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UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

Facing NBA Finals sweep, Cleveland’s LeBron James praises ‘stacked’ Warriors

LeBron James was relaxed, reflective and even resigned to his fate. The end of the series, season and maybe his second stint in Cleveland, are near.


Warriors expect Andre Iguodala to play in Game 3 of finals

The Golden State Warriors expect Andre Iguodala to play in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night. Iguodala has been dealing with a bone bruise around his left …


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 3:05 p.m.

Mood swing: LeBron James, Cavaliers home looking to turn around NBA Finals

LeBron James laughed as he came around the backstage partition after arriving fashionably late for his crowded, post-practice news conference.


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Shaun Livingston, JaVale McGee giving Warriors big lift in finals vs Cavs

For as spectacular as LeBron James has been in the first two games, his Cleveland Cavaliers are down 2-0 against Golden State largely because the Warriors’ supporting cast members like …


Ratings for Game 2 of NBA Finals down slightly

Ratings for ABC’s broadcast of Game 2 of the NBA Finals were down slightly from last year. Game 2 between Golden State and Cleveland drew a peak audience of 22.5 …


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Dynasty in making? Golden State Warriors chase third NBA title in 4 years

Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors have repeatedly said they want to build something special for the long haul, to compete for championships year after year. LeBron …


UPDATED: Sun., June 3, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Stephen Curry dazzles from deep, Warriors take 2-0 NBA Finals lead

Stephen Curry hit an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers and scored 33 points, mixing in big shots with clever celebratory moves while leading the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 victory …


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Boston bound: LeBron James pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics

LeBron James scored 46 points in 46 minutes, George Hill added 20 and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame the loss of All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury to beat the …


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 1:29 p.m.

Houston’s Chris Paul out for Game 6 vs Warriors with injury

The Houston Rockets will be without star guard Chris Paul for Game 6 because of a strained hamstring. This is a huge blow for a team trying to close out …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2

Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 and take a 3-2 lead …


Rockets return home for Game 5 against Warriors

The Houston Rockets have a chance to take their first lead in the Western Conference finals with a win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. To do that …


Golden State’s Andre Iguodala still struggling with bruised knee

Andre Iguodala’s bruised left knee had improved, but he was still listed as questionable for the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston …


Rockets to wear patches to honor Santa Fe shooting victims

The Houston Rockets will wear patches on their jerseys to honor the victims of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. The patch will debut Thursday night in Game 5 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

James Harden scores 30, Houston Rockets even series at 2 games apiece with Golden State Warriors

James Harden scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 27 and the Houston Rockets sustained the latest second-half flurry by Stephen Curry, evening the Western Conference finals at two games apiece …


Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron James, Cavs in Game 5

The Cleveland Cavaliers have found a new gear after back-to-back wins in Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. The series swings back to Boston’s TD Garden for …


UPDATED: Sat., May 19, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

No contest: LeBron James, Cavs pound Celtics early in Game 3 rout

LeBron James scored 27 points, Cleveland had six players in double figures and the Cavaliers throttled Boston 116-86 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. After being outplayed in …


Warriors eager to get back on the court, respond from loss

One good beating per series is plenty for Draymond Green and Golden State. The Warriors got it in Game 2 at Houston, and now the defending champions plan to do …


Weary king: LeBron James says he loses sleep after playoff losses

LeBron James has twice come back from a 2-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs. He’s going to need to do it three times to make the NBA Finals for the …


Stephen Curry, Warriors unconcerned about MVP’s shooting

Stephen Curry has just one 3-pointer in each of the first two games of the Warriors’ Western Conference finals series with the Rockets as the best-of-seven showdown shifts to Oracle …


Rockets head into Game 3 confident after big win in Game 2

The Rockets have reason to feel good. They’re tied with Golden State after winning Game 2 in a rout in the Western Conference finals. But they also know a big …


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

Balanced Rockets tie Warriors in Western Conference finals

James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points to lead a balanced attack and the Houston Rockets routed the Golden State Warriors 127-105 on Wednesday night to even the …


Backcourt blues: Cavs guards J.R. Smith, George Hill horrible in Game 2

Cleveland’s starting guards need to shake off an awful performance against Boston in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. J.R. Smith and George Hill were outscored 41-3 by Boston …


Celtics’ Marcus Smart has been unflappable against Cavaliers

Since returning from thumb surgery late in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Marcus Smart has been unflappable and Boston’s unquestioned deacon of toughness. The proud everyman for a …


Gerald Green’s conference finals culmination of long journey

Each time Gerald Green has stepped on the court this season for his hometown Houston Rockets, it seemed like he was playing an elimination game. He couldn’t find a team …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron James, down Cavs 107-94

Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 on Tuesday night and take a 2-0 lead …


Rockets have much to improve heading into Game 2 vs Warriors

The Houston Rockets have plenty to fix after squandering their coveted home-court advantage in the Western Conference finals. The list includes limiting turnovers, eliminating open 3s and making things tougher …


Klay Thompson scores 28, Kevin Durant 37 as Warriors beat Rockets in opener

Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 to lead Golden State to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of …


Cavs, Celtics ready for Eastern Conference finals rematch

The Eastern Conference’s representative in the NBA Finals will again come from either Cleveland or Boston. This is the eighth playoff matchup between the teams overall, with Boston leading 4-3. …


Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni, king of the 3, draws singular praise

Golden State stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green admire Houston coach Mike D’Antoni from afar. They like how he empowers all his players to be scorers. Just let it fly …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Point grad: Cavs’ George Hill receives diploma during NBA playoffs

Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill had a good excuse for missing practice – he graduated. While his teammates were getting in a last workout before facing Boston in the Eastern …