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WATCH: MVP Steph Curry enjoys watching Game 2 from the bench

Jun 06, 2016 - 1:13 PM

Check out Curry s colorful reactions as he watches from the bench

CHILLIN'. Steph Curry enjoys the action from the bench as his teammates go on to build a double-digit lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Screengrab from YouTube/NBA

WATCH: Big plays in Warriors' rout of Cavs in Game 2

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:47 PM

Check out the full highlights from Game 2 of the NBA Finals

GAME 2. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (R) goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (L). Photo by BOB DONNAN/USA TODAY SPORTS/EPA

WATCH: Warriors' Andrew Bogut puts on block party in Game 2

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Bogut has 4 blocks in the first quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers

REJECTED. Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut blocks a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson. Photo by EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES/EPA

WATCH: Kevin Love hit by elbow to back of head in Game 2

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:10 PM

Kevin Love gets hit by Harrison Barnes as Barnes tries to go for the rebound in the second quarter

BLOW. Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (C) gets up and walks on the court after absorbing a blow to the head by Harrison Barnes' elbow. Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA

Green catches fire as Warriors rout Cavs for 2-0 NBA Finals lead

Jun 06, 2016 - 10:36 AM

UPDATED Draymond Green who was feeling it from the get go connects on 5 of 8 3 pointers

FLEX. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green flexes his muscles as he explodes in a Game 2 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Photo by EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES/EPA

Warriors find NBA Finals better the second time around

Jun 04, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The Golden State Warriors reflect on what it means to chase a second straight NBA championship

BETTER THIS TIME. The Golden State Warriors agree the NBA Finals experience is better the second time around, now that they know what to expect. Photos by LARRY W. SMITH, JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA

Cavs to hasten pace, boost bench effort against Warriors

Jun 04, 2016 - 5:00 PM

I just told LeBron I need him to play faster to pick up the pace for us offensively says Cavs coach Tyronn Lue

PREPARING FOR GAME 2. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during NBA Finals practice at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 03 June 2016. Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA

Iguodala still mystifies LeBron, Cavs in NBA Finals

Jun 04, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Andre Iguodala is the mellowing influence for the Warriors who can sometimes push the pace too fast too long for their own good

GAME-CHANGER. Andre Iguodala (L) continues to make an impact for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals rematch against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES / EPA

LeBron confident Cavs can bounce back against Warriors

Jun 04, 2016 - 2:00 PM

LeBron James has a perfect 9 0 record in Game 2 after his teams have lost the opener of a playoff series

BOUNCE BACK. LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers look to level the NBA Finals series at 1-1 come Game 2. Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA

Livingston overcomes severe injury to star in NBA Finals

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:57 AM

After coming back from a horrific leg injury it s hard to imagine being discouraged by anything defenders throw at Shaun Livingston in a game

STAR. Shaun Livingston runs through the tunnel after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs or Warriors? Gilas coaches, players make #NBAFinals predictions

Jun 02, 2016 - 1:18 PM

Which Gilas Pilipinas assistant coach picked the Cavs in a bet? Which side are the players taking in the upcoming NBA Finals?

REMATCH. The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers meet in the NBA Finals for the second straight year. File Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Warriors complete series comeback for NBA Finals return

May 31, 2016 - 6:58 PM

See photos of the Golden State Warriors defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 to return to the NBA Finals

CHAMPS OF THE WEST. Former NBA player Rick Barry, (L) watches as Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (C), Stephen Curry (R) and their teammates celebrate becoming Western Conference champions. Photo by MARCIO SANCHEZ/EPA

WATCH: Highlights of Game 7 between Warriors and Thunder

May 31, 2016 - 3:51 PM

Still on a Game 7 high? Watch the Warriors vs Thunder highlights here

GAME 7. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (R) congratulates Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (L) after their NBA Western Conference finals Game 7. Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA

PBA players, PH celebs react to Warriors' Game 7 win

May 31, 2016 - 2:21 PM

Check out reactions from PBA players such as Barangay Ginebra s Mark Caguioa and celebrities such as Bianca Gonzales

