NBA Playoffs Rebound: Cavs, Clips and Heat to Travel With 2-0 Leads
(AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat have retained home-court advantage in the NBA's Eastern Conference quarterfinals by sweeping the first two games at home.
- The Cavs tied an NBA record by hitting 20 3-pointers in a 107-90 thumping of Detroit. J.R. Smith led the long-range assault by going 7-for-11 and scoring 21 points. LeBron James scored a game-high 27 points on 12 of 18 shooting, while Kyrie Irving added 22 points.
- Andre Drummond scored 20 for the Pistons, who have dropped 10 straight playoff games to the Cavs.
- The Pistons host Game 3 on Friday.
The Clippers rode Chris Paul's 25 points to a 102-81 win over Portland. DeAndre Jordan had 18 rebounds for the Los Angeles, which led by just six before outscoring the Trail Blazers by 15 in the fourth quarter.
J.J. Redick (REH'-dihk) hit three of the Clippers' eight 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, while Blake Griffin added 12 points and nine boards.
Mason Plumlee and Damian Lillard had 17 points apiece for the Blazers, who host Game 3 on Saturday.
- Dwyane (dwayn) Wade poured in 28 points and had eight assists as the Heat downed the Charlotte Hornets 115-103. Hassan Whiteside shot 8-for-8 from the field and finished with 17 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
- Goran Dragic (DRAH'-gihch) added 18 points and Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) had 16 for the Heat, who sent the Hornets to their 12th consecutive postseason loss.
- Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 29 points, while Al Jefferson added 25 on 12 of 17 shooting off the bench.
- Game 3 is Saturday in Charlotte.
- Wolves hire Thibodeau, Layden
- MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are under new management as the team tries to turn a roster of talented youngsters into a championship club.
- The Wolves have hired Tom Thibodeau as head coach and president of basketball operations. Thibodeau compiled a .647 winning percentage in five seasons with the Chicago Bulls before he was dismissed last spring. He reached the playoffs each of his five years with the Bulls.
- Minnesota also brought in San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Scott Layden to serve as the team's new GM.
- The Wolves went 29-53 under coach Sam Mitchell, a 13-win improvement over last season. The roster includes youngsters Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach Lavine (lah-VEEN'), each of whom is 21 or under and combined for 53 points a game this season.
- Curry not sure he can play Thursday
- HOUSTON (AP) — Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry says his sprained right ankle is feeling better, though he isn't sure if he will be able to play in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against Houston on Thursday.
- The NBA's reigning MVP sat out Game 2 after tweaking the ankle in the series opener. The Warriors managed to win without him to take a 2-0 lead.