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WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

May 21, 2019 - 9:27 PM

The Warriors march to a historic fifth straight NBA Finals behind the triple-double performances of Stephen Curry and Draymond Green

Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors still the comeback kids: 'We find a way'

May 21, 2019 - 3:46 PM

‘We know we can cover 17 points in a matter of 3 or 4 minutes,’ says Draymond Green after the Warriors rallied from a double-digit deficit for the third straight game

WEST KINGS. The Golden State Warriors rule the Western Conference to a advance to the NBA Finals for a historic fifth straight time. Photo from Golden State Warriors Twitter

'I hope it doesn't go unnoticed,' Kerr on Warriors' historic romp

May 21, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The Warriors become the only other team to reach 5 straight NBA Finals since the Celtics in the '60s

TWIN TRIPLE-DOUBLE. Stephen Curry high fives Draymond Green after both dropped historic triple-doubles to lead the Warriors past the Trail Blazers. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

West champs: Warriors punch 5th straight NBA Finals ticket

May 21, 2019 - 12:04 PM

The Warriors rally yet again from 17 points down to sweep the Trail Blazers and advance to the NBA championship series

Warriors' Iguodala 'questionable' for Game 4 with calf injury

May 20, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Golden State will go for the sweep in Portland to book its ticket to the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year

STEP UP. Andre Iguodala has played a key role for the Golden State Warriors, especially after Kevin Durant went down with an injury. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP


Warriors weather Blazers storm, take 2-0 series lead

May 17, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The defending champions gut it out in the endgame against the Trail Blazers to come back from 17 points down

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 16: Seth Curry #31 of the Portland Trail Blazers takes a shot against Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in game two of the NBA Western Conference Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 16, 2019 in Oakland, California. 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. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

May 15, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Steph Curry pumps in 9 triples in a 36-point outburst as the Warriors rip the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the West finals

WEST SIDE. Steph Curry's Warriors draw first blood against Damian Lillard's Trail Blazers. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Curry, Warriors torch Blazers in West finals opener

May 15, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Still playing minus Kevin Durant, the Warriors cruise past the Blazers behind the hot shooting of Steph Curry

SIZZLING. Steph Curry gets off to a hot start to keep the Warriors in full control against the Trail Blazers. Photo from Golden State Warriors Twitter

HIGHLIGHTS: Warriors vs Blazers – 2019 NBA Western Conference Finals

May 14, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The West may have been the Golden State Warriors' playground in the last 4 seasons, but the Portland Trail Blazers look to shake things up

Curry brother rivalry adds spice to NBA West finals

May 14, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Warriors star Steph Curry and younger brother Seth of the Trail Blazers become the first siblings to play against each other in the NBA conference finals

CURRY CLASH. Portland’s Seth Curry (left) and champion brother Steph of Golden State see the showdown as a win-win situation. File photo

Injured Durant to miss Warriors' series opener vs Blazers

May 14, 2019 - 9:05 AM

'We've tried to remain somewhat vague because the injury is open-ended in terms of how much time he will need to recover,' coach Steve Kerr on Warriors star Kevin Durant

REHAB. Kevin Durant continue to recover from a right calf strain injury. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Steph Curry makes it sound so easy: ‘There's always time to turn it around’

May 29, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The two-time Most Valuable Player says the Warriors played an 'unbelievable' second half

FINALS BOUND. Golden State star Steph Curry helps tow the Warriors back to the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Coach Steve Kerr jokes about resigning before Warriors win

May 29, 2018 - 2:04 PM

The Golden State mentor says the defending champions' game plan fell apart in the first half against the Houston Rockets

LOADED. Warriors coach Steve Kerr thinks talent just took over in the second half of their Game 7 duel vs the Rockets. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors send off Rockets, face LeBron's Cavs anew in NBA Finals

May 29, 2018 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) Golden State battles LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the big stage for the 4th straight season

CLUTCH. Steph Curry fuel another 3rd-quarter storm as the Golden State Warrior rally past James Harden and the Houston Rockets to keep their NBA title defense going. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Chris Paul out of Rockets lineup for Warriors decider

May 29, 2018 - 8:23 AM

The absence of the topnotch guard may be a devastating blow as Houston tries to advance to the NBA Finals against the defending champion

MAHOR BLOW. Chris Paul, who suffered a hamstring injury, concedes defeat in his attempts to play in Game 7. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Kerr on Klay: 'The guy's a machine'

