YAKIMA — Twice, the Walla Walla Griz jumped out to an early lead before winding up with a lopsided loss to the West Valley Bees in an American Legion baseball doubleheader here on Tuesday.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — These Golden State Warriors have long been able to score in fabulous, jaw-dropping flurries. Down by eight to the Portland Trail Blazers at home with 4½ minutes to go, they needed every last burst, perfect pass, driving layup and dunk.

Dell Curry was standing near the loading dock at the Pepsi Center in Denver when Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum approached, gave him a big hug and asked, “Which shirt are you wearing?” for the Western Conference final.

DENVER (AP) — After giving up 39 points to Damian Lillard in the opener, the Denver Nuggets were determined to make sure Portland’s role players would have to bear the burden of evening up the series.

PORTLAND — After he made his unforgettable 3-pointer at the buzzer to clinch Portland’s first-round series over Oklahoma City, Damian Lillard was mobbed by his teammates.

PORTLAND — Looking back on it now, the Trail Blazers were clearly smart to pick up Enes Kanter after he was waived by the New York Knicks.

PORTLAND — Damian Lillard scored 30 points and the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers opened their playoff series against the No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder with a 104-99 victory on Sunday.

PORTLAND — For the second straight season the Portland Trail Blazers earned the third seed in the West and home-court for the playoffs. This year they’re looking for a better outcome than last year when they were surprisingly swept in the opening round by New Orleans.

PORTLAND — CJ McCollum’s return and a victory by the Lakers boosted the Trail Blazers on a night they also beat the Nuggets.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers got a feel-good moment before the game when they face-timed with Jusuf Nurkic and followed that up with an easy victory. Considering the circumstances, it was definitely not a bad night.

PORTLAND (AP) — Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers believe they can use games like this one against Dallas to help them prepare for the final push toward the playoffs.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley went scoreless in the first quarter, then carried the Memphis Grizzlies down the stretch against a team jockeying for playoff position in the Western Conference.

NEW YORK — When Jusuf Nurkic went to the bench, the Portland Trail Blazers inserted a player who barely knew their offense.

PHOENIX (AP) — It took a while, but the Portland Trail Blazers finally did what they were supposed to do with the depleted Phoenix Suns.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It hasn’t taken long for Marvin Bagley III to regain his rhythm in Sacramento’s offense after missing 11 games with an injured left knee.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Damian Lillard woke up Tuesday morning feeling out of sorts and didn’t get much better through the first three quarters against Sacramento. When Portland needed him the most, however, their All-Star guard came through in a big way.