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Greater Than Michael Jordan? LeBron James Says It Doesn’t Matter

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:26:52 GMT

LeBron James entered Thursday’s game 28 points from passing Michael Jordan in playoff scoring.James, the Cavaliers star, says that trying to pass Jordan, the Bulls legend, in titles, points or Most Valuable Player Awards is merely motivation.

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N.B.A. All-Star Game Back in Charlotte in 2019

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:33:05 GMT

This year’s All-Star game was moved to New Orleans because of a North Carolina law restricting the rights of L.G.B.T. people.The game had been set for Charlotte last February, but the N.B.A. moved it because of a state law that limited anti-discrimination protections for L.G.B.T. people.

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Cavaliers 112, Celtics 99: Kyrie Irving Scores 42 to Help Cavaliers Rally Past Celtics

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:38:45 GMT

Kyrie Irving going up for a layup against Al Horford of the Celtics on Tuesday. Irving led the Cavaliers with 42 points in their Game 4 win.Irving and LeBron James combined for 76 points as Cleveland moved to within one game of returning to the finals.

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On Pro Basketball: Spurs’ Manu Ginobili Gets Quite a Send-Off, but Will He Retire?

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:25:39 GMT

Fans in San Antonio let their appreciation for the longtime guard Manu Ginobili be known on Monday night in Game 4 of the Spurs’ playoff series with the Warriors.After 15 seasons in San Antonio, Ginobili, 39, said he would weigh retirement in the coming weeks.

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Warriors Sweep Spurs to Reach Third Finals in Three Years

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:20:02 GMT

The Warriors’ Kevin Durant, who had 29 points, blocking a shot by the Spurs’ Dejounte Murray.Stephen Curry scored 36 points, and Kevin Durant had 29 points and 12 rebounds, as Golden State advanced to the N.B.A.’s championship series.

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N.B.A. Player Enes Kanter Blames Erdogan for Detention in Romania

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:04:16 GMT

The Turkish N.B.A. player Enes Kanter spoke at a news conference in New York on Monday about his detention at a Romanian airport this past weekend.Kanter, a center for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was stuck at a Bucharest airport for hours because Turkey had canceled his travel documents.

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Knicks Will Not Renew Contract of Josh Longstaff, an Assistant Coach

Tue, 23 May 2017 02:46:56 GMT

Longstaff was a favorite of the Knicks’ young star Kristaps Porzingis, who is on rocky terrain with the team after he skipped his exit meeting last month.

Celtics’ Upset of Cavaliers Stretches Out a Foregone Conclusion

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:39:08 GMT

Kevin Love, left, and LeBron James on Sunday night during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Love scored 28 points, but James had only 11.Boston trails the Cavaliers by only two games to one, but before you make plans for a Game 7, consider the unusual events that led to Sunday’s surprising win.

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Celtics 111, Cavaliers 108 | Cleveland Leads Series, 2-1: Celtics Rally to Send Cavaliers to First Loss of the Postseason

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:04:14 GMT

Marcus Smart, who had 27 points, and Jonas Jerebko (8) after Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer in the final second stunned the Cavaliers. After a 44-point thrashing in Game 2, the series seemed all but over for the Celtics.Boston trailed by 21 in the third quarter and won on Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer with less than a second to go. The Celtics held LeBron James to 11 points.

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On Pro Basketball: Democracy, It Turns Out, Suits the Warriors Just Fine

Sun, 21 May 2017 13:52:05 GMT

Stephen Curry, left, and Kevin Durant reflecting the Warriors’ relaxed team attitude during a Game 3 blowout of the Spurs on Saturday.All the new pieces have fit nicely, and now Golden State is on the verge of sweeping the Spurs and roaring into the N.B.A. finals.

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Warriors 120, Spurs 108: Warriors Take 3-0 Series Lead on the Depleted Spurs

Sun, 21 May 2017 04:31:35 GMT

The Warriors’ Kevin Durant shooting between San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili and LaMarcus Aldridge. Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds.San Antonio lost David Lee in the first quarter when he hurt his left knee, and Coach Gregg Popovich relied heavily on a bench that could not keep up with Golden State.

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ESPN’s Holly Rowe Finds Work Cathartic as She Battles Cancer

Sat, 20 May 2017 21:48:32 GMT

Holly Rowe, an ESPN sideline reporter who is battling melanoma, said, “I don’t think about having cancer when I’m out here.”Rowe, a veteran sideline reporter who was diagnosed with melanoma, said of being on the air, “I don’t think about having cancer when I’m out here.”

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N.B.A. Player Enes Kanter Released After Being Held in Romania

Sat, 20 May 2017 23:25:24 GMT

Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder said in a video posted on Twitter that the authorities in Romania had detained him and told him his passport had been canceled.Kanter, a Turk, posted a video on Twitter from an airport saying his passport was canceled because he opposes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom he called “the Hitler of our century.”

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On Pro Basketball: Bring on the Monstars: Another Rout Shows LeBron James Is on Jordan’s Level

Sat, 20 May 2017 16:31:18 GMT

LeBron James blocked Avery Bradley’s layup on the way to Cleveland’s 130-86 victory over the Celtics in Boston on Friday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.As the Cleveland Cavaliers blow through the N.B.A. playoffs, it’s time to admit that James has reached the same celestial level of a certain “Space Jam” star, an achievement worth celebrating.

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Missed Calls Prompt W.N.B.A. to Bolster Referees’ Training

Sat, 20 May 2017 14:12:26 GMT

The Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike in Game 5 of the W.N.B.A. finals. She made a late field goal after officials missed a shot-clock violation, the league said.The league is increasing training for referees after missed calls in last season’s playoffs led to widespread criticism.

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Cavaliers 130, Celtics 86 | Cleveland leads series, 2-0: Cavaliers Build 41-Point Halftime Lead and Crush the Celtics

Sat, 20 May 2017 04:13:59 GMT

Forward Kevin Love dunking in the first half as the Cavaliers built a 41-point halftime lead, setting an N.B.A. playoff record.Isaiah Thomas was lost to a strained right hip for the second half, but the game had already been decided. Cleveland’s halftime lead set an N.B.A. playoff record.

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N.B.A. Announces M.V.P. Finalists, and LeBron James Is Not Included

Sat, 20 May 2017 01:27:24 GMT

Russell Westbrook, right, and James Harden during Game 5 of a first-round playoff series on April 25.Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard are on the short list for the award.

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From Spurs to Warriors, David West Targets First Title With Precision

Fri, 19 May 2017 23:38:43 GMT

Golden State’s David West, right, with Stephen Curry. “He’s a class act,” San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich said of West.West, a 14-year veteran, played for San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich last year. Now he’s in Golden State’s star-studded lineup, providing assists off the bench.

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Kevin Durant Is Certain Kawhi Leonard Will Play — ‘100 Percent’

Fri, 19 May 2017 23:27:41 GMT

The Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard grabbing a rebound against the Warriors’ Kevin Durant in Game 1 of the conference finals, in which Leonard aggravated an ankle sprain.The San Antonio Spurs are listing Leonard, their injured star, as “questionable” for Game 3 on Saturday night.

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Keeping Score: The Irresistible Cavaliers. The Immovable Warriors.

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:40:10 GMT

Game 7 of last year’s finals, with the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and the Cavs’ LeBron James.With their regular-season blips behind them, both teams are tearing through the playoffs and seem headed toward a Finals rematch.

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