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Kevin Durant accepts NBA MVP award with emotional speech

Kevin Durant has plenty of NBA scoring titles. Now, he has an MVP trophy to go with them, which he accepted in an emotion-filled speech.<p>The Oklahoma City Thunder star received the league's top individual honor on Tuesday, earning 119 first-place votes. Miami's LeBron James, who won the last two MVP …

2014 NBA Playoffs: Biggest Upset Possibilities in the Second Round

The second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs have begun with possible upsets in the making.<p>The Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, and Brooklyn Nets reached the second round by surprising higher seeded teams.<p>Which of these teams have the best shot at repeating upsets in the second round?<p>Rick …

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Kevin Durant's crossover-eurostep combo is insane

Seriously, what are Matt Barnes and J.J. Redick even supposed to do here?<p>The newly crowned MVP made six of his first seven shots for 15 points in the game's first eight or so minutes. He may drop 50 tonight.

Roy Hibbert's Timely Breakout in Game 2 Rescues Pacers from Panic Zone

It had to happen sooner or later. Roy Hibbert was due for a big game—or really, any kind of game in which he wasn't terrible. He'd been beaten up in headlines, discussed constantly by teammates and coach alike.<p>The 7'2" towering center was at an all-time low.<p>Wednesday night changed all that, if only …

Roy Hibbert Credits Resurgence to Paul George Taking Him Fishing

St. Croix Tidemaster fishing rod: $190.<p>Orange Fishbites Fish'n Strips: $7.99.<p>Emergency all-weather poncho you hope to have no use for: $1.49.<p>The aftereffects of a fishing expedition with Indiana Pacers star Paul George: <i>priceless.</i><p>Roy Hibbert finally broke out of his offensive and rebounding slump …

NBA playoff scores, results and highlights from Thursday's action

D-Won't<p>Deron Williams, nominal franchise player, took nine shots in Game 2 and missed all of them. D-Will also took zero free throws, which put him in the not-so-exclusive club of prominent NBA players who have put up a postseason bagel. Step aside, Roy Hibbert. Make room, Kevin Garnett. There’s a …

With Danny Granger's jump shot missing, Clippers in need of depth

Danny Granger became almost an afterthought for Coach Doc Rivers and the Clippers in the team's first-round series against the Golden State Warriors.<p>If he can find his jump shot, Granger could play a significant role in the second round as the Clippers try to get past the Oklahoma City Thunder, …

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George, Pacers beat Wizards 85-63, lead series 2-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — With an emphasis on defense, Paul George, Roy Hibbert and the rest of the Indiana Pacers are suddenly performing the way they did …

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Pacers Silence Wizards in Ugliest Game of 2014 NBA Playoffs to Date

WASHINGTON — If there were such a thing as mischievous, invisible gremlins, and if these gremlins made it their mission to ruin basketball, and if by some chance they were set loose in the nation’s capital, in the midst of a critical NBA playoff game, then you might have a plausible rationale for …

Shaun Livingston beats the first-quarter buzzer from way downtown

Shaun Livingston doesn't really do threes. He hit one all season for the Nets. He had the ball at halfcourt with time winding down in the first quarter of Game 3, though, and duty called:<p>Splash. Big bucket for the Nets, who cut the Miami Heat's lead to just one on that shot.

Pacers vs. Wizards final score, NBA playoffs 2014: Indiana erases 19-point deficit to nab 95-92 victory, 3-1 series lead

Paul George poured in 39 points, including 28 in the second half, to lead the Pacers to a hard-fought victory over the Wizards. Indiana erased a 19-point second-half deficit and is now one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals.<p>The Indiana Pacers erased a 19-point second-half deficit and took …

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Pacers-Heat Becoming Eastern Conference's Latest Playoff Tradition

MIAMI — One quarter and one game away.<p>That's how close Dwyane Wade came to the 2005 NBA Finals.<p>"Oh, we had 'em," Wade said. "We were rolling."<p>The Miami Heat were, with a comfortable lead in Game 5 at home, on their way to taking a 3-2 lead. That's when Wade pulled a muscle in his ribcage, one that …

Heat vs. Pacers results, 2014 NBA playoffs: Indiana dominates Miami 107-96 to take 1-0 series lead

The Pacers shot 51.5 percent in an impressive Game 1 victory over the two-time defending champions.<p>The Indiana Pacers delivered a statement in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, beating the Miami Heat 107-96 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday.<p>The 107 points were the most in a game for the …

Pacers say 'nothing to celebrate' after Game 1

Indiana knows Miami will respond in Game 2 and that their Game 1 win doesn't mean anything.<p><b>Game 1: Doyel: Pacers match up | LeBron, Bosh out of sync</b> …

Pacers' surprise scoring exposes Heat 'D' in Game 1

INDIANAPOLIS — Whichever Indiana Pacers team anyone expected — the good, first-half-of-the-season Pacers or the bad, second-half Pacers — the Miami Heat were overwhelmed Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.<p>Using a balanced inside-out, outside-in attack, Indiana manhandled Miami …

Boris Diaw leaves Western Conference Finals Game 1 with eye injury

Steven Adams is at it again. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward made contact with San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw's eye as he followed through trying to block a layup in the second quarter of Monday night's game.<p>I think everyone can agree that Steven Adams totally lives up to his reputation for …

Thunder struggling to find rest for Durant and Westbrook

Should the Thunder stagger rest time for their two stars? But doing so limits the time Westbrook and Durant spend on the floor together, when OKC is …

Indiana Pacers Waste Brilliant Lance Stephenson Performance in Game 2 Loss

For significant stretches of Tuesday’s Game 2 slugfest between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, Lance Stephenson looked every bit the part of his “Born Ready” nickname—not to mention the best player on the court.<p>Yet when all was said and done, it was the Heat who rode LeBron James and Dwyane …

Paul George plays after blacking out

Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George said he briefly blacked out and then had blurred vision for the final four or five minutes of Indiana's Game 2 …

Pacers' Paul George has concussion from Game 2 blow

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has a concussion and played through it Tuesday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, the team announced Wednesday.<p>The All-Star denied his symptoms until after the game, the team said in a news release. But George later said he "blacked out" after his head …

Pacers blame Paul George for not diagnosing his own concussion

The Pacers star didn't undergo a concussion test during Game 2, but further tests on Wednesday did reveal George did indeed suffer a concussion. How did Indiana even let it get to this point?<p>Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was diagnosed with a concussion Wednesday and will now have to go through …

Indiana's Paul George out with concussion, might not play Game 3

Indiana's Paul George has a concussion, and it's unclear when he will return to practice or whether he will play Saturday night against Miami.<p>The two-time All-Star was injured during a collision with Heat guard Dwyane Wade in the fourth quarter. Both players stayed down, then went to their benches …

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Lance Stephenson grabs alley-oop, is bane of Heat's existence

Lance Stephenson is a Heat-killer. I mean, they might not win, but <i>he</i> is a Heat-killer.<p>Stephenson has showed up big against Miami, including this backdoor cut for an alley-oop as he caught Dwyane Wade in transition. Born ready to ball out while his team shoots 40 percent.