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Harden's 45 carry Rockets

May 26, 2015

Harden's 45 carry Rockets

James Harden was not happy after a poor performance in Houston’s embarrassing loss to Golden State in Game 3. Coach Kevin McHale told him the best thing to do was take that frustration out on the other team. Harden did just that, scoring a ...

LeBron records triple-double as Cavaliers top Hawks

May 25, 2015

LeBron records triple-double as Cavaliers top Hawks

LeBron James dropped to his knees and slapped the floor with his hand. He was exhausted and exhilarated — and one win from the NBA Finals. “I gave everything I have,” James said. James shook off an atrocious shooting start, withstood Atlanta’s gritty comeback ...

Warriors fire on all cylinders in Game 3

May 24, 2015

Warriors fire on all cylinders in Game 3

Golden State coach Steve Kerr described Stephen Curry’s performance Saturday night simply. “Steph was Steph,” Kerr said. Indeed. The MVP did what he does best, using his extraordinary 3-point shooting to power a 40-point game and the Warriors made it look easy against Houston, ...

LeBron sparks Cavs to 2-0 lead

May 23, 2015

LeBron sparks Cavs to 2-0 lead

Forget the Big Three. One is enough for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as long as it’s the King. LeBron James scored 30 points and the Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference final even without injured star Kyrie Irving, beating the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 ...

Warriors hold off Harden, Rockets

May 22, 2015

Warriors hold off Harden, Rockets

James Harden had Game 2 on his fingertips — and then he didn’t. Now the Golden State Warriors have the Western Conference finals in their grasp. Stephen Curry scored 33 points before Harden lost the ball in the closing seconds to end a spectacular ...

Hot-shooting Smith lifts Cavs past Hawks

May 21, 2015

Hot-shooting Smith lifts Cavs past Hawks

J.R. Smith knocked down a tough 3-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol. Yep, Smith was that hot. While LeBron James ...

May 20, 2015

Timberwolves win NBA Draft lottery

The Minnesota Timberwolves too often came to the NBA Draft lottery and left in worse shape than they arrived. And when they finally ended years of lottery futility, it came from the spot where nobody had been winning. The Timberwolves won the lottery Tuesday ...

Warriors rally to take Game 1

May 20, 2015

Warriors rally to take Game 1

Down big at home, the Golden State Warriors went small. It turned out to make a huge difference. Stephen Curry hit two free throws in the final seconds to finish with 34 points, and the Warriors rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second ...

Grizzlies center Gasol to consider free agency

May 19, 2015

Grizzlies center Gasol to consider free agency

The Memphis Grizzlies head into the offseason with a major goal: re-signing their free agent All-Star center. Marc Gasol is in no hurry, he’s on his own timetable. He plans to take as much time as possible to consider all his options as one ...

May 19, 2015

Pelicans invite He to Summer League

The New Orleans Pelicans have invited Chinese forward He Tianju to attend the NBA Summer League in July with an eye on drafting him. He’s Chinese club Liaoning published the invite letter from Pelicans’ director of player personnel David Booth on Tuesday, asking the ...