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Golden State Warriors win 2017 NBA Championship!

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to win the series 4-1 and to win the 2017 NBA Championship. Turnovers and terrible shooting cost the Warriors in the first quarter, allowing the Cavaliers to take a 20-12 lead with 6:26 remaining. However, the Warriors would trim that lead and would find themselves down 37-33 at the end of the first. In the second quarter, the Warriors would step up their defense and would go on a massive 28-4 run to take a 61-45 lead. The Cavaliers would then cut the lead to 71-60 going into halftime, with J.R. Smith burying a deep three-pointer from the left wing with 1.3 seconds remaining.

With the Warriors leading 74-60 in the third quarter, the resilient Cavaliers would go on an 11-3 run that would cut the deficit to just five. However, the Warriors would still hold a 98-93 lead at the end of the third. In the fourth quarter, the Warriors would push their lead back up to double-digits and would go up 122-108 with 4:13 remaining. The Warriors would hold on the rest of the way to win their second NBA Championship in three years.

For Kevin Durant, he did what he set out to do when he joined this Warriors team during the off-seasonโ€” win his first Championship. Durant was also named NBA Finals MVP for the first time, averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per gameย in the series.

Kevin Durant had 39 points (14/20 FG), 5 assists, and 7 rebounds.
Stephen Curry had 34 points (10/20 FG), 10 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Andre Iguodala had 20 points (9/14 FG), 3 assists, and 3 rebounds.

LeBron James had 41 points (19/30 FG), 8 assists, 13 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Kyrie Irving had 26 points (9/22 FG), 6 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals.
J.R. Smith had 25 points (7/8 3PT), 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

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The Houston Rockets blew out the Memphis Grizzlies 105-83 as the Grizzlies drop lose their fourth straight game.

Without guard Mike Conley, who missed his second straight game with left Achilles tenderness, the Memphis Grizzlies managed to keep the game relatively close in the first quarter. The Grizzlies found themselves down by just by 8 at the end of the first quarter, but the Houston Rockets would extend their lead to 43-28 on a pair of free throws by Clint Capela with 8:26 remaining in the second quarter. The Grizzlies would cut the lead to 58-50 at halftime, but the Rockets would once again pull away in the second half, limiting the Grizzlies to just 33 points in the final two quarters. James Harden led the way for the Rockets with 29 points (6/12 3PT), 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Chris Paul had 17 points (4/7 3PT), 6 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Clint Capela had 17 points (7/11 FG), 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Chandler Parsons had 17 points (7/9 FG) and 2 rebounds.
Marc Gasol had 15 points (6/17 FG), 4 assists, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
Jamychal Green had 15 points (6/8 FG) and 6 rebounds.

#NBA #Rockets #Grizzlies
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The Boston Celtics beat the Warriors 92-88 to win their 14th straight game.

The road to the Celtics' 14th straight win wasn't an easy one โ€” the team found themselves trailing the Warriors 17-8 with 5:59 left in the first quarter and finished the first quarter down 28-18. It didn't get better for the Celtics in the third quarter, as the Warriors extended their lead to 45-29 with 4:39 remaining. However, Celtics' guard Jaylen Brown would do a little of everything to help cut the lead to 47-42 at halftime. The Warriors wouldn't let up in the third quarter, extending their lead to 66-49 on a Kevin Durant 20-foot pullup jumpshot with 4:49 remaining. The baskets would stop there for the Warriors as the Celtics went on a 17-2 run that allowed them to take a brief 68-66 lead before Warriors' forward Omri Casspi made a floater to tie the game at 68 apiece. In the fourth quarter, Celtics' guard Kyrie Irving would score 11 of his 16 points, including two key free throws that put the Celtics ahead in the final seconds, to help his team win their 14th straight game.

Jaylen Brown had 22 points (7/18 FG), 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
Al Horford had 18 points (7/11 FG), 2 assists, and 11 rebounds.
Kyrie Irving had 16 points (4/16 FG), 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.

Kevin Durant had 24 points (9/18 FG), 3 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Klay Thompson had 13 points (5/18 FG), 3 assists, and 7 rebounds.
Draymond Green had 11 points (3/11 FG), 5 assists, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the San Antonio Spurs 98-86 to stop a 12-game losing streak to the Spurs.


