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Heat reach the East finals, top Bucks to win series 4-1

Basketball / NBA Sep 9, 2020

Heat reach the East finals, top Bucks to win series 4-1

Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are headed to the Eastern Conference finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo could only watch. The fifth-seeded Heat finished off an upset of the NBA’s best regular-season team Tuesday, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 103-94 in Game 5 of their East semifinal series — ...

Celtics take 3-2 series lead over Raptors

NBA Sep 8, 2020

Celtics take 3-2 series lead over Raptors

The game plan from Boston coach Brad Stevens was simple: Start things off with an increased effort on defense to set an immediate tone. The Celtics did exactly as he asked — and put the reigning NBA champions on the ropes. Jaylen Brown scored 27 points ...

OG Anunoby beats buzzer to lift Raptors over Celtics

NBA Sep 4, 2020

OG Anunoby beats buzzer to lift Raptors over Celtics

The Toronto Raptors were a half-second away from falling into the abyss that no NBA team has ever escaped. Down by two points, down by two games, the reigning champions needed a miracle. OG Anunoby delivered. Anunoby caught a cross-court pass that Kyle Lowry threaded over ...

Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash to run floor as coach

NBA Sep 4, 2020

Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash to run floor as coach

Steve Nash was one of the NBA's most entertaining point guards, the engineer of a high-scoring team that helped usher in a new era of basketball. Now the Brooklyn Nets want to see what he can do as a coach. The Nets hired Nash on Thursday, ...

Grizzlies' Ja Morant wins NBA's Rookie of the Year award

NBA Sep 4, 2020

Grizzlies' Ja Morant wins NBA's Rookie of the Year award

Ja Morant wants someone to give him a big assist after running away with the Rookie of the Year award. Tell him the name of the lone voter not to put him first. "I want to shoot a direct message to them and thank them for ...

Rockets edge Thunder to win wild Game 7

Basketball / NBA Sep 3, 2020

Rockets edge Thunder to win wild Game 7

James Harden couldn't get his shot to fall all night, so the scorer turned stopper. In this wild Game 7 that took one strange turn after another in the final seconds, the biggest play came when a guy known almost entirely for his offense turned ...

Nuggets edge Jazz to complete comeback from 3-1 down

NBA Sep 2, 2020

Nuggets edge Jazz to complete comeback from 3-1 down

Jamal Murray helped a heartbroken Donovan Mitchell off the floor for a handshake and hug, a show of respect between players who had a memorable battle in the bubble. They traded historic offensive fireworks for six games, before Game 7 turned into an old-fashioned defensive ...

Butler scores 40 to lead Heat past Bucks in Game 1

Basketball / NBA Sep 1, 2020

Butler scores 40 to lead Heat past Bucks in Game 1

Jimmy Butler kept hearing the same message from teammates in every conversation Monday night. "Win the game." He listened to them, and delivered. Butler scored 14 of his playoff career-high 40 points in the fourth quarter, Goran Dragic added 27 and the Heat clamped down defensively in ...

Kawhi Leonard leads Clippers past Mavs into second round

NBA Aug 31, 2020

Kawhi Leonard leads Clippers past Mavs into second round

The Los Angeles Clippers knocked him around and shut his teammates down, and still Luka Doncic kept coming. Kawhi Leonard wasn't worried, because nothing rattles him in the postseason. "This is playoff basketball and everything is not going to go your way,” Leonard said. "You’re going ...