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Undermanned Milwaukee Bucks tame Hawks to reach first NBA finals in 47 years

Bucks win 118-107 over Hawks to clinch Eastern Conference titleMilwaukee will face Phoenix in NBA finals starting TuesdayThe Milwaukee Bucks were an instant success in the NBA, winning a championship in just their third season and reaching the finals a…

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Milwaukee Bucks on brink of NBA finals after Game 5 win over Atlanta Hawks

Bucks win 123-112 in Game 5 to move one win from NBA finalsBrook Lopez’s 33 lead Milwaukee in Antetokounmpo’s absenceBrook Lopez scored a playoff career-high 33 points and the Milwaukee Bucks withstood Giannis Antetokounmpo’s absence to beat the Atlant…

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Hawks thrash Bucks to tie East finals as Antetokounmpo leaves with knee injury

Hawks prevail in Game 4 to tie East finals at two games apieceBucks’ Antetokounmpo leaves game with hyperextended kneeAtlanta win despite Trae Young’s absence due to bone bruiseThe Atlanta Hawks proved they are more than a one-man team, shaking off Tra…

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Milwaukee Bucks rally past Hawks for East finals lead behind Middleton’s 38

Khris Middleton matches career high with 38 points in Game 3Hawks fail to rebound at home from 125-91 defeat in Game 2Khris Middleton scored 20 of his playoff career high-tying 38 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 113-102 v…

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Milwaukee Bucks rally past Hawks for East finals lead behind Middleton’s 38

Khris Middleton matches career high with 38 points in Game 3Hawks fail to rebound at home from 125-91 defeat in Game 2Khris Middleton scored 20 of his playoff career high-tying 38 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 113-102 v…

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Teetering Philadelphia 76ers clip Hawks to ward off elimination and force Game 7

Embiid logs 22 points and 13 rebounds as Sixers win 104-99Top-seeded Sixers overcome Trae Young’s game-high 34 pointsSeth Curry hit six three-pointers and scored 24 points and the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers avoided elimination in the Eastern Confere…

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Top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers on brink after stunning collapse against Hawks

Hawks use late 15-0 run to come back and take series leadTwo Sixers score baskets after halftime as team goes coldClippers’ Leonard out with possible ACL injury, report saysTrae Young and the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a playoff comeback for the ages aga…

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Breathtaking Kawhi Leonard dunk helps Clippers tie playoff series with Jazz

All-Star dunks over Derrick Favors during LA victoryJoel Embiid hurt as Hawks level series with 76ersTrae Young overcame a cold start to score 25 points, including a floater that gave Atlanta the lead with 1:17 remaining, and the Hawks rallied to beat …

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NBA arena discriminated against black artists such as Drake, claims lawsuit

  • Former security chief at Atlanta Hawks sues after his dismissal
  • Lawsuit claims white acts such as Radiohead given preferential treatment

A former security manager at the arena where the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks play says white entertainers performing there were allowed to bypass security measures while similar requests by black entertainers were denied.

Alleging racial discrimination, Samuel Hayes filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Atlanta Hawks LLC, which operates the arena. The lawsuit says Hayes was fired because he’s black and because he complained about security measures that he says were selectively enforced based on race. The Hawks hired Hayes in August to work as manager of security operations at Philips Arena and for the team, the lawsuit says. He was fired on 28 April.

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Thabo Sefolosha: Carmelo Anthony punched me in face during Hawks win

  • New York Knicks star ejected after clash in second quarter
  • Dennis Schroder scores 27 points during overtime victory for Atlanta

Thabo Sefolosha didn’t exactly gain much respect for Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday night during the Atlanta Hawks’ 102-98 victory over the New York Knicks. “He threw a punch,” Sefolosha said. “A fist right to my face. It’s whatever. The referee — I’m glad they looked back at it — they made the right call.”

Anthony and Sefolosha were tied up near the basket positioned for a rebound when the Knicks star jabbed his right forearm against Sefolosha’s face. The two players exchanged heated words and were separated. Players and assistant coaches on both benches stood up, and security personnel for each team came onto the floor. Anthony followed Sefolosha to the Hawks’ end of the floor, but the situation calmed down.

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NBA free agency winners and losers: the Warriors’ title hopes and KD’s likeability

Kevin Durant has made the Golden State Warriors the biggest winners of free agency, who were the others?

This offseason was always going to hinge on what Kevin Durant would do when he hit free agency. Durant’s surprise decision to sign a two-year, $54.3m deal with the Golden State Warriors could end up altering the league just as much as LeBron James’s decision to join the Miami Heat back in 2010. Durant’s shocking announcement came while the league was still adjusting to the new realities brought about by a salary cap. Some have found their situations greatly improved by the events of the last few days. Others, particularly those who hail from the Oklahoma City area, not so much.

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Cavaliers breeze into Eastern Conference finals after sweeping Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers 100-99 Atlanta HawksKevin Love stars for Cavs with 27 pointsSteph Curry doubtful for Warriors in Game 4 against PortlandKevin Love scored 27 points, LeBron James hit a huge shot with 39.2 seconds to go and the Cleveland Cavalie…

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Channing Frye leads another three-point barrage as Cavs storm into 3-0 lead

Frye scores 27 points in a 121-108 victory over Atlanta that gives Cleveland a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semi-finals

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had their usual stellar performances. Kevin Love came up big, too.