The San Antonio Spurs held a 24-18 lead after the first quarter, but things would change in the second quarter when the Minnesota Timberwolves knocked down 12-straight baskets. Jeff Teague would knock down a three-pointer with 2:07 remaining in the second quarter to give his team a 51-41 lead, and the Timberwolves would outscore the Spurs in the second quarter 39-19. The Spurs would not come within five points for the rest of the night and would trail 75-65 at the end of the third-quarter. Karl Anthony-Towns, who finished the game with 26 points (10/18 FG), 2 assists, 16 rebounds, and 2 blocks, would knock down a three-pointer to give his team a 78-65 advantage early in the fourth quarter. He would also have another key three-pointer with 4:17 remaining in the fourth that would push the Timberwolves' lead back up to double digits at 89-78.

Jeff Teague had 16 points (7/13 FG), 6 assists, and 2 steals.
Andrew Wiggins had 11 points (4/11 FG), 3 assists, and 2 rebounds.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points (5/14 FG), 3 assists, and 10 rebounds.
Pau Gasol had 13 points (5/9 FG), 4 assists, and 8 rebounds.
Patty Mills had 13 points (4/10 FG) and 5 assists.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers comeback from 23 down to beat the New York Knicks 104-101.

The game was close in the first quarter, but an altercation between Cavaliers' forward LeBron James and New York Knicks' guard Drank Ntilikina and center Enes Kanter seemed to fire up the Knicks. The Knicks went on a 15-0 run early in the second quarter, which allowed them to build a 47-31 lead. The Knicks would finish the half with a 51-38 lead, but the Cavaliers would go on a small run early in the third quarter that would allow them to cut the lead to 51-44. The Knicks, however, wouldn't let up โ€” they extended the lead to 23 with 2:12 left in the third quarter. Things would change in the fourth quarter for the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers would chip away, hit nine threes, and outscore the Knicks 43-24 in the quarter to win the game.

LeBron James had 23 points (7/14 FG), 12 assists, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Kyle Korver had 21 points (5/12 3PT) and 5 rebounds.
Dwyane Wade had 15 points (7/15 FG), 3 assists, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 28 points (10/20 FG), 5 assists, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Kristaps Porzingis had 20 points (7/21 FG), 7 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Enes Kanter had 20 points (9/15 FG), 4 assists, and 16 rebounds.

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The Detroit Pistons beat the Miami Heat 112-103 to win their fifth straight game, and improve to 10-3 on the season.

The Heat's first four shots to start the game were three-pointers, which allowed them to take an early 12-7 lead. The Heat would make 7 of their 16 three-point attempts in the first quarter, but would finish the first quarter trailing 31-29. While the Pistons would hold a 41-34 lead 9:21 in the second quarter, the Heat would continue to knock down threes to even the game at 41 apiece. The Pistons would, however, finish the half with a 58-55 lead. The Pistons took more control over the game in the second half when the Heat stopped making shots. The Heat shot 47.8 percent from the field and three-point line in the first half, but shot just 2-of-14 from three-point range in the second half and 43.3 percent overall. They were also outrebounded 54-39 despite outscoring the Pistons 42-38 in the paint.

Tobias Harris had 25 points (8/14 FG) and 7 rebounds.
Avery Bradley had 24 points (9/19 FG), 6 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Reggie Jackson had 17 points (7/15 FG), 4 assists, and 4 rebounds.

Hassan Whiteside had 20 points (9/16 FG), 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
Goran Dragic had 18 points (6/14 FG), 7 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Dion Waiters had 16 points (7/17 FG), 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.

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The Milwaukee Bucks beat the San Antonio Spurs 94-87 to snap their four-game losing streak.

The Spurs finished the first quarter with a 27-25 lead and finished the half with a slight 47-46 lead. However, the Bucks' length and quickness gave the Spurs trouble the entire night, forcing 18 turnovers โ€” two shy of the Spurs' season high. The Bucks' had 19 points off turnovers and their defense allowed them to build a 14-point lead with three minutes left in the third quarter. The Spurs would cut the lead to just 6 at the end of the third quarter and would come within 89-87 with 2:26 left in the fourth quarter, thanks to a Manu Ginobili three-point play. Recently acquired Bucks' point guard Eric Bledsoe would then knock down a jumper with 1:40 remaining to give his team some breathing room and guard Khris Middleton would follow up with a jumper of his own to help put the game out of reach.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points (12/24 FG), 5 assists, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
Eric Bledsoe had 13 points (6/15 FG), 7 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Khris Middleton had 13 points (6/14 FG) and 8 rebounds.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points (8/14 FG), 4 assists, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
Manu Ginobili had 18 points (7/10 FG), 3 assists, and 2 steals.
Patty Mills had 14 points (4/11 3PT) and 3 assists.

