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NBA FINALS Game 3: Raptors take advantage of depleted Warriors to snatch 2-1 series lead

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OAKLAND, California — A career night from Curry could not turn a home-court advantage into a win for the Golden State Warriors as the Toronto Raptors steal one on the road after a rousing 123-109 Game 3 win in the NBA Finals at the Oracle Arena Thursday (Manila time)

Despite gunning for a career-high 47 points, Curry had little help from a team plagued by injuries, the most recent was to superstar starter Klay Thompson who suited up but did not play.Kawhi Leonard on the other hand, dug deep after a scoreless second quarter to score 21 points in the second half to pace the Raptors with 30 points, six assists, and seven rebounds.Kyle Lowry, together with the rest of the starting five of Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam, and Danny Green, all scored in double digits.The Raptor point guard, who traded seats frisking Curry on defence with Fred VanVleet, chipped in 23 points as the rest of the starters contributed the lion’s share of points with 106. The series, which moved to Oakland from Toronto where GSW will be playing the final games of their franchise in the storied venue, saw the Raptors capture a pivotal 2-1 series lead. The Warriors, sorely missed the services of Thompson who is contributing 19.5 points in the series. This is the first playoff game without Klay Thompson starting for the Warriors. 

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Stephen Curry is hounded by Toronto players Mar Gasol and Kyle Lowry during their NBA Finals Game 3 matchup at the Oracle Arena. Ponciano Melo Jr. 

They are also rueing the loss of injured Kevin Durant, and Kevon Looney after only having two other players in twin digits apart from Curry who became the first player in 20 years to get at least 40 points 5 assists 5 rebounds before the fourth quarter. 

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LeBron James drops triple-double in MSG, passes Steve Nash in all-time assists leaders

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LeBron James drops triple-double in MSG, passes Steve Nash in all-time assists leaders

LeBron James made history once again, and this time he got all the reasons to celebrate as his Los Angeles Lakers got an overtime road win against the New York Knicks, 129-123.

The 38-year old superstar moved up fourth all-time in the assists department, surpassing the great Steve Nash, while dropping a triple-double as well.

James finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists with a +22 efficiency.

Along with it, he also inched closer to become the all-time scoring leader as he is now less than a hundred points away from breaking the 39-year record of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Supporting LeBron in the dub was Anthony Davis with 27 points, nine rebounds, and two steals.

Rui Hachimura made his presence felt in his second game in Lakers uniform with 19 markers, and nine boards.

Russell Westbrook continued to shine off the bench with 17-6-8 and three steals.

For the Knicks, Jalen Brunson had a night scoring a game-high 37 points, Julius Randle added 23 but it wasn’t enough to take down the purple and gold in overtime.

Next stop for the Lakers is at Indiana while the Knicks remain at home to welcome Miami.

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Celtics wins in OT after controversial regulation ending vs. Lakers

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Celtics wins in OT after controversial regulation ending vs. Lakers

The Boston Celtics had the last laugh against the Los Angeles Lakers after a 125-121 overtime win in the NBA’s rival week.

Jaylen Brown went take over mode in the extra period before finishing with 37 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Jayson Tatum supported with a double-double of 30-piece, 11 boards along with four assists plus the no-call on his foul on LeBron James potential game-winning layup at the end of regulation.

With four seconds left, game tied at 105, James got the inbound pass and went straight to the basket where he was challenged by Boston’s defense and Tatum clearly hit him in the forearm.

James was furious with the no-call and was on his knees full of frustrations.

Patrick Beverly, who made an insane putback slam in the clutch, brought out a DSLR camera to show the referee the obvious foul and got T’d up for it.

With the emotions running high, Boston took advantage and sealed the win.

James delivered another 41-point performance but it was not enough to carry the Lakers to a win.

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NBA All-Star 2023 starters revealed

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NBA All-Star 2023 starters revealed

The 10 players from the Eastern and Western Division that will start the 2023 NBA All-Star has been named.

As expected, LeBron James will spearhead another game as he dominated in the voting.

Joining him in the west are Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and Zion Williamson.

Out East, Giannis Antetokounmpo topped Kevin Durant for being the captain. Jayson Tatum, Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell completed the five.

James and Antetokounmpo will do the honor of drafting hours before the actual ASG.

The festivities in Utah will mark James’ 19th All-Star appearances in his 20-year career. 

Curry will made his ninth All-Star, fourth for Luka Magic, fifth for the reigning back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic and second All-Star for Williamson.

The Greek Freak will see his seventh ASG, Durant with his 13th, Kyrie with his eighth, and Tatum and Mitchell both their fourth appearances.

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