Irving leads Cavaliers to brink of NBA Finals

/ May 24, 2017

Irving leads Cavaliers to brink of NBA Finals

Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet. The pain couldn’t stop him. The Celtics couldn’t either. Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points despite playing on a tender ankle, LeBron James ...

Gutsy Celtics rally for stunning win over Cavs

/ May 22, 2017

Gutsy Celtics rally for stunning win over Cavs

Leprechauns are imaginary. Celtic pride is very real. Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned ...

Warriors pounce on listless Spurs

/ May 17, 2017

Warriors pounce on listless Spurs

Steve Kerr provided a strong message, just not from his usual spot on the bench: Play with urgency from the opening tip this time. The Golden State Warriors did just that for their ailing coach watching from the locker room, and left Gregg Popovich ...

Celtics push past Wizards in Game 7

/ May 16, 2017

Celtics push past Wizards in Game 7

Isaiah Thomas said he didn’t feel any pressure entering his first Game 7. His play backed up his confidence and with the help of Kelly Olynyk and the Boston Celtics bench, Thomas earned the biggest win of his career. Thomas scored 29 points and ...

Cavaliers itching to get going again

/ May 14, 2017

Cavaliers itching to get going again

Kyrie Irving misses the sounds, the sights, the stress of the NBA Playoffs. The All-Star point guard isn’t the only one. “We’re itching to play,” Irving said. The Cavaliers are still waiting. With Washington and Boston headed to a Game 7 on Monday, Cleveland’s ...

Wall's late 3 helps Wizards force Game 7

/ May 13, 2017

Wall's late 3 helps Wizards force Game 7

John Wall stood atop the scorer’s table, popping his jersey, yelling and celebrating his 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left for the go-ahead basket that put his Washington Wizards into a Game 7 against the Boston Celtics. After Washington’s 92-91 victory extended the Eastern Conference ...

Grieving Thomas carries Celtics in Game 1

/ May 1, 2017

Grieving Thomas carries Celtics in Game 1

Nothing it seems can stop Isaiah Thomas this postseason — be it pains big or small. The All-Star led the Celtics to a first-round win over Chicago in a haze after learning the day before that series began that his younger sister, Chyna Thomas, ...

Rockets advance to West semis

/ Apr 26, 2017

Rockets advance to West semis

The Houston Rockets are headed to the Western Conference semifinals after using strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to overcome another big game by Russell Westbrook and eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 105-99 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night. James ...

Bulls take 2-0 lead on top-seeded Celtics

/ Apr 19, 2017

Bulls take 2-0 lead on top-seeded Celtics

The Chicago Bulls talked often during the regular season about believing they had the personnel to play as a physically imposing team. Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason. Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo finished one ...

Beverley, Harden lead Rockets over Thunder

/ Apr 17, 2017

Beverley, Harden lead Rockets over Thunder

Although James Harden is Houston’s undisputed star, he can’t top Russell Westbrook entirely on his own. As is so often the case, Patrick Beverley was there for support Sunday night. Harden scored 37 points to outshine Westbrook, and the Rockets pulled away in the ...