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Warriors' dream season rolls on to NBA Finals

Golden State is back in the Finals for the first time since 1975 after disposing of the Rockets, setting up a battle with the Cavaliers for the title.

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Lowe: Rebirth of the NBA post-up game

While the efficiency of the 3-pointer and the pick-and-roll have dominated NBA offenses, an old standard is making a quiet and effective comeback, Zach Lowe writes.

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Seattle arena investor: No hockey-first plan yet

The investor attempting to build a new basketball and hockey arena in Seattle says his group has yet to be presented with a plan that would have a hockey franchise as the first occupant..

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The 2014-15 NBA Finals on ABC

  • Game 1: Cavs at Warriors (Thurs. June 4, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Game 2: Cavs at Warriors (Sun. June 7, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Game 3: Warriors at Cavs (Tues. June 9, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Game 4: Warriors at Cavs (June 11, 9 p.m. ET)
  • *Game 5: Cavs at Warriors (June 14, 8 p.m. ET)
  • *Game 6: Warriors at Cavs (June 16, 9 p.m. ET)
  • *Game 7: Cavs at Warriors (June 19, 9 p.m. ET)
    • * If necessary

#PitinoGame: Hasta la vista, Houston

Houston mounted an epic comeback to make it to the conference finals, but "heart of a champion" isn't walking through that door.

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First-time MVP in the Finals

Stephen Curry and LeBron James will meet in the NBA Finals, just the 6th time a first-time MVP reached the NBA Finals in the same season as winning MVP against a multiple-time MVP. It hasn't happened since Karl Malone won MVP honors in 1997 before facing Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals.

Final: Warriors 104, Rockets 90

It wasn't the usual suspects, but the Warriors got it done. Harrison Barnes dropped in 24 points and Festus Ezeli added 12 points and 9 rebounds as Golden State eliminates Houston from the NBA playoffs. Box score

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Thompson takes flying knee to head

Klay Thompson pump-faked a 3-pointer and got Trevor Ariza in the air, inadvertently getting kneed in the head in the process. Thompson went to the locker room but later returned to the game with an ear laceration.

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Black Falcon soars over Rockets

Harrison Barnes erupted for 13 points in the fourth quarter, perfectly encapsulated in this play as he flushes one down on Houston.

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Iguodala leveled on Howard screen

Andre Iguodala just got hit by a high Dwight Howard elbow screen and hit the floor clutching his left shoulder as the Warriors lead by 12 late in the fourth. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Brewer trying to keep Rockets alive

Corey Brewer has scored the Rockets' last 6 points before assisting on a Dwight Howard slam to bring Houston back within 9 late in the fourth. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Harden sets turnovers high

James Harden is up to 12 turnovers, setting the single-game NBA record for turnovers. The MVP runner-up is 2-of-10 shooting for 13 points as the Rockets are suddenly down by 15 midway through the fourth. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Klay Thompson kneed in the head

Klay Thompson pump-faked and got Trevor Ariza in the air. Unfortunately, Ariza's knee hit flush with Thompson's temple and Thompson was woozy on the ground for a moment before walking back to the lockerroom. The Warriors are up 10 early in the fourth. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Harden sits at start of 4Q. (Will this be like Game 6 in LA?) Curry stays in for Warriors

Rockets one quarter from elimination

James Harden now has 11 turnovers in the game, tied for the most in NBA postseason history. That's contributed to some of the Rockets' woes, as they closed the game to 2 points late but gave up an 8-3 run to trail by 6 points after three. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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