NBA playoff tracker: Stephen Curry's warning shot sinks the first-place Jazz

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Steph Curry continues to break record after record with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. 

After Monday's thrilling win over the Utah Jazz, the Warriors star entered elite company. 

Scoring 36 points Monday night, Curry has a firm hold over Washington's Bradley Beal for the league's scoring title this season. With Beal sidelined a couple of games due to injury, Curry should be able to pad his lead enough to clinch yet another title. 

Curry's durability, longevity, and consistency are reasons why the Warriors have stayed afloat just enough to grab ahold of a spot in the play-in tournament.

The Dubs are on a roll, and Curry's monster season could be a sign of what's to come this postseason. 

Kent Bazemore was asked about the beef that he accidentally started with Bradley Beal.

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For a while there, it looked like the Warriors were going to blow yet another game they thought they had in the bag.

Jordan Poole provided a needed spark off the bench, something the Warriors need him to do into the play-in tournament.

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Houston, which had lost 42 of last 47, stayed in the game almost all the way.

"Not a lot of coaches are able to be with a franchise long enough to win 400 games," Stotts said.

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Steph Curry hit a clutch 3-pointer and finished with 36 in the Warriors' big win over the Jazz.

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Yahoo Sports will keep you updated nightly on the NBA playoff race during the last two weeks of the regular season.

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Fresh from overseeing Rory McIlroy’s first win in 18 months, Pete Cowen is now set on helping his new charge arrest a rather more significant barren run in the majors. “If we can sort out his driving when I see him in a few days’ time, then he should have a great chance in next week’s [US] PGA,” Cowen said. As a renowned no-nonsense Yorkshireman, Cowen does not deal much in “ifs”. But then, he does not normally deal in “putts” either. “It’s funny, because the stats guys are saying that was one of Rory’s best-ever performances on the greens and I gave him a putting lesson before he went off to Quail Hollow,” Cowen said. “And that’s the one aspect of the game I never teach. Maybe I should branch out.” Cowen laughed down the line from Orlando, where he is staying with Ricky Elliott, the caddie of Brooks Koepka, another of Cowen’s four-time major-winning clients. The 70-year-old recognises he is busy enough and that is why he was not at the Wells Fargo Championship when McIlroy prevailed by a shot over Mexican Abraham Ancer in dramatic scenes on Sunday night. “I didn’t even see it as I was on the range with [Henrik] Stenson and had been with [Ian] Poulter earlier on in the day. “I figured that not only with Rory, but also Gary Woodland [the former US Open winner who finished fifth] in the mix that we’d have a winner. I guess Rory isn’t use to having a coach with a few runners in the race, but that might be a good thing, as it’ll keep things a bit less intense. I had three days with him at his place the week before last and we got through a lot of stuff. But you can see from his driving stats that there’s plenty to do and that potential for improvement should fill him full of self-belief.”

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NBA playoff seeding tracker: Suns inch closer after Jazz lose to Warriors

Arizona Sports 11 May, 2021 - 12:10am

A decade-long playoff drought is over for the Phoenix Suns.

After taking down the Clippers on April 28, the Suns have clinched a top-six seed in the Western Conference. Not only that, but the Suns appear intent on chasing down the No. 1 seed.

For the first time since that night, though, the Suns have tripped.

Phoenix has lost two of its last three games, with Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers putting the Suns two full games back of the Utah Jazz.

However, with the Jazz’s loss to the Warriors on Monday night, the Suns have an opportunity to be just one game back of Utah if Phoenix can beat Golden State on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, losses for the Clippers and Nuggets over the weekend have the two seed as the most likely reality for the Suns.

For now, we’ll leave out the potential playoff matchups — there’s still the play-in tournament for the 7-10 seeds that will change those anyway — and keep the focus on the first through fourth seeds, where there’s a tight grouping of teams jostling for postseason positioning.

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