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June 16, 2014

Spurs beat Heat 104-87 in Game 5 to win NBA title

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Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the winningest trio in NBA postseason history, shared hugs. Players wrapped themselves in flags from around world, a reminder that the San Antonio Spurs look far beyond the border to build champions, as confetti fell from above. Painfully denied 12 months ago by the Miami Heat, this victory party was worth the wait. ''It makes last year OK,'' Duncan said. The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday night, ending the Heat's two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games. ''We had a great first quarter, but from that point on they were the better team, and that's why they're the champions in 2014,'' said LeBron James, who led the Heat with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Read more here.

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June 13, 2014

Spurs take 3-1 lead with 107-86 victory over Heat

kahwi leonardHere they are again, back on the brink of a championship. It slipped away from the San Antonio Spurs last year, but it would take something special - historic, actually - to stop them now. The Miami Heat would have to make the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history. ''They're the two-time champs, they're a great team, and there is still one more game,'' Spurs guard Tony Parker said. ''We have to win one more game.'' Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Spurs routed the Heat again, winning 107-86 on Thursday night to open a commanding 3-1 lead. The Spurs can win their fifth NBA championship with a victory at home in Game 5 on Sunday and avenge their seven-game loss to Miami last year. They have three chances, and the way they're dominating the Heat, they might need just one. Read more here.

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June 11, 2014

Leonard, Spurs roll to 111-92 victory over Heat

kawhi leonardMaybe in a video game. Possibly in the pregame layup line. But shoot this way in the NBA Finals, against the two-time defending champions? ''It's not something you can plan for,'' San Antonio reserve Manu Ginobili said. ''There was no magic plays. We just moved the ball and every shot went in.'' Not quite every shot. But just about. Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 29 points, and the Spurs made a finals-record 75.8 percent of their shots in the first half in a 111-92 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night that gave them a 2-1 lead. The Spurs made 19 of their first 21 shots and finished 25 of 33 in the first half, bettering the 75 percent shooting by Orlando against the Lakers in the 2009 finals. ''It's a hit-or-miss league,'' Miami's Dwyane Wade said. The Spurs didn't do much missing. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





June 9, 2014

James carries Heat past Spurs to tie NBA Finals

lebron jamesNo cramps, no problems for LeBron James. And with their superstar making it to the finish this time, the Miami Heat bounced back from a loss, just as they always do in the playoffs. ''Obviously, having No. 6 in the game at the end was a plus for us,'' Dwyane Wade said. James had 35 points and 10 rebounds in a powerful comeback from the cramps that knocked him out of the opener, as the Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 98-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 Sunday night. Chris Bosh made the go-ahead 3-pointer on a pass from James with 1:18 remaining for the Heat, who have won 13 straight following a loss in the postseason. Just like last year, they rebounded after losing Game 1 to the Spurs. Bosh had 18 points for the Heat, who are headed home for Game 3 Tuesday night. Read more here.

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June 6, 2014

Spurs handle Heat, win 110-95 in NBA Finals Game 1

tim duncan''Beat the Heat!'' had a whole new meaning in a sweltering start to the NBA Finals. The San Antonio Spurs handled the conditions, and the team, and it sure helped when a suffering LeBron James couldn't make it to the finish. Tim Duncan had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs beat the Heat 110-95 on Thursday night in Game 1 at steamy AT&T Center. With an air conditioning failure making it feel like a sauna and causing James to battle cramps that knocked him out of the decisive stretch, the Spurs pulled away to win the opener of the first finals rematch since 1998. ''After I came out of the game, they kind of took off,'' James said. ''And it was frustrating sitting out and not be able to help our team.'' Manu Ginobili had 16 points and 11 assists, Tony Parker added 19 points and eight assists and the Spurs - 6 for 6 in NBA Finals Game 1s - shot 59 percent. Read more here.

