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May 28, 2015

Warriors eliminate Rockets, end 40-year NBA Finals drought

stephen curryAfter a generation of wishing and waiting, the Golden State Warriors have finally arrived on basketball's biggest stage again. Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 24 points and the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years with a 104-90 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. ''Why not us?'' Curry said to a roaring, golden-yellow shirt wearing crowd after the Warriors received the Western Conference trophy from Alvin Attles, the coach of their last championship team in 1975. ''The Bay Area's been waiting for 40 years,'' Curry said later. ''I think it's time.'' The Warriors shook off a slow start and sweated out a shaky finish in Game 5 to close out the Rockets and set up a matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers beginning June 4. Read more here.

May 27, 2015

LeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals spot by sweeping Hawks

lebron jamesLeBron James knew what he left behind when he bolted to Miami five years ago. He broke hearts at home, where generations of Cleveland fans only know championships through stories told by their fathers, yellowed newspaper clippings or grainy black-and-white film. James had to go back. ''I'm a guy who believes in unfinished business,'' he said. With four more wins, he can end a half-century of sports misery. James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving provided a boost after missing two games and Cleveland reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to win the Eastern Conference title. By sweeping the top-seeded Hawks, the Cavs, who overcame adversity from the season's start, earned their second trip to the finals, where they will face either Golden State or Houston starting June 4. Read more here.

May 26, 2015

Harden helps Rockets stay alive, beat Warriors 128-115

james hardenJames Harden was not happy after a poor performance in Houston's embarrassing loss to Golden State in Game 3. Coach Kevin McHale told him the best thing to do was take that frustration out on the other team. Harden did just that, scoring a playoff career-high 45 points as the Rockets led from start to finish to avoid elimination in the Western Conference finals with a 128-115 victory over the Warriors on Monday night. ''James had a phenomenal game,'' McHale said. The Rockets had a big lead after tying a playoff record with 45 points in the first quarter before Stephen Curry landed on his head in a nasty spill midway through the second and missed about 12 minutes. Curry said he went through the concussion protocol before returning. ''It was all minor stuff compared to how it looked,'' Curry said. ''But I'll get some good rest (Monday night) and be ready to go ... since it happened to now, nothing has gotten worse.'' Read more here.

May 22, 2015

Warriors hold off Harden, Rockets 99-98 to take 2-0 lead

stephen curryJames Harden had Game 2 on his fingertips - and then he didn't. Now the Golden State Warriors have the Western Conference finals in their grasp. Stephen Curry scored 33 points before Harden lost the ball in the closing seconds to end a spectacular duel between the NBA MVP and runner-up, and the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series. ''Sometimes I want to crack open a beer and get a courtside seat. These two guys are the two best basketball players in the world,'' Warriors center Andrew Bogut said. Harden rallied the Rockets from 17 points down in the second quarter and had a chance to finish off the comeback in the fourth. Instead, Klay Thompson and Curry trapped Harden, who lost the ball as time expired. Harden fell to the floor and put his hands over his head as the Warriors celebrated on the court, the sellout crowd of 19,596 roared, and golden-yellow confetti fell from the rafters. Read more here.

May 21, 2015

Smith, James lead Cavs past Hawks 97-89 in Game 1

j.r. smithJ.R. Smith knocked down a tough 3-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol. Yep, Smith was that hot. While LeBron James led Cleveland with 31 points, it was Smith who ignited the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. He made eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points in a 97-89 victory over the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. ''When he gets hot,'' Cleveland coach David Blatt marveled, ''he gets smoking hot.'' Intent on bringing Cleveland its first NBA title, James sealed the victory with a soaring dunk in the final minute. For the Hawks, it was the second straight series in which they've lost the opening game at home. Cleveland will look to take command of the series in Game 2 Friday night. Read more here.

