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NBA Defensive Player of the Year finalists Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans lead the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Gobert was voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second year in a row, as selected by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. The 7-1 center from France earned 192 points, including 94 First Team votes. Davis, a two-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection, makes his debut on the First Team. The 6-11 forward/center received the second-most points (163) and First Team votes (73), behind Gobert. Inside Hoops

The two big men are joined on the NBA All-Defensive First Team by Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (136 points), Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (105) and Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (90). All three players are All-Defensive selections for the first time. Inside Hoops

The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of 76ers center Joel Embiid (90 points), Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (86), Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford (85), San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (80) and Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler (79). Like the First Team, the Second Team has three first-time All-Defensive selections: Embiid, Horford and Murray. Inside Hoops

The L.A. Clippers have agreed to a contract extension with head coach Doc Rivers. Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer had this to say: “Doc is one of the top coaches in the NBA, coming off one of his finest seasons since joining the Clippers… We trust Doc to lead a competitive, tough, hard-working team while upholding a culture of accountability expected to resonate throughout the organization.” Inside Hoops

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The Warriors' best, however, brought out everything the Rockets had, but mostly fortitude beyond any they had needed before. The Rockets rallied back from every haymaker and held on for a 95-92 win to even the Western Conference Finals. The Rockets answered the Warriors' charge to a 12-point fourth-quarter lead to go up by five with 3 ˝ minutes left. Houston Chronicle

Curry finished a three-point play, but with 2:25 left, Eric Gordon hit his first 3-pointer of the night. The Rockets, however, could not close it out with Curry and Klay Thompson missing 3s for the tie as both teams seemed to have punched themselves out. Finally, Thompson missed with .5 left and with the Rockets up three, Curry missed at the buzzer, with the Rockets taking the toughest of wins. Houston Chronicle

Things began to change when Paul, scoreless in the first quarter, found his offense and Harden began disrupting things defensively. When Harden hit consecutive 3s before finishing a break with a slam on Draymond Green as if he was hammering in a croquet wicket, the Rockets were suddenly rolling. With Andre Iguodala out with a bruised knee and Curry sitting with five minutes left in the half with three fouls, the Rockets rolled through a 12-0 run to a 10-point lead. The Rockets led by seven at the half, the Warriors had dominated third quarters, especially in blasting the Rockets in Game 3. Houston Chronicle

Kuzma has been working out at the Lakers practice facility for the past three weeks, doing two-a-days hitting the weight room and basketball court. And Kuzma hasn't been alone. Kuzma, who has added noticeable muscle, says Lonzo Ball has been in the weight room as well. "Consistency in the weight room, that is the biggest thing," Kuzma said on Tuesday of what he has seen out of Ball this offseason so far. "He has been in there pretty much every day I have been in here around this time. You can tell he is taking the weight room a lot more serious and that is going to help him by allowing him to recover faster and hopefully next year be on the court more because of that weight room." ESPN.com

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons were unanimously selected to the 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team after receiving first-place votes on all 100 ballots from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (99 First Team votes) fell one vote shy of joining Mitchell and Simmons as a unanimous selection to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. The First Team also features Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (93 First Team votes) and Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (76). Inside Hoops

The NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atlanta Hawks forward/center John Collins, Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson and Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. Inside Hoops

Ex-NBA star Glen "Big Baby" Davis was arrested Friday for felony assault with intent to cause great bodily injury ... TMZ Sports has learned. We broke the story ... the ex-NBA star was being investigated for allegedly getting violent with a man outside of a West Hollywood nightclub back in April. TMZ Sports


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