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June 1, 2014

Spurs beat Thunder in OT, advance to NBA Finals

boris diawSan Antonio fought off Father Time, the league MVP and an injury to its best player to return to the NBA Finals. The Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 in overtime Saturday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals to set up a rematch with the Miami Heat. San Antonio will host Game 1 on Thursday night and will try to avenge last year's heartbreaking loss. San Antonio led Miami 3-2 before losing Game 6 in overtime, then dropping Game 7. ''People keep talking like we weren't close to winning, but we were ready to win last year,'' Spurs center Tim Duncan said. ''We're happy it's the Heat again. We've got that bad taste in our mouths still.'' A trio of 30-somethings led the way for the Spurs. Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Boris Diaw scored 26 points and Manu Ginobili chipped in 15 points and six rebounds for the Spurs. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 31, 2014

Heat return to NBA Finals, top Pacers 117-92

lebron jamesFor the entirety of the regular season, the supremacy of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference was brought into serious question by the Indiana Pacers. Then came the playoffs. And the question was answered - emphatically. The Heat became the third franchise in NBA history to reach the title series in four consecutive seasons, a laugher of a conference-title finale getting them there again Friday night. LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 25 points, and Miami eliminated the Pacers for the third straight year with a 117-92 romp in Game 6 of the East championship series. ''I'm blessed. Very blessed. Very humbled,'' James said. ''And we won't take this opportunity for granted. It's an unbelievable franchise, it's an unbelievable group. And we know we still have work to do, but we won't take this for granted. We're going to four straight Finals and we will never take this for granted.'' Read more here.

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May 30, 2014

Spurs rout Thunder to take 3-2 lead in West finals

tim duncanBack at home, this blowout went to the San Antonio Spurs. Now they can clinch their return to the NBA Finals on the road, where they are the ones taking the beatings in these wacky Western Conference finals. ''This is the craziest series I've ever been involved in,'' veteran Tim Duncan said. The Spurs took a 3-2 lead in it Thursday night after Duncan had 22 points and 12 rebounds in a 117-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Jekyll-and-Hyde series continued between the past two Western Conference champions, as the road team has been thumped in every game of the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Saturday in Oklahoma City. ''I have no clue, honestly,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of the disparity. ''I think every game, it's a different animal. It really is. We talk to our team about that all the time. You have no clue what's going to happen, how a team is going to come out, whether they're going to be lethargic or hold the ball, get 50/50 balls or don't get 50/50 balls.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 29, 2014

Pacers stay alive with 93-90 Game 5 win over Heat

paul georgePaul George went into desperation mode to salvage the Pacers' season. It was barely good enough. The 24-year-old All-Star scored 21 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and inspired Indiana to fend off Miami's late challenges as the Pacers staved off playoff elimination with a 93-90 Game 5 victory on Wednesday night. ''My message to the whole team was the light needs to be on green for all of us,'' coach Frank Vogel said. ''You need to go, you need to attack, you need to be aggressive. Paul took it and ran with it and took it to a crazy level.'' The most crucial shooting performance of George's career allowed the Pacers to climb within 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals and postponed Miami's fourth straight coronation as conference champs. Game 6 is Friday in Miami. It took everything in George's repertoire to get it done. He was 12 of 19 from the field in the second half, finished with six rebounds, six steals, five 3-pointers and only three turnovers in 45 minutes. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 28, 2014

Westbrook scores 40, Thunder tie series at 2-2

russell westbrookWhile accepting the award for himself, Kevin Durant called Russell Westbrook an MVP-caliber player. And on Tuesday, Westbrook delivered a championship-caliber effort that got the Oklahoma City Thunder back to even in the Western Conference finals. He had 40 points, 10 assists and five steals in a 105-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 that tied the series at two games apiece. ''Coach told us he needed maximum effort from us tonight, and it starts with me at point guard,'' Westbrook said. ''My job is to play both sides of the ball. If you want to win a championship, those are things you have to do.'' It matched the second-highest playoff point total of Westbrook's career, falling short of the 43 he scored in the 2012 NBA Finals. ''Just his focus on every possession on the defensive end and his poise on the offensive end, I think that's what's fun to watch,'' Durant said. ''People outside of our team don't really look at that type of stuff, but that's something we can definitely build on as a group, is watching him wreak havoc on the defensive end and offensively, playing with such patience.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 15, 2014

