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June 22, 2012

Champs! James' triple-double lifts Heat to title

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Best player in the game. Best team in the league. Now NBA champion, too. LeBron James is finally savoring it all since taking his talents to South Beach. ''Happiest day of my life,'' he said. James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, leading the Heat in a 121-106 rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night to win the NBA Finals in five games. All that was left was a celebration nine years in the making - and two years after his acrimonious parting from the Cavaliers. ''It means everything,'' James said moments before being named the playoffs MVP to go along with his regular-season award. ''I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland but I understood what my future was about ... I knew we had a bright future (in Miami). This is a dream come true for me. This is definitely when it pays off.'' Read more here.


Source: sports.yahoo.com





June 21, 2012

Down 3-1 to Heat, Thunder vow to keep fighting

lebron james dwyane wadeDown 3-1 in the NBA Finals, history says the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't coming back. Nobody has ever rallied from that deficit in the finals. Then again, few have erased a 2-0 deficit in any playoff series, and the Thunder did that just one round ago when they charged past the San Antonio Spurs. So don't write off the Thunder just yet. ''We didn't get here just to make it here and say we made it to the finals. We want to come in here and we want to try to get a title,'' Kevin Durant said Wednesday. ''It's all about, keep competing until that last buzzer sounds and that's what we're going to do. That's the type of city we play for, a city that never gives up. That's the type of team we are.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





June 18, 2012

James scores 29, Heat rally past Thunder 91-85

lebron james dwyane wadeThe Miami Heat have been here before, two wins from an NBA title. The difference now? LeBron James isn't letting his head get in the way of his talent. James had 29 points and 14 rebounds, and the Heat took a 2-1 series lead with a 91-85 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Miami also won Game 3 of the finals last year, but that was its last victory as the Dallas Mavericks stormed to the title. It was a painful failure for James, who looks determined to prevent a similar collapse. ''He had a game where he struggled and he kind of let that get into his mind a little bit and he was thinking too much. Now he's playing, he's on attack and being very aggressive,'' Dwyane Wade said. ''He's playing very aggressive and that's the difference obviously from last year to this year, and the difference in our team.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





June 15, 2012

Heat survive Thunder rally for 100-96 win

lebron jamesLeBron James has seen his share of great starts turn into faulty finishes. So with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh providing the help he needed, he wasn't letting another one get away Thursday night. James scored 32 points, got a disputed big stop on Kevin Durant and the Miami Heat held off a furious fourth-quarter rally behind their three All-Stars to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-96, tying the NBA Finals at one game apiece. ''We had played too well in the first 36 minutes to try to let this one slip away from us,'' James said. ''We just wanted to make one more, two more plays than they made and come out with a victory and we were able to do that.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





June 13, 2012

Durant powers Thunder past LeBron's Heat 105-94

kevin durantKevin Durant delivered the fourth quarter LeBron James never could last year. So forget those NBA Finals jitters at the start. Durant and the young Thunder showed they have already figured out how to finish. Durant scored 17 of his 36 points in another nightmarish final period for James and his team, leading a Thunder storm that overwhelmed the Heat and gave Oklahoma City a 105-94 victory over Miami in Game 1 on Tuesday night. ''That's what they do, they keep on coming,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''They're relentless.'' Teaming with Russell Westbrook to outscore the Heat in the second half by themselves, Durant struck first in his head-to-head matchup with James, who had seven points in the final quarter and was helpless to stop the league's three-time scoring champion. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





June 10, 2012

To the Finals: Heat top Celtics 101-88 in Game 7

lebron jamesLeBron James finally got a Game 7 victory, on his third try. Next up, the NBA finals - and his third try at that elusive first championship. A year after watching someone else celebrate on their home floor, the Miami Heat were the ones dancing at midcourt. James had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Bosh hit a career-best three 3-pointers - the last sparking the run that put it away - and the Heat won their second straight Eastern Conference title by beating the Boston Celtics 101-88 in Game 7 on Saturday night. Miami opens the title series in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. Read more here.

