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James and Irving lead the Cavs down the stretch for Game 2 win

CLEVELAND -- If Game 1 against the Boston Celtics was the coming out party for the Cleveland Cavaliers' Big Three, then Game 2 was a reminder that …

Basketball

NBA Playoff preview: Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks

How the West will be won involves figuring out which group of six-shooters will come out of this Lonestar showdown. That's enough Texas references, …

LeBron looks forward to 'challenge' of leading inexperienced playoff team

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Ten months have passed since LeBron James and the Miami Heat were bounced by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, losing …

Pelicans, Anthony Davis will challenge Warriors defense

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Steve Kerr refers to Pelicans star Anthony Davis "one of the very best players on earth."<p>That means the Golden State Warriors' defense will face a far different test than what San Antonio presented in the first round of the NBA playoffs when New Orleans arrives for Game 1 of …

Playoff rivalry with Celtics still burns for LeBron James

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — This time, there's no Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett or Rajon Rondo, the antagonists who badgered, bothered and battered LeBron James in memorable series between the Boston Celtics and James' teams.<p>Even though those key participants are scattered throughout the league — …

NBA

For Pelicans and Bucks, there were lessons in Game 1 losses

New Orleans and Milwaukee were facing long odds before the postseason even began, and now the task of advancing in the NBA playoffs seems …

Big 3 lead Cavaliers past Celtics 113-100 in Game 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — More than hour after his first playoff game with LeBron James and Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving made a statement more profound than …

Spurs off to a rocky start in attempt to repeat as NBA champions

For all the success the San Antonio Spurs have had recently, they have never won consecutive NBA titles.<p>The defending NBA champion Spurs set out on a course Sunday night to change the one feat they have yet to accomplish.<p>But it was not a good start for the Spurs in their quest to win back-to-back …

Basketball

Little 9: Cavaliers bench players boosting team's Big 3

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — For all their talent and celebrity, the Cavaliers' "Big 3" can't win an NBA title by themselves.<p>Not without help from …