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Warriors push Blazers to brink, inch closer to NBA Finals

May 19, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Still without Kevin Durant, Golden State banks on Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson to gain a commanding 3-0 lead over Portland

TOP DOGS. Steph Curry outduels Damian Lillard as the Warriors turn back the Trail Blazers anew. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

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May 18, 2019 - 7:36 PM

MVP bet Giannis Antetokounmpo sets the tone early as the Bucks crush the Raptors for a 2-0 East finals lead

UNSTOPPABLE. Giannis Antetokounmpo drops a huge double-double in the Bucks' blowout win. Photo from Milwaukee Bucks Twitter

Enes Kanter's NBA dream could trigger diplomatic crisis

May 18, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The towering Turkish star may be frozen out of the biggest game of his life for geopolitical reason

CRITIC. Enes Kanter may be detained if he leaves the United States on charges of insulting Turkish President Erdogan. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images/AFP

Bucks slaughter Raptors for 2-0 East lead

May 18, 2019 - 11:02 AM

An unforgiving Milwaukee Bucks side rip the Toronto Raptors right from the get-go

BUCKS BLOWOUT. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks cruise to a wire-to-wire win over the Raptors. Photo from Milwaukee Bucks Twitter

Giannis, Harden, George named NBA MVP finalists

May 18, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Bucks hotshot Giannis Antetokounmpo has been tipped as favorite to win the top individual plum

Pacers' Evans banned from NBA for at least 2 years

May 18, 2019 - 9:24 AM

The league dismisses Tyreke Evans, the 2010 Rookie of the Year, for drug violation

OUT. After serving the ban, Pacers guard Tyreke Evans can apply for reinstatement in the league. Photo by Andy Lyons/AFP

Warriors weather Blazers storm, take 2-0 series lead

May 17, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The defending champions gut it out in the endgame against the Trail Blazers to come back from 17 points down

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 16: Seth Curry #31 of the Portland Trail Blazers takes a shot against Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in game two of the NBA Western Conference Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 16, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Magic and Bird to get joint NBA lifetime honor

May 16, 2019 - 12:55 PM

The league puts the spotlight on the epic rivalry that helped drive the success of the modern NBA

File photo by Andy Lyons/AFP

Giannis gets huge lift from Lopez as Bucks escape Raptors

May 16, 2019 - 11:35 AM

The Bucks rally from a double-digit deficit against the Raptors as Giannis Antetokounmpo draws help from Brook Lopez’s career-high performance

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MAY 15: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the ball while being guarded by Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors in the third quarter in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at the Fiserv Forum on May 15, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

LIVE UPDATES: Bucks vs Raptors – 2019 NBA Eastern Conference Finals

May 16, 2019 - 12:21 AM

Top MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks take on Kawhi Leonard's stacked Raptors side for the Eastern Conference crown

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May 15, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Steph Curry pumps in 9 triples in a 36-point outburst as the Warriors rip the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the West finals

WEST SIDE. Steph Curry's Warriors draw first blood against Damian Lillard's Trail Blazers. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Curry, Warriors torch Blazers in West finals opener

May 15, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Still playing minus Kevin Durant, the Warriors cruise past the Blazers behind the hot shooting of Steph Curry

SIZZLING. Steph Curry gets off to a hot start to keep the Warriors in full control against the Trail Blazers. Photo from Golden State Warriors Twitter

NBA draft lottery: Pelicans land No. 1 overall pick

May 15, 2019 - 9:54 AM

The Pelicans get a shot at picking Duke University superstar Zion Williamson in the June 20 league draft

FRESHMAN SENSATION. Duke University star Zion Williamson is widely predicted to be picked first in the NBA Draft. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

LIVE UPDATES: Warriors vs Blazers – 2019 NBA Western Conference Finals

May 14, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The West may have been the Golden State Warriors' playground in the last 4 seasons, but the Portland Trail Blazers look to shake things up

Curry brother rivalry adds spice to NBA West finals

May 14, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Warriors star Steph Curry and younger brother Seth of the Trail Blazers become the first siblings to play against each other in the NBA conference finals

CURRY CLASH. Portland’s Seth Curry (left) and champion brother Steph of Golden State see the showdown as a win-win situation. File photo

GAME SCHEDULE: NBA Western and Eastern Conference finals 2019

May 14, 2019 - 12:48 PM

Mark your calendars! Here's the 2019 NBA conference finals schedule, Philippine time

Cavs name veteran college coach Beilein new head coach

May 14, 2019 - 12:00 PM

After a pitiful 19-63 win-loss season, the Cleveland Cavaliers hope to get a reboot with former University of Michigan coach John Beilein at the helm

SAVVY. The Cavs see John Beilein, who mentored the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA,  as a 'brilliant' and 'tireless worker' who can bring back their winning culture. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers sign Frank Vogel to multi-year coaching contract

