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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
June 01, 2017 - 9:28 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Draymond Green picked up two fouls in the first 4-1/2 minutes. This is not the start to Game 1 of the NBA Finals that Golden State wanted. After long layoffs for both sides after the conference...
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
June 01, 2017 - 8:39 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night (all times local): 5:35 p.m. NBA fan Adam Silver wants to see more competition in the league. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is applauding how Golden State and Cleveland have made it to the NBA Finals for the third...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. The Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
June 01, 2017 - 2:28 am
Some predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly. A video game simulation has them going the distance. All seem to agree on the Golden State Warriors winning. Beaten last year by Cleveland's historic comeback, the Warriors will try to avenge that defeat and get back on top when they face the...
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From left, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and J.R. Smith work on drills during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
May 31, 2017 - 7:56 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After a summer highlighted by Kevin Durant's decision to leave Oklahoma City for the star-laden Golden State Warriors, a six-month regular season and three rounds of playoffs, the NBA Finals are right back where they ended last June. Not that anyone expected any different...
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May 31, 2017 - 4:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 22-28. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "Dancing With the Stars" (Monday), ABC, 10.54 million. 2. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.65 million. 3. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.37 million. 4. "Dancing With...
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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) talks with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, in Washington. Lue would prefer less attention, but it comes with the territory as coach of the defending NBA champions. Lue is back in the NBA Finals, and the Cavaliers acknowledge they probably wouldn't be in position to win another title if not for Lue's calming influence. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
May 29, 2017 - 9:05 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Moments after the Eastern Conference championship banner was raised by the Cavaliers for the third straight time and the obligatory postgame interviews ended, Tyronn Lue slipped quietly away. Cleveland's coach ducked into the shadows, his preferred location. "I don't like the...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year's meeting between LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
May 28, 2017 - 2:55 pm
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James says the challenge of facing the Golden State Warriors in the Finals is "up there" with any of his career. Appearing in his seventh straight Finals, James knows the Cleveland Cavaliers are underdogs as they prepare to the play the Western Conference champions...
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May 28, 2017 - 3:30 am
BRAVES-GIANTS Blach helps Giants snap 4-game skid with 6-3 win over Braves SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ty Blach pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and gave San Francisco's struggling offense a boost with an RBI single during a three-run fourth that helped the Giants snap a four-game losing streak...
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May 28, 2017 - 12:49 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored a season-high 24 points, including a critical free throw with 12 seconds to play, and the Atlanta Dream handed the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks their second straight loss, 75-73 on Saturday night. After Hayes made one of two from the line, Atlanta (3-1)...
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Cleveland Cavaliers, from left, Kevin Love, LeBron James, Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert celebrate a basket during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
May 27, 2017 - 11:38 pm
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone. Let's be honest, not many are giving the Cleveland Cavaliers much of a chance in the NBA Finals. They may be defending champions and they may have LeBron James, but against Golden State, they are definite...
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