Celtics face uncertainty after Game 7 loss to Heat


rajon rondoDoc Rivers had tears in his eyes. Rajon Rondo insisted more could have been done, even after he put up another triple-double. Ray Allen said he has years left in his legs. The season is over for the Boston Celtics. Only time will tell if this run of Celtics basketball is over as well. LeBron James had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Bosh hit a career-best three 3-pointers - the last sparking the run that put it away - and the Miami Heat won their second straight Eastern Conference title by beating the Celtics 101-88 in Game 7 on Saturday night. So one ''Big Three'' - the one from Miami - is headed to an NBA finals matchup with Oklahoma City. Read more here.

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June 4, 2012

Revived Thunder eyeing needed road win in Game 5

kevin durantIn the span of three days, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs as many times as they had in the last three years. And now the Western Conference finals are suddenly up for grabs. What once seemed like the continuation of one of the most dominant runs in NBA history has turned into a genuine toss-up of a series after the Thunder stopped San Antonio's perfect stretch with two convincing victories in half a week. Game 5 is Monday night in San Antonio. Oklahoma City needs at least one road win to advance, and Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Sunday there's no time like the present. ''We have a great opportunity in Game 5,'' Brooks said. Seldom have the Thunder been able to say that when they faced the Spurs. Read more here.

Celtics beat Heat in OT, tie East finals at 2-2


rajon rondoRajon Rondo delivered the trash talk at halftime and the big plays in overtime. And after one final defensive stand - maybe assisted by a Garden ghost - the Boston Celtics were two wins away from an improbable chance to play for another championship. Rondo had 15 points and 15 assists, and scored the final three points of the Celtics' 93-91 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night that evened the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. Getting a huge break when LeBron James fouled out for the first time since joined the Heat, the Celtics recovered after blowing an 18-point lead in regulation and moved two games away from a third trip to the NBA finals in five years. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 31, 2012

Parker leads Spurs to 2-0 series lead

tony parkerTony Parker has found balance in his role as a scoring point guard. Two more wins, and the San Antonio Spurs will find themselves playing for another NBA championship. Parker had 34 points and eight assists, Manu Ginobili added 20 points and the Spurs stayed perfect in the playoffs with a 120-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night. The Spurs set an NBA record with their 20th consecutive victory bridging the regular season and the playoffs. They came in sharing the longest such streak with the 2000-01 Lakers, who won 19 straight before losing to Philadelphia in the first game of the finals. Read more here.

Celtics say intensity must rise vs. Heat in Game 2


lebron jamesThe Boston Celtics have bigger issues than being upset about a perceived slight. Yes, LeBron James dribbled behind his back. Then between his legs, five times. Then threw a behind-the-back pass. And after grabbing an offensive rebound while getting fouled by Kevin Garnett, he smiled and shouted ''Yeah'' three times while holding the ball out for referee Jason Phillips to collect. All that came on one possession in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics called it showboating. They're probably right. But that's not the problem. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 27, 2012

Rondo leads Celtics to 85-75 Game 7 win over 76ers

paul pierceTo Doug Collins, Boston's Big Three is already a memory. ''I don't look at them as the Big Three. I look at them as the Championship Four,'' the Philadelphia coach said. ''Because if you're going to leave Rondo out, you're making a huge mistake.'' Rajon Rondo helped his aging teammates keep their season going Saturday night, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in Game 7 against the 76ers to lead Boston to an 85-75 victory and into an Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Miami Heat. The Celtics will open the third round of the NBA playoffs in Miami on Monday night. ''I've already packed,'' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ''We'll be ready. It's going to be a tough turnaround, but we're not an excuse team. We'll be ready on Monday.'' Read more here.