May 14, 2019 - 11:22 AM

'I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team,' says new Lakers coach Frank Vogel

FRESH START. The Lakers management says Frank Vogel 'reflects the core qualities' the team is looking for in a coach. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Injured Durant to miss Warriors' series opener vs Blazers

May 14, 2019 - 9:05 AM

'We've tried to remain somewhat vague because the injury is open-ended in terms of how much time he will need to recover,' coach Steve Kerr on Warriors star Kevin Durant

REHAB. Kevin Durant continue to recover from a right calf strain injury. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

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May 13, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Kawhi Leonard hits a shot for the ages by lifting the Raptors past the Sixers with a buzzer-beater in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinals duel

SPECTACULAR SHOT. The often emotionless Kawhi Leonard lets out a roar after sending the Toronto Raptors to the next round of the NBA playoffs with a buzzer-beater. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

NBA star Porzingis 'attacked' in Latvian hometown

May 13, 2019 - 8:49 PM

The Mavericks big man figured in a fistfight with Russian-speaking fans who were reportedly disgruntled he left the Knicks

SKIRMISH. It has been a rough start for Kristaps Porzingis in his stint with the Dallas Mavericks. Photo from Porzingis' Instagram account (@kporzee)

Raptors hero Kawhi sinks first Game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA history

May 13, 2019 - 12:42 PM

'I got a fortuitous bounce,' says Kawhi Leonard. 'I just shot it as hard as I could'

LEGENDARY. Kawhi Leonard celebrates with the Raptors celebrates after sinking the series-clincher. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Heartbroken Joel Embiid cries as Sixers crash out of playoffs

May 13, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Embiid and the Sixers get the boot in the Eastern Conference semifinals anew following a heart-wrenching Game 7 loss to the Raptors

STUNNED. Joel Embiid is left griefing as Kawhi Leonard hits the game-winning buzzer-beater over him. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Kawhi hits game-winner as Raptors claw Sixers in Game 7

May 13, 2019 - 10:10 AM

The often emotionless Leonard drains a shot so spectacular that he lets out a roar as teammates hug him

VACATION POSTPONED. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors are through to the next round of the NBA playoffs. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Trail Blazers rally to stun Nuggets, reach NBA West finals

May 13, 2019 - 7:29 AM

CJ McCollum drains a cold-blooded jumper in the dwindling seconds as the Trail Blazers pull off a shocker over the No. 2 Nuggets

CLUTCH. CJ McCollum and the Trail Balzers reach the conference finals for the first time in 19years. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers hire Frank Vogel as new coach, Jason Kidd as deputy

May 12, 2019 - 8:07 AM

LeBron James and the Lakers look to turn their fortunes around with ex-Pacers coach Frank Vogel and former NBA star guard Jason Kidd

MAJOR CHALLENGE. Frank Vogel takes on the high pressure and much scrutiny that comes with the Lakers coaching post. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

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May 11, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Despite missing Kevin Durant, the Warriors knock the Rockets out of the playoffs behind Steph Curry and Klay Thompson

CHEF CURRY. Steph Curry rises to the occasion to propel the Golden State Warriors to the conference finals for the fifth straight year. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)

Warriors hardly surprised as floodgates open for Curry

May 11, 2019 - 4:14 PM

'A night like tonight doesn't happen without belief in myself and the people around me pouring in positivity,' says Steph Curry

SAME OLD STEPH. Two-time MVP Steph Curry again comes through when it matters. Photo from NBA Twitter

Durant-less Warriors oust Rockets, return to West finals

May 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

(UPDATED) Steph Curry and Klay Thompson take charge as the Warriors advance to the NBA Western Conference finals for the fifth straight season

SPLASH BROTHERS. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry wrap it up for the Warriors on the road. Photo from NBA Twitter

Bucks lose Pau Gasol for rest of NBA playoffs

May 11, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The six-time All-Star has undergone surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot

BACK SOON. Paul Gasol is expected to make full recovery by training camp. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

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May 10, 2019 - 9:13 PM

The Trail Blazers and the Sixers topple the Nuggets and the Raptors, respectively, to forge Game 7s

DAME TIME. Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers stay alive. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

NBA boss Silver suggests knockout-style tournament

May 10, 2019 - 4:28 PM

'As a league we may need to revisit the number of games we play,' commissioner Adam Silver says of the NBA's 82-game schedule

INNOVATION. As NBA superstars like LeBron James and James Harden turn the All-Star game into a mere highlight show, league commissioner Adam Silver says it may be time to try other concepts. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Game 7 awaits as Blazers stay alive vs No. 2 Nuggets

May 10, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Rodney Hood team up for 87 points as the Blazers drag the Nuggets to a winner-take-all

NOT TODAY. CJ McCollum and the Trail Blazers make sure the series-clincher won't be within Gary Harris and the Nuggets' reach. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Sixers wreck Raptors, force Game 7