May 18, 2015

Rockets back in conference finals first 1st time since '97

james hardenThe Houston Rockets are heading to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 18 years after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Los Angeles Clippers. ''It's the ultimate confidence-booster,'' James Harden said. ''There's only a handful of teams that's done that. We fought back. We fought three really hard games and came away with it.'' Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Rockets never trailed in a 113-100 victory over the Clippers on Sunday, sending them to the conference finals for the first time since 1997. It's the ninth time in NBA history that a team has overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win a playoff series. The Rockets overcame a 19-point third-quarter deficit in Game 6 on Thursday night to stay alive. No such heroics were needed Sunday when they were up by 17 after three and Howard opened the fourth quarter with a 3-point play to push it to 88-68. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

May 14, 2015

Warriors whip Grizzlies 98-78, take 3-2 series lead

stephen curryDown and out just days earlier, the Golden State Warriors suddenly look alive and well again. Stephen Curry turned in an MVP-worthy performance, Klay Thompson snapped out of his shooting funk and the Warriors rolled past the Memphis Grizzlies 98-78 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series. ''It's like wine,'' Warriors forward Draymond Green said about learning how to stop Memphis. ''It gets better with time.'' The Warriors turned up the league's top-rated defense and finally found their rhythm from long range. Curry scored 18 points on six 3-pointers and added a career-playoff high six steals to go with seven rebounds and five assists. Thompson scored 21 points, and Harrison Barnes had 14 as the Warriors won their second straight game in impressive fashion. Read more here.

Horford's late follow gives Hawks 82-81 win over Wizards

al horfordWith their magical season on the brink, the Atlanta Hawks needed someone to come up big. Al Horford wasn't supposed to be the guy. He would not be denied. The Hawks center swooped in to snatch an offensive rebound and dropped in a shot from right under the basket with 1.9 seconds remaining, giving top-seeded Atlanta an 82-81 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night and a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. ''I wasn't supposed to be involved in the play at all,'' Horford said. ''When I saw the ball go up, I just ran in there.'' In a game of back-and-forth runs, the Hawks went more than 7 minutes in the fourth quarter without making a basket, then ripped off 14 straight points to take the lead. Atlanta went cold again, and it looked as though Paul Pierce had doomed Atlanta for the second time in the series. Having already made a buzzer-beating winner in Game 3, he got open in the corner and swished a 3-pointer with 8.3 seconds left, putting the Wizards up 81-80. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

May 6, 2015

Harden has big 4th quarter; Rockets beat Clippers 115-109

james hardenStuck on the bench with four fouls for most of the third quarter, James Harden knew he would have to make up for lost time when he got back on the floor. Harden scored 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Houston Rockets to a 115-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night that evened their Western Conference semifinal at one game apiece. ''I knew my team was battling extremely hard and basically it was up to me to go out there and push us forward,'' Harden said. Dwight Howard had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who bounced back from a 117-101 loss in the opener. Game 3 is Friday night in Los Angeles. ''We let Game 1 slip away and we didn't want that feeling for Game 2,'' Harden said. ''It's going to be a tough two games in a row, but we've got our mojo now.'' Trevor Ariza added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Houston, which made 42 of its 64 free throws. Both were franchise playoff records. Read more here.

LeBron's 33 lead Cavaliers past Bulls 106-91 in Game 2

lebron jamesThe headband returned. The aggressiveness, dunks and dazzling plays all came back, too. LeBron James wasn't going to have a second sub-par game. James attacked from the start and scored 33 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers evened their semifinal series with Chicago, beating the Bulls 106-91 in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Donning the signature headband he ditched in March, James played like a man possessed. He powered to the basket, leaving Bulls defenders in his wake and keeping the Cavs, missing two starters, from falling into a 2-0 hole. He added eight rebounds and five assists for Cleveland, which led by 25 in the third quarter and withstood a third-quarter charge by the Bulls. James said the choice to wear the headband was spur of the moment. ''It was in my locker and I decided to give it a go,'' he said. ''It was time for it to make a comeback.'' The Cavs made one, too. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

