Mentally tough Spurs remain unfazed

Jun 7, 2014

Mentally tough Spurs remain unfazed

When the air conditioning went out in San Antonio, many of the Spurs felt right at home — their native homelands. They are a roster loaded with foreign players, accustomed to playing in places where air conditioning not only isn’t optional, it’s not even ...

Spurs whip Heat in Game 1

Jun 6, 2014

Spurs whip Heat in Game 1

“Beat the Heat!” took on a whole new meaning in a sweltering start to the NBA Finals. The San Antonio Spurs handled the conditions, and the team, and it sure helped when a suffering LeBron James couldn’t make it to the finish. Tim Duncan ...

Healthy Wade eyes NBA title

Jun 4, 2014

Healthy Wade eyes NBA title

The last time Dwyane Wade played in an NBA Finals game, he needed fluid drained from his left knee and eight hours of intense game-day therapy just to get into uniform. The Miami Heat guard later described it in a single word. “Hell,” Wade ...

Heat earn fourth straight trip to finals

May 31, 2014

Heat earn fourth straight trip to finals

For the entirety of the regular season, the supremacy of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference was brought into serious question by the Indiana Pacers. Then came the playoffs. And the question was answered — emphatically. The Heat became the third franchise in ...

George's big night helps Pacers stave off elimination

May 29, 2014

George's big night helps Pacers stave off elimination

Paul George went into desperation mode to salvage the Pacers’ season. It was barely good enough. The 24-year-old All-Star scored 21 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and inspired Indiana to fend off Miami’s late challenges as the Pacers staved off playoff ...

LeBron, Bosh put Heat win away from finals

May 27, 2014

LeBron, Bosh put Heat win away from finals

Chris Bosh got them started. LeBron James took over in the second half. And in the end, the Miami Heat moved one win from yet another Eastern Conference title. James had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Bosh added 25 points — nearly matching his ...

Heat storm back to beat Pacers, take 2-1 lead

May 25, 2014

Heat storm back to beat Pacers, take 2-1 lead

Down by 15 early, the Miami Heat could have hit the panic button. Instead, they found a way to move within two wins of another trip to the NBA Finals. LeBron James scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Heat shook off ...

George to return for Pacers in Game 3

May 24, 2014

George to return for Pacers in Game 3

NBA Indiana’s Paul George will play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, which comes as no surprise to the Miami Heat. They were expecting him there all along. The Pacers announced Friday night that George has been cleared “to return to normal ...

LeBron, Wade dig Heat out of hole to even series at 1-1

May 21, 2014

LeBron, Wade dig Heat out of hole to even series at 1-1

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade followed the same old script Tuesday night. When Miami got into trouble, the All-Star duo bailed out the Heat. Again. James scored the first six points in a decisive 12-2 run, and combined with Wade for Miami’s final 20 ...

Pacers open series against Heat with dominant win

May 19, 2014

Pacers open series against Heat with dominant win

Indiana is done talking about home-court advantage. The top-seeded Pacers are ready to use it against the two-time defending champs. They took the first step Sunday, when Paul George finished with 24 points and seven assists, David West added 19 points and seven rebounds, ...

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 ...