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Twice as nice for the Heat

MIAMI — LeBron James had 37 points and 12 rebounds and the Miami Heat repeated as champions with a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of …


International approach pays off

SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs have long been the NBA’s gold standard when it comes to drafting and development, preferring to roll up their sleeves and scour the globe to …


Heat struggled at quarters’ end

SAN ANTONIO – Until Tuesday night, the Miami Heat will be lamenting 8 bad minutes. Eight very bad minutes, actually.


Miami seeks modest win streak

SAN ANTONIO – It was the compelling story of the NBA regular season, the Miami Heat making their run at the league-record mark of 33 consecutive victories. They fell six …


Big 3 help Heat even NBA Finals with Spurs

SAN ANTONIO – Miami Heat owner Micky Arison had a message as he walked to the winning locker room. “The death of the Big Three was overrated,” he said.


Big Three deliver as Heat even series

Riding big performances from LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night in …


James, Wade ready to lift Heat

SAN ANTONIO – Game 4 of the NBA Finals will tell more about the Miami Heat than a 66-win regular season ever could. Any questions about LeBron James and the …


Miami rules second half to even series

MIAMI – Mario Chalmers marched toward midcourt with a message. “I felt like we had them on the ropes at the time. I told him, ‘Let’s go for the kill,’ …


Heat turn it up in Game 2

Mario Chalmers led the charge, LeBron James broke out to finish it with a flurry and the Miami Heat used a 33-5 run to rout the San Antonio Spurs 103-84 …


Spurs rally to stun Heat in Game 1 of NBA Finals

MIAMI – The San Antonio Spurs returned to the NBA Finals just the way they left – with a victory over LeBron James. Tim Duncan overcame a slow start to …


Spurs bank on Parker for Game 1 win

Tim Duncan overcame a slow start to finish with 20 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Parker banked in a desperation jumper on a broken play with 5.2 seconds left and …


James leads Heat to Game 3 victory

LeBron James scored 29 points and had 14 rebounds, and the Miami Heat rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 91-85 in Game 3 of …


NBA Finals attract huge ratings

The NBA Finals’ Game 2 drew the highest preliminary television rating since 2004. The Miami Heat’s 100-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night on ABC earned an …


James gets Miami even with Oklahoma City in NBA Finals

OKLAHOMA CITY – This was Eastern Conference toughness. This was Pat Riley hammer-and-anvil basketball. This was LeBron James finally asserting his brutish and ridiculously unstoppable toughness. Stealing the momentum of …


It’s an eye-opening experience in OKC

The Miami Heat have been here before. For the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA finals will be an eye-opening experience. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook (pictured) said Sunday he’s “just …


Mavericks stop Heat to move within one win of title

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki thrust both arms in the air, a sea of blue screaming around him and the Dallas Mavericks finally ahead in the close NBA finals. Now it …


Wade content with lead

DALLAS – A chance for another championship ahead of him, Dwyane Wade refused to look back. No, he said, the answer as quick and forceful as his first step to …


Heat take 2-1 finals lead over Mavericks

DALLAS — Dwyane Wade kept soaring and scoring, doing everything he could to get the Miami Heat a crucial win toward an NBA title. Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem provided …


Carryover from Miami Heat’s Game 2 collapse in NBA finals a key question

DALLAS – Dwyane Wade knows in the NBA finals, collapses can carry over. He was in the Dirk Nowitzki role five years ago, summoning a desperate charge to rescue a …


Mavericks shock Miami with late comeback to tie series

MIAMI – Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks put a stunning end to their misery in Miami. Now they can win their first NBA title without coming back to South …


Big Three part of the Big Collapse

MIAMI – It was simply the biggest collapse on the biggest stage, and even the Big 3 were utterly helpless to stop it. In a six-minute span that caved in …


Mavericks beat Heat with incredible rally

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks put a stunning end to their misery in Miami.


Mavs shock Heat with late run

From up by 15 points with 7 minutes left, to losing home-court advantage in the NBA finals. In a season of challenges for the Miami Heat, here comes the biggest …


Slouch weighs in on Dirk, LeBron and the NBA finals

So, will Pat Riley regain his rank as smartest hair-and-tan in sports? Or will Mark Cuban – a.k.a. “When I Die, I Want To Come Back As Me,” a.k.a. Smarmy …


Mavs, Heat clash in NBA finals

MIAMI – LeBron James and Dwyane Wade joked often, smiled easily, answered thoughtfully. A few minutes later, Dirk Nowitzki bounded up to a podium and offered a big “How we …


In brief: Sea Dogs win Memorial Cup

Jacob DeSerres made 34 saves and the Saint John Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup for the first time in their history, beating the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3-1 on …


Lakers force Game 7

LOS ANGELES — Buckle up, Boston and L.A. These epic NBA finals are going to Game 7. Kobe Bryant made sure of it, with plenty of help from the rest …


Lakers’ title a milestone for Bryant, Jackson

ORLANDO, Fla. – Kobe Bryant pulled Phil Jackson close, embracing his coach and looking him straight in the eyes. After all they’d been through, this was their moment, their championship, …


Lakers on verge of title

ORLANDO, Fla. – Like any couple, they’ve had their fair share of ups and downs. They’ve feuded publicly and fought privately. They separated for a year and reunited with an …


L.A.’s Fisher sets hook

ORLANDO, Fla. – Arms raised in triumph, Derek Fisher walked up the floor looking as if he had just landed the knockout punch. He delivered two.