OAKLAND, California (AP):Klay Thompson scored 37 points as fellow ‘Splash Brother’ Stephen Curry watched injured and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 on Sunday in Game One of the Western Conference semi-finals.Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champions.With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Thompson hit seven more three-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in three straight playoff games.Game Two of the best-of-seven series is tonight at Oracle Arena.Golden State reserve Anderson Varejao and Portland’s Gerald Henderson were ejected late in the third quarter after receiving their second technical foulsPortland’s Damian Lillard had another slow start back home in the Bay Area, missing 11 of his first 13 shots before finishing with 30 points – 10 on free throws.HEAT 106, HORNETS 73Goran Dragic scored 25 points, Gerald Green added 16 and Miami ended Charlotte’s season, beating the Hornets in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference first-round series.The Heat will open the second round at Toronto tonight.Luol Deng scored 15 points, Dwyane Wade added 12 and Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Heat. They have won their last four Game Sevens – each of the previous three coming along the way to winning NBA championships.Frank Kaminsky scored 12 points for Charlotte.RAPTORS 89, PACERS 84DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and Toronto beat Indiana in Game Seven of the first-round series.Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists and Patrick Patterson had 11 points to help Toronto win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history.The Raptors won their first postseason series since a five-game triumph over the New York Knicks in 2001, ending the NBA’s longest active drought between playoff series victories.Paul George led Indiana with 26 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill scored 19 points and Monta Ellis had 15.
MILWAUKEE, WI – Not just a star athlete and basketball player, but also a great person, Giannis Antentokounmpo has once again shown his human side. The Greek superstar of the NBA has made the dream of the 15-year-old Dimitris Zamanis a reality.The young Greek boy suffers from a rare blood disease – aplastic anemia – and after (about) one year of hospitalization, he asked the Make A Wish Foundation for the opportunity to meet his idol, Giannis Antentokounmpo.At the expense of the Foundation, Dimitris, his mother- Haroula, and his brother, traveled to Milwaukee where the Greek star waited on the practice court. Giannis Antentokounmpo welcomed Zamanis, shot some hoops together, while Antentokounmpo and his teammates had their usual morning workout before the game against Atlanta. Then, Zamanis and his family watched the Bucks game from the front row just a breath away from the players.“It was a tough time for me. At first I did not want to ask for Make A Wish. But then I told my mother that I had to meet Giannis and so we communicated with Make A Wish and we said that we wanted to meet with him. It was a relief. It was very difficult in the hospitals… [meeting Giannis] that would be a great memory,” said Zamanis.“He is a 15-year-old boy who has had a difficult time. It was important that he made the wish to meet me. I hope we made his day, and he had a good time with us. He is a good shooter, as I saw. It’s the least I can do,” Giannis said.TweetPinShare3232 Shares