May 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

A winner-take-all for the last Eastern Conference finals berth awaits as the Sixers stay alive against the Raptors

BLOCKED PATH. The Sixers make sure Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors won't cruise to the East finals in Game 6. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Kevin Durant out for rest of Warriors-Rockets series

May 10, 2019 - 9:03 AM

The Warriors hope to keep their three-peat bid going even minus injured Kevin Durant, who's averaging a league-best 34.2 points in the playoffs

MAJOR BLOW. The Warriors try to wrap up the West semis series against the gritty Rockets without Kevin Durant. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

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May 10, 2019 - 8:45 AM

The Bucks book the first NBA Eastern Conference finals slot while the Warriors move within a win of the West finals even minus Durant

SOARING. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks sustain their stellar showing this season. Photo from Milwaukee Bucks Twitter

WATCH: Warriors coach Kerr channels Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp

May 09, 2019 - 8:05 PM

After the Warriors pull through minus Kevin Durant, coach Steve Kerr can't help but liken the defending champions to Liverpool

IMPROBABLE. Coach Steve Kerr thinks his Warriors pulled off an unlikely win against the Rockets. Photo from NBA Twitter

Warriors a win away from West finals but lose Durant to injury

May 09, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Even minus Kevin Durant late in the game, the defending champion Warriors take a pivotal 3-2 series lead over the Rockets

THRILLER. Steph Curry and the Warriors get the job done at home after outlasting the feisty Rockets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Bucks boot out Celtics, book first conference finals berth

May 09, 2019 - 11:09 AM

The Bucks pounce on the Celtics to take the series at 4-1 and clinch their first NBA Eastern Conference finals berth in 18 years

After absorbing a shock Game 1 loss, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks drub the Celtics in the next 4 games. Photo from NBA Twitter

Lue, Lakers end talks on coaching job

May 09, 2019 - 8:33 AM

The Lakers end negotiations with coach Tyronn Lue, who was tabbed as front-runner due to his close links to team star LeBron James

NO GO. Tyronn Lue reportedly turns down a three-year deal worth $18 million. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

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May 09, 2019 - 8:06 AM

The Toronto Raptors and the Denver Nuggets move within a win of nailing conference finals slots

BIG GUNS. Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam power the Raptors to a pivotal 3-2 series lead. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

Thunder stars Westbrook, George undergo surgery

May 08, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Russell Westbrook is expected to return to basketball activities in 3 weeks, but Paul George's return remains indefinite

RECOVERING. Paul George and Russell Westbrook look forward to the next season after the Thunder's first-round playoff exit. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Nuggets dominate Game 5, push Trail Blazers to the brink

May 08, 2019 - 1:31 PM

The Denver Nuggets move one win away from clinching a Western Conference finals berth for the first time in a decade

GOLDEN NUGGET. Nikola Jokic delivers sensational numbers as the Nuggets overwhelm CJ McCollum and the Trail Blazers. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors bulldoze Sixers by 36 for 3-2 series lead

May 08, 2019 - 11:23 AM

The Raptors post a blowout victory over the Sixers to move within a win of the NBA Eastern Conference finals

DOMINANT. Pascal Siakam and the Raptors easily get their way against Joel Embiid and the Sixers in Game 5. Photo from NBA Twitter

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May 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

The Rockets level the series against the defending champion Warriors as the No. 1 Bucks push the Celtics to the brink

RESILIENT ROCKETS. Reigning MVP James Harden makes sure the Rockets won’t fall into an alarming 1-3 hole. Photo from NBA Twitter

Rockets stomp Warriors to knot series at 2-2

May 07, 2019 - 12:31 PM

After going down 0-2, James Harden and the Rockets get themselves back in the series against the defending champions

Bucks take commanding 3-1 lead over Celtics

May 07, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks move within a win of advancing to the NBA Eastern Conference finals

BIG BUCKS. George Hill (left) and Giannis Antetokounmpo deliver the goods for the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Embiid reveals illness in Sixers playoff loss

May 06, 2019 - 11:39 PM

After dominating Game 3, the seven-foot Cameroonian is visibly not in his finest form during Game 4 against the Raptors

PLAY THROUGH IT. Joel Embiid's health will be a concern as the Philadelphia 76ers meet the Toronto Raptors in Game 5. File photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

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May 06, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Raptors and the Nuggets grind out massive wins on the road to knot their respective NBA playoffs series

KLAW AND FRIENDS. Kawhi Leonard receives sufficient help from his teammates as the Toronto Raptors stun the Philadelphia 76ers at home. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

LeBron not OK with 'weird' Magic departure from Lakers

May 06, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Johnson played a key role in convincing James to join Los Angeles with hopes of leading the team back to the glory days

JUST TELL ME. LeBron James says he would have understood had Magic Johnson told him he was going to quit from his role as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)