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The Houston Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-113 to win their fourth straight game.

The Rockets finished the first quarter with a 36-25 lead and extended their lead to as many as 18 in the second quarter. However, the Cavaliers โ€” led by forward Jeff Green โ€” would make a big run to take a 67-63 lead. Rockets guard James Harden would then hit two free throws to cut the Cavaliers lead to 67-65 at halftime. The Rockets would make the first seven points of the second half and would take a 72-67 lead. The Cavaliers would get things together and cut the lead to 1, but Harden would make two three-pointers during an 8-2 run to extend the Rockets' lead to 81-74 with 7:26 remaining in the third quarter. The Cavaliers would score a quick five points to tie the game at 87 apiece with 4:40 remaining, but the Rockets would finish the third quarter leading 100-93.

In the fourth quarter, the Rockets would hold a seven-point lead with 10 minutes remaining, score the next six points, and would take a 111-98 lead. However, the resilient Cavaliers would go on a 13-1 run โ€” that included five points from LeBron James โ€” to cut the lead to 112-111 with 1:30 remaining. A few key baskets from Rockets center Clint Capela would put the Rockets back up by four with 10.7 seconds remaining and the Rockets would hold on to win the game. James Harden would finish the game with 35 points (6/14 3PT), 13 assists, 11 rebounds, and 5 steals, making him the first player in the last 30 seasons to finish a game with 35+ points, 10+ assists, 10+ rebounds, and 5+ steals since Michael Jordan (1989).

Eric Gordon had 20 points (7/16 FG), 2 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Clint Capela had 19 points (7/9 FG), 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
Trevor Ariza had 17 points (5/13 FG), 2 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.

LeBron James had 33 points (15/24 FG), 7 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Jeff Green had 27 points (11/15 FG), 2 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Kevin Love had 17 points (5/12 FG), 4 assists, and 6 rebounds.

#NBA #Rockets #Cavaliers
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The New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-113 to win their third straight game, and improve to 6-4 on the season.

It's early in the season, but the New York Knicks have been surprising to say the least. No, they haven't been winning games with big leads. In fact, the team has found themselves coming back from double-digit deficits multiple times this season. Yesterday's game was no different. The Charlotte Hornets held a 41-32 lead after the first quarter, pushed the game to an 11-point lead at halftime, and maintained that 11-point lead at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Hornets extended their lead to 15. The Knicks would, however, rally to cut the lead to just four with about 7 minutes remaining.

The Hornets would then push the lead back up to nine on a Dwight Howard basket and a Kemba Walker three-pointer with 5:34 remaining. The resilient Knicks would then go on a 14-2, which included four three-pointers and a key three-pointer from Kristaps Porzingis that made it a 114-111 game with 1:49 remaining in the fourth. Porzingis would later hit a driving layup with 11 seconds remaining to make it 116-113 and Hornets' rookie guard Malik Monk would miss a three to tie the game.

Kristaps Porzingis had 28 points (10/15 FG), 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Doug McDermott had 20 points (7/8 FG) and 2 rebounds.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 points (6/14 FG) and 5 rebounds.

Kemba Walker had 21 points (8/16 FG), 7 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Malik Monk had 21 points (8/17 FG), 3 assists, and 2 rebounds.
Dwight Howard had 21 points (9/11 FG) and 9 rebounds.

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After tweeting out "I don't want to be here" and being sent home by Phoenix Suns general manager, Ryan McDonough, on October 23rd, the Phoenix Suns have agreed to trade guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for center Greg Monroe, a 2018 protected first-round draft pick, and a 2018 second-round draft pick.

Phoenix had been trying to work out a deal that included reigning Rookie of the Year, Malcom Brogdon, but Milwaukee resisted, league sources told ESPN. Bledsoe, who averaged a career-high 21.1 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.8 rebounds last season, will join forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, guard Khris Middleton, and guard Malcolm Brogdon, to form what could potentially be an explosive offensive team in the Eastern Conference.

As for the Phoenix Suns, they get a few draft picks and center Greg Monroe, who averaged 15.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks from 2011-12 and 2015-16, respectively.

However, Monroe has only played five games this season and has not played since October 26th due to a calf strain. According to ESPN, who cited league sources, the Phoenix Suns don't expect to keep Monroe and prefer to explore the trade market for Monroe and his expiring contract before discussing a contract buyout.


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