LeBron James records triple-double as Lakers close out Nuggets to advance to NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James went to the Los Angeles Lakers to win a championship for the storied franchise. The Lakers acquired Anthony Davis to pair James with another All-Star and then built a team around them to help make a championship a reality. James, Davis and the Lakers are now four victories from
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NBA playoffs Real or Not: Anthony Davis for Finals MVP? A glimpse into the East’s future?

All four teams are still afloat in the NBA’s conference finals — and things just keep getting spicier. The Boston Celtics kept their season going by beating the Miami Heat in Friday’s Game 5 121-108. The Denver Nuggets, meanwhile, are hoping to make yet another improbable comeback from a 3-1 series deficit, this time against
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Heat’s Adebayo shoulders blame for loss to Celtics

Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009. Miami Heat All-Star big man Bam Adebayo took the blame for his team’s 121-108 loss to the Boston Celtics in
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Boston Celtics fight off elimination in Game 5 of Eastern Conference finals vs. Miami Heat

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Boston Celtics finally won a “home” game. And they needed it. Facing elimination, the Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 121-108 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday. The Heat own a 3-2 series lead, and Game 6 is Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). The Celtics outscored
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Calipari: Won’t play Louisville at neutral site

Covers college basketball Joined ESPN.com in 2011 Graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato In a surprising preseason development, Louisville and Kentucky don’t agree on something. Kentucky coach John Calipari released a statement on Friday signaling he will not budge on playing the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry game at Louisville during the 2020-21 season after Louisville coach Chris
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Lowe: What a key play by Andre Iguodala tells us about Heat-Celtics

Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print. When I first saw the series of passes that led to this Goran Dragic dagger in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, two thoughts whipped through my brain: No. 1: Why are the Boston Celtics trapping Jimmy Butler on this pick-and-roll with
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‘Stats don’t mean anything’: All-Star Trae Young determined to make Atlanta Hawks a winner

No matter how busy he kept his offseason schedule, at one point Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young ran out of things to do. Who hasn’t during this pandemic? So one day, a close friend pulled up a few YouTube videos that he thought would keep Young entertained. One video showcased Young’s first All-Star appearance in his second
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Lakers’ Game 4 win over Nuggets came down to Denver failing in one key area

There was LeBron James and Anthony Davis giving the Lakers 60 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists combined. There was Nikola Jokic going scoreless in the fourth quarter. And yes, there was debate as to whether the Nuggets should have gotten a better whistle, particularly on late possessions when James defended Jamal Murray. Despite all of those
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Lakers on verge of NBA Finals as they push Nuggets into third straight 3-1 series deficit

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Anthony Davis didn’t miss in the first quarter. Dwight Howard didn’t miss in the first quarter.  That strong start by the Los Angeles Lakers’ big men combined with a determined finish held off the Denver Nuggets, and the Lakers won Game 4 114-108 on Thursday. Anthony Davis scored 19 of
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Raptors coach Nick Nurse discusses long-term deal: ‘I love being here’

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said he did not have to think about signing a new deal as the NBA Coach of the Year heads into another uncertain offseason. Nurse agreed to a “multiyear” contract extension earlier this month and a year after guiding the Raptors to their first championship. He was unable to repeat the title
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