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Thunder finish Clips, make Western finals

May 16, 2014

Thunder finish Clips, make Western finals

When the Oklahoma City Thunder were down by 16 points and struggling to make any shot early in Game 6, they looked all but ready to fold up and head home for a series-deciding finale. Instead, Kevin Durant shouldered the Thunder and carried them ...

Kerr spurns Knicks for Warriors

May 15, 2014

Kerr spurns Knicks for Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are taking another chance on a television analyst and former NBA guard who has never been a head coach at any level. The Warriors won the bidding war with the New York Knicks for Steve Kerr on Wednesday, hiring him ...

May 15, 2014

Late rally carries Heat past Nets, into Eastern finals

LeBron James leaped onto a courtside table as the postgame celebration was starting, thumped his chest and punched the air. Next stop: The Eastern Conference finals. Again. James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 28 and Ray Allen delivered two huge plays in the ...

Thunder stun Clips

May 14, 2014

Thunder stun Clips

Russell Westbrook finished off Oklahoma City’s stunning comeback. Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes he should never have had the chance. Westbrook scored 38 points and made three free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining, and the Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 50 ...

LeBron's 49 put Heat up 3-1

May 13, 2014

LeBron's 49 put Heat up 3-1

LeBron James had done his part to put the Miami Heat in control of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and one last free throw was meaningless except to him. He missed, leaving him one shy of his first 50-point playoff game, muttering to himself after. ...

Clippers overcome large deficit, Durant's 40 to win

May 12, 2014

Clippers overcome large deficit, Durant's 40 to win

After being thoroughly outplayed for over 40 minutes, the Los Angeles Clippers fought back. Leading the way was a player not known for coming up big in the clutch. Darren Collison scored eight of his 18 points in the final 2:58, rallying the Clippers ...

Parker leads way as Spurs take commanding 3-0 lead

May 11, 2014

Parker leads way as Spurs take commanding 3-0 lead

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich took pains to make sure guard Tony Parker was well rested for the playoffs. “I barely played in April,” Parker said. “I was joking with Pop if I was still with the Spurs.” The break has paid off. Parker scored ...

May 10, 2014

NBA taps Parsons to handle Clippers

The NBA chose Dick Parsons, the 66-year-old former Citigroup chairman and former Time Warner chairman and CEO, as interim CEO of the Clippers on Friday. “I think it’s a very good hire for us,” said Doc Rivers, Clippers coach and senior vice president of ...

Hot-shooting Thunder sink Clippers

May 10, 2014

Hot-shooting Thunder sink Clippers

Neither team budged through three tight quarters. Then the Thunder went to a smaller lineup in the fourth and the Clippers’ defense shriveled. Oklahoma City couldn’t be stopped in the final 12 minutes and went on to a 118-112 victory Friday night to take ...

Spurs pound Blazers again

May 9, 2014

Spurs pound Blazers again

Portland coach Terry Stotts is running out of adjectives and analogies to describe the San Antonio Spurs’ dominance in the second quarter. Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio rolled to a 114-97 victory over ...

Thunder tie up series at 1-1

May 8, 2014

Thunder tie up series at 1-1

Kevin Durant stood before his adoring home crowd, proudly holding his MVP trophy above his head during a pregame ceremony. He spent the next few hours showing how he earned it. Durant had 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and the Oklahoma City ...