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Kawhi Leonard matched his season high with 37 points, helping the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-110 on Friday night.
Ben Simmons had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his third triple-double of the season, Joel Embiid scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers won in Jimmy Butler’s return, routing Cleveland Cavaliers 128-105 on Sunday. Butler scored 19 points after missing two games – both losses – with a strained groin. Landry Shamet added 16 points for Philadelphia, J.J. Redick had 14 points and Wilson Chandler 11. Cedi Osman and Jordan Clarkson each scored 18 points for Cleveland. Rodney Hood and Matthew Dellavedova each had 13 points, and rookie point guard Collin Sexton added 12.
Tristan Thompson’s strong season has stalled.
J.R. Smith’s bumpy-but-never-boring stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will be out at least six weeks – and maybe longer – after surgery on his left foot, another blow to a team in disarray in its first season following LeBron James’ departure.
Dekker, a first-round pick by Houston in 2015, averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds as a reserve in 73 games last season for the Clippers. The 6-foot-9 Dekker figures to get more minutes with the Cavaliers, who are revamping their roster following superstar LeBron James’ departure as a free agent.
LeBron James won’t rule out a second homecoming in Cleveland.
All-Star forward Kevin Love has signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Love will now be the centerpiece for the team following LeBron James’s departure in free agency. The 29-year-old Love just completed his fourth season with the Cavaliers. They acquired him in a 2014 trade from Minnesota.
Challenged by coach Don Verlin before the start of his senior season to become a player Idaho could count on every game, Brayon Blake responded with a dozen double-doubles and scored 20 or more points 11 times last season.
Two people familiar with the decision says LeBron James has informed the Cavaliers he’s declining his $35.6 million option for next season and is a free agent. James’ representatives informed the team on Friday, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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 in four years Friday night, 108-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers to complete a sweep.
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.
Kevin Durant pushed the Golden State Warriors to dynasty’s doorstep. LeBron James may be at the door.
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 knee. He has not played since Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against Houston, and the Warriors have gone 4-2 since he got hurt.
LeBron James laughed as he came around the backstage partition after arriving fashionably late for his crowded, post-practice news conference.
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 Shaun Livingston and JaVale McGee – journeymen of sorts – are soundly outplaying their Cavs’ counterparts.
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 million viewers and averaged 18.5 million. ESPN says it was still the third-largest Game 2 audience since 2001.
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 James considers his familiar NBA Finals opponent among the best teams ever.
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 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night for 2-0 lead.
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 NBA Finals.