May 27, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Hot-shooting Klay Thompson teams up with Steph Curry and Kevin Durant as the trio outscores the entire Houston Rockets, 87-86

SIZZLING. Klay Thompson knocks in 21 of his 35 points during the Warriors' scorching run in the second half. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets lose Chris Paul for Game 6 due to hamstring injury

May 26, 2018 - 8:10 AM

The star guard sits out the crucial match as Houston tries to wrap up the NBA West finals series against the Golden State Warriors

MAJOR LOSS. Chris Paul averages 21.1 points during the playoffs for the Houston Rockets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Even minus Chris Paul, Houston coach says Rockets will be 'all right'

May 25, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The uncertainty over the injured guard's Game 6 status doesn't worry Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni

ANXIOUS. Houston coach Mike D'Antoni admits that Chris Paul, who suffered a hamstring injury, feels worried, saying his ’spirits aren't great.’ Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Call him crazy, but coach Kerr likes where the Warriors stand

May 25, 2018 - 2:11 PM

The defending NBA champions believe they know what it takes to turn the series around against the Rockets

MUST WIN. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors shoot for a homecourt win against the Houston Rockets in Game 6 to keep their bid for a 4th straight NBA Finals stint alive. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Chris Paul 'worried' after late hamstring injury in Game 5

May 25, 2018 - 12:55 PM

If CP3 can't suit up in Game 6, NBA Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon is ready to take his starting spot

BIG BLOW. The Houston Rockets score a big win, but also absorbed a big casualty as Chris Paul suffers an injury against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets push defending champ Warriors to the brink

May 25, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Houston Rockets play big on the defensive end in the final stretch to stop the Golden State Warriors

THRILLER. James Harden of the Houston Rockets drives past Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors during their tightly contested Game 5 duel. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

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May 24, 2018 - 10:05 AM

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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

Game 4 a 'trench warfare,' Kerr says as Rockets spoil Warriors' home record

May 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The upset loss snaps Golden State's record playoff home win streak at 16 games

SPOILER. The Houston Rockets overcome Steph Curry's scoring outburst in the 3rd quarter. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets drop huge 4th quarter to stun Warriors, level West finals at 2-2

May 23, 2018 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) James Harden and Chris Paul take charge as the Rockets respond to another Steph Curry scoring surge

SLAMMING. James Harden dunks over Draymon Green in one of the highlights of the Houston Rockets’ Game 4 triumph over the Golden State Warriors. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Resurgent Warriors can't rest on record – Kerr

May 21, 2018 - 1:52 PM

Golden State surpasses the mark of straight home playoff wins set by the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s

NOT YET FINISHED. Steve Kerr is not in a celebratory mood despite his Golden State Warriors making history. File photo from Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP


'No panic' after Warriors' big loss to Rockets, says Curry

May 18, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Golden State coach Steve Kerr says Steph Curry and the defending champions will certainly find their groove again

NO WORRIES. Steph Curry thinks the Warriors remain in 'pretty good shape' even after the Rockets’ 22-point thrashing. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets roll past Warriors, level West finals to 1-1

May 17, 2018 - 11:22 AM

(UPDATED) Houston overcomes another big performance from Golden State star Kevin Durant

BIG-TIME PERFORMERS. Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors drives against James Harden of the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors need to be a ‘little greedy,’ says Steph Curry

May 16, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Golden State targets another big road win after seizing home-court edge from the Rockets in Game 1

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 14: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets in the second half in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. 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. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets coach wants 'mentally sharper' team for Game 2

May 16, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Houston's Mike D'Antoni says his team's lapses combined with Kevin Durant's 37 points for Golden State did them in

UPHILL BATTLE. Another loss would leave Houston with a mountain to climb, says Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.  Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors get their payback from Houston's 'mental' mistakes

May 15, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni puts emphasis on becoming mentally sharper to beat the championship-experienced Warriors

COMMUNICATE BETTER. A relatively quiet Chris Paul believes that the Rockets can even the Western Conference finals series. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Golden State Warriors take Game 1 of West Finals

May 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) James Harden's 41-point performance still isn't enough to take the game from the 2017 NBA champions

INSTRUMENTAL. Kevin Durant propels the Warriors to defeat the Houston Rockets and take game one of the Western Conference Finals. Photo by Roland Martinez/Getty Images North America/ AFP

IN NUMBERS: Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets

May 14, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Here are the key numbers heading into the showdown of top rivals in the NBA Western Conference Finals

SEEKING TO EXTEND STREAK. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are gunning for their 4th straight NBA Finals appearance. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP


Are the Warriors threatened by the Rockets? Definitely, says coach Kerr

May 13, 2018 - 10:32 AM

The showdown between the two offensively explosive teams has been anticipated from the start of the NBA season

READY. Golden State coach Steve Kerr says the Warriors have embraced the challenge posed by the Houston Rockets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/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

Rockets built to beat Warriors, but defending champs take talks in stride

May 10, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Although Houston stands as West top seeds, Golden State says it doesn't matter

PUMPED UP. The Golden State Warriors are all set for the much anticipated West showdown against the Houston Rockets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Farewell, Manu Ginobili

May 23, 2017 - 7:43 PM

Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Western Conference Finals may have been the curtain call of the incomparable Manu Ginobili

EMOTIONAL. Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts in the second half as head coach Gregg Popovich looks on during Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors back in NBA Finals after sweeping Spurs

May 23, 2017 - 11:38 AM

UPDATED Golden State sweeps its way to its third consecutive NBA Finals appearance

BACK IN THE FINALS. Stephen Curry reacts on the bench as Golden State sweeps San Antonio in the 2017 NBA Western Conference Finals. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Durant drops 33 as Warriors surge to 3-0 lead over Spurs

May 21, 2017 - 11:33 AM

UPDATED The Warriors are on the verge of their third straight NBA Finals appearance

3-0. The Warriors surge to a 3-0 lead over the Spurs in the NBA Western Conference Finals. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors coach Kerr to travel with team to Texas

May 18, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Warriors general manager Bob Myers says the ailing coach will make the trip to Texas a sign of progress that could herald his return to the bench

STEP BY STEP. Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be joining the team in San Antonio. File Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Popovich pokes fun at Warriors coach Brown for getting stopped by cops

May 17, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Mike Brown tells reporters he is pulled over after ignoring a request to stop at a red light while following the Spurs convoy towards the Oakland Arena

FUNNY STORY. Acting head coach Mike Brown of the Golden State Warriors shares a funny story just before Game 2 when he was nearly arrested by traffic cops on his way to the game. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Aldridge steps under Durant in another risky closeout

May 17, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Kevin Durant s right foot lands on LaMarcus Aldridge s left foot but he escapes unscathed – unlike Kawhi Leonard two days earlier

'EXTRA STEP.' LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Durant are involved in a Game 2 closeout play similar to that of Kawhi Leonard and Zaza Pachulia, which ended with Leonard injured. Screengrab from Bleacher Report's Facebook

Zaza Pachulia injures heel in Game 2 of Warriors-Spurs

May 17, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Pachulia appears to land awkwardly after dunking the ball in the first quarter He misses the entire second half

INJURED. Zaza Pachulia suffers a heel injury in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors seize 2-0 lead after thumping Leonard-less Spurs

May 17, 2017 - 11:27 AM

2nd UPDATE Stephen Curry leads with 29 points 7 rebounds 7 assists and 3 steals including a 6 of 9 shooting clip from deep

BLOWOUT. Stephen Curry leads the Golden State Warriors in a Game 2 blowout of the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Western Conference Finals. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

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: Steph Curry hits dagger 3 to seal NBA Finals return

May 31, 2016 - 1:26 PM

Game 7 came down to one last push by the Golden State Warriors punctuated by one last 3 pointer by the reigning NBA MVP

FINALS BOUND. Stephen Curry was feeling it in Game 7 as the Warriors head back to te NBA Finals. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Steph Curry couldn't get a kiss from Riley after Game 7 win

May 31, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Steph Curry connected on big shots in Game 7 but couldn t connect on a kiss to Riley

DUBBED. Steph Curry (L) could connect on 3-pointers but not on a kiss from daughter Riley Curry. File photo by Monica M. Davey/EPA

Warriors finish off Thunder in Game 7 to reach NBA Finals

May 31, 2016 - 11:26 AM

2nd UPDATE Defending champions Golden State Warriors set up a rematch of last year s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA FINALS-BOUND. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry gestures to the crowd at the start of Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo by MONICA M. DAVEY/EPA