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NBA Finals MVP Durant inks new deal with Warriors

Jul 09, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Since Kevin Durant's arrival in Golden State, the Warriors have won back-to-back NBA championships

STAYING. Kevin Durant is a lock for the two-time defending champions Golden State. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP


The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

LOOK: 'Swag Champ' Nick Young front and center in Warriors’ title celebration

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The irrepressible Warrior celebrates full time despite averaging only 1.3 points on a 15% shooting clip in the Finals

GOLDEN. It’s all about style for the flashy Nick Young. Photo from Bleacher Report’s Twitter account (@BleacherReport)

Warriors romp sets off another off-season of ‘superteam building’

Jun 10, 2018 - 11:04 AM

As dealmakings start in July, expect more NBA teams to go the Warriors' way of assembling top talents

CHAMPION CORE. Golden State stars (from left) Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant expect next season to get even tougher. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/AFP

No MVP, no problem for Curry

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The Golden State star guard finds no issue with Kevin Durant winning the Finals MVP over him yet again

GRATEFUL. Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Steph Curry possesses a 'combination of incredible talent and humility.' Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron James-Michael Jordan debate is over for Charles Barkley

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:31 PM

LeBron James has now lost 6 NBA Finals series, the same number of championships Michael Jordan won

LEGACY. LeBron James has been compared to Michael Jordan for most of his career. James photo from by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP and Jordan photo from Wikipedia


LeBron's NBA decision: Should I stay or should I go?

Jun 09, 2018 - 2:50 PM

'I still have so much to give to the game,' the 4-time MVP says as talks swirl that he just might break the Cavs' hearts again

THE DECISION. Lebron James says he's still hungry for more championships. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: NBA players already on the hunt for LeBron James

Jun 09, 2018 - 2:04 PM

The impending free agency of the 4-time MVP gets many players all excited

IN DEMAND. Some NBA players have taken to Twitter to start the early recruitment bid for LeBron James. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron reveals he played 3 games with broken hand

Jun 09, 2018 - 1:08 PM

The 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player says emotions got the best of him in Game 1 when he punched a black board

INJURED. Cavs superstar LeBron James kept his injury a secret the entire NBA Finals series. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

'This was the hardest one we've had by far,' says Warriors coach Kerr

Jun 09, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The Warriors overwhelm the Cavs to claim their 6th NBA championship in club history

GLORIOUS. The Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Kevin Durant bags second straight NBA Finals MVP

Jun 09, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Durant posts averages of 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists in the Warriors' title showdown against the Cavs

Golden dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavs, capture 3rd NBA crown in 4 seasons

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The Warriors complete a 4-0 series thumping of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers

UNRIVALED. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors dominate LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers yet again in their record 4th straight NBA title showdown. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers - NBA Finals 2018 Game 4

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Bookmark for updates of Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 8, 9 PM ET (June 9, 9 AM in Manila) live from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio

Warriors Green boasts of ‘dope’ Game 5 outfit, but hopes he won't wear it

Jun 08, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Repeat-hungry Golden State Warriors eye sweep of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers

WRAP UP. Draymond Green and the Warriors hope to finish the series against the Cavs in Game 4. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron 'living the moment' but eyes NBA talent options

Jun 08, 2018 - 10:03 AM

The 4-time MVP can opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the title series

TOUGH YEAR. LeBron James says this season has been 'one of the most challenging' in his career. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Durant delivers deja vu dagger

Jun 07, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Last season's NBA Finals MVP knocks in a clutch 3-pointer in the dying seconds for the second straight year

ASSASSIN. Warriors star Kevin Durant delivers an eerily similar clutch basket in a scintillating performance that prompts LeBron James to call him an 'assassin.' Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: LeBron alley-oops slam dunk off backboard

Jun 07, 2018 - 1:42 PM

LeBron James electrifies with a highlight slam but his all-around heroics still fall short

MONSTER JAM. LeBron James showcases an All-Star worthy slamdunk in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors take commanding 3-0 lead, push Cavs on cliff’s edge

Jun 07, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(UPDATED) Kevin Durant unleashes 43 points as Golden State moves within a win of clinching its 3rd NBA championship in 4 seasons

SUPERSTAR DUEL. Cavs' LeBron James throws a pass around Warriors' Steph Curry and Kevin Durant in first half action in Game 3. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images/AFP

