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LeBron's history of closing in Game 6s

LeBron James has faced a Game 6 with a 3-2 series lead nine times in his career. His teams have closed out their foes all but one time. Watch: Cavs-Raptors, 8:30 ET on ESPN & WatchESPN.

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LeBron: 'I didn't even know how many points we won by' (0:36)
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Warriors set their defense free in Game 5 victory

Golden State abandoned a tricky defensive plan it used in falling into a 3-1 hole against Oklahoma City. The result? A series-saving Game 5 win.

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Warriors stave off elimination, force Game 6 (1:38)
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Westbrook chuckles at question on Curry's defense (0:38)
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Stephen A.: Curry showed his heart in Game 5 win (1:21)
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Billups: Warriors 'need Draymond to be Draymond' (1:51)
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Draymond Green playoff diary, Part 15

An encouraging text from Kobe Bryant lifted Draymond Green's spirits ahead Game 5 against the Thunder, but Green isn't feeling much relief after a big win at home.

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Curry's no-look alley-oop pass to Bogut (0:19)
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Draymond kicks again (0:15)
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Curry shakes 'n' bakes by Durant for the layup (0:15)
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SC Cartoons: Big Baby vs. Dwight's elbow (1:41)
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13 things you indisputably missed when LeBron mowed down the Raps for that and-one layup (1:12)
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Jalen and Jacoby on the dejected Draymond Green (1:39)
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Bad shots are not bad for everybody (1:20)
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LeBron imposes his will on Toronto in Game 5 (1:12)
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A Love like no other powers Cavs to rout

Kevin Love didn't play a minute in the fourth quarter -- again. That's because he had the game of his life in just three quarters on Wednesday night to help the Cavaliers re-establish their dominance in the Eastern Conference finals. ...

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Love showed up in Game 5 (0:52)
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LeBron trying to build up Love and Irving? (1:10)
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All-Access: Cavs reassert their dominance in Game 5 (1:44)
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Jurassic Park not an attraction tonight (0:22)
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LeBron connects with Jefferson on alley-oop (0:10)
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Buddy Hield: I come from nothing (0:52)
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Trade, free-agent forecasts for 16 NBA teams

The big trades, the big free agents, the big decisions. Our NBA Insiders go 5-on-5 on 16 teams, leading with Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside and the Heat.

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NBA teams' BPI chances in the playoffs

A daily look at the Basketball Power Index projections for the NBA playoffs, broken down by series.

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Stephen A.: 'I don't blame Westbrook for laughing'

Stephen A. Smith believes there is no one in the NBA who can guard Russell Westbrook 1-on-1.

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Sources: 76ers to explore trading Okafor, Noel

Philadelphia will explore trading Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel in the buildup to the NBA draft on June 23, league sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein and Chad Ford. Story

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Why 'Casinogate' matters to the Raptors

Said Jalen Rose: "For [Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll], we're not judging that they were at the casino, we're judging how they played."

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Reasons to believe the Warriors can rally

Golden State is not done yet, and it might not be a good idea to bet against them.

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"I know some NBA teams might cost $100 million. Well, I could get that together." -- Magic Johnson, in 1991, on owning a team.

NBA draft workout confidential

Chad Ford dishes his latest draft intel after Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, Maruqese Chriss, Henry Ellenson and other top prospects showed their skills in workouts. Gym report (Insider)

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Thunder look ahead to important Game 6

Saturday's Western Conference finals Game 6 is the most important game in Oklahoma City since Game 2 of the 2012 Finals, writes Royce Young. Most important ever?

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks plan to acquire a pick in June's draft. The best-case scenario would probably be a late first-round pick but second-round is more likely. The club has shown interest in several players in recent weeks, including Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell, who has a workout scheduled with the club next month. New York also interviewed Kansas guard Wayne Selden at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago and has expressed interest in him as the draft approaches, according to league sources. Selden, a 6-6 guard, would fit the mold of the big guards Phil Jackson used in his Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Laker teams. Ferrell, a 6-0 guard, has impressed in workouts, according to sources, and was the only point guard last season to average 17 PPG, 5.5 assists and shoot at least 40% from 3. The Knicks have also expressed interest in St. Bonaventure guard Marcus Posley and will likely be one of many teams at the agency-hosted workouts for Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead and Syracuse's Malachi Richardson. They also attended the agency-hosted workout for Kansas' Cheik Diallo, according to SNY.tv.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Billy Donovan, unprompted: "The difference in the game was the fact that they went to the free throw line 34 times. To me, that was something that was very, very difficult to overcome." The Warriors had a 34-24 advantage in free throws during their Game 5 win. Eight of Golden State's free throws came while they protected a multi-possession lead in the final minute.

Lue wants LeBron to change how he plays

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants to see "vintage LeBron" in Game 6 against the Raptors.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwane Casey on what he has learned about his team through all these long playoff rounds: "Everybody has counted out DeMar (DeRozan), counted out Kyle (Lowry) at times during the three rounds. And they've bounced back."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey didn't rule out starting Jonas Valanciunas at center in Game 6. He had come off the bench in his return to the lineup in Game 5, and Bismack Biyombo has thrived as a starter -- especially at home.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMar DeRozan on playing in another pivotal Game 6 and hoping for force a third straight Game 7: "We didn't get this far without a reason... We've been resilient... We've been playing every other day for six weeks. We are mentally locked in... You know how to handle it, keep your emotions in check (for a big game)... I think the mood (in the locker room) is we are anxious to get back out there."