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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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


Magic heat up for first win

ORLANDO, Fla. – Missing for two games, Orlando found its Magic touch. Making easy shots and tough ones from everywhere, the Magic won their first game in two visits to …


Orlando’s best shot falls short

LOS ANGELES – Stopped cold by a pick near the free-throw line, Kobe Bryant watched as Orlando’s Courtney Lee headed toward the basket and a shot at history. Bryant was …


Bryant pours in 40 as Lakers rout Magic

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant has waited a year, a long year, for another chance at NBA title. He’s not about to let this one slip away. The Olympic gold …


Bryant’s demeanor takes stern turn on eve of the NBA Finals

LOS ANGELES – His smile has vanished, replaced by something closer to a scowl. His days of joking around are seemingly on hold. Kobe Bryant has become deadly serious.


The Matchups

Coaches Phil Jackson vs. Jerry Sloan. Jackson has four championship rings, Sloan has never been to the finals as a player or coach. Jackson is used to the distractions and …


No Chicago Massacre Bulls Rule, But It Took Kukoc’s Fourth-Quarter Heroics To Do It

Dennis Rodman fires up the Bulls. Photo by Associated Press