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Bucks roll on; Kings upset Rockets

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Milwaukee Bucks improve to 21-3 at the top of the NBA Eastern Conference

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May 26, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors rally past the No. 1 Bucks to reach their first NBA finals

ROARING RAPTORS. The Toronto Raptors celebrate with the NBA Eastern Conference Finals trophy after stunning the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Justin Trudeau joins Twitter storm as Raptors clinch 1st NBA Finals

May 26, 2019 - 3:08 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells the Raptors to ‘bring that championship to Canada’

HISTORIC. Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors rule the NBA Eastern Conference after stunning the No. 1 Bucks. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

Raptors rally past Bucks, book first ever NBA Finals trip

May 26, 2019 - 11:19 AM

(UPDATED) Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors arrange a title showdown versus the Warriors after dispatching Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks

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May 24, 2019 - 6:31 PM

The Raptors stun the Bucks on the road to move one win away from their first NBA Finals appearance

STAT STUFFER. Kawhi Leonard fills up the stats sheet as the Toronto Raptors notch their third straight win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


Kawhi carries Raptors to brink of finals

May 24, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The Raptors move within a win of an NBA Finals stint as the Bucks lose 3 straight for the first time this season

Photo from NBA Twitter

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May 22, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard draw solid bench support as the Raptors thump the Bucks to level the East finals

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Savage Raptors stomp Bucks to tie series at 2-2

May 22, 2019 - 11:24 AM

The Raptors send the series against the Bucks back to square one as Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry team up for a big night

ALL EVEN. Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors recover from a 0-2 hole against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. Photo from NBA Twitter

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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

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 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

HIGHLIGHTS: 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

LeBron advances to 8th straight NBA Finals as Cavaliers nip Celtics in Game 7

May 28, 2018 - 11:04 AM

'The King' leads Cleveland to the franchise's 4th straight NBA Finals appearance

STREAK STAYS ALIVE. LeBron James will play in his 8th straight NBA Finals appearance. Photo by Adam Glanzman/AFP


Warriors stay alive, drag Rockets to winner-take-all Game 7

May 27, 2018 - 11:22 AM

(UPDATED) The defending champions spoil the Rockets' first attempt to advance to the NBA Finals

CHAMPIONSHIP POISE. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors bank on blistering second-half run to turn the game around. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

No Love for Cavaliers in Game 7 vs Celtics

May 27, 2018 - 8:44 AM

Cleveland forward Kevin Love, the team's second-leading scorer and top rebounder, gets placed in the NBA concussion protocol

LOVE OUT. The Cleveland Cavaliers clash with the Boston Celtics in a do-or-die Game 7 minus key cog Kevin Love. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics brace for ‘dogfight’ vs Cavs in Game 7 at home

May 26, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Coach Brad Stevens expects to see a resilient Boston squad as the Celtics try to clinch an NBA Finals berth for the first time in 8 years.

DO-OR-DIE The Boston Celtics know that their homecourt advantage won't make the winner-take-all Game 7 any easier against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs on epic LeBron game: ‘We needed him to be big and he was big’

May 26, 2018 - 1:20 PM

The Cleveland superstar tallies his 7th 40-point performance in this season's playoffs to tie the record of Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan in 1989

THE BEAST. After another explosive night from LeBron James, Boston coach Brad Stevens says there was little more the Celtics could have done. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron erupts for 46 points as Cavs force do-or-die Game 7 vs Celtics

May 26, 2018 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) The Cleveland Cavaliers spoil the Boston Celtics' first of two attempts to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in 8 years

LeBron James unfazed even as NBA Finals streak stands in jeopardy

May 24, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The 4-time MVP, who's vying for an 8th straight trip to the title series, hopes to carry Cleveland again as the Cavs try to stay alive against the Celtics

WORN DOWN. In some stretches in Game 5, LeBron James looks like he's starting to feel the effects of the heavy load he has carried for the Cavaliers. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Boston's young guns star as Celtics blast Cavs for 3-2 series lead

