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Cavaliers blow out Raptors in Game 1 of East finals

May 18, 2016

Cavaliers blow out Raptors in Game 1 of East finals

The Cavaliers are rolling through the East with ease. LeBron James hardly missed and scored 24 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving scored 27 and Cleveland picked up where it left off before a long layoff by thumping the Toronto Raptors 115-84 in Game ...

Pacers hire McMillan as head coach

May 17, 2016

Pacers hire McMillan as head coach

Larry Bird found the Indiana Pacers’ new voice on his own bench. Now Nate McMillan must show his old-school style will still resonate with today’s young players. Bird promoted the 51-year-old McMillan to head coach Monday, hoping he will change the culture inside the ...

Thunder rally leads to upset of Warriors

| May 17, 2016

Thunder rally leads to upset of Warriors

Outside his locker room, first-year Thunder coach Billy Donovan received a round of hugs and celebratory handshakes for pulling off something no other team has done at Oracle Arena this postseason: win. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City dazzled in the fourth quarter ...

Raptors oust Heat, prepare for Cavs

May 16, 2016

Raptors oust Heat, prepare for Cavs

Toronto fans chanted ‘We Want Cleveland!’ in the final seconds. They got it. Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, DeMar DeRozan had 28 and the Raptors beat the Miami Heat 116-89 in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to the conference finals for the first ...

May 14, 2016

Spurs unsure if Duncan, Ginobili will return

San Antonio’s unexpected and abrupt end to the season brings on another stressful summer that begins with what has become an annual quandary. Will Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili return? “I really don’t know what they’re going to do,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich ...

Heat beat Raptors to force Game 7

May 14, 2016

Heat beat Raptors to force Game 7

The Miami Heat went small, and came up big. With that, another Game 7 awaits. Goran Dragic scored a postseason career-high 30 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and the Heat rode a small lineup to a 103-91 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday ...

May 13, 2016

Magic coach Skiles resigns after one season in charge

Scott Skiles surprisingly resigned as coach of the Orlando Magic after just one season and team executives insist they never saw it coming. The Magic were busy Thursday trying to play spin control while also trying to make sense of the seemingly sudden decision ...

Thunder oust Spurs to reach West finals

May 13, 2016

Thunder oust Spurs to reach West finals

The Thunder flipped the script, and now they’re heading to the Western Conference finals. Tim Duncan doesn’t know yet where he’s headed as the San Antonio Spurs face an uncertain future. Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook added 28, and Oklahoma City beat ...

Splash Brothers lead way as Warriors finish off Blazers

May 12, 2016

Splash Brothers lead way as Warriors finish off Blazers

Stephen Curry raised his left arm in triumph and cradled the game ball in his right as yellow confetti fell. The Splash Brothers are taking defending champion Golden State back to the Western Conference finals for a second straight year. Klay Thompson’s sweet shooting ...

Westbrook leads Thunder past Spurs for 3-2 lead in series

May 11, 2016

Westbrook leads Thunder past Spurs for 3-2 lead in series

Russell Westbrook couldn’t be stopped down the stretch, not even when the San Antonio Spurs were trying to foul him. Westbrook had 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Spurs 95-91 ...

May 10, 2016

San Antonio GM Buford named NBA's top executive

R.C. Buford is the last person to take a victory lap, especially when the San Antonio Spurs are in the middle of a second-round playoff fight with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs GM won’t be extolling his virtues or patting himself on the ...