Spurs beat Blazers, back in West finals

danny greenThe veteran San Antonio Spurs showed Portland a few things about succeeding in the playoffs. The biggest lesson was how not to panic when an All-Star goes down. Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each scored 22 points, and San Antonio overcame an injury to Tony Parker to close out the Western Conference semifinals with a 104-82 victory on Wednesday night. Patty Mills scored 18 points and Tim Duncan had 16 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio, which had four blowout victories in the five-game series. It's the third straight conference finals appearance for San Antonio, which lost a heartbreaking seven-game series to the Miami Heat in last season's NBA Finals. San Antonio, which had the NBA's best record, will await the winner of the series between Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder have a 3-2 lead. Read more here.

Heat rally past Nets to East finals, 96-94

lebron jamesLeBron James leaped onto a courtside table as the postgame celebration was starting, thumped his chest and punched the air. Next stop: The Eastern Conference finals. Again. James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 28 and Ray Allen delivered two huge plays in the final seconds as the Heat rallied to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning the second-round matchup 4-1. ''It's always been like that for us,'' James said. ''It's never easy. It's never easy for us.'' Sure looks easy, though. It was the 10th straight series win for the two-time defending NBA champions. ''When we met the first day for prep we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''That's what it was down the stretch ... incredible focus.'' Incredible defense, too, when it was needed most. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 14, 2014

Thunder rally in final minute to stun Clippers

russell westbrookRussell Westbrook finished off Oklahoma City's stunning comeback. Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes he should never have had the chance. Westbrook scored 38 points and made three free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining, and the Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 50 seconds to beat Los Angeles 105-104 on Tuesday night and go up 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals. ''I think when you get a win like this it brings everybody closer,'' Westbrook said. ''It lets you know you can't mess around. You have to take every moment, every play and go out and win the game.'' The play that led to Westbrook's free throws is in dispute. Kevin Durant made a 3-pointer, then Los Angeles' Jamal Crawford missed in close before Durant made a layup with 17 seconds left. Westbrook stole the ball, and in a scramble, the Thunder got possession with 11.3 seconds to play, setting up Westbrook's play. Read more here.

Wizards stay alive with 102-79 blowout at Indiana


marcin gortatThe Wizards were tired of getting shoved around in the Eastern Conference semifinals. So on Tuesday night, Marcin Gortat and his teammates pushed back hard. Gortat delivered the best playoff game of his career, 31 points and 16 rebounds, and John Wall scored a playoff-best 27 points as Washington routed the Indiana Pacers 102-79 to cut the Eastern Conference semifinals deficit to 3-2. ''We don't have anything to lose now,'' Gortat said. ''We play desperate. At the end of the day, we might lose. We have to play every minute of every game like it's the last one of the season.'' The Wizards made a stunning turnaround after losing three straight, two on their home court in incredibly demoralizing fashion. Washington scored a franchise-low 63 points in Game 3 and then blew a 19-point, second-half lead in Game 4. Washington refused to let it happen again this time, earning a trip home for Game 6 on Thursday. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 9, 2014

Spurs roll to 2-0 lead over Trail Blazers

kawhi leonardPortland coach Terry Stotts is running out of adjectives and analogies to describe the San Antonio Spurs' dominance in the second quarter. Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio rolled to a 114-97 victory over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. After being struck by a ''tidal wave'' during the second quarter of the opener, Portland took on even more water in Game 2. ''The onslaught at the beginning of the second quarter was obviously the turning point in the game,'' Stotts said. Boris Diaw scored six straight points to ignite a 23-8 run that gave San Antonio a 54-36 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the first half. The Spurs outscored the Trail Blazers 41-25 in the second quarter, raising their advantage to 77-48 in that period in winning the first two games of the best-of-seven series convincingly. Read more here.

