OAKLAND, CA - MAY 02: Carl Landry #7 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates against the Denver Nuggets during Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 2, 2013 in Oakland, California.
Shift into drive
The Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah drives against the Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez during Game 7 on Saturday. Noah scored 24 in the Bulls' 99-93 victory, which advanced them to face the defending champion Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Slam I am
Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets dunks for two of his 21 points on Saturday.
On the Marco
Marco Belinelli of the Chicago Bulls shoots over Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets. Belinelli scored 24 in Game 7.
Who gets there first?
The Brooklyn Nets' C.J. Watson and the Chicago Bulls' Daequan Cook lunge after a loose ball during Game 7.
Wait for them to come down
The Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler encounters the Brooklyn Nets' Kris Humphries (left) and Brook Lopez on a drive to the hoop during Game 7.
Out of his control
Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden loses the ball while driving during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 on Friday. The Thunder eliminated the Rockets 103-94.
Lots of respect
Kevin Durant (right) of the Oklahoma City Thunder hugs former teammate James Harden of the Houston Rockets after Game 6.
No cheap points
Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers takes it to the hoop against Tayshaun Prince (21) and Darrell Arthur of the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 on Friday. In a rugged game, the Grizzlies ousted the Clippers 118-105, winning four in a row after dropping the first two in the series.
Memphis fans show their intensity before Game 6 on Friday.
They still love 'em
The Boston Celtics walk off the court after their Game 6 loss against the New York Knicks, which ended Boston's season. The Knicks nearly blew a huge lead in the fourth quarter before holding off the Celtics 88-80 on Friday.
Sloppy but intense
Atlanta Hawks small forward Kyle Korver scrambles on top of Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George for the ball in the second half of Game 6 on Friday. The Pacers won 81-73 for a 4-2 series victory.
Long arm of the KG
Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett reaches for a rebound over New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton during the second half.
Return to sender
David West of the Indiana Pacers blocks the shot against Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. West had four blocks to go along with his 21 points.
Warriors forward Carl Landry celebrates a basket during Golden State's 92-88 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Sunday. The sixth-seeded Warriors completed a 4-2 upset of the third-seeded Nuggets and won their first playoff series in six years.
Golden State point guard Stephen Curry runs downcourt after making a 3-pointer in the third quarter of Game 6. Curry scored 14 of his 22 points in the period to give the Warriors an 11-point lead. They stretched it to 18 before the Nuggets rallied within two in the final minute.
Golden State Warriors small forward Richard Jefferson (top right) joins the cheerleaders for a group photo after Game 6.
Chicago guard Nate Robinson elevates between Brooklyn defenders for a difficult shot during Thursday's Game 6 loss to the Nets. The injury-ravaged Bulls lost 95-92 and again failed to close out the Nets, who forced a Game 7 after trailing 3-1 in the series.
Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly (left) loses the ball after a foul by Oklahoma City Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins on Wednesday in Oklahoma City. Houston won 107-100 to force a Game 6 after losing the first three games of the series.
Fisher can't stop this shot
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) attempts a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher (6) Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Rockets defeated the Thunder 107-100.
Defending the dunk
Indiana Pacers' Paul George (24) goes up for a dunk against Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith (5) Wednesday during Game 5 of their first-round playoff game in Indianapolis. Indiana defeated Atlanta 106-83.
New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) puts up a shot over Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass (30) Wednesday in New York. The Celtics won 92-86.
Not happy, maybe?
Grizzlies center Marc Gasol reacts after getting called for a charging call against Clippers point guard Chauncey Billups in Game 5 at the Staples Center.
That's a stretch
Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried reaches to keep the ball in bounds in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5. Faried had 10 points and 13 rebounds in Denver's 107-100 win over the Warriors.
Too hot to touch
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry celebrates after making a basket as teammate Jarrett Jack looks on during Sunday's Game 4 against the Denver Nuggets. Curry made six 3-pointers and scored 31 points as the Warriors won 115-101 and took a 3-1 series lead.
Pau Gasol is consoled by Kobe Bryant after coming out of the game late in Sunday's 103-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center. The Lakers were swept by the Spurs and lost all four games by double digits.
Can't measure up
Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs buries his head in the chest of Pau Gasol during Sunday's rout at Staples Center. The Lakers were without their top four guards and Metta World Peace for the finale. "It wasn't a fair fight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
Stop, you're surrounded
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is swarmed by Spurs defenders during Sunday's game. He was ejected after receiving two technical fouls and later called hte entire season "a nightmare."
Not finished yet
Boston Celtics shooting guard Jason Terry (4) reacts after scoring against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during overtime Sunday. Terry scored Boston's last nine points as the Celtics won 97-90 to avoid a sweep by the Knicks.
Iman Shumpert of the Knicks lunges for a loose ball as Boston's Paul Pierce watches.
Out of reach
Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis reaches in on Miami Heat forward LeBron James during Sunday's Game 4 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. James had 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Heat completed a series sweep with an 88-77 win.
The Bird gets his egg
Miami Heat forward Chris "Birdman" Andersen picks up the loose ball as Milwaukee Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy reaches for it Sunday.
