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NBA end of season awards: LeBron’s brilliance to the mystery of Markelle Fultz

JR Smith runs out of time while Bryan Colangelo (allegedly) spends too much time online in our highlights and lowlights of the 2017-2018 seasonIt may be hard to appreciate now after its rather abrupt ending, but it was a fun NBA season. While the “real…

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LeBron pours in 45 to carry Cleveland Cavaliers past Indiana Pacers in Game 7

King James scores game-high 45 as Cleveland eliminates IndianaCavaliers advance to second-round series against top seed TorontoLeBron James scored 45 points and got some needed help in Game 7 to stay unbeaten in the opening round of the NBA playoffs, l…

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Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA Eastern Conference quarter-finals, Game 7 – live!

LeBron James and the Cavaliers face must-win playoff gameTweet Hunter at @HunterFelt or email himCeltics win Game 7 over Bucks as Warriors take Round 2 opener 6.50pm BST Pacers 16-31 Cavaliers, end of the 1stThis could get ugly super-quick. As they hit…

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LeBron James and Cavaliers fighting for NBA playoff lives after loss to Pacers

First-round series heads to deciding Game 7 in Cleveland on SundayVictor Oladipo stars for Indiana with triple-double in 121-87 winRaptors await series winner after Toronto finish off WashingtonVictor Oladipo scored 28 points and posted the first posts…

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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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Lakers and Cavaliers on alert as reports say Paul George will leave Pacers

  • Sources say four-time All-Star intends to leave Indiana in summer of 2018
  • Player would be a boon for teams looking to match Warriors’ superstars

Paul George’s camp has informed the Pacers that the four-time All-Star intends to leave in the summer of 2018 when he becomes a free agent, sources told AP on Sunday night.

George has spent all seven of his NBA seasons in Indiana, emerging as one of the league’s top players. He averaged a career-high 23.7 points and shot 46% last season, but the seventh-seeded Pacers were swept by Cleveland in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The steady decline in competitiveness of the franchise, and LeBron James’ dominance of the conference, has led George to look elsewhere as he nears free agency next summer.

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Series sweeps show Warriors and Cavaliers are still the teams to beat

Golden State and Cleveland didn’t always play their best basketball in the first round, but they’re favorites for a reason, and another finals match-up looks likely

The game was almost over before it ever really began. Seven minutes into game four in Portland on Monday night, the Warriors built a 30-7 lead over the Trail Blazers – and from there, Portland never stood a chance of winning. The Warriors eventually prevailed 128-103, completing a four-game sweep that ended the Trail Blazers’ season.

Related: ‘That was unbelievable’: Warriors score 45 in first quarter to sweep Blazers

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Record-setting LeBron James leads Cavaliers to NBA playoff sweep of Pacers

Cleveland star wins 21st straight first-round playoff gameCavs pushed all the way by Indiana in Game 4 of seriesLeBron James made a three-pointer with 68 seconds left on Sunday and the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on for a 106-102 series-clinching victory …

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LeBron James scores 41 to lead Cavaliers to record-breaking comeback win

Cavs overcome 25-point half-time deficit to beat Indiana 119-114Victory represents greatest second-half comeback in playoff historyJames moves past Kobe Bryant into third on playoff scoring listLeBron James celebrated another milestone with the greates…

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NBA trade deadline: the winners (Pelicans) and losers (Kings)

The New Orleans Pelicans took a step forward, the Sacramento Kings took a step back, the LA Lakers hit the reset button – and the Boston Celtics went nowhere

Heading into NBA trade deadline day, there was a very real fear that the biggest move of the year had already been made. But while nothing was likely to top the New Orleans Pelicans’ deal for DeMarcus Cousins, there was still plenty of talk that either the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler or the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George could find their way to a contender before the 3pm ET deadline.

Related: NBA trade deadline day: Mavericks get Noel from 76ers – as it happened

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Size matters: the evolution of the NBA big man

A new generation of seven-footers has shifted the balance of power in the NBA from the shorter guys – but are these changes good for the game?

Last week, late in the first quarter of an NBA game in Detroit, Michigan, Myles Turner, the Indiana Pacers’s 20-year-old 6ft 11in center, popped out to the top of the three-point line and hit a 25ft jump shot with an arc so high the cameraman had to raise the viewing angle to follow it. Less than a minute later, he hit another one from the same spot. Both shots were so smooth that neither of them even skimmed the rim. The field goals were no anomaly. Turner is shooting 41% from the three-point line, well above the league average of 35%.

More than a thousand miles west in Denver, Colorado, Nikola Jokic, the Denver Nuggets’ 21-year-old 6ft 10in center, stood with his back to the basket, 15ft away, and threw a no-look, over-the-shoulder pass to a cutting team-mate for a wide-open lay-up. The pass, more common in a Harlem Globetrotters game than an NBA one, was nothing new for Jokic. A three-minute YouTube compilation posted to the site last month highlights dozens of them. “Jokic actually has some flair,” said former NBA coach George Karl, whose memoir about his life in basketball, Furious George, was published this week. “He throws some balls that only guards think about throwing.”

