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 ...

Aldridge has big night as Spurs thrash Thunder in Game 1

May 1, 2016

Aldridge has big night as Spurs thrash Thunder in Game 1

The San Antonio Spurs dismantled the Oklahoma City Thunder — in a hurry. LaMarcus Aldridge had 38 points and the Spurs beat the Thunder 124-92 on Saturday night, never trailing in Game 1 of the second-round series. The Spurs scored the most postseason points ...

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 ...

Lakers hire Walton to be head coach

Apr 30, 2016

Lakers hire Walton to be head coach

Luke Walton is coming home to rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers reached an agreement Friday night with the Golden State assistant to become their head coach, dramatically choosing a leader for their new era after Kobe Bryant. The Lakers grabbed Walton just ...

Drug dealers use Curry's likeness to market heroin

Apr 30, 2016

Drug dealers use Curry's likeness to market heroin

Philadelphia drug dealers looking to market their heroin as top of the line are stamping packets with the likeness of Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry. Regional transit police chief Thomas Nestel tweeted a picture of several packets featuring Curry’s face and name. His ...

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 eliminate Rockets

Apr 28, 2016

Warriors eliminate Rockets

Klay Thompson knew Golden State had to come together, that every player needed to raise his game with Stephen Curry on the sidelines. “None of us can do it alone,” Thompson insisted hours earlier. He sure got things started, scoring 27 points with seven ...

Apr 28, 2016

Warriors grant Lakers permission to interview Walton

The Los Angeles Lakers received permission from the Warriors to interview top assistant Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said before Game 5 of the playoffs against Houston that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak contacted Warriors GM Bob Myers, ...

DeRozan delivers for Raptors in victory over Pacers

Apr 27, 2016

DeRozan delivers for Raptors in victory over Pacers

DeMar DeRozan finally turned in the All-Star effort Toronto has been waiting for in the playoffs. DeRozan’s big game, and an even bigger Raptors comeback, put Toronto on the brink of a second-round berth. DeRozan scored 34 points and the Raptors held on for ...

Westbrook silences Cuban as Thunder eliminate Mavericks

Apr 26, 2016

Westbrook silences Cuban as Thunder eliminate Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook is an All-Star, but not a superstar. Westbrook gave him plenty of reasons to reconsider. He had 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and the Thunder beat the Mavericks 118-104 on Monday night ...

Thunder star Durant says testy playoffs just part of game

Apr 25, 2016

Thunder star Durant says testy playoffs just part of game

Kevin Durant suddenly, and reluctantly, found himself at the center of a conversation over whether Oklahoma City’s rough-and-tumble series with Dallas was out of control. LeBron James steadfastly believes he won’t have the same problem, even though the Cleveland star was called out twice ...