Aching to play
Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) sits on the bench during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Saturday's Game 3 at the Toyota Center. The Rockets made a charge, but ended up falling to the Thunder 104-101. The Thunder lead the series 3-0.
Mine. No, mine.
Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) loses the ball as Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and point guard George Hill (3) defend him in Game 3 of their first-round NBA playoff series in Atlanta. Teague was injured on the play. The Hawks won, 90-69.
Atlanta's Jeff Teague injures his elbow after driving to the basket and falling in the game against the Indiana Pacers. Atlanta went on to win Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, but the Pacers lead the series 2-1.
Hold me back
Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) argues with Atlanta Hawks point guard Devin Harris (34) and center Al Horford (15) after a foul during Game Three of their series.
Atlanta's Ivan Johnson hits the floor during a play against the Indiana Pacers in Sunday's Game 3. The Hawks got up off the floor to win the game and now trail 2-1 in the series.
Take some air
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Martin (23) is fouled by Houston Rockets' Chandler Parsons (right) during Game 3 in Houston.
And they're off
Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverley (12) falls backward while blocking Oklahoma City Thunder's Nick Collison (4) during the first quarter of Game 3 in Houston. Beverley was called for a blocking foul.
The Clippers' Ronny Turiaf (center) leaps for a rebound between two Grizzlies defenders during Game 4.
Agony of defeat
Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) walks off the court while the opposing Grizzlies celebrate as confetti falls in the background. Griffin and the Clippers lost their second straight game, tying the teams' first-round series at 2-2.
Too close for comfort
The Nets' Joe Johnson lands on top of the Bulls' Kirk Hinrich during an epic Game 4 that saw Chicago win in triple overtime to take a 3-1 series lead.
More on the floor
Gerald Wallace (top) of the Brooklyn Nets lands on Nate Robinson (2) of the Chicago Bulls after a foul in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau (center) tries to separate point guard Nate Robinson (2) from Nets point guard C.J. Watson (1) in the second quarter of Game 4.
Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) is fouled by Denver Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala (9) in the second quarter during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena.
Ahead of the field
Raymond Felton of the New York Knicks goes up for the layup against the Boston Celtics during Game 3 on Friday. Felton had 15 points and 10 assists in the Knicks' 90-76 victory.
New York Knicks guard/forward Iman Shumpert tries to avoid the defense of Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce during the second quarter. Pierce scored 17 for Boston.
Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry drives against New York Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni during the second quarter. Terry scored 14 and Prigiona 9.
Wait for it
The Clippers' Blake Griffin (third from right) and the Grizzlies' Zach Randolph (right) are among those jostling for position under the hoop in Game 3 on Wednesday. Randolph scored 27, Griffin 16 in Memphis' 94-82 win.
Big road block
Mike Conley finds his path to the basket cut off by the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan. Conley had 10 assists for Memphis.
Grizzlies guard Tony Allen and Clippers guard Chris Paul each have hands on the ball during the first half of Game 3. Paul had eight points the four assists in the loss.
None for you
Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets knocks the ball away from Carlos Boozer of the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 on Thursday. The Bulls won 79-76. Each scored 22, and Boozer collected 16 rebounds.
Not this time
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez blocks the shot of Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer during the second half of Game 3. Lopez blocked seven shots in the game.
How's that smell?
Nazr Mohammed of the Chicago Bulls hits Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets in the face while trying to guard him in Game 3.
Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders dunks Thursday during the first half of Game 3 against the Miami Heat in Milwaukee.
Miami Heat's Chris Andersen (right) is called for a charge against Milwaukee Bucks' Mike Dunleavy Thursday during Game 3 in their first-round playoff series in Milwaukee.
LeBron goes to the hoop
LeBron James of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against Ersan Ilyasova of the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday in Game 3 of their playoff series in Milwaukee.
Serge Ibaka shows exuberance after scoring in the fourth quarter, running downcourt ahead of Kevin Durant. Their Thunder won Game 2 of the series against the Rockets, 105-102, on Wednesday. Ibaka scored 12 for Oklahoma City.
In the box
Tyler Hansbrough positions himself for a rebound during Game 2 of the Pacers-Hawks series on Wednesday, won by Indiana, 113-98. Hansbrough had five points and six reounds.
Slam I am
The Lakers' Dwight Howard gets by Tim Duncan for a dunk during Game 2 of the Lakers-Spurs series on Wednesday.
Throwing it down
The Nuggets' JaVale McGee goes hard to the rim against Golden State's Festus Ezeli during Game 2 in Denver. The Warriors evened the series at 1-1 with a 131-117 win.
Leading the way
Golden State's Carl Landry (left) and Stephen Curry celebrate a play against the Denver Nuggets during Game 2 in Denver. Curry led the Warriors with 30 points and 13 assists in the 131-117 win over the Nuggets, which evened the series at 1-1.
Livin' on the edge
Golden State's Harrison Barnes saves the ball from going out of bounds against the Denver Nuggets during Game 2 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Down and out
Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders lies on the floor after a collision with Miami Heat forward Shane Battier during the second half of Game 2. Sanders was taken out of the game about a minute later, though remained on the Bucks' bench. The Heat defeated the Bucks 98-86.
