LOS ANGELES - After weeks of negotiations and intrigue, Doc Rivers has officially left the Boston Celtics for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with his scoring - 27 points - and his encouragement of teammate Kevin Martin.
HOUSTON - Kevin Durant texted Kevin Martin after his terrible performance in Game 5 to send words of encouragement and tell him Durant knew Martin would bounce back Friday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY - James Harden lacked the energy to get through a morning shoot-around. Then he found the strength to fill the Houston Rockets with life in a playoff series that had started to look hopeless.
New York's Carmelo Anthony is feeling some pain, but Boston's Jason Terry (4) is simply feeling it. Terry, a former Arizona Wildcats star, came off the bench and scored 17 points in the Celtics' Game 5 victory.
NEW YORK - Back in the series, now back to Boston.
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, right, scored 33 points at the other end and gets a hand in the face of the Clippers' Blake Griffin on defense.
DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 33 points, including the first eight in overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks beat one of the top four teams in the Western Conference on Tuesday night for the first time this season with a 109-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Thunder star Kevin Durant drives past the Clippers' Caron Butler for a basket in the first half. Durant finished with a game-high 32 points.
LOS ANGELES - Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook added 26 and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Clippers 109-97 on Tuesday night in a matchup of teams with the two best records in the NBA.
MIAMI - LeBron James and Kevin Durant exchanged words. Dwyane Wade and Serge Ibaka did a little shoving. Five technical fouls were called, and Russell Westbrook punched a table in frustration.
Steve Nash drives between Knicks guard Jason Kidd, left, and Raymond Felton in Nash's second game back from a broken leg.
LOS ANGELES - The pieces of the puzzle that have been the Lakers' confounding season so far are starting to fall into place.
MIAMI - LeBron James has no idea what he will do for an encore. He offered a simple vow instead.
NEW YORK - Former Arizona Wildcat Derrick Williams was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team on Tuesday.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Lakers forward Metta World Peace was suspended seven games by the NBA on Tuesday for throwing a vicious elbow at Oklahoma City's James Harden, meaning the Los Angeles starter likely will miss six playoff games.
NEW YORK - Carmelo Anthony had 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the New York Knicks made 19 three-pointers to preserve their Atlantic Division title hopes with a 118-110 win over Boston on Tuesday night.
MIAMI - Paul Pierce scored 27 points, Kevin Garnett added 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Boston Celtics made their first eight shots of the fourth quarter to hold off the Miami Heat 115-107 on Tuesday night.