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UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

With 2 titles at Golden State, Finals MVP Kevin Durant gets the last word

Kevin Durant had a simple message for his critics: “Thanks.”


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight NBA title

Stephen Curry scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and a triple-double and the Golden State Warriors stamped themselves a dynasty after winning their second straight NBA title and third …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Kevin Durant has 43, Warriors take 3-0 NBA Finals lead over Cavaliers

Kevin Durant pushed the Golden State Warriors to dynasty’s doorstep. LeBron James may be at the door.


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Oh say, did you hear? Yakima’s Freddie Garza will sing National Anthem at NBA Finals game on Friday

Freddie Garza of Yakima, an Air Force reservist known for singing at Mariners and Seahawks games, will perform at his first NBA Finals game on Friday.


After Game 1 gaffe, Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith seeking a bounce-back effort

Two days later, there is still no clarity on what J.R. Smith knew when he grabbed that offensive rebound in the final seconds of regulation of Game 1 of the …


Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson expects to play Finals Game 2 with sore ankle

Golden State All-Star guard Klay Thompson expects to play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals after spraining his left ankle in a scary fall during a collision when Cleveland’s …


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 11:43 p.m.

Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson avoid suspension for Game 1 altercation

J.R. Smith’s blunder, a disputed replay overturn and a key missed free throw dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers an emotionally crushing loss in an opener of the NBA Finals that was …


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Big Blunders: J.R. Smith’s mistake joins others in sports history

Cleveland’s J.R. Smith isn’t the first athlete to make a big blunder with time running down.


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

Ralph Walter: Magic of ‘What if’ keeps SuperSonics in Seattle, gives Gonzaga a football team

“What if?” When it comes to sports, it’s hard to find two words as compelling. And it’s the inspiration behind an occasional new series that we’ll kick off this Sunday …


UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

Warriors withstand LeBron James’ 51 points to win NBA Finals Game 1

Stephen Curry scored 29 points and the Golden State Warriors capitalized on a Cavaliers blunder that sent the game into overtime, withstanding a brilliant 51-point performance by LeBron James to …


Kevin Love cleared to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Cleveland forward Kevin Love has completed the NBA’s concussion protocols and is cleared to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Golden State on Thursday night.


Andre Iguodala out for Golden State in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will be out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee that …


Round 4: It’s Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors, again in NBA Finals

Cleveland and Golden State will meet for the fourth straight year in the NBA Finals, the Warriors looking for a third championship in that span and LeBron James and the …


Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant look to build a Warriors dynasty

Stephen Curry tucked a celebratory cigar into his right sock for safekeeping as he handled all of his post-championship obligations.


UPDATED: Tue., June 13, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

No longer NBA champions, Cavaliers are now chasing Warriors

Once he congratulated Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, LeBron James left the floor following Game 5 and found Kyrie Irving waiting for him.


Marcus Thompson: Stephen Curry, the Warriors’ cornerstone, finds the redemption he sought

Stephen Curry, with his youngest daughter in his arms, ran onto the championship podium. Screaming into the sea of yellow, bouncing with joy.


UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Kevin Durant leads way as Golden State Warriors capture second NBA title in three years

Kevin Durant scored 39 points, Stephen Curry added 34 and the Golden State Warriors won their second NBA championship in three seasons with a 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers …


Kyrie Irving saves his best for when Cavs face Finals elimination

OAKLAND, Calif. – Whether it’s his lightning-quick dribble, supreme confidence that doesn’t seem to waver or ability to score from almost anywhere on the court, Kyrie Irving seems to be …


UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 10:31 p.m.

Kevin Durant’s dagger 3 lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3

Kevin Durant dropped a 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors rallied for 118-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The …


Cavaliers won’t slow down, sticking to plan against Golden State

LeBron James isn’t changing his game, Tyronn Lue isn’t changing his lineup. The Cavaliers aren’t slowing down.


UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Golden State Warriors roll again, take 2-0 NBA Finals lead over Cleveland Cavaliers

Stephen Curry had a triple double with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Kevin Durant scored 33 and the Golden State Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the NBA …


Golden State’s Stephen Curry urged teammates to just be themselves vs Cavaliers

Stephen Curry spoke up, just in case his Golden State Warriors needed another reminder from their MVP and leader. His message as the NBA Finals began: Be yourselves.


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

49ers’ NaVorro Bowman remembers urging Golden State’s Kevin Durant to shoot in middle school

Imagine Kevin Durant as a skinny, timid teen being told to shoot by his middle school point guard who saw so much potential all those years ago.


Monster mash: LeBron James undaunted by beastly Warriors

There’s a four-headed, shot-making, scoreboard-breaking monster out West awaiting LeBron James and the Cavaliers.


Jeff Miller: Are Golden State Warriors too good even for LeBron James?

They’re 12-0, have won by an average margin of 16 points and have faced accusations of being so good that, as it relates to the health of their sport, they’re …


LeBron James will come to play, without pressure of Cleveland title

Right near the start Saturday, LeBron James faced a question about whether his legacy might be riding on Game 7 of these NBA Finals. “No,” he said, straight-faced.


Warriors limp to finish, hope home court helps in Game 7

The level of tension is growing rapidly for the Golden State Warriors. Someone gets suspended, someone gets hurt, someone gets ejected, and lots of someones make no effort to hide …


LeBron James, Cavaliers down Warriors to force Game 7

LeBron James scored 41 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Cleveland Cavaliers sent the NBA Finals packing for California by beating the rattled Golden State Warriors 115-101 on Thursday …


Draymond Green vows to be better for Warriors in Game 6

For all the criticism of Golden State’s Draymond Green and his penchant for committing flagrant fouls during these playoffs, Wednesday may have brought the harshest words yet.


Craig Sager will work first NBA Finals game

Craig Sager, Turner Sports’ longtime NBA sideline reporter, will join ESPN’s broadcast team for Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, the network announced Wednesday.