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Harden catches fire as Rockets stay alive

James Harden's 45-point night propelled Houston to a Game 4 win over Golden State, which saw Stephen Curry return after a scary first-half fall.

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LeBron James opened up public negotiations for teammate Tristan Thompson's impending restricted free agency Monday, telling reporters that he wants the big man to stick around Cleveland.

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Ford/Pelton: Draft fits for first four NBA picks

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

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Three returning starters -- Bryce Alford, Tony Parker and Isaac Hamilton -- will form the Bruins' nucleus. The potential challenge is depth.

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Harden on Rockets' Game 5 hopes

The MVP runner-up on what Houston has to do to stay alive again in Game 5: "Same effort. Come out with some great intensity. They're a really good team especially at home."

Harden keeps Rockets alive
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James Harden scored 45 points, setting a career playoff high, and the Rockets held off a Warriors rally to stave off elimination for the fourth time this postseason. Box score

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Toyota Center announcer is asking the crowd to remain in their seats until the storm passes. We have 2:23 left in the fourth quarter.

Ducks get some late insurance

Sami Vatanen may have a future as a point guard if he wants to try a second sport. A gorgeous no-look pass froze Corey Crawford, and Patrick Maroon was able to slide an easy goal into an open net to give Anaheim a 4-2 lead in the 3rd. Follow live

Draymond Green fouls out

The Warriors forward leaves after putting up 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Houston is up by 12 with 3:09 left. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Dodgers go long to knock off Braves
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Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins each homered in the eighth inning, rallying Los Angeles to a 6-3 victory over Atlanta.

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Warriors using intentional fouls
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The Warriors are trying to claw back into the game by sending Josh Smith to the line repeatedly. Smith is 3-of-12 from the line, and the Warriors are down 13 with 3:51 left. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Padres have quality, but no run quantity

Good news for San Diego: with 103 pitches through 6 innings, Tyson Ross has the Padres' 7th consecutive quality start. Bad news, though: San Diego is 2-4 in its past 6 such starts, and the Padres trail the Angels 3-1 in the top of the 7th. Follow live

Harden regains control for Rockets
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After a Steph Curry 3-pointer cut Houston's lead to 6 points, James Harden scored the next 7 points of the game, putting Houston back up 13 and forcing Steve Kerr to take a timeout with 6:37 left in the fourth quarter. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Blackhawks trail by the length of a toe

Frederik Andersen let in a soft first goal against Chicago, but he just made up for it -- and more -- with a fantastic toe save on a point-blank attempt after a rebound in front of his net. The Ducks' lead remains 3-2 almost midway through the 3rd period. Follow live

Thompson splashes GS back within 7
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Steph Curry still hasn't made a shot since returning to the game, but Klay Thompson is picking up the slack for the Splash Bros. He has 22 points, and back-to-back 3-pointers have cut Houston's lead to 7 with 9:27 left in the fourth quarter. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Uphill battle for Warriors
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The last team to overcome a deficit of at least 15 points heading into the fourth quarter of a conference finals game was the 2002 Celtics (trailed Nets by 21). Houston leads 99-84 in Game 4. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Rockets soaring heading into fourth
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Golden State pulled within 8 points early in the second half, but the Rockets regained control and will take a 15-point lead into the final quarter of Game 4. Houston has won each of its last 3 games facing elimination. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Final: Dodgers 6, Braves 3
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The Dodgers, who scored only two runs after loading the bases three times in the first seven innings, smashed 3 HRs in the eighth inning to break a tie and return to the win column in their series opener against the Braves. L.A. starter Brett Anderson allowed two runs over 7 IP. Box score

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