But when Channing Frye turned in the best playoff game of his career, the Atlanta Hawks didn’t have a chance.

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Cavaliers bury Hawks in Game 2 with record-breaking effort from deep

  • Cleveland drain record-breaking 25 three-pointers in 123-98 win
  • Unbeaten in playoffs, Cavaliers now lead 2-0 in best-of-seven series

Your shot, Warriors.

Dropping jumpers from every corner and angle, the Cleveland Cavaliers drained an NBA record 25 3-pointers – the most in any regular season or playoff game – during a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in Game 2 of their second-round series.

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NBA playoffs finally heat up after Waiters’ shove and Lowry’s miracle heave

With Lowry’s half-court buzzer-beater, the Warriors’ stunning comeback and the frantic end to Spurs-Thunder, the second round of the playoffs has already provided more memorable moments than the first

Over 48 hours, the NBA postseason gave us: teams coming back from double-digit deficits, a game-tying buzzer-beater from half-court – and one of the most confounding final sequences in basketball history. In these four games, the second round of the playoffs might have already given fans as much entertainment value as the entire first round. (Granted, that may not have been a difficult task.)

Last night, the Golden State Warriors, still playing without Stephen Curry, came back to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 despite being down bys 17 points in the first half. In the fourth quarter, the Warriors went on a 9-0 run to tie the game and went on to stifle the Trail Blazers’ offense and win by a comfortable margin. The Warriors now have a 2-0 lead over the Trail Blazers, who had to have felt like they lost their best chance at making this a series.

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Stephen Curry’s ankle shouldn’t worry Warriors, other playoff teams aren’t so lucky

The Warriors are merely being cautious with Steph Curry while other teams’ injuries might end up having a bigger impact

This may sound strange, but the Golden State Warriors’ most logical course of action could involve sitting their best player for the remainder of their series against the Houston Rockets. Stephen Curry, the reigning MVP, did not play in Monday night’s Game 2 after tweaking his ankle in the series opener. While the injury, at this point, doesn’t seem to be too serious, the Warriors are being super-cautious with their star player. It’s hard to blame them, especially since the postseason is only a few days old and there are already signs that some teams won’t be able to overcome injuries to key players.

“We will definitely err on the side of caution,” Kerr said on Monday, “if he’s not right, then he’s not going to play. It’s not worth risking turning this into a long-term issue.”

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Was Dwight Howard’s Stickum spray the most incompetent example of cheating?

Dwight Howard is worried that he will be labeled as a cheater after getting caught using an illegal adhesive, but the incident has led to mockery rather than anger

On Saturday night, the Houston Rockets lost a game, which was anything but a news story, especially not this season. What made the 109-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks notable was an incident where Rockets center Dwight Howard was caught using the adhesive substance Stickum during the game. It was the latest embarrassing development for a team that’s had a season full of them.

“I’ve never felt the ball like that ever,” said Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, who discovered the substance on the ball while lining up for a free throw, “It was sticky. It was like super glue or something was on there. I couldn’t get it off my hands. It was the weirdest thing ever.”

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NBA reviewing Dwight Howard’s use of sticky spray during game

  • Atlanta Hawks’ Paul Millsap says substance affected his free throws
  • Houston Rockets’ Howard denies use of spray is a ‘big deal’

The NBA is reviewing Dwight Howard’s use of a sticky substance on his hands in Houston’s loss at the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Atlanta’s Paul Millsap complained about the ball while shooting two free throws with 3:36 remaining in the first quarter. Howard made a layup with 4:04 remaining.

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The Hunters: the alternative 2014-15 end of season NBA awards

Who was the most valuable player in basketball? Who deserves Coach of the Year honors? Why does the league vote on these things before the NBA season has even ended?

On 4 May, Steph Curry was named MVP of the 2014-15 NBA season. Curry’s season, however, wasn’t actually over until the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals. That would be either 16 or 17 June, depending on which time zone you happen to follow. Imagine holding a presidential election in September and then forcing candidates to keep on campaigning and debating until the first Tuesday in November.

There are reasons that the NBA does this, of course. Despite what you may have assumed from watching the Eastern Conference playoffs, not every team makes the postseason. In order to avoid penalizing players, coaches, executives etc for the things they can’t do in games they can’t play in, the NBA only examines the regular season when handing out its awards.

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Atlanta Hawks showed power of players over the front office

The Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks combined to win exactly one game in the conference finals. That shouldn’t take away from what they accomplished just by getting there

It’s pretty safe to say that there won’t be any documentaries commemorating this round of the NBA playoffs, which ended on Wednesday night when the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. That was the more competitive of the two series: the Cleveland Cavaliers completed their sweep over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday.

The conference finals weren’t completely forgettable affairs. In the West, the battle between the two players who led the NBA MVP voting – Golden State’s Steph Curry and Houston’s James Harden – made for an entertaining subplot, particularly back in Games 1 and 2 when it looked like Harden had a chance to swing the series. There were a lot of scary injuries, although thankfully nothing career-threatening. The Hawks managed to stage a comeback in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, before a visibly exhausted LeBron James snuffed it out in overtime.

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