SCOREBOARD
Friday, May 9
L.A. Lakers at Utah (9 p.m. EDT). The Lakers, who are the NBA's only unbeaten team in the postseason, look to take a 3-0 lead over the Jazz in the Western Conference semifinals.

STAR
Thursday
-Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Spurs. Both scored 31 points to lead San Antonio to 110-99 victory over New Orleans.

SLUMPING
LeBron James missed his first three tries and finished with 21 points on 6-for-24 shooting in Cleveland's 89-73 loss to Boston on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers shot 35.6 percent in the game, hitting just 11.8 percent in the second quarter as Boston turned an eight-point deficit into a nine-point lead. The Celtics have a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Chris Paul had 35 points and nine assists in New Orleans' 110-99 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday night. The Hornets still hold a 2-1 series lead.

ALL-NBA TEAM
Kobe Bryant added another honor Thursday to go with his MVP award, becoming the only unanimous selection to the All-NBA team. The Lakers star was voted to the first team for the third straight season and sixth time in his career. Joining Bryant on the first team were New Orleans guard Chris Paul, who was three votes shy of being a unanimous pick, along with Boston's Kevin Garnett, Cleveland's LeBron James and Orlando center Dwight Howard.

PROMOTED
Kiki Vandeweghe became the New Jersey Nets' general manager Thursday, less than six months after being hired as a special assistant to team president Rod Thorn. Vandeweghe replaces Ed Stefanski, who left in midseason to become the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. The general manager's job is the second for Vandeweghe. He held the same position with the Denver Nuggets from August 2001 until the end of the 2005-06 season.

SPEAKING
``He's got to be frustrated. He's such a good player. He puts so much on his shoulders.'' - Cavaliers guard Wally Szczerbiak on teammate LeBron James, after Cleveland's 89-73 loss to Boston on Wednesday night.
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