NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) protests a call during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The Celtics won 92-88. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
November 17, 2017 - 8:55 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson danced unabashedly in China after winning another NBA championship, and it got shared all over social media. He smoked a stogie on the rooftop, letting loose to reveal another side of himself. "I didn't plan for that video to go viral," Thompson said matter-of-...
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November 15, 2017 - 8:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics like the kind of basketball they've been playing during their 13-game win streak. They also know it could easily end on Thursday night when the defending champion Golden State Warriors visit the Garden. Boston's prospects for the season took an obvious hit following Gordon...
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Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson (0) grabs a rebound against Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Detroit. The Pistons defeated the Heat 112-103. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
November 15, 2017 - 3:08 am
The Detroit Pistons are heading on the road for a few days, so maybe someone will see them play. They've certainly been worth watching. Detroit's 10-3 start, good for No. 2 in the Eastern Conference standings, is one of the biggest good surprises in the NBA through the season's first month. The...
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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving stands on the court during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in New York. The Celtics won 109-102. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
November 14, 2017 - 11:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving really dislikes having to play in a mask. On the other hand, he loves what comes next: Boston putting its 13-game winning streak on the line against the NBA champions. "It's definitely an incredible streak we're on, and now comes the whole media frenzy of will the...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) looks to pass away from Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
November 14, 2017 - 4:04 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — One night last week, Kevin Durant sat out. On Monday, it was Stephen Curry with the same bruised thigh muscle that sidelined the NBA Finals MVP. Both games, Golden State showed off its remarkable depth, withstanding the absence of a big star. Durant had 21 points, a season-...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, drives the ball up court around Draymond Green (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
November 10, 2017 - 2:03 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Defense has been the theme from Day 1 for the Golden State Warriors, determined to do all the little things even better on both ends of the floor on the heels of their second NBA championship in three years. They're blocking shots. Jumping into the passing lanes for timely...
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FILE - In this June 25, 1999, file photo, San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, Antonio Daniels, Gerard King, Sean Elliott and Avery Johnson, from left, celebrate after the Spurs defeated the New York Knicks 78-77 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at New York's Madison Square Garden, winning the championship. Johnson went from undersized, franchise-swapping free agent to NBA champion as a player and reached the NBA Finals in his first full season as a head coach. Now, he’s trying to take Alabama’s men’s basketball program to heights it hasn’t seen in a while. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
November 09, 2017 - 8:10 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nick Saban has been known to recruit a few good players, so it shouldn't come as a surprise he wants Avery Johnson on his team. No, not Alabama's football team — the 52-year-old Johnson is a little long in the tooth for that. But Saban likes the former NBA point guard to be...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, drives the ball up court around Draymond Green (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
November 09, 2017 - 1:52 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr will never wish for a star player to sit injured as Kevin Durant did against Minnesota on Wednesday night. The Golden State coach sure saw a lot of encouraging signs from many in his supporting cast to pick up the slack with the NBA Finals MVP nursing a bruised...
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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives the ball around Charlotte Hornets guard Treveon Graham (21) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
November 07, 2017 - 5:51 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves won five straight games, five head coaches and nearly nine long years ago, Al Jefferson was the centerpiece of the team. Kevin Love was a rookie, still coming off the bench. Fifteen different players started at least one game. Karl-Anthony...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, right, drives the ball against Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Warriors won, 97-80. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
November 07, 2017 - 1:46 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Shots were contested, and so many missed the target. The Golden State Warriors had to get defensive and grind out a win — and coach Steve Kerr appreciated that kind of push for the defending NBA champs. Kevin Durant had 21 points and eight rebounds to help the Warriors...
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