Help from above?
New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith celebrates after scoring a three-pointer against the Boston Celtics during their Game 2 matchup at Madison Square Garden. Smith had 19 points in the Knicks' 87-71 win.
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is fouled by Celtics center Kevin Garnett during the second quarter of Game 2 at Madison Square Garden. Anthony led the Knicks with 34 points in New York's 87-71 win over the Celtics.
Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders and forward Ersan Ilyasova attempt to drop in a shot against Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (left) during the first half of Game 2 in Miami. Ilyasova scored 21 points and Sanders had 14, as the Heat defeated the Bucks 98-86.
Best of the bench
New York's J.R. Smith is given the NBA's Sixth Man Award before Game 2 against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden.
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, and forward LeBron James laugh as they sit on the bench in the final seconds of Game 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks in Miami. Wade scored 21 points and James contributed 19 as the Heat won 98-86.
You're our hero!
Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers greets his son after making the game-winning shot against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Monday. Paul made a tough bank shot with 0.1 seconds left to lift the Clippers to a 93-91 win and 2-0 series lead.
CP3 for the win!
Chris Paul makes this tough shot to beat the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2.
Tag, you're it
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (right) seizes a rebound from Los Angeles Clippers power forward Lamar Odom on Monday.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley crashes into Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul during Game 2. Conley finished with 28 points and nine assists, while Paul had 24 points, nine assists and the game-winning basket.
The Nets' Brook Lopez (left) and the Bulls' Nazr Mohammed fight for the ball during Game 2. The Bulls defeated the Nets,90-82 to even the series at 1-1.
Up for grabs
The Nets' Andray Blatche (center) reaches up to try to grab a rebound against the Bulls' Carlos Boozer during Game 2 at Barclays Center.
Who's got it?
A loose ball creates chaos as the Bulls' Carlos Boozer even attempts to grab it as his arm is stuck between the legs of Nets forward Reggie Evans (30).
They weren't really playing nice, but the Nets' Brook Lopez (right) maybe just felt like giving the Bulls' Joakim Noah a high five as he went up for a shot during Game 2.
Fat chance, Rockets
Fans of the Oklahoma City Thunder cheer during their team's 120-91 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Where's the D?
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook attacks the basket with little resistance from the Rockets. Westbrook finished with 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in three quarters of work.
Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin loses the ball against the defense OKC's Thabo Sefolosha (left) and Kevin Durant. Lin had four points, four assists, four turnovers and five fouls in his first playoff game.
Heat forward LeBron James reacts after dunking the ball during Miami's 110-87 Game 1 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Arena. James had 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists while shooting 9 of 11 from the field.
Chris Bosh opens Sunday's Game 1 between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks with a dunk off a pass from LeBron James.
Battle in the paint
David West of the Indiana Pacers goes to the basket against Kyle Korver (left) and Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks. The third-seeded Pacers won Game 1 107-90 Sunday while outrebounding the Hawks 48-32 and taking 34 free throws to Atlanta's 14.
Take a seat
Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks falls into the crowd during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Meeks had four of LA's 10 bench points, compared to 40 points by San Antonio's reserves in the 91-79 win.
Don't get grabby
Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs reaches for the ball against Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals at AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Los Angeles Lakers' Jodie Meeks, loses control of the ball as he drives to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of Game 1 on Sunday in San Antonio.
Ouch, that hurts
Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson reacts after hurting his hand in Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers beat the Hawks 107-90.
Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson is fouled going up for a layup by Atlanta Hawks guard DeShawn Stevenson during the Pacers' Game 1 win Sunday.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley dives for a loose ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul during the second half of Game 1 on Saturday. The Clippers won 112-91.
Eric Bledsoe and the Clippers flexed their muscles with a Game 1 victory over the Grizzlies. Bledsoe scored 15.
Watch out, rim
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin attacks the rim for a dunk in the middle of the Memphis Grizzlies defense. Griffin scored 10 in the Clippers win.
The Nets' Brook Lopez dunks for two of his 21 points during New Jersey's 106-89 Game 1 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.
To the rack
J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks elevates to the hoop against the Boston Celtics in Game 1 on Saturday. Smith scored 15 in New York's 85-78 win.
Andre Miller (left) and Andre Iguodala of the Denver Nuggets celebrate in the locker room after their team's 97-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 Saturday.
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah blocks Brooklyn Nets power forward Reggie Evans during the first quarter.
JaVale McGee gets up to block a shot by Warriors forward David Lee in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
He can't believe it
JaVale McGee of the Denver Nuggets reacts during Saturday's playoff game against the Golden State Warriors.
New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith dunks the ball over Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green during Game 1 of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The Knicks topped the Celtics.
Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce and New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler battle for the ball during Game 1 of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The Knicks dominated the second half to beat Boston, 85-78.
The Clippers' Blake Griffin drives to the basket against the Grizzlies' Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in Game 5 at Staples Center.