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Cavaliers stunned at home by Pacers in playoff opener as Celtics survive thriller

Pacers shock Cavaliers despite triple-double by LeBron JamesLoss ends streak of 21 consecutive first-round wins for JamesCeltics survive wild finish to top Bucks in overtime in Game 1Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleve…

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Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving needs left knee surgery and will miss playoffs

Five-time NBA All-Star out for season and playoffs, ESPN saysIrving was acquired from Cavaliers in blockbuster summer dealKyrie Irving, the Boston Celtics’ All-Star point guard, will need surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the regular season…

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Curry’s 49 points leads Warriors past Celtics in possible NBA finals preview

Golden State beat Boston 109-105 in battle of Conference leadersCarmelo Anthony scores 25,000th point during Thunder victoryStephen Curry scored 49 points with 13 of those over the final 1:42 and hit eight three-pointers, lifting the Golden State Warri…

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Boston Celtics rally to beat Philadelphia 76ers in lively NBA London showcase

• Boston 114-103 Philadelphia• Jaylen Brown leads comeback from 22-point deficit at O2 ArenaThe Boston Celtics rallied from 22 points down to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-103 and boost their NBA title credentials at the O2 Arena in London.Jaylen Bro…

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Jaylen Brown: ‘Sport is a mechanism of control in America’

As the Boston Celtics star prepares to play in London, he talks to Donald McRae about race, the NBA and the death of his best friendJaylen Brown is one the most intelligent and interesting young athletes I’ve met in years and it seems fitting that, mid…

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As the Cleveland Cavaliers struggle, the Boston Celtics can’t stop winning

The Celtics are on a 12-game winning streak – and that’s without some of their best players. How their Eastern Conference rivals must envy themA few weeks ago, it felt like the Boston Celtics’ season had ended before it had begun. Gordon Hayward, the t…

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Celtics’ Hayward describes horror injury: ‘My foot was in the wrong direction’

Forward fractured ankle and torn ligaments on regular season debutSays surgery was a success and is already thinking of returnAll-Star received messages of support from Kobe Bryant and Barack ObamaGordon Hayward has detailed the moments after the horri…

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Gordon Hayward set to miss Celtics season after surgery on horrific injury

Player sends thank you message to fans before Boston’s home openerForward has surgery after dislocating ankle and breaking tibiaCeltics forward Gordon Hayward, who sustained a horrific injury in the NBA season opener, sent a video message from his hosp…

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Celtics’ Gordon Hayward suffers horrific injury as Cavaliers win NBA opener

Boston star breaks ankle just five minutes into debut for new teamLeBron James scores 29 points as Cleveland win 102-99Boston’s Gordon Hayward broke his left ankle just five minutes into the season, a grisly injury that overshadowed Kyrie Irving’s retu…

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Celtics’ Gordon Hayward suffers horrific injury as Cavaliers win NBA opener

Boston star breaks ankle just five minutes into debut for new teamLeBron James scores 29 points as Cleveland win 102-99Boston’s Gordon Hayward broke his left ankle just five minutes into the season, a grisly injury that overshadowed Kyrie Irving’s retu…

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From Least Valuable Player to non-play of the year: our NBA season awards

Find out who the big winners of the 2016-17 NBA season were. Note: the Golden State Warriors may make a few appearances

On Monday night, the NBA finally handed out its regular season awards, roughly 3m years after the last game of the 2017 finals. But why trust the league when you have us here at the Guardian? OK, sure, we will admit that some of the categories that follow are not official. In fact, a few of these “awards” might be more accurately classified as “insults,” but we assure you that they will combine to give you a perfect picture of the 2016-17 NBA season.

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From Least Valuable Player to non-play of the year: our NBA season awards

Find out who the big winners of the 2016-17 NBA season were. Note: the Golden State Warriors may make a few appearances

On Monday night, the NBA finally handed out its regular season awards, roughly 3m years after the last game of the 2017 finals. But why trust the league when you have us here at the Guardian? OK, sure, we will admit that some of the categories that follow are not official. In fact, a few of these “awards” might be more accurately classified as “insults,” but we assure you that they will combine to give you a perfect picture of the 2016-17 NBA season.