Ironmen: Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson toughen up for NBA Finals

Jun 07, 2018 - 9:21 AM

Warriors key cogs Andre Iguodala returns to action as Klay Thompson also shrugs off injury

FULLY LOADED. Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson hope to help the Golden State Warriors take a commanding 3-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Curry, Durant find 'good balance' in NBA Finals

Jun 06, 2018 - 10:32 PM

Even after a tricky season where the Golden State's top two stars got sidelined by injuries, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant continue to post whopping numbers in the title series

TAKE TWO. Warriors star Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are now halfway to a second consecutive NBA title together. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors ready for road test vs confident Cavs in NBA Finals

Jun 06, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Steph Curry says the defending champions know how hard it is to win in the Cavs building

HIGHLIGHTS: Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers - NBA Finals 2018 Game 3

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:23 AM

Bookmark for updates of Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 6, 9 PM ET (June 7, 9 AM in Manila) live from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio

Cavaliers face now-or-never home stand in NBA Finals

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:34 PM

Cleveland cannot lose Game 3 because as history suggests, no team has ever rallied from 3-0 down to win the title

BACK AT HOME. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are 8-1 at home in this year's playoffs. Photo by Maddie Meyer/AFP


Warriors find motivation in quest to join NBA immortals

Jun 05, 2018 - 11:48 AM

Steph Curry says reaching the NBA Finals for the 4th straight time still feels 'brand new because of how hard it was to get here in the first place'

ELITE. The Golden State Warriors can join an elite club with a 3rd NBA title in 4 years. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP


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Jun 04, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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Steph Curry's 3-point dazzlers lift Warriors halfway to NBA title

Jun 04, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Teams that win the first two games have won the NBA title 88% of the time, a good omen for Golden State seeking a 3rd crown in 4 seasons

CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP. Steph Curry breaks an 8-year NBA record. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP


LeBron James on NBA Finals Game 2 defeat: 'It sucks to lose'

Jun 04, 2018 - 1:42 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are halfway from losing the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors for the 3rd time in the last 4 years

DOWN THE DRAIN. Even a near-triple-double from LeBron James could not prevent the Cleveland Cavaliers from absorbing a blowout loss. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP


WATCH: Golden State Warriors fans shower JR Smith with 'MVP' chants

Jun 04, 2018 - 12:13 PM

For the fans, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard is one of the heroes in Golden State's Game 1 victory

BOUNCING BACK. J.R. Smith can redeem himself in the best-of-7 NBA Finals duel as the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP


Steph Curry sets NBA Finals record as Warriors torch Cavaliers in Game 2

Jun 04, 2018 - 10:41 AM

The two-time MVP catches fire from downtown and eclipses Ray Allen's record of most 3-pointers made in an NBA Finals

WAXING HOT. Steph Curry erupts for 33 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/North America/AFP


Where do you go from 51? LeBron must shoot 60, Cavs coach jokes

Jun 03, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue says the Cavs need LeBron James to set the tone early in all games

AGGRESSIVE. The Golden Warriors won't sit back and let LeBron James pick them apart again. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/ AFP

Irked Cavs see more fireworks, force, emotion vs Warriors

Jun 03, 2018 - 12:34 PM

The two NBA finalists expect to get more 'irritated' with each other by Game 2 of the best-of-7 showdown

PHYSICAL. The Golden State Warriors plan to attack LeBron James harder in Game 2 of the NBA Finals series. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

JR Smith admits blunder, vows tighter focus for NBA Finals

Jun 03, 2018 - 9:59 AM

The Cavaliers guard says 'plenty of things' ran through his mind during the final seconds of regulation

SUPPORTIVE. The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to rally behind JR Smith. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers - NBA Finals 2018 Game 2

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:13 PM

Bookmark for updates of Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 3, 8 PM ET (June 4, 8 AM in Manila) live from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California

LOOK: Ryan Araña mimics idol LeBron James' getup of suit shorts

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:24 PM

'May kasabihan nga sila, 'If you don’t perform, japorms,' says the GlobalPort guard

SUPER FAN. Ryan Araña endures the scorching summer heat to show his love for LeBron James. Photo by Delfin Dioquino


Frustrated LeBron tries to rally Cavs in NBA Finals

Jun 02, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The 4-time Most Valuable Player says he's not giving up on any of his Cavs teammates

