeBron shines as injury-hit Lakers leave it late
For a second straight game, James and the Lakers were forced to dig deep in overtime.
# Zion Time
Zion Williamson and New Orleans Pelicans pummel Phoenix Suns
Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his third triple-double of the year as the Milwaukee Bucks outclassed the Indian Pacers.
# Tense
Dramatic finish in Boston as Lakers hold on for victory over Celtics
Boston Celtics’ Daniel Theis missed from three feet with 0.7 seconds left on the clock.
# Heat-seeking missiles
Brooklyn Nets inspired by 'three of the best in this business' with return to winning ways
Durant, Irving and Harden shone against Miami Heat.
# golden nugget
Nikola Jokic leads Denver Nuggets to win over Oklahoma City Thunder
The Jazz continued their hot streak with a win over Zion Williamson and the Pelicans.
# Post-Beard Era
No Harden, no problem as Wood bags 27 points to fuel Rockets win
Rockets beat Spurs 109-105 as dust settles on blockbuster trade deal.