ON TO THE NBA FINALS. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors reacts in the third quarter of Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Highlights from LeBron's 6 straight Eastern Conference finals

May 31, 2016 - 2:08 PM

The NBA Finals is set with the Cavaliers against the Warriors but first let s look back at LeBron James Eastern Conference finals highlights over the last 6 years

6 STRAIGHT. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates his team's win over the Toronto Raptors after Game 6 in the NBA Eastern Conference. James enters his 6th straight NBA Finals this week. Photo by WARREN TODA/EPA

Irving, Love key to Cavaliers resurgence – LeBron

May 29, 2016 - 6:04 PM

Cleveland s Big Three are all in rude health as they look towards next week s NBA Finals against either Golden State or Oklahoma City

RESURGENCE. LeBron James (R) says Kyrie Irving (L) and Kevin Love being healthy is key to the Cleveland Cavaliers' run to the NBA Finals. Photo by ERIK S. LESSER/EPA

WATCH: All of Klay Thompson's 11 record-breaking 3-pointers

May 29, 2016 - 2:53 PM

Watch Klay Thompson light it up from deep in Game 6 as the Golden State Warriors stay alive against the Oklahoma City Thunder

RECORD-BREAKER. Klay Thompson (C) reacts after shooting a 3-point basket in the second half of Game 6 between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo by LARRY W. SMITH/EPA

Warriors shock Thunder to force Game 7

May 29, 2016 - 11:50 AM

2nd UPDATE Golden State went down 3 1 in the series before rallying to force the decider

GAME 7. Klay Thompson, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors show grit against the Oklahoma City Thunder to force Game 7. Photo by LARRY W. SMITH/EPA

LeBron has 'unbelievable respect' for Raptors fans

May 28, 2016 - 4:24 PM

LeBron James shows his admiration and respect for the unwavering support of Toronto Raptors fans in Game 6 against the Cleveland Cavaliers

RESPECT. LeBron James (C-L) embraces Bismack Biyombo (C-R) after game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors. Photo by WARREN TODA/EPA

Cavaliers' Jones gets one-game ban for hit on Biyombo

May 23, 2016 - 11:40 AM

The incident takes place with 17 6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as Toronto snaps Cleveland s 10 game win streak to open the playoffs

SUSPENDED. Cleveland's Dahntay Jones (L), seen here in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, is suspended for one game without pay after a hit to the groin of Toronto's Bismack Biyombo. Photo by DAVID MAXWELL/EPA

WATCH: Draymond Green kicks Steven Adams in the groin

May 23, 2016 - 11:01 AM

The foul and play will reportedly be reviewed by the NBA with the possibility of a Game 4 suspension for Green

LOW BLOW. Draymond Green argues a call with the referee in the second quarter. He is called for a flagrant 1 after a low blow to Steven Adams. Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder up to 2-1 after massive blowout of Warriors

May 23, 2016 - 10:53 AM

The Thunder post leads of up to 39 points to dominate the listless Warriors

BLOWOUT. Kevin Durant (R) and Russell Westbrook celebrate, as the Oklahoma City Thunder claim a huge blowout win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals. Photo by LARRY W. SMITH/EPA

Thunder edge out Warriors to take Game 1

May 17, 2016 - 11:55 AM

UPDATED The Oklahoma City Thunder draw first blood in the Western Conference finals

1-0. Russell Westbrook leads the Thunder to a victory over the Warriors for a 1-0 lead to start the Western Conference finals series. Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA

Lowry stars as Raptors down Heat to make history

May 16, 2016 - 11:27 AM

Toronto moves on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history

HISTORY. Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (R) passes over Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson in Game 7 as Toronto prevails to enter the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. Photo by WARREN TODA/EPA

Dragic on fire as Heat scorch Raptors to force Game 7

May 14, 2016 - 11:04 AM

Slovenian star Goran Dragic is outstanding as Miami squares the best of 7 series at 3 3 to set up a decisive final duel in Toronto

ON FIRE. Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic of Slovenia catches fire in game 6 against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. Photo by RHONA WISE/EPA

