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  • NBA opens postseason with no clear favorite

    Sweet-shooting Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have the best record, an unmatched home-court advantage, and the understanding that means nothing now. “We had a great home record and …


  • Heat reach Finals for fourth straight time

    The Miami Heat became the third franchise in NBA history to reach the title series in four consecutive seasons, eliminating the Indiana Pacers with a 117-92 romp in Game 6 …


  • Russell Westbrook scores 40, Thunder tie series at 2-2

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Russell Westbrook had 40 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 on Tuesday night to tie the Western Conference …


  • Heat go up 3-1, put pressure on Pacers

    One win away. One win from their special June place. One win from becoming the first team to appear in four consecutive NBA Finals since the Boston Celtics did it …


  • Heat rally late, beat Pacers 99-87 in Game 3

    MIAMI – Down by 15 early, the Miami Heat could have hit the panic button. Instead, they found a way to move within two wins of another trip to the …


  • Spurs can close out Blazers in San Antonio

    Tony Parker has long been Nicolas Batum’s friend and mentor, both on the French national team and in their NBA careers. So it was understandable after Batum’s dominance in Game …


  • Thunder strike back

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are back to their old selves after getting thrashed by 17 points to open their series against the Clippers. Oklahoma City has a 2-1 lead …


  • Blazers return home down 2-0 to Spurs

    Down 2-0 in the Western Conference semifinals with San Antonio, the Trail Blazers don’t have much time to figure out the Spurs with the series moving to Portland tonight at …


  • Pacers-Hawks Game 6 set NBA TV record

    Turner Sports says NBA TV had a record number of viewers for the final moments of Game 6 between the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks. Nearly 2 million viewers tuned …


  • In brief: Damian Lillard’s 3 beats buzzer, Rockets in 6

    NBA: Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Portland Trail Blazers stunned the visiting Houston Rockets 99-98 to take their playoff series in six games and advance …


  • Pressure mounts in Rockets-Blazers series

    Houston’s James Harden says the pressure has shifted to the Trail Blazers in their first-round playoff series. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge respectfully disagrees. Portland won the first two games in Houston …


  • Mavericks’ Harris rediscovers zest

    Devin Harris was a young lottery pick the last time he helped the Dallas Mavericks have an answer for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA playoffs. Eight years, three …


  • Pacers adjust

    Paul George wants to guard Atlanta’s Jeff Teague, and it appears he’ll get his wish. But how much time the Indiana All-Star spends on Teague is unclear. After Saturday night’s …


  • Penguins rally past Jackets, take 2-1 lead

    NHL: Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-3 victory over the host …


  • Hey, NBA: Cut Griffin some slack

    With the NBA playoffs underway, Couch Slouch hopes to erase the year-long pain of accepting the fact that the San Antonio Spurs – with the best team and the best …


  • Raptors GM apologizes for colorful language

    Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre …


  • Heat vow to take Bobcats seriously

    Even as the two-time defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat say they aren’t overlooking any team heading into the playoffs. The Charlotte Bobcats haven’t beaten the Heat a single time …


  • TNT’s Craig Sager to miss NBA playoffs due to leukemia

    TNT analyst Craig Sager will miss the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia. A sideline reporter famous for his brightly colored suits, Sager’s sense of humor was intact …


  • Paul Newberry: No April, May or June Madness in NBA

    ATLANTA – If the playoff- bound Atlanta Hawks were in any other sport, they might have a glimmer of hope for winning a championship. The NBA? No way.


  • NBA playoff preview: Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?

    To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell …


  • 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 blow out Pacers, return to NBA Finals

    MIAMI – Their season, their legacy, their reign atop the NBA was all at stake, and the Miami Heat responded in a manner befitting defending champions – with a blowout. …


  • Hibbert apologizes

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert apologized Sunday for using a gay slur and cursing during his news conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. The team issued a …


  • Birdman suspended

    Miami Heat center Chris Andersen was suspended for today’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 (TNT, 5:30 p.m.) by the NBA for his altercation with Indiana Pacers’ Tyler Hansbrough during Thursday’s …


  • Spurs sweep Grizzlies

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The San Antonio Spurs are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since they won their last championship in 2007. Tony Parker scored 37 points …


  • Best bet on the Tube

    Go ahead and call the San Antonio Spurs old. They’re also experienced enough to know what to do leading 3-0 and only a win away from their first NBA Finals …


  • Strategy pays off for Heat

    INDIANAPOLIS – Miami put LeBron James right in the middle of the action Sunday night, and this time, the Indiana Pacers didn’t have an answer for him or his Miami …


  • Pacers steal Game 2 from Heat, 97-93

    MIAMI – David West punched two passes from LeBron James away in the final minute, then punched the air. He had plenty of reason to celebrate.


  • Best bet on the Tube

    For as intense and down-to-the-wire as Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals was, the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat shared the same thought on Thursday. In their minds, today’s …


  • LeBron saves Heat at buzzer of Game 1

    MIAMI – LeBron James caught the inbounds pass, changed direction and immediately attacked the rim. There was no one in his way.


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