May 5, 2015 - Warriors' Stephen Curry voted NBA's MVP over Harden, James

stephen curryHis voice cracked first. Then, his eyes got red. Finally, Stephen Curry cried. He had felt this way in the past — when he barely received any scholarship offers out of high school, when some questioned whether his game could translate from tiny Davidson College to the NBA, when he sat in a doctor's office searching for answers on how to fix his troublesome right ankle. Curry could let it all out and laugh now. This was a time for celebration. The Golden State Warriors point guard won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award Monday, the biggest moment yet of a young career already full of overcoming obstacles. Curry received the Maurice Podoloff Trophy in a packed hotel ballroom below Golden State's downtown Oakland practice facility. He shook his head in disbelief as he was announced as the winner of the league's top individual honor. Read more here.

May 4, 2015

Warriors roll past Grizzlies 101-86 in Game 1 of West semis

stephen curryGolden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr joked before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that reporters should have two stories ready: One if his team looked well-rested and won, another if it looked rusty and lost. ''It was right in the middle, so you've got to write a third story,'' he teased afterward. Neither the Warriors nor Grizzlies really felt good about the way they played. The difference is the Warriors did what they usually do at home: take care of business - and comfortably, too. Stephen Curry had 22 points and seven assists, and the Warriors wore down undermanned Memphis in a 101-86 victory in Sunday's series opener. ''I think now we've got the cobwebs out of our offensive game. We should be able to build some momentum,'' Curry said. Curry has won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league has not released the voting results. Read more here.

Beal leads well-rested Wizards past Hawks 104-98 in Game 1

bradley bealAfter resting up for the past week, the Washington Wizards merely had to withstand Atlanta's early pace. Once the Hawks ran out of gas, Bradley Beal and the Wizards took control. Just call them the road warriors. Beal shook off a sprained ankle to score 28 points and streaking Washington remained unbeaten in the postseason, knocking off top-seeded Atlanta 104-98 Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. It was another gritty performance by the Wizards, who improved to 8-1 on the road in the playoffs over the past two postseasons, including 3-0 this year. They became the first team in NBA history to win four straight Game 1s on the road. ''Just withstanding adversity,'' said John Wall, who had 18 points and 13 assists. ''We know they're going to come out and give us a punch right away.'' Taking advantage of a week off since their sweep of Toronto, the Wizards wore down the Hawks in the fourth quarter. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

April 27, 2015

Paul, Clippers even series with 114-105 win over Spurs

chris paulThe Los Angeles Clippers answered their worst loss in playoff history with one of their most uplifting victories. Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 on Sunday to even their first-round series at two games apiece. The Clippers, who bounced back from a 100-73 loss in Game 3, host Game 5 on Tuesday. This is the only series that is tied after four games. Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said the team's ''spirit'' was broken during that lopsided loss, but he didn't coddle his players during a two-hour film session Saturday. ''Doc pretty much went at all of us,'' Paul said. ''He told us about ourselves and he told us what we didn't do. He told us that when it comes to the playoffs, it is the players' time.'' Read more here.

Cavs sweep Celts as James scores 27 in 101-93 victory

lebron jamesLeBron James dribbled out the final 20 seconds while players embraced as the Cavaliers completed a sweep of the Celtics. It may have been the calmest, most congenial 20 seconds of a physical game that left two players with potentially serious injuries and Cleveland wondering if Kevin Love would be ready for the next round. One thing is certain: Love was angry after Cleveland beat Boston 101-93, a game he left midway through the first quarter Sunday with a dislocated left shoulder. Kelly Olynyk had his right arm entangled with Love's left arm - a move Love called ''bush league'' and intentional- as both went for a loose ball. Love grabbed his left shoulder and ran immediately to his locker room. Boston coach Brad Stevens said deliberately hurting a player is not in Olynyk's personality. James, who led Cleveland with 27 points, said he's ''seen a lot of tie-ups in my day, but that one looked different.'' Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com


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