Westbrook shines as Thunder stun Spurs for 3-2 lead

May 11, 2016 - 2:42 PM

The Thunder can clinch a series victory back in Oklahoma City in game 6

3-2. Russell Westbrook celebrates the Oklahoma City Thunder's Game 5 win against the San Antonio Spurs. Photo by LARRY W. SMITH/EPA

Cavs sweep into Eastern finals, Thunder pull level with Spurs

May 09, 2016 - 12:21 PM

Cleveland will play either Toronto or Miami for a chance to return to the championship series

SWEEP. Cleveland Cavaliers players, including forward LeBron James (C), celebrate after sweeping the Atlanta Hawks in game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. Photo by ERIK S. LESSER/EPA

NBA: Thunder roar back in Spurs thriller to level series

May 03, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Just two days after suffering a 32 point blowout defeat Westbrook and Durant both produce big games to propel the Thunder to a crucial victory

TIED AT 1-1. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (C) goes to the basket against San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (R) in game two of their NBA Western Conference semifinals. Photo by LARRY W. SMITH/EPA

LeBron stars as Cavaliers take series lead over Hawks

May 03, 2016 - 1:07 PM

The Cavs had benefit from more than a week off after wrapping up a 4 0 sweep of the Detroit Pistons in the first round

FLEX. LeBron James flexes his bicep after making a basket and drawing a foul during game one of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals between the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by DAVID MAXWELL/EPA

NBA: Raptors hold off Pacers to set up clash with Heat

May 02, 2016 - 1:37 PM

Toronto s first post season series triumph since 2001 ends the longest active drought between playoff series wins

RAPTORS ADVANCE. DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors shoots a three-pointer as Monta Ellis of the Indiana Pacers defends in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Thompson leads Warriors past Blazers as injured Curry eyes return

May 02, 2016 - 11:37 AM

The absence of injured superstar Stephen Curry makes no difference for the reigning champion Golden State Warriors

1-0. Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (L) goes to the basket for two points while drawing a foul by Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the NBA Western Conference semifinal game one. Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA

NBA: Pacers force Game 7 against Raptors

Apr 30, 2016 - 11:50 AM

Paul George tallies 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers

GAME 7. Paul George (R) battles for a loose ball with Delon Wright in game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals between the Pacers and the Raptors. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Stephen Curry optimistic of early return from knee injury

Apr 30, 2016 - 11:11 AM

I m feeling better but I have a ways to go Steph Curry says

OPTIMISTIC. Stephen Curry (C), seen here cheering with his teammates from the bench in the first round, is optimistic he'll be back for the Warriors in two weeks. Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA

Luke Walton announced as new Lakers coach

Apr 30, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Walton will begin his duties for the Lakers after the Warriors finish the current season

NEW COACH. Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton (L) is the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA

Warriors' Kerr named NBA coach of the year

Apr 27, 2016 - 3:52 PM

Under Steve Kerr and assistant coach Luke Walton the Warriors set a single season record of 73 victories for the 2015 16 NBA season

COACH OF THE YEAR. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr (C) talks with his team during a game last March. He is named this year's NBA Coach of the Year. Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA

NBA: Hawks crush Celtics to take series lead

Apr 27, 2016 - 2:38 PM

The victory means Atlanta lead 3 2 in the best of 7 series heading into Game 6 in Boston

3-2. Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott (R) shoots against Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (L) during the second half of game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff series. Photo by ERIK S. LESSER/EPA

NBA: Raptors stun Pacers to go up 3-2

Apr 27, 2016 - 12:23 PM

DeMar DeRozan finishes with 34 points while Kyle Lowry adds 14 in Toronto s critical win over Indiana

Clippers' Chris Paul fractures hand in Game 4 against Trail Blazers

Apr 26, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Paul appears to have injured his hand as he defended a layup

INJURED. Chris Paul dribbles around a pick in the first quarter of Game 4 against the Trail Blazers. He then injured his hand in the third quarter and did not return to the game. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

NBA: Thunder roll over Mavs to reach second round

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:22 PM

The Thunder take the series in 5 games and will next face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference matchup