EXASPERATED. Lebron James wants to move forward and leave all Game 1 frustrations behind. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs' Tristan Thompson avoids suspension, gets $25K fine

Jun 02, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The league downgrades the Cleveland center's flagrant-2 foul to a flagrant-1

SPARED. Cavs center Tristan Thompson (left) gets to suit up in Game 2 after avoiding suspension from his involvement in a late-game skirmish with Warriors' Draymond Green. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Cleveland's Thompson in limbo after NBA Finals incident

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:47 AM

The Cavs center faces possible suspension after an altercation with Golden State's Draymond Green that led to his ejection

SKIRMISH. Cleveland's Tristan Thompson and Golden State's Draymond Green get involved in an altercation in overtime during Game 1. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs 'not broken' despite gut-wrenching Game 1 loss to Warriors

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Cleveland promises NBA Finals fightback against the sore defending champion

SUPER HUMAN. The Cavaliers say none of them feel demoralized after coming so close to stealing Game 1 from the Warriors where LeBron James did everything he could. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Social media wrecks JR Smith with memes after disastrous Game 1 blunder

Jun 01, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The internet turns into a place without mercy as JR Smith wastes Cavs' chance to steal Game 1 from the Warriors

MISSED OPPORTUNITY. JR Smith cost the Cleveland Cavaliers the game in regulation. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs, Warriors set physical tone for intense NBA title series

Jun 01, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Game 1 of the championship showdown sees stars injured and passions aroused

HEATED. The Warriors and the Cavs get tangled up in many occasions in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs feel 'robbed' after Warriors win NBA Finals opener

Jun 01, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Things got heated in Game 1 – from a controversial video review foul reversal to JR Smith's missed opportunity – and LeBron James says the Cavs are 'in the fight'

THRASH TALKING. LeBron James and Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers exchange words with Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors during overtime in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors survive LeBron's 51-point outburst, take NBA Finals opener in OT

Jun 01, 2018 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) The defending champions overcome another huge outing from LeBron James in the Game 1 thriller

LEAD STARS. Golden State's Kevin Durant (right) and Cleveland's LeBron James powered their squads in the thrilling NBA Finals opener. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron makes NBA Finals fashion fuss with suit shorts

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:38 AM

The Cleveland Cavalier superstar strolls in wearing a classic gray jacket with matching shorts instead of long trousers

FASHION FORWARD. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers makes a statement even before stepping on court. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs coach Lue accidentally reveals anxiety treatment

Jun 01, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The Cleveland mentor says the NBA playoffs is one of his 'happy places'

FEELING BETTER. Cleveland coach Tyrone Lue says medication and a lifestyle change helped treat his stress. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Love cleared, set to play in NBA Finals opener after concussion

Jun 01, 2018 - 7:56 AM

Cleveland's top rebounder completes the league's concussion protocol in time for the Cavs' title showdown against the Golden State Warriors

BACK ON COURT. Cleveland forward Kevin Love shoots some hoops during the Cavaliers  workout a day before their NBA Finals duel against the defending champion Warriors. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron at 'all-time level' for 8th straight NBA Finals

May 31, 2018 - 1:54 PM

The Cavaliers superstar says this season is the best he's felt in his career

PHENOMENAL. LeBron James heads into the NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors toting averages of 34.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocked shots per game. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors confirm Iguodala to miss NBA Finals opener

May 31, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Sidelined by a leg injury, the 2015 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player hopes to return to action by Game 2

DEFENSIVE ASSET. Andre Iguodala is one of the Warriors' best defenders against Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers - NBA Finals 2018 Game 1

May 30, 2018 - 7:43 PM

Bookmark for updates of Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals on May 31, 9 PM ET (June 1, 9 AM in Manila) live from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California

IN NUMBERS: Where do Cavs, Warriors rank on NBA all-time lists?

May 30, 2018 - 3:51 PM

It's no surprise that defending champion Golden State and Cleveland hold spots among league's record holders

EVERGREEN. LeBron James checks in as the 6th player in NBA history to play in 8 straight finals. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs not motivated by underdog status, says coach

May 30, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue thinks a battle-hardened Cavs will show up against the defending champion Warriors in the NBA Finals series

AGGRESSIVE START. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue says the Cavs can't use Game 1 as a feel-out game against the Warriors. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP