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  • Draymond, Westbrook swap barbs over fouls, kicks
    Draymond, Westbrook swap barbs over fouls, kicks Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Draymond Green knows who is responsible for his kick to the groin of Thunder center Steven Adams: Russell Westbrook and the rest of the NBA stars who get to the foul line with a whole lot of salesmanship. More »

  • Thunder rout Warriors to grab edge in West final
    Thunder rout Warriors to grab edge in West final AFP News - Mon, May 23, 2016 12:05 PM SGT

    Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Russell Westbrook added 30 as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed defending NBA champion Golden State 133-105 to seize the lead in their playoff series. The Thunder grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals and captured momentum with the lopsided blowout, making Tuesday's fourth game at Oklahoma City crucial for both clubs. "We have got to keep the same intensity, same attack mode," Westbrook said. More »

  • Cleveland guard Jones suspended one game for groin hit
    Cleveland guard Jones suspended one game for groin hit Reuters - Mon, May 23, 2016 9:20 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones has been suspended for Game Four of the Eastern Conference final against the Toronto Raptors, the NBA announced on Sunday. Jones struck Toronto big man Bismack Biyombo in the groin in the final seconds of Game Three in Toronto on Saturday, an incident that left Biyombo on the floor in apparent pain. More »

  • Cavaliers' Jones gets one-game ban for hit on Biyombo
    Cavaliers' Jones gets one-game ban for hit on Biyombo AFP News - Mon, May 23, 2016 7:58 AM SGT

    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Sunday for striking Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the groin. The incident happened with 17.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 99-84 Toronto home victory over the Cavaliers, which snapped Cleveland's 10-game win streak to open the playoffs. The Cavaliers still have a 2-1 lead over the Raptors in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with game four -- the contest Jones will miss -- on Monday at Toronto. More »

  • Biyombo plays huge as Raptors snap Cavaliers win streak
    Biyombo plays huge as Raptors snap Cavaliers win streak AFP News - Sun, May 22, 2016 1:12 PM SGT

    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and dominating big man Bismack Biyombo grabbed 26 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors ripped the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-84 in the NBA playoffs. Cleveland's 10-game playoff win streak was snapped one shy of the NBA record but the Cavaliers still lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals 2-1 with game four Monday at Toronto. A Raptors team that was humbled twice at Cleveland sent a message that they were not going to be swept out like the Cavs' prior foes. More »

  • Zhou Qi's potential could lead to much NBA draft intrigue
    Zhou Qi's potential could lead to much NBA draft intrigue Associated Press - Fri, May 20, 2016 9:46 PM SGT

    MIAMI (AP) — Zhou Qi needs someone to help him communicate at workouts with NBA teams, simply because he does not speak English well enough to understand most instructions. More »

  • Gary Payton unimpressed by Stephen Curry's unanimous MVP
    Gary Payton unimpressed by Stephen Curry's unanimous MVP Associated Press - Fri, May 20, 2016 7:12 PM SGT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Consider Gary Payton unimpressed by Golden State guard Stephen Curry becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history. More »

  • Cavaliers rip Raptors for 10th playoff win in a row
    Cavaliers rip Raptors for 10th playoff win in a row AFP News - Fri, May 20, 2016 1:02 PM SGT

    With LeBron James producing another overpowering performance, the Cleveland Cavaliers routed Toronto 108-89 Thursday, stretching their playoff record to 10-0 and moving closer to an NBA Finals return. James scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and passed out 11 assists as the host Cavaliers, who swept through the first two playoff rounds, seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with game three Saturday at Toronto. "We're just a well-balanced, (well-)oiled machine," James said. More »

  • Milwaukee Bucks fall for e-mail scam, reveal financial data
    Milwaukee Bucks fall for e-mail scam, reveal financial data AFP News - Fri, May 20, 2016 9:01 AM SGT

    A Milwaukee Bucks employee was tricked by an e-mail scam and handed over financial data of players and other employees to a hacker, the NBA club admitted Thursday. In a statement, the Bucks revealed that they learned Monday that Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax forms were provided to an unknown person who faked being team president Peter Feigin. "On May 16, 2016, we discovered our company was the victim of an e-mail spoofing attack that occurred when a request was recently made by an unknown impersonator of our president for 2015 employee W-2s," the Bucks statement said. More »

  • Warriors even West finals behind Curry's surge
    Warriors even West finals behind Curry's surge Reuters - Thu, May 19, 2016 12:22 PM SGT

    (The Sports Xchange) - Stephen Curry exploded for 15 of his 28 points over a 1:58 stretch of the third quarter, helping the Golden State Warriors pull away from the Oklahoma Thunder en route to a 118-91 victory that evened the Western Conference finals at one game apiece. Curry, who had 11 points in the first 28-plus minutes of the game, poured in 17 in the game-breaking third quarter as the defending NBA champs rebounded from a Game 1 loss. The best-of-seven series goes to Oklahoma City for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively. More »