ON TO ROUND 2. Dirk Nowitzki (L) tries to block a shot against Kevin Durant in the second half of game 5 of their NBA Western Conference first round match. Photo by LARRY W. SMITH/EPA

Curry suffers knee sprain, faces two-week layoff

Apr 26, 2016 - 11:32 AM

The Warriors confirm Steph Curry has a grade one medial collateral ligament sprain in his right knee

BAD LUCK. Stephen Curry suffers a knee sprain and could be out two weeks. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

Hornets snap playoff skid with win over Heat

Apr 24, 2016 - 2:41 PM

The Charlotte Hornets claim their first post season win since they reached the Eastern Conference semifinals in the 2001 02 season

FINALLY. The Hornets finally win a playoff game after 14 years with Jeremy Lin leading the way. Photo by RHONA WISE/EPA

NBA: Spurs thrash Grizzlies, Hawks batter Celtics

Apr 20, 2016 - 2:48 PM

San Antonio and Atlanta notch lopsided victories over Memphis and Boston respectively

RAINING 3s. Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (R) shoots a 3-pointer over Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger in the first half. Photo by ERIK S. LESSER/EPA

Warriors blow big lead, lose to Timberwolves in OT

Apr 06, 2016 - 2:08 PM

The Golden State Warriors blow a 17 point lead and must win their last 4 games to break the Chicago Bulls regular season record

UPSET. The Minnesota Timberwolves upset the Golden State Warriors in overtime at the Oracle Arena. Andrew Wiggins, seen here driving past Draymond Green, posts 32 points in the win. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Leonard sets career-high as Spurs stay unbeaten at home

Apr 03, 2016 - 3:54 PM

Kawhi Leonard posts a career best 33 points as the San Antonio Spurs extend their home winning streak to 39 games this year and 48 since last season

CAREER-HIGH. Kawhi Leonard, seen here in a November 2015 game against the Wizards, sets a new career-high, helping the Spurs pull away from the Raptros late in the game. File Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA

Denver Nuggets' Italian forward Gallinari won't return this season

Apr 03, 2016 - 12:01 PM

Gallinari tells the Denver Post he s still not fit to play which means he will have missed the final 23 games of the season

NOT RETURNING. Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari, seen here during a game against the Boston Celtics in January 2016, won't be returning this season due to an ankle injury. Photo by CJ GUNTHER/EPA

Problems mount for Chicago Bulls after Atlanta Hawks defeat

Mar 29, 2016 - 1:53 PM

The Bulls season has gone into a nosedive in recent weeks with the team losing 11 of their last 17 matches to plummet down the standings

REELING. Jeff Teague, seen here in a game against the Washington Wizards on March 23, drops 26 points as the Atlanta Hawks defeat the reeling Chicago Bulls. File Photo by SHAWN THEW/EPA

Thunder stop Spurs for 7th straight win

Mar 27, 2016 - 2:11 PM

The Thunder take advantage of the Spurs decision to sit 4 of their 5 regular starters and sixth man Manu Ginobili

7TH STRAIGHT. Russell Westbrook attempts a shot as the Oklahoma City Thunder get past the San Antonio Spurs for their 7th win in a row. Photo by LARRY W. SMITH/EPA

Stephen Curry wax figure unveiled by Madame Tussauds

Mar 26, 2016 - 3:12 PM

The masterpiece which features Curry in a dribbling position took 4 months of meticulous work to finish

CURRY ON WAX. Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry poses with his wax figure made by Madame Tussauds San Francisco located on Fisherman's Warf on March 24, 2016 in Oakland, California. Photo by Beck Diefenbach/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs stung as Jeremy Lin leads Hornets fightback

Mar 22, 2016 - 4:49 PM

Lin drains 29 points including 4 3 pointers as the Hornets shock the in form Spurs

STUNG. Jeremy Lin reacts after making a basket as the Charlotte Hornets take down the San Antonio Spurs. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers' Jordan Clarkson, Nick Young accused of harassment

Mar 22, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Fil Am Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young are involved in harassment claims

HARASSMENT? Nick Young (L) and Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson of the Los Angeles Lakers are being accused of harassment. File Photos by PAUL BUCK and TANNEN MAURY/EPA