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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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May 06, 2019 - 7:46 AM

James Harden and the Rockets edge the defending champion Warriors in an overtime thriller

EXPLOSIVE. Warriors star Kevin Durant and Rockets MVP James Harden put on a stellar show. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors' Pascal Siakam doubtful for Game 4

May 05, 2019 - 1:03 PM

The Raptors' next best scoring threat after Kawhi Leonard may sit out due to a right calf bruise

BIG BLOW. The Raptors look to tie the series against the Sixers even minus Pascal Siakam. Photo from NBA Twitter

Rockets escape Warriors in OT, trim series deficit to 2-1

May 05, 2019 - 11:52 AM

James Harden knocks in the clutch baskets to highlight a 41-point show

STELLAR. James Harden gives the Rockets a fighting chance in the series against the defending champion Warriors. Photo from NBA Twitter

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May 05, 2019 - 1:44 AM

The Trail Blazers pull out a 4OT win against the Nuggets in the longest NBA playoff game since 1953 as the Bucks also go up 2-1 versus the Celtics

BIG BUCKETS. Rodney Hood (right) comes through the clutch for the Trail Blazers against the Nuggets that also go all out behind Nikola Jokic. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

Bucks power past Celtics for 2-1 series lead

May 04, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo flirts with a triple-double as the top-seeded Bucks trip the Celtics on the road

UPPER HAND. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks regain homecourt advantage.  Photo from NBA Twitter

Sixers' Simmons fined, given flagrant foul for groin hit

May 04, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Philadelphia's Ben Simmons gets sanctioned for elbowing Toronto's Kyle Lowry in the groin in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semis duel

BAD BLOOD. Ben Simmons has also figured in a scuffle with Kyle Lowry last year. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Embiid dominates as Sixers gore Raptors for 2-1 lead

May 03, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Philadelphia blasts Toronto in a 21-point blowout behind Joel Embiid’s career-high performance

UNSTOPPABLE. Joel Embiid delivers big at both ends for the Sixers. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Harden's vision better but still dealing with pain

May 03, 2019 - 8:56 AM

'If I played barely seeing last game, what makes you think I'm going to sit out Game 3?' says Rockets star James Harden

ALL GOOD. James Harden tries to lead the Rockets out of a 0-2 hole against the defending champion Warriors. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

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May 03, 2019 - 12:00 AM

CJ McCollum takes over as the Portland Trail Blazers level the series against the Denver Nuggets

ALL EVEN. CJ McCollum celebrates with teammate Al-Farouq Aminu after the Trail Blazers steal one at the Nuggets' homecourt. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Lillard struggles but Blazers still top Nuggets to even series

May 02, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Damian Lillard has a quiet night but CJ McCollum takes charge as the Trail Blazers tie the Nuggets at 1-1

STEPPING UP. CJ McCollum carries the load for the Portland Trail Blazers. Photo from NBA Twitter

After eye injury, Rockets' Harden sets sights on Game 3

May 01, 2019 - 3:07 PM

'I didn't have a doubt he was coming back unless it was something catastrophic,' Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni says of James Harden

POKED. Rockets star James Harden falls to the floor, grabbing his face after being accidentally poked in the eye by the Warriors' Draymond Green. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

More drama as Warriors hold off Rockets for 2-0 lead

May 01, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Injuries hit both teams' superstars, but in the end, the Warriors manage to outlast the resilient Rockets

CHALLENGE. Warriors' Kevin Durant blocks Rockets' James Harden in another tight duel in the Western Conference semis. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors' Durant says Rockets' Harden 'clever' not cheater

May 01, 2019 - 11:28 AM

'I just think that he has a style of play, and it might not be what everybody might like to see, but it's been effective,' Kevin Durant says of James Harden

ALL FAIR. Despite a heated Game 1 duel between the Warriors and the Rockets, Kevin Durant thinks James Harden plays by the league rules. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Bucks shred Celtics to level series

May 01, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The Bucks even it all up against the Celtics behind Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton

NO LETUP. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum fight for the loose ball in the game Milwaukee dominated virtually all the way. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

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May 01, 2019 - 7:59 AM

The Sixers turn the table on the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semis while the Nuggets power past the Trail Blazers in the West side

EVEN. Jimmy Butler and the Sixers level the series against Danny Green and the Raptors. Photo from NBA Twitter

Jokic powers Nuggets past Blazers in semis series opener

Apr 30, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Even after a grueling first-round series, Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets come out sizzling against Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers

ON A ROLL. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray lead the Nuggets’ Game 1 charge. Photo from NBA Twitter

Sixers thwart Raptors comeback, tie series

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid come through the clutch for Philadelphia on the road

BOUNCE BACK. Jimmy Butler recovers from a mediocre Game 1 outing. Photo from NBA Twitter

Rockets' Chris Paul fined $35,000 for referee bump

Apr 30, 2019 - 10:08 AM

'If I'm not emotional, I'm not me, but I've definitely got to be better for my team,' says Rockets star Chris Paul

UPSET. Chris Paul gets ejected in Game 1 of the Rockets’ playoff duel versus the defending champion Warriors. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Kerr 'disappointed' after Rockets fury at officiating

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:24 AM

'I don't remember people falling down on three-point shots all the time when I played,' says Warriors coach Steve Kerr

TENSION. Golden State coach Steve Kerr adds fuel to the duel between the Warriors and the Houston Rockets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

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Apr 29, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Warriors and the Celtics draw first blood in their respective playoff duels against the Rockets and the Bucks

WEST RIVALS. Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors assert their mastery on the Houston Rockets. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


Draymond says officiating 'isn't an exact science' as Harden rues calls

Apr 29, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The Rockets star asks for a 'fair chance' from the referees as the Warriors escape with Game 1 of their West semifinals clash

FIRST BLOOD. Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors escape James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals opener. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


Durant, Warriors nip Rockets to clinch Game 1

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:49 AM

The defending two-time NBA champions protect their turf this time after dropping their last two playoff home games to the Clippers in the first round

ONE UP. Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors draw first blood against the Houston Rockets. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)


Celtics baffle Bucks to draw first blood in playoff series

Apr 29, 2019 - 4:01 AM

Kyrie Irving and Al Horford deliver as Boston shuts down Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Eastern Conference semifinals opener

EAST JUGGERNAUTS. Kyrie Irving says the Boston Celtics issued a statement against the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


Ruthless Durant, Warriors finish off Clippers

Apr 27, 2019 - 12:48 PM

Kevin Durant explodes for 50 points as the defending champions leave nothing to chance this time to advance to the Western Conference semifinals

ON TO THE NEXT. Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors advance to the West semifinals against the Houston Rockets. Photo from NBA Twitter

Spurs drub No. 2 Nuggets to force Game 7

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:17 AM

The seventh-ranked Spurs stay alive behind the big games of LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan

TAKE CHARGE. DeMar DeRozan takes over to fuel the Spurs’ dominant second half against the Nuggets. Photo from NBA Twitter

Westbrook shrugs off critics after playoff exit

Apr 26, 2019 - 10:18 AM

'If you want to determine my career and what I've done over two, three games, you go ahead,' says Thunder star Russell Westbrook

UNRUFFLED. Russell Westbrook doesn’t care about all the talk after the Thunder fall short anew. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Kerr rips Warriors after Clippers loss

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:52 PM

'We seemed to take it for granted that we were going to be okay,' Warriors coach Steve Kerr as the defending champions absorb another upset loss to the Clippers

STALLED. Coach Steve Kerr admits things haven’t gone smoothly for the Warriors all year. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors rally falls short as No. 8 Clippers stay alive

Apr 25, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Kevin Durant erupts for 45 points but the defending champions still fail to close out the series against the Clippers

GUNG-HO. Lou Williams and the LA Clippers foil the the Warriors’ bid to wrap up the series. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Three more teams advance to the NBA conference semifinals

GAME HERO. Damian Lillard wraps it up for the Portland Trail Blazers. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

Lillard buzzer-beater seals Blazers thriller, ousts Thunder

Apr 24, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Damian Lillard caps a 50-point show with a game-winner as the Trail Blazers advance to the Western Conference semifinals

LILLARD TIME. A sensational Damian Lillard performance waves off the Thunder. Photo from NBA Twitter

Sixers rip Nets, set semis series vs Raptors

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Joel Embiid and the Sixers dispatch the Nets, 4-1, to arrange a semis showdown versus the No. 2 Raptors

WAKE-UP CALL. Joel Embiid says the Sixers’ shock Game 1 loss to the No. 6 Nets triggered them to flip the switch. Photo from Philadelphia 76ers Twitter account

Raptors rid of Magic, advance to East semis

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:05 AM

After a series-opening shocker, the Toronto Raptors wrap it up convincingly at 4-1

SPELLBOUND. Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors dominate Khem Birch and the Orlando Magic all the way. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP