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Offensive juggernaut? Mental toughness secures Game 4

The Houston Rockets faced a double-digit deficit not once, but twice, in the most feared arena this postseason. But defense and composure were the key ingredients to a pivotal Game 4 win that tied the Western Conference finals.

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Harden's hammer on Draymond on repeat

James Harden's massive dunk on Draymond Green is so nasty it needs to be seen from all the angles.

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Rockets upend Dubs at home

A hot start by the Warriors and an explosive third quarter from Steph Curry weren't enough, as the Rockets took a rare win at Oracle Arena.

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Harden's sweet pass sets up CP3

James Harden's defensive play sets up a nifty pass around Kevin Durant to a trailing Chris Paul for a layup.

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Thompson off the mark on potential tying jumper

With time running out and down two, Klay Thompson can't connect on the short jumper and the Warriors foul with 0.5 seconds left.

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Curry shines with another signature third quarter

Steph Curry drops 17 points in the third quarter, matching the Rockets by himself.

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Harden credits Rockets' intensity for victory

James Harden says the key to winning Game 4 was "playing our ass off" and calls Chris Paul one of the best finishers in the league.

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CP3: 'When its winning time, you gotta suck it up'

Chris Paul says he told his teammates to "fight back" after the Warriors' run.

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Did the Warriors need a timeout?

Down two points with the ball and a timeout, the Warriors play it out and get a poor shot and a loss in Game 4. The Warriors explain why the timeout wasn't used.

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Rockets rally to take Game 4

In a must-win game on the road, the Rockets overcome a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Warriors.

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Kerr: Warriors wanted timeout on late possession

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says his team "ran out of gas" in the 4th quarter and that Draymond Green tried to get a timeout in the finals seconds.

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Curry knows Warriors can win in Houston

Steph Curry explains that the Warriors' mindset won't change now that Houston has regained home-court advantage.

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Stephen A.: 'Houston refused to go away'

Stephen A. Smith breaks down the Rockets' performance, regaining home court advantage, and wondering if Golden State can answer back.

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Curry can't score as time expires

With 0.5 seconds left, Steph Curry misses a game-tying 3-pointer, but it wouldn't of counted as it came after the buzzer.

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Ozzie Albies, Gleyber Torres are already legit stars

The two 21-year-old infielders are already future All-Stars and putting up big power numbers. If you had to pick one, choosing isn't easy.

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Yanks' Judge rules out repeat run in HR Derby

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said winning last year's Home Run Derby was "a cool experience" but that he doesn't see a need to defend his title at this year's event.

Crawford homers off brother-in-law Cole

Brandon Crawford takes Gerrit Cole, the husband of his sister Amy, deep for a two-run homer and the family reaction is interesting.

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Barnwell: Is Vegas the biggest surprise team ever? