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NBA Roundup -- 5/2/10
UNDATED (AP) -- When it got down to crunch time, it was Kobe Bryant's time to shine.

The L.A. Lakers star scored 11 of his game-high 31 points in the final four minutes and the defending champions posted a 104-99 victory over Utah in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals after blowing a fourth-quarter lead.

The Game 1 victory could be a bad omen for the Jazz. Lakers coach Phil Jackson's teams are 45-and-0 in series in which they have won the first game of a playoff.

Pau Gasol had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the top-seeded Lakers, who also host Game 2 on Tuesday.

Jamal Crawford scored 22 and Atlanta completed a rally from a 3-2 series deficit with a convincing 95-74 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of their first-round playoff matchup. Atlanta will face the defending Eastern Conference champion Magic in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with Game 1 set for Tuesday night in Orlando.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Cleveland's LeBron James is the NBA MVP. He's the 10th player to win the award in back-to-back seasons.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star received 116 of a possible 123 first-place votes in a landslide victory over Kevin Durant. The Oklahoma City forward was picked first on four ballots. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers finished third.


DENVER (AP) -- Nuggets coach George Karl has another blood clot in his right leg as he recovers from radiation and chemotherapy treatment for throat and neck cancer.

Karl's partner wrote on her blog this weekend that the 58-year-old coach was rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon with the clot. She says doctors are trying to determine the cause because Karl already is on blood-thinning medication.

She also writes that doctors reinserted a filter into his abdomen. The filter had been removed two weeks ago.

The filter prevents the clots from traveling to his heart or lungs. It initially was inserted in March when Karl was first treated for blood clots.

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