  • Hornacek emerges as favorite for Knicks job: reports
    Hornacek emerges as favorite for Knicks job: reports Reuters - Thu, May 19, 2016 10:34 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - Jeff Hornacek has emerged as the favorite to take over as the head coach of the New York Knicks, though talks were still at a formative stage, according to local media reports on Wednesday. Hornacek, who was fired by the Phoenix Suns in February, was interviewed by the Knicks earlier this week, ESPN said on Wednesday in citing an unnamed league source. The broadcaster said while talks with the former NBA guard were still not finalised, the team had decided he was their preferred candidate to succeed interim coach Kurt Rambis, who took over when Derek Fisher was fired in February. More »

  • New Zealand fans back Thunder's Adams after 'monkey' comment
    New Zealand fans back Thunder's Adams after 'monkey' comment Associated Press - Wed, May 18, 2016 3:10 PM SGT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Oklahoma City center Steven Adams is breaking new ground as a New Zealander succeeding at the top levels of the NBA, and the jubilation of his fans back home seemed little dimmed by his comments that caused a stir in the U.S. More »

  • Sixers handed No.1 NBA draft pick
    Sixers handed No.1 NBA draft pick AFP News - Wed, May 18, 2016 10:36 AM SGT

    The Philadelphia 76ers were handed the number one overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft on Tuesday, handing the franchise a vital boost as they attempt to rebuild after yet another disastrous season. The Sixers finished with a league worst 10-72 this season, lurching from one crisis to the next as they stumbled to a record losing streak of 28 straight defeats. Being awarded first choice in the draft gives the Sixers a chance to kickstart the rebuilding process. More »

  • Sixers win top pick in draft lottery
    Sixers win top pick in draft lottery Reuters - Wed, May 18, 2016 9:59 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - The Philadelphia 76ers landed their first No. 1 overall draft pick in 20 years on Tuesday at the NBA’s Draft Lottery. Philadelphia have endured a dreadful three-year stretch that was a part of a rebuilding plan to restock the franchise with top picks. It paid off as they came out ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, who will draft second and third. More »

  • NBA admits key missed call in Thunder-Warriors
    NBA admits key missed call in Thunder-Warriors AFP News - Wed, May 18, 2016 12:46 AM SGT

    The NBA on Tuesday admitted missing a traveling violation by Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook at a key moment in the Thunder's thrilling Western Conference playoff win over Golden State. NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia acknowledged that the officiating crew in Monday's game, won 108-102 by the Thunder, had not spotted Westbrook lifting his pivot foot in the closing seconds. The violation occurred with Oklahoma City leading 103-100 and 17.2 seconds left on the clock. More »

  • Plenty of star power remains at point guard in NBA playoffs
    Plenty of star power remains at point guard in NBA playoffs Associated Press - Tue, May 17, 2016 3:25 PM SGT

    LeBron James is fond of saying that today's NBA is driven by point guards. Looks like he's right. A superstar foursome of All-Star point guards are left in the NBA playoffs. In the Eastern Conference finals, ... More »

  • Russell Westbrook stars as Thunder stun Warriors
    Russell Westbrook stars as Thunder stun Warriors AFP News - Tue, May 17, 2016 2:40 PM SGT

    Russell Westbrook inspired a second-half fightback as the Oklahoma City Thunder came from behind to beat the Golden State Warriors 108-102 in the opening game of the Western Conference finals on Monday. Westbrook poured on 27 points as the Thunder overturned a 60-47 halftime deficit to snatch victory in a pulsating clash between two of the most potent attacking units in the NBA. Westbrook also chipped in with 12 assists and six rebounds while team-mate Kevin Durant finished with 26 points as the visitors silenced the Golden State home crowd at the Oracle Arena. More »

  • Dominant Westbrook steals Curry's thunder
    Dominant Westbrook steals Curry's thunder Reuters - Tue, May 17, 2016 2:39 PM SGT

    Russell Westbrook's refusal to bow down to league darling Stephen Curry helped Oklahoma City to stand tall and send a strong opening message in their Western Conference finals clash. Curry has gathered a legion of fans as the NBA's two-time MVP and most popular jersey seller, but Westbrook resisted becoming one of them in the lead up to Monday's meeting. "It's not nothing I haven't seen," Westbrook told reporters of Curry's offensive prowess. More »

  • NBA House: May be meeting point for ticketless Olympic fans
    NBA House: May be meeting point for ticketless Olympic fans Associated Press - Tue, May 17, 2016 12:39 PM SGT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For those fans who don't have Olympic tickets, or are around downtown Rio de Janeiro and don't want to trudge out to the Olympic Park in suburban Rio, the NBA is providing an alternative. More »

  • NBA superstar Duncan unsure of return to Spurs
    NBA superstar Duncan unsure of return to Spurs AFP News - Sat, May 14, 2016 1:07 AM SGT

    Five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs' 40-year-old superstar big man, says he does not know if he has played the final game of his NBA career. The future of Duncan and Argentine guard Manu Ginobili with the perennial title contenders became the key subject for the Spurs on Friday after a 113-99 playoff loss to Oklahoma City ended their season. Duncan, who has a $6.4 million player option for next season in what would be his 20th NBA campaign, pointed to the sky as he walked off the court following Thursday's loss but gave no hint of what his future might entail. More »