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LeBron lets loose as Cavs bounce into NBA Finals

Cleveland's transcendent star savored the moment as the Cavaliers eliminated the Raptors in six games, earning their second straight trip to the NBA Finals.

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LeBron: I knew I had to bring my game tonight, I am humbled (2:16)
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Stephen A. not sold Cavs can win it all (1:22)
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How LeBron, Cavs hammered it in Game 6 (1:31)
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Cavs' news conferences filled with shenanigans (0:52)
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On this date: Larry Bird wins third straight NBA MVP (1:27)
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Are people turned off by James Harden? (2:07)
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Drake congratulates LeBron on trip to finals (0:16)
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Sights and Sounds: LeBron, Cavs bury Raptors, advance to Finals (1:34)
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Warriors stave off elimination, force Game 6 (1:38)
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Jalen & Jacoby wonder why Paul George wears his own jersey on vacation (1:45)
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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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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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Jalen and Jacoby on the dejected Draymond Green (1:39)
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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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The last three teams to lose in the NBA Finals and return the next year have all won the title. Will the Cavs continue the trend?

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LeBron James is 8th player in NBA history, and 1st since 1966, to play in 6 straight NBA Finals. (via Elias)

LeBron, Cavs finish off Raptors

Check out the sights and sounds from LeBron James and the Cavaliers' victory over the Raptors in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Warriors trying to become the 3rd team in NBA history to overcome 3-1 series deficit in the Conference Finals (1981 Celtics & 1979 Bullets)

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Thunder: outscored Warriors by 52 in home games this series.. Kevin Durant: 35.0 PPG in two series-clinching games this postseason

Report: Wizards expect to offer Beal max

The Wizards are expected to offer Bradley Beal a five-year max deal when the free-agent negotiating period begins July 1, sources told the Washington Post on Friday. Story

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Six straight finals says a lot about LBJ

Stephen A. Smith says LeBron James reaching his sixth straight NBA Finals displays the kind of dedication and commitment that he continues to show throughout his career.

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OTD: Larry Bird wins third straight NBA MVP

On this date in 1986, Bird joined Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell as the third person to win three straight NBA MVP awards.

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LeBron: 'It means everything'

An emotional LeBron James said he was grateful to advance to the NBA Finals for his sixth straight year. He also mentioned how proud he was of teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for overcoming adversity and getting to where they are today.

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Draymond's memory is pretty ridiculous

Draymond Green named the 34 players drafted before him in the 2012 NBA draft all from memory. Very impressive.

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What did LeBron say to make Drake laugh?

LeBron James didn't seem like he was telling a joke, but he directed some words toward Drake and the rapper laughed it off. Last laugh went to Cleveland, though.

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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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Cavs' presser filled with shenanigans

  • Kevin Love inspecting LeBron's glasses
  • Swatting away flies
  • Tossing paper
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Stephen A. not sold Cavs can win it all

Stephen A. Smith isn't convinced the Cavaliers can stop the likes of Steph Curry or Russell Westbrook in the NBA Finals.

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Drake stops LeBron to congratulate him

When LeBron James beats your team but you have to give him props anyway.

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

I'm not saying teams should start tanking now to draft Luka Doncic in 2018 but I'm not saying they shouldn't.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The floor figure teams are throwing around for Bismack Biyombo's free agency, thanks to the magical Cap Spike of 2016, is a cool $15 million

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Sources say Bismack Biyombo, meanwhile, will decline his $2.9 million option for 2016-17 by June 4 to be an unrestricted free agent July 1.