May 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

(UPDATED) Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown take charge as the Boston Celtics move within a win of the NBA Finals

COASTING. Boston's Jaylen Brown and the young Celtics cast cruise past the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

IN NUMBERS: All even in NBA East and West finals

May 23, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Here's a rundown of some key numbers in the 4 teams’ conference finals success

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May 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM

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LeBron James leads Cavs past Celtics to tie East Finals series

May 22, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The Boston Celtics fail to redeem themselves from their previous 30-point beatdown

THE KING. LeBron James carries the Cleveland Cavaliers with 44 points in Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Ruthless Cavs whip Celtics by 30, trim East finals deficit to 2-1

May 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) The Cavaliers take full control from the get-go to avoid a 0-3 death knell in the NBA Eastern Conference finals

TEAM EFFORT. LeBron James gets some help this time as the Cleveland Cavaliers deck the Boston Celtics in Game 3. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs try to ease LeBron James' load and stop Celtics

May 19, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Cleveland guard JR Smith says the team has been forcing the 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player to play ‘hero ball’

NOT ENOUGH. LeBron James unleashes a 42-point triple-double in Game 2, but the Cavaliers still can’t pull off a win against the Celtics. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

No Smith suspension as Celtics' Smart hits out at Cavs 'bully'

May 17, 2018 - 10:39 AM

JR Smith escapes punishment for Al Horford shove, but Celtics' Marcus Smart minces no words on the notorious Cleveland guard

Celtics 'gooning the game up,' says Cavs coach

May 16, 2018 - 1:52 PM

As Cleveland tries to climb out of a 0-2 hole, Tyronn Lue wants his Cavs to match the Celtics' physical game

TOO PHYSICAL. Boston's Marcus Smart and Cleveland's JR Smith get into an altercation in the second half of Game 2. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics survive LeBron James' attack to take 2-0 series lead

May 16, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Boston completes Game 2 comeback despite LeBron James' huge 42-point outburst

LeBron James drops his usual numbers but still can't tow the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Boston Celtics. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics’ Morris backs up talk on shutting down LeBron, Cavs

May 14, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Boasting he defends LeBron James best, Marcus Morris holds down the NBA superstar to a 5-of-16 shooting

ON THE MONEY. Marcus Morris leads the hustling work as the Celtics deal LeBron James his worst Game 1 playoff loss. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

'I have zero level of concern at this stage,' says LeBron despite Celtics rout of Cavs

May 14, 2018 - 9:48 AM

The 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player notes that Game 1 has always been a 'feel-out game'

CONTAINED. LeBron James admits that the Boston Celtics had a great game plan against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

IN NUMBERS: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics

May 13, 2018 - 8:34 PM

Here are the key numbers heading into the showdown of top rivals in the NBA Eastern Conference finals

TORONTO, ON - MAY 01: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles the ball in the second half of Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Raptors during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 1, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. 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. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: 2018 NBA conference finals schedule, Philippine time

May 12, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Houston Rockets battle the Golden State Warriors in the Western finals, while the Boston Celtics clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern duel

LeBron James 'on a ridiculous run,' says Celtics coach Stevens

May 12, 2018 - 9:48 AM

The 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player vies for an 8th straight NBA Finals stint as Cavs face Celtics

THE KING. LeBron James posts an incredible scoring average of 34.3 points on top of 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 11 playoff games. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

How to stop LeBron? ‘I don’t know,’ says Celtics rookie Tatum

May 10, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Boston's rookie sensation Jayson Tatum says the Celtics hope to figure things out against the Cavaliers

ROOKIE CHALLENGE. Jayson Tatum gets to play his first NBA conference finals as the Celtics advance to face the Cavaliers for the second straight year. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors rout Celtics, Pistons knocked out of playoff race

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The Raptors now have a 3-game cushion over the Celtics for first place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference

BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY. DeMar DeRozan leads the Raptors with 16 points on their road to the top of the East. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron sparks undermanned Cavs over Raptors

