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Westbrook silences Cuban as Thunder eliminate Mavericks

Apr 26, 2016

Westbrook silences Cuban as Thunder eliminate Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook is an All-Star, but not a superstar. Westbrook gave him plenty of reasons to reconsider. He had 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and the Thunder beat the Mavericks 118-104 on Monday night ...

Thunder star Durant says testy playoffs just part of game

Apr 25, 2016

Thunder star Durant says testy playoffs just part of game

Kevin Durant suddenly, and reluctantly, found himself at the center of a conversation over whether Oklahoma City’s rough-and-tumble series with Dallas was out of control. LeBron James steadfastly believes he won’t have the same problem, even though the Cleveland star was called out twice ...

Scott out as Lakers coach

Apr 25, 2016

Scott out as Lakers coach

Byron Scott will not return to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season, the team announced late Sunday night. Scott coached the Lakers for the two worst seasons in the 16-time NBA champion franchise’s history, going 38-126. The Lakers are making another break from ...

Warriors rout Rockets, lose Curry in Game 4

Apr 25, 2016

Warriors rout Rockets, lose Curry in Game 4

Stephen Curry sat on the bench with his head in his hands, facing another injury that could derail Golden State’s playoff run. The Warriors felt bad for the reigning MVP, but instead of sulking about their misfortune, they responded with a huge third quarter ...

Hornets end long wait for victory

Apr 24, 2016

Hornets end long wait for victory

After the Charlotte Hornets dropped the first two games of their first-round series against the Miami Heat, team owner Michael Jordan and assistant coach Patrick Ewing approached coach Steve Clifford with a suggestion: Post up 213-cm-rookie Frank Kaminsky more. “When you have two first-ballot ...

Celtics revive hopes against Hawks

Apr 23, 2016

Celtics revive hopes against Hawks

On the heels of slow starts and lackluster offensive efforts in their first two playoff games, the Celtics knew they would need to play like a desperate bunch in their Game 3 matchup with the Hawks. Boston did, and Isaiah Thomas delivered a career-high ...

Harden sinks late jumper to lift Rockets in Game 3

Apr 22, 2016

Harden sinks late jumper to lift Rockets in Game 3

The Houston Rockets were down by one point with no timeouts and mere seconds remaining Thursday night. In that moment James Harden was the only one they wanted to have the ball. And as usual their star delivered. Harden scored 35 points, including the ...

Spurs maintain stranglehold over Grizzlies

Apr 20, 2016

Spurs maintain stranglehold over Grizzlies

The more things change the more the San Antonio Spurs remain constant. Twelve years to the day after holding Memphis to franchise lows in total points and points in a quarter, San Antonio put another stranglehold on the Grizzlies. Patty Mills had 16 points, ...

Warriors triumph in Game 2 with Curry out hurt

Apr 19, 2016

Warriors triumph in Game 2 with Curry out hurt

As Stephen Curry emphatically waved his arms to ignite the crowd and coached from the bench when he could do little else, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors’ supporting cast proved they can win on the playoff stage without their NBA MVP. They ...

Spurs' Leonard repeats as defensive player of year

Apr 19, 2016

Spurs' Leonard repeats as defensive player of year

an Antonio Kawhi Leonard tends to shrug off all the accolades for his defensive prowess. He will almost always credit his teammates and coach for any praise he receives. It was no different Monday as Leonard won his second straight NBA Defensive Player of ...