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NBA: James' late block was goaltending

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CLEVELAND (AP) The NBA said LeBron James' block in the closing seconds of Game 5 on Indiana's Victor Oladipo should have been called goaltending.

In the league's Last Two Minute Report posted Thursday, the NBA said the three officials missed the call with 5.1 seconds left. The league said the video shows James blocked Oladipo's shot "after it makes contact with the backboard."

Under league rules, the play could not be reviewed because it wasn't called on the floor. James then hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cavaliers a 98-95 win and a 3-2 lead in the series.

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Bucks hope to force Game 7 vs. Celtics

MILWAUKEE -- The Boston Celtics had waited for weeks to get Marcus Smart back on the floor after missing the last six weeks with a thumb injury.

Smart finally returned Tuesday night and it's not a coincidence that the Celtics are now just one victory away from the second round and can lock it up Thursday night when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at the Bradley Center

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Hawks GM: Budenholzer parting 'mutual'

ATLANTA (AP) Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk on Thursday described coach Mike Budenholzer's exit as "harmonious" and "as mutual as parting can be."

Schlenk also said the decision, finalized and announced late Wednesday , came after many discussions with Budenholzer and was not based on just one factor.

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Nuggets' Plumlee has core muscle surgery

DENVER (AP) Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee underwent surgery to fix a core-muscle injury.

The team said Plumlee had the procedure performed Thursday morning by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.

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Cavs aim to advance, Jazz try to regroup

LeBron James saved a game. Russell Westbrook and Paul George saved a season.

And now, Game 6 awaits them all.

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James' 3 at buzzer gives Cavs 3-2 lead

CLEVELAND (AP) The game, the series, the season and perhaps Cleveland's future were in jeopardy.

LeBron James saved everything.

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Down 25 in 3rd, Westbrook's 45 rally OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook unleashed the same fury he had in Game 4, just a little more efficiently this time.

Westbrook was controlled, and he was too much for Utah. Silent and serious, the reigning league MVP scored 33 of his 45 points in the second half, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 25 points down to fight off elimination and beat the Jazz 107-99 in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

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Rockets pull away from Wolves to advance

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had another huge third quarter to propel the Houston Rockets to their latest win, and coach Mike D'Antoni wants to know what's behind those scoring bursts.

"When you do talk to him about it, would you let me know, because I'm dying in the first half. My health is an issue," D'Antoni said with a laugh.

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Raptors bounce back to go up 3-2 on Wiz

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors rode to a seldom-used lineup to move within a game of advancing in the NBA playoffs.

DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 points and 10 assists and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 108-98 on Wednesday night in Game 5.

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Wizards' Lawson among late adds helping

WASHINGTON (AP) Less than three weeks ago, Ty Lawson was playing professional basketball in China.

Nowadays, he's one of the first subs off the bench for the Washington Wizards in their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Toronto Raptors.

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