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Raptors end long NBA playoff drought: ‘We got the monkey off our back’

  • Toronto beat Indiana Pacers in Game 7 to make conference semis
  • DeMar DeRozan stars with 27 points to set up Miami date

DeMar DeRozan pushed the Toronto Raptors into the second round — finally. DeRozan scored 30 points and Toronto beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84 on Sunday night in Game 7 to advance to face Miami in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Raptors won a best-of-seven series for the first time in franchise history. “We got the monkey off our back, more than anything, from these past couple of years,” DeRozan said. It just feels good to get that off.”

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James Harden winner lifts Houston Rockets past Golden State Warriors

  • Rockets upend top-seeded Warriors to close deficit in first-round series
  • Durant’s 34 points lift Thunder to 131-102 win over Dallas Mavericks
  • Lowry and DeRozan lead Toronto Raptors to 101-85 victory in Indiana

Houston’s James Harden scored 35 points, including the game-winner with 2.7 seconds left, as the Rockets capitalized on Stephen Curry’s absence to beat Golden State 97-96 on Thursday, narrowing the deficit in their NBA first-round playoff series to 2-1.

The other two series contested Thursday also stand at 2-1, as Oklahoma City comfortably beat Dallas, and Toronto won at Indiana.

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Klay Thompson steps up as Warriors beat Rockets without Stephen Curry

  • NBA MVP misses playoff game because of ankle injury
  • Mavericks edge past Thunder to tie their series
  • Raptors end post-season losing streak against Pacers

As Stephen Curry waved his arms to ignite the crowd and coached from the bench when he could do little else, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors’ supporting cast proved they can win on the playoff stage without the NBA MVP.

They would rather have him, of course, but the defending champions have believed in their depth all along. Golden State played short-handed down the stretch of the regular season on the way to a record 73 wins.

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Paul George’s 33 points lift Indiana Pacers to Game 1 upset in Toronto

  • George powers Pacers to Game 1 victory over Raptors in Toronto
  • Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan struggle for No2-seeded Raptors

Paul George scored 33 points, Monta Ellis had 15 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 100-90 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.

Jonas Valanciunas fouled out after scoring 12 points and setting a Raptors’ playoff record with 19 rebounds.

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Pacers play-by-play man heads to the minor leagues for a baseball adventure

Mark Boyle calls basketball games for the Indiana Pacers. But this summer he’ll be the backup voice of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League

This road trip did not start with a private jet.

The arenas have no luxury seats, no booming speakers, or scoreboards as tall as a five-bedroom home. For 27 years, Mark Boyle has perched courtside on glamor telling the story of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers on radios across the midwest. Now he has a card table behind a net. His bosses are kids in college. His broadcast partners are more than half his age. He is making nothing and yet he feels wealthy.

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Much remains undecided entering final day of NBA regular season

The Boston Celtics complete improbable playoff push, the Indiana Pacers hold upper hand over the Brooklyn Nets, while Thabo Sefolosha sues the NYPD

It’s the last day of the NBA’s regular season, and there’s still way too much left to be decided when it comes to the upcoming playoffs. Seven out of the eight first-round matchups, in fact. At the beginning of the season, we could only hope that there would be meaningful games being played until the very end of the season. The Basketball Gods have, perhaps, over-delivered.

In the broadcast, Ainge tells Mike&Tommy basically that the deal to get Thomas was so good, it outweighed the risk of falling out of lottery

The Grizzlies are eliminated from division-title contention, and cannot gain the No. 2 seed. It’s a pretty stunning collapse from a team that looked certain to finish in a top-three spot only two weeks ago. But their late schedule, injuries and the Spurs have conspired against Memphis.

The Clippers cannot finish sixth, the best they can finish is second. They clinched no-worse-than-third with their win over the Suns Tuesday.

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Related: Why Stephen Curry, not James Harden, is this year’s NBA MVP

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Pelicans overtake Thunder for final playoff spot as race goes down to wire

Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets seek to crash the Eastern Conference playoffs; Paul George returns to the Indiana Pacers; the San Antonio Spurs rattle the Golden State Warriors

With the NCAA tournament now firmly in the past, it’s time to turn our attention squarely on the level of basketball where players actually get paid for their work. Welcome to the last two weeks of the NBA regular season which are, for those teams desperately trying to stave off elimination, the playoffs to get into the playoffs.

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Chris Copeland of Indiana Pacers stabbed outside New York nightclub

Incident occurred in early hours of Wednesday morningTwo Atlanta Hawks players arrested over separate chargeIndiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his wife and another woman were stabbed early on Wednesday following an argument on the street near a Man…

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NBA playoff picture comes into focus

Thunder still in position to make playoffs; Nets sneak back in the Western Conference postseason picture; Rockets lose Patrick Beverley; NBA addresses controversial new law

Before this NBA season began it looked like the Western Conference was stacked and the Eastern Conference would be a complete muddle. As the playoff picture starts to come in focus, those predictions are turning out to be, if anything, too conservative.

The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect. We will continue to ensure that all fans, players and employees feel welcome at all NBA and WNBA events in Indiana and elsewhere.

The Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and Bankers Life Fieldhouse have the strongest possible commitment to inclusion and non-discrimination on any basis. Everyone is always welcome at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That has always been the policy from the very beginning of the Simon family’s involvement and it always will be.

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Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me. As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities.

.@GovPenceIN, is it going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come to the #FinalFour? http://t.co/uBlKbIf8YK

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