Mar 22, 2018 - 2:14 PM

'What he does night in and night out, how he sustains it, it's mind-boggling'

UNDERMANNED. LeBron James leads the Cavs despite not having his manager and 5 absent teammates. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

The NBA Finals contender no one talks about

Mar 16, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Quietly and methodically, the Raptors have established dominance over the league this season, leaving broken records in their wake

FIRST. The Toronto Raptors are the first NBA team to claim a ticket to the playoffs. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers beat Cavs, give LeBron James a glimpse of what they offer

Mar 12, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The Lakers' performance offer James a preview of the young talent he could align himself with should he opt to move to Los Angeles as a free agent next season

LAKERS TIME. In this file photo, Isaiah Thomas #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after drawing a foul from Isaiah Taylor #22 of the Atlanta Hawks. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] Why the Boston Celtics shouldn’t rush to bring back Gordon Hayward this season

Dec 11, 2017 - 11:04 PM

Hayward needs more time for recovery as this might cause problems for the Boston Celtics

NOT OUT FOR THE SEASON. Hayward was stretchered out of the court when he fractured his ankle in the opening game but now there is a possibility of him returning. File photo from Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Boston Celtics roll past Los Angeles Lakers for 10th straight win

Nov 09, 2017 - 4:22 PM

The banged-up Celtics are the hottest team in the NBA for a reason. They are getting contributions from everyone with different players stepping up each game.

OFF-NIGHT. Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics reacts during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on November 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Amid comparisons to Jordan, James out to cement own legacy

May 27, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Cavs LeBron James once wanted to be like Mike but he never dreamed of being mentioned in the same breath as the Chicago Bulls legend

MORE THAN NUMBERS. LeBron James focuses his eyes not in surpassing Michael Jordan's statline but cementing his own legacy. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images North America/AFP

Not Batman’s Robin: Irving emerging as Cavs’ second leader

May 26, 2017 - 7:55 PM

With the Cleveland Cavaliers going to the NBA Finals again Kyrie Irving needs to lead now more than ever

SECOND IN COMMAND. Kyrie Irving, 25, has evolved into a superstar talent with blazing competitive fire who is not afraid to hold even the great LeBron James to account Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America/AFP

Irving sparks Cavs second half comeback to edge Celtics

May 24, 2017 - 11:09 AM

UPDATED Kyrie Irving finishes with a playoff career high 42 points on 15 of 22 shots as the Cavs take a 3 1 series lead

COMEBACK. Kyrie Irving leads the Cleveland Cavaliers' second half comeback versus the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs coach doesn't blame LeBron after loss to Celtics

May 23, 2017 - 1:23 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue believes the entire team not just LeBron James is to blame for the Celtics Game 3 victory

Why the Celtics saved an unwatchable NBA playoffs

May 22, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Let’s take a step back and fully take in what just happened in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals

2-1. Avery Bradley #0 celebrates with Jonas Jerebko #8 of the Boston Celtics after their 111 to 108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Bradley delivers game-winner as Celtics steal a game against Cavs

May 22, 2017 - 11:26 AM

UPDATED The top seeded Celtics are now down just 2 1 in the best of 7 Eastern Conference Finals

GAME-WINNER. Avery Bradley #0 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after shooting the winning basket in their 111-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Isaiah Thomas out for rest of playoffs

May 21, 2017 - 10:48 AM

This is to avoid more significant long term damage to the injured hip of Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says the team s doctor

The real Kevin Love: How quickly they forgot

May 20, 2017 - 10:59 PM

Now more than ever the Cleveland Cavaliers could use a little more Love

Cavs send Celtics to second straight disheartening loss

May 20, 2017 - 11:32 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers establish a new NBA playoff record by holding a 41 point halftime lead over the Boston Celtics

EASY WIN. The Cavs win their second straight over the number one-seeded Celtics in Boston. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

It’s not luck: Celtics are done, unless…

May 18, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Here are the things the Boston Celtics must accomplish in order to survive the Cleveland Cavaliers