They meet again: Heat-Celtics in East finals


dwyane wadeIt's a rematch: Miami and Boston will meet in the playoffs again, this time with a spot in the NBA finals at stake. Boston's 85-75 win in Game 7 over Philadelphia on Saturday night earned the Celtics a trip to Miami, where the reigning East champion Heat will host Game 1 of this year's conference title series Monday night. Boston took the regular-season series from Miami 3-1, though the last of those meetings was in the final game of the season and came on a night where LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all sat out for Miami, while Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen got the evening off for Boston. The lineups will look more normal Monday, though Bosh will remain sidelined because of a strained lower abdominal muscle. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 22, 2012

Thunder surge past Lakers 106-90 to win West semis

russell westbrookWith the Oklahoma City Thunder just starting to come to life, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant didn't need to take a break. They will have enough time to rest as they get ready for a second straight trip to the Western Conference finals. Westbrook scored 28 points, Durant added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the two All-Stars skipped their usual rest periods to power the Thunder ahead in the second half for a 106-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the West semifinals on Monday night. ''We know that's the most important time of the game, especially in a tight game,'' Durant said. ''I think that we kept our composure throughout the fourth, and our poise and we made plays.'' Read more here.

Bass erupts for Celtics in 101-85 win over Sixers


brandon bassThey started as a Big Three and grew to a Big Four when Rajon Rondo earned the right to be mentioned along with the other Boston Celtics All-Stars. At no point, however, did Brandon Bass merit marquee billing in his first season in Boston. The fifth, newest and least-heralded member of the Celtics' starting lineup, Bass erupted for a career playoff-high 27 points on Monday night, scoring 18 in the third quarter as Boston pulled away from the Philadelphia 76ers to win 101-85 and take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. ''We've got a few good players on the team that they had to focus on,'' said Bass, who left the game to a standing ovation with 2 minutes left and Boston leading by 18. ''That left me open, and I was able to take advantage of my opportunity.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 20, 2012

Spurs beat Clippers 96-86 to take 3-0 series lead

tim duncanNothing was going to rattle the calm, cool and collected Spurs. Not even a 24-point deficit. Tim Duncan scored 19 points, helping engineer a defining 24-0 run in the third quarter, and San Antonio defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 96-86 on Saturday to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their second-round playoff series. ''We didn't plan on being down that much,'' said Duncan, who at 36 is hungry to win the team's fifth NBA championship and first since 2006-07. ''We stuck with it.'' Led by Tony Parker's 23 points and his defense on an ailing Chris Paul, the Spurs kept running their plays even as Blake Griffin's early offensive assault buried them in a huge hole. Griffin missed three shots in the first half, when he scored 20 points and carried his team to a 24-point lead despite a left hip injury and a sprained right knee. Read more here.

Thunder rally past Lakers, take 3-1 series lead


kevin durantKevin Durant stood above the 3-point line and watched the shot clock dwindle in the final seconds of Game 4. When Metta World Peace backed up slightly on defense, Durant hesitated only an instant before launching a 26-footer. ''It left my hand, (and) I was thinking, 'If this doesn't go in, it's going to be a terrible shot,''' Durant said. The three-time scoring champ trusts his instincts and his silky-smooth jumper. Neither let him down while he and Russell Westbrook engineered yet another late comeback that pushed a frustrated Kobe Bryant to the brink. Westbrook scored 10 of his 37 points during a stirring fourth-quarter rally, Durant added 31 points and hit that tiebreaking 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left, and the Thunder seized control of their second-round series with a 103-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 14, 2012

MVP James gets 32, Heat top Pacers 95-86 in Game 1

lebron jamesLeBron James was promised some rest. It never came. The MVP didn't care, not after he and the Miami Heat struck the first blow against the Indiana Pacers. James accepted his third MVP trophy from Commissioner David Stern before the game, then scored 26 of his game-high 32 points while playing every second of the second half - adding a season-high 15 rebounds as well - as the Heat survived some rough stretches to beat the Pacers 95-86 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. ''I just looked at him straight in the eyes and said, 'You can flat-out not get tired, period,''' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''And he made MVP plays on both ends of the court.'' Read more here.