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LeBron James passes Michael Jordan’s record as Cavaliers make NBA finals

  • Cleveland beat Boston Celtics to take Eastern Conference finals 4-1
  • James is now NBA playoffs’ all-time leading points scorer
  • NBA finals will be Golden State v Cleveland for third year in a row

LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and a return trip to the NBA finals.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. The Cavs set an NBA record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.

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Kyrie Irving explodes with 42 points as Cavaliers come back to defeat Celtics

  • Cleveland’s 112-99 victory puts them within one win of NBA finals
  • Cavs now lead Eastern Conference finals 3-1 with Game 5 in Boston

Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the NBA finals with Golden State by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Irving stayed on the floor despite rolling his left ankle in the third quarter, when he scored 19 in under five minutes, and James shook off early foul trouble as the Cavs opened a 3-1 lead in the series.

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Smith: LeBron James, four-time MVP and 13-time All Star, needs confidence

  • James scored just 11 points during last-second defeat to Boston
  • Cleveland lead Eastern Conference finals 2-1 after Sunday’s game

LeBron James may be accused of many things but a lack of confidence in his own powers is not usually one of them. However, that’s what his team-mate JR Smith believes he needs after James scored just 11 points and gave away six turnovers during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ shock defeat to the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

James’s total was one of the lowest in his post-season career, and the first time in eight playoff games that he had failed to score 30 points. “He’s got to be aggressive, get downhill, play like he’s been playing, play confident,” Smith said. “That’s what I always think, when people of his stature or people like him, you’ve got to play confident the whole night and play aggressive. It’s the Eastern Conference finals. It’s not enough for him. For what he does, what he brings, it’s not enough. He knows that. We know that. Just expect him to be better in Game 4.”

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Celtics beats Cavaliers with 0.1 seconds left to keep Eastern Conference finals alive

  • Avery Bradley’s three-pointer clinches 111-108 win for Boston
  • Cleveland lead NBA Eastern Conference finals 2-1 in best-of-seven series
  • Boston had been humiliated in previous two games of series
  • LeBron James held to just 11 points on home court

Avery Bradley’s three-pointer danced around the rim and dropped in with less than a second left and the Boston Celtics, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Sunday night in Game 3 to end the champions’ 13-game postseason winning streak.

Bradley’s shot from the left wing bounced on the rim four times before going down. It capped a furious comeback by the Celtics, who trailed by 21 in the third quarter before rallying to tighten up a series that appeared to be over.

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Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas out for rest of playoffs due to hip injury

Thomas left during second half of Game 2 with re-aggravated hip injuryCeltics face two-games-to-none deficit in best-of-seven series with CavsBoston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a hip injury.The team made th…

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Cavaliers dominate woeful Celtics but LeBron misses out of MVP shortlist

  • Cleveland beat Boston 130-86 to take 2-0 lead in Eastern Conference finals
  • Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard finalists for MVP

LeBron James scored 30 points, Kevin Love had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers steamrolled the Boston Celtics 130-86 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals and tie an NBA record with their 13th straight playoff victory.

Cleveland led by 14 points after one quarter, by a record 41 at the half and by 46 after three. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points for the Cavaliers, who return home with a chance to finish off the Celtics in Cleveland. It would be the third straight sweep this postseason for the defending NBA champions, who also won the last three games of last year’s finals.

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Cavaliers dominate woeful Celtics but LeBron misses out of MVP shortlist

  • Cleveland beat Boston 130-86 to take 2-0 lead in Eastern Conference finals
  • Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard finalists for MVP

LeBron James scored 30 points, Kevin Love had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers steamrolled the Boston Celtics 130-86 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals and tie an NBA record with their 13th straight playoff victory.

Cleveland led by 14 points after one quarter, by a record 41 at the half and by 46 after three. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points for the Cavaliers, who return home with a chance to finish off the Celtics in Cleveland. It would be the third straight sweep this postseason for the defending NBA champions, who also won the last three games of last year’s finals.

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LeBron James’ 38 points lift Cavaliers to Game 1 rout of Celtics in East finals

Cavaliers remain undefeated in playoffs with 117-104 win over CelticsCleveland win opener of best-of-seven-games Eastern Conference finalsJames finishes with 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in winLeBron James embarrassed every defender Bosto…