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The NBA playoffs: all 16 contenders reviewed and ranked

As the postseason tips off over the weekend, will the Warriors take a third straight title or can Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks step up?It feels incredibly strange to look at the NBA playoffs and realize that, for the first time what seems like a lifet…

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When it comes to racially abusive fans, the NBA has a Utah problem

I weathered abuse in every arena during my NBA career. But as Russell Westbrook has learned, Utah is a different levelIf you’re even a casual observer of the NBA, you’ve definitely heard about the flare-up between Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Wes…

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Russell Westbrook says ‘racial’ comment sparked courtside row at NBA game – video

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook says his furious altercation with a fan during his side’s victory over Utah was sparked by a ‘racial’ comment made by the manRussell Westbrook confronts fan during game after ‘racial’ comment at Jazz Contin…

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Russell Westbrook confronts fan during game after ‘racial’ comment at Jazz

Thunder star says he was told to ‘get down on my knees’NBA All-Star has been in arguments with fans in the pastRussell Westbrook got into a heated verbal altercation with a fan and the man’s wife during the second quarter of Oklahoma City’s victory ove…

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Remarkable Russell Westbrook sets NBA record with 10th-straight triple-double

Thunder guard passes Wilt Chamberlain’s mark from 1968Achievement helps Oklahoma City to ninth win in 10 gamesChalk up another triple-double record for Russell Westbrook. Westbrook set an NBA record with his 10th straight triple-double, Paul George sco…

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Rockets prepare for tough Western Conference with signing of Carmelo Anthony

Ten-time All-Star joins James Harden and Chris Paul in HoustonCoach D’Antoni denies tension exists from time in New YorkCarmelo Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4m deal with the Houston Rockets on Monday. Anthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder …

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Rockets prepare for tough Western Conference with signing of Carmelo Anthony

Ten-time All-Star joins James Harden and Chris Paul in HoustonCoach D’Antoni denies tension exists from time in New YorkCarmelo Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4m deal with the Houston Rockets on Monday. Anthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder …

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Tony Parker signs with Hornets while Carmelo Anthony splits with Thunder

Spurs legend signs two-year deal with Charlotte HornetsCarmelo Anthony and Thunder mutually agree to part waysTony Parker’s heralded stint with the San Antonio Spurs is over after 17 seasons and four NBA championships.The six-time All-Star point guard …

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LeBron’s Lakers to competitive balance: NBA free agency winners and losers

A look back at the wildest few days of free agency in recent history: the winners (the Warriors, again), the losers (the Cavaliers, again) and all things King JamesAfter the Golden State Warriors swept to this year’s title, the joke was that the real N…

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James Harden is a deserving NBA MVP even if fans find him hard to love

After several second-place finishes, the Houston Rockets star has won his first MVP award, capping off a year in which he proved his critics wrongJames Harden was literally speechless when he was named the NBA’s most valuable player on Monday night: he…

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Mitt Romney turns basketball heckler as Utah Jazz down Oklahoma City Thunder

Former presidential candidate mocks Russell Westbrook during gameJazz victory puts team 3-1 up in NBA playoff seriesIf going down 3-1 to the Utah Jazz in their NBA playoff series wasn’t bad enough for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, they als…

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Rockets throttle Wolves with 50-point quarter, most in playoff game since 1962

Harden and Rockets cruise past Wolves with 50-point third quarterHouston take three-games-to-one advantage in first-round seriesJazz push Thunder to brink of elimination with 113-96 Game 4 winJames Harden gave Houston quite the jump-start with 22 of th…

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‘We’re stuck’: Durant says move to Warriors woke him up to race problems in US

Warriors star pays tribute to Colin Kaepernick’s protest movementEight-time All-Star won first NBA title with Warriors last seasonKevin Durant says the protest movement started by Colin Kaepernick, as well as the vitriol he received after his departure…

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Kevin Durant admits to ‘childish’ and ‘idiotic’ tweets ripping former team

  • Warriors star confesses to Twitter misstep on Tuesday at tech conference
  • Durant had ripped his former team in third person from official account

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant admitted on Tuesday to posting comments on Twitter that were critical of his former team and coach.

The eight-time NBA All-Star sent the tweets on Sunday in response to a fan who asked for “one legitimate reason” for Durant’s decision to league the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors in July 2016. Writing in the third person, Durant responded by saying “he didn’t like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan” and that “his roster wasn’t that good, it was just him and [Russell Westbrook].”

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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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Russell Westbrook named NBA’s MVP after record-setting season

  • Oklahoma City Thunder star averaged a triple-double for the season
  • Second-rounder Malcolm Brogdon named rookie of the year
  • Draymond Green adds defensive player of the year to NBA title

Russell Westbrook was voted MVP on Monday night after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles during a historic season for the point guard. He led the league with 31.6 points and added 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for the season and breaking the hall of famer’s single-season record of 41 triple-doubles in 1961-62.

“I remember growing up just being home, playing the video games and stuff with my pops, and my mom sitting there and my brother and just talking about maybe one day I could be the MVP. Obviously I was joking at the time,” Westbrook said. “But now to be standing here with this trophy next to me is a true blessing, man, and it’s an unbelievable feeling, something that I can never imagine.”

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Russell Westbrook named NBA’s MVP after record-setting season

  • Oklahoma City Thunder star averaged a triple-double for the season
  • Second-rounder Malcolm Brogdon named rookie of the year
  • Draymond Green adds defensive player of the year to NBA title

Russell Westbrook was voted MVP on Monday night after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles during a historic season for the point guard. He led the league with 31.6 points and added 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for the season and breaking the hall of famer’s single-season record of 41 triple-doubles in 1961-62.

“I remember growing up just being home, playing the video games and stuff with my pops, and my mom sitting there and my brother and just talking about maybe one day I could be the MVP. Obviously I was joking at the time,” Westbrook said. “But now to be standing here with this trophy next to me is a true blessing, man, and it’s an unbelievable feeling, something that I can never imagine.”

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Thunder’s Enes Kanter in London after detainment in Romania over politics

  • Thunder center in UK after being denied entry to Romania on Saturday
  • 25-year-old says he was detained in Romania and passport ‘canceled’
  • Kanter a high-profile critic of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, who said he was detained in Romania on Saturday morning after his passport was seized by the Turkish government, has been allowed to leave the country and is in London, the NBA said.

The Turkish native and six-year NBA veteran said he would offer more details at a press conference on Sunday in New York.

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Russell Westbrook’s season ends with another huge night as Rockets advance

  • Houston beat Oklahoma City to wrap up NBA playoff series 4-1
  • Westbrook scores 47 points but James Harden sees Rockets through

James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Houston Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference semi-finals.

The Thunder head home a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals after Houston took this series 4-1. The Rockets used a 5-1 run, with all their points coming on free throws, to pull away from the Thunder and make it 98-91. Victor Oladipo threw a pass about five feet above Westbrook’s head and out of bounds on the next possession and Harden made a layup on the other end with three minutes left. The Rockets began eating up the clock after that and Oklahoma City missed shot after shot that could have closed the gap.

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