Miami tops Nets in Game 2, 94-82


lebron jamesStrange as it sounds, missing shots worked wonders for the Miami Heat. And after the Brooklyn Nets went nearly 2 minutes - a basketball eternity - without the ball down the stretch, the two-time defending NBA champions would soon find themselves two wins from another trip to the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Nets 94-82 on Thursday night, taking a 2-0 lead in the East semifinals. ''To be able to get some stops like that at the end, and then execute, it's something that's critical in this series,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Dwyane Wade had 14 and Ray Allen scored 13 for the Heat, who tied a franchise record with their eighth straight playoff victory. They'll go for No. 9 on Saturday night, when the best-of-seven series shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 8, 2014

Westbrook, Durant help Thunder beat Clippers

kevin durantKevin Durant stood before his adoring home crowd, proudly holding his MVP trophy above his head during a pregame ceremony. He spent the next few hours showing how he earned it. Durant had 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-101 on Wednesday night to tie their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece. ''We wanted to come back and respond,'' Durant said. ''So, I think that's what fueled the team tonight. We just went out there and played extremely well and left it all out there, and came out with a good 'W.''' During his emotional MVP acceptance speech on Tuesday, Durant called teammate Russell Westbrook an MVP-caliber player. Westbrook backed up Durant's words with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double in his past five playoff games. Read more here.

Hibbert leads Pacers past Wizards, 86-82 in Game 2


roy hibbertBig Roy came up with a big answer for his critics and his teammates Wednesday night. He played like an All-Star when the Pacers really needed it. After 48 hours of questions and criticism, Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points, grabbed nine rebounds, blocked two shots and altered a handful of others to help the Pacers get even in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 86-82 victory over Washington. Hibbert sounded more relieved than redeemed. ''David (West) always talks to me about being the person that rescues yourself when you're in the middle of the ocean,'' Hibbert said after Indiana tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1. ''There's nobody who can throw a lifesaver or a rope out to help you. So I had to do it myself.'' The next step is proving he can play this way again Friday when Washington hosts Game 3. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 4, 2014

Clippers hold off Warriors 126-121 to win Game 7

blake griffinThe Los Angeles Clippers persevered through seven exhausting playoff games over two distressing weeks, and they emerged from all the tumult with their championship dreams intact. Blake Griffin scored 24 points, Chris Paul had 22 points and 14 assists, and the Clippers outlasted the Golden State Warriors 126-121 in Game 7 on Saturday night to win their thrilling first-round playoff series. Jamal Crawford scored 22 points for the third-seeded Clippers, who earned the franchise's third playoff series win in 38 years after overcoming a daunting stretch of challenges. Less than a week after dumping their team warmup jerseys at center court in a pregame gesture of defiance against team owner Donald Sterling, the Clippers celebrated a cathartic win. Jamal Crawford scored 22 points for the third-seeded Clippers. Read more here.

Thunder beat Grizzlies 120-109 in Game 7


kevin durantKevin Durant got back to playing like he's used to against a Memphis team that had to change things up at the worst possible time. Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Grizzlies 120-109 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series. Durant looked like his usual self after struggling against Memphis' rugged defense for much of the series. The regular-season scoring champion made 12 of 18 field goals and all five of his 3-pointers after struggling from long range throughout the series. ''I got out of my own way,'' he said. ''I was thinking too much. I was worrying about what you guys (the media) were saying. I was worrying about what shots I was going to shoot throughout a game. I was thinking too much, and the game of basketball is played off of instincts. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





May 2, 2014

Warriors outlast Clippers 100-99, force Game 7

stephen curryAfter a first-round series filled with drama on the court and off it, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers will put the focus back on basketball in the biggest way possible. Stephen Curry scored 24 points and dished out nine assists, and the Warriors forced a winner-take-all series finale by outlasting the Clippers 100-99 Thursday night. ''We are going to a Game 7 despite all the sideline music, and I like my chances because I've got a group of guys that want to do whatever it takes to win,'' Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. Andre Iguodala added 15 points, and Draymond Green had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors, handing Los Angeles one more obstacle to overcome in a week full of them after Clippers owner Donald Sterling earned a lifetime ban from the NBA for his racist remarks. Read more here.

