Raptors survive rally to eliminate Pacers

May 2, 2016

Raptors survive rally to eliminate Pacers

DeMar DeRozan pushed the Toronto Raptors into the second round — finally. DeRozan scored 30 points and Toronto beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84 on Sunday night in Game 7 to advance to face Miami in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Raptors won a best-of-seven ...

Pacers rout Raptors, force Game 7

Apr 30, 2016

Pacers rout Raptors, force Game 7

This time, the Indiana Pacers buckled down and fought back. Reeling from a fourth-quarter collapse followed by a sluggish start, the Pacers turned things around just in time with an 18-0 run to save their season. Paul George and George Hill combined for 24 ...

Hawks put away Celtics with Game 6 win

Apr 29, 2016

Hawks put away Celtics with Game 6 win

The Atlanta Hawks had their best regular season in franchise history spoiled last year by a dismal showing against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals. They will get another shot at the Cavs in the second round of this year’s NBA playoffs. Paul Millsap ...

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 ...

NBA commissioner Silver expects changes to playoffs

Jul 15, 2015

NBA commissioner Silver expects changes to playoffs

Changes to the NBA playoffs are almost certainly coming. Changes to the league’s much-discussed moratorium and Hack-a-Shaq aren’t, at least not now. After meeting with the league’s Board of Governors on those and other topics Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that — as ...

Grizzlies put Trail Blazers away, advance to Western semis

Apr 30, 2015

Grizzlies put Trail Blazers away, advance to Western semis

The Memphis Grizzlies missed one chance to finish off their first-round series and get some much-needed rest before facing the Golden State Warriors. They didn’t waste a second, especially on their own court. Marc Gasol had 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Grizzlies ...

Spurs edge Clippers in Game 5 after pivotal late call

Apr 29, 2015

Spurs edge Clippers in Game 5 after pivotal late call

The ball bounced delicately around the rim, and the pivotal fifth game of a thrilling first-round series teetered along with it. DeAndre Jordan leaped up and tapped it in — an instant too early. The San Antonio Spurs got the biggest bounce in a ...

Clippers bounce back to beat Spurs, even series 2-2

Apr 27, 2015

Clippers bounce back to beat Spurs, even series 2-2

The Los Angeles Clippers answered their worst loss in playoff history with one of their most uplifting victories. Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 on ...

Curry shines as Warriors complete sweep of Pelicans

Apr 26, 2015

Curry shines as Warriors complete sweep of Pelicans

Stephen Curry wasn’t about to say that shooting over Anthony Davis was easy. The Warriors’ prolific scorer was just crafty enough to make it look that way sometimes. Equally devastating from long range and on drives to the hoop, Curry scored 39 points, and ...

LeBron closes door on Celtics in Game 2

Apr 22, 2015

LeBron closes door on Celtics in Game 2

The Celtics wouldn’t go away, and then LeBron James finished them off. James scored 30 points — 15 in the fourth quarter — and Kyrie Irving added 26 as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally shook off Boston in the fourth quarter for a 99-91 victory ...

Clippers overwhelm Spurs

Apr 20, 2015

Clippers overwhelm Spurs

Blake Griffin accelerated through the paint and threw down a vicious dunk right on Aron Baynes’ head in the third quarter. A few minutes later, Griffin did it again to the same poor San Antonio center. After three years of early-round failures, the Los ...