Clippers advance with 82-72 win over Grizzlies


kenyon martinThe Los Angeles Clippers refused to let a third chance to knock the Memphis Grizzlies out of the playoffs slip away. Kenyon Martin scored seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, and the Clippers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with an 82-72 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 7 on Sunday. ''That's why it's seven games,'' Martin said. ''If you don't do it before, you get another chance. So they did what they had to do, they came and stole home court back on our floor. We had a chance to close it out. We knew we let it go, an opportunity get away.'' The Clippers blew an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter Friday night. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 7, 2012

Anthony helps Knicks end 13-game playoff skid

Amare Stoudemire raised his hands in the air, one covered in padding, as streamers fell from the ceiling above him. Finally, New York could celebrate an NBA playoff victory again. Carmelo Anthony scored 41 points, Stoudemire had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his return from a cut hand, and the Knicks snapped an NBA-record, 13-game postseason losing streak by beating the Miami Heat 89-87 Sunday in Game 4 of their first-round series. ''I think it's the first of many,'' said Stoudemire, his left arm back in a sling to keep his hand elevated. ''Tonight was a great win for us, for our fans to finally get over that hump of those consecutive games that we lost, I guess the Knicks, lost over those years in the playoffs.'' Anthony made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 54.5 seconds left as the Knicks overcame another serious injury to win a playoff game for the first time since beating Toronto on April 29, 2001, in Game 3 of a best-of-five series. Read more here.

76ers top Bulls 89-82 for 3-1 series lead


Even as the misses piled up, Holiday never felt the weight of it on his 21-year-old shoulders. All he could do in a thorny Game 4 was laugh about his struggles with teammate Evan Turner. ''You've got to be happy when you play,'' Holiday said. ''It really helps.'' Boy, did it help Philadelphia in the final minutes against Chicago. Holiday busted out of a game-long slump with consecutive 3-pointers that stretched a one-point lead into seven and helped the 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 89-82 on Sunday and take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. ''Don't fear the consequences,'' 76ers coach Doug Collins said. It's the top-seeded Bulls who suddenly fear elimination. Spencer Hawes scored 22 points and Holiday had 20 to put the Sixers one win away from joining the short list of eighth-seeded teams that have won a series against a No. 1 seed. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





April 30, 2012

Smith leads Hawks past Celtics 83-74; Rondo tossed

The Boston Celtics lost Game 1 - and they may have lost their floor leader for Game 2. Josh Smith scored 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks built a big lead early, then held on for an 83-74 victory over the Celtics in their opener of the Eastern Conference playoffs Sunday night. But this one will be remembered for what happened in the final minute, not the Hawks' blistering start. While complaining about a call, Boston star Rajon Rondo was ejected for bumping an official and faces a possible suspension when the teams meet again Tuesday night in Atlanta. ''I didn't intentionally chest-bump him, but that's what it appears to be,'' Rondo said. The Hawks, who led by as many as 19 in the first half, were clinging to a four-point lead when Rondo lost his cool with 41 seconds remaining. Boston's Brandon Bass was called for a foul on Smith tussling for a loose ball, with both players sprawled on the court out beyond the foul line. Rondo screamed at official Marc Davis, who quickly called a technical. Rondo then bumped Davis with his chest and was tossed out. Read more here.

Clippers rally from 27 down, stun Grizzlies 99-98


Chris Paul begged coach Vinny Del Negro to put him back into the game for the fourth quarter and not give up despite being down 21 points. The result was another Clippers comeback - one of the greatest in NBA playoff history. Paul hit a pair of free throws with 23.7 seconds left, and the Clippers rallied from a deficit that had been as much as 27 to stun the Memphis Grizzlies 99-98 Sunday night in the opening game of their Western Conference series. The key, Paul said, is to keep believing. ''Unfortunately, that's how we play,'' he said. ''We get killed in the first three quarters and in the fourth quarter we like to try to stand up for ourselves, and we found a way to win tonight.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





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