Thunder force Game 7, beat Grizzlies 104-84


kevin durantKevin Durant insisted the Thunder facing elimination was all the motivation he needed. Thanks to the NBA's best scorer, the Thunder remain alive and can finish off the Memphis Grizzlies back in Oklahoma City. Durant scored 36 points to break out of a slump, and the Thunder routed the Grizzlies 104-84 on Thursday night to force a deciding seventh game in the first-round Western Conference series. His performance came on a day where the hometown newspaper questioned his struggles with a headline calling him ''Mr. Unreliable.'' ''We needed to win this game,'' Durant said. ''That's more motivation than anything, so our team responded. We've got to do an even better job in Game 7.'' Russell Westbrook added 25 points for the Thunder, who haven't been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs since 2010. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





April 29, 2014

Ginobili, Diaw help Spurs get even with Mavs 93-89

boris diawBoris Diaw's big third quarter wasn't enough to hold off a Dallas comeback. The San Antonio veteran's decisive shot in the final minute was. Diaw hit a go-ahead 3-pointer for the last of his 17 points, Manu Ginobili scored 23 and the top-seeded Spurs held on to beat the Mavericks 93-89 in Game 4 on Monday night, pulling even in their first-round playoff series. 'You've got to give up something,'' said Dirk Nowitzki, who was running at Diaw as the shot was released. ''That was a tough one.'' Just like Vince Carter's buzzer-beating 3-pointer was for the Spurs two days earlier, when Dallas went up 2-1 with a one-point win. The difference was, the Mavericks had a chance to do something about Diaw's shot after San Antonio went up 90-87 with 32 seconds remaining. Read more here.

Hawks take series lead with 107-97 win at Indiana


shelvin mackAtlanta's Mike Scott hit Indiana with the first 3-point barrage Monday night. The Hawks' defense staggered the Pacers with some late stops. Now Atlanta is heading home with a chance to deliver the knockout punch to the Eastern Conference's top seed. Scott scored all 17 of his points during the Hawks' incredible second-quarter run, and the defense fended off the Pacers' frantic fourth-quarter charge to hold on for a 107-97 victory and a stunning 3-2 lead in the first-round series. ''We can play with this team,'' Scott said. ''They're a great team, especially at home, great players, great coach, but we have a belief in ourselves as well.'' All the Hawks have to do is protect their home court and they will reach the second round for the first time since 2011, and throw the East into disarray after the talk all season was about an Indiana-Miami rematch in the conference finals. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





April 21, 2014

Aldridge leads Portland over Houston 122-120 in OT

lamarcus aldridgeLaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Aldridge fouled out with about a minute left in overtime and Lillard, who was making his playoff debut, took over. He scored the next five points for Portland and put the Trail Blazers on top by one point with a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left. Joel Freeland made one of two free throws seconds later to give the Blazers the win in their first trip to the postseason since 2011. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston. Aldridge, who was playing in his home state, also had 18 rebounds and two blocks. Read more here.

James, Wade lead Heat past Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1

lebron jamesEach of the last two Miami championship runs has been highlighted by moments where a sharpshooter enters a game and immediately provides a surprise spark. James Jones got his turn Sunday. And the lift he brought, combined with the expected playoff showings from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, have the Heat off and running in these playoffs. James scored 27 points, Wade added 23 and the Heat rode two big runs - one late in the first half, the other down the stretch - to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Miami trailed for much of the first half, but rallied and has now topped Charlotte 17 straight times. ''We were flat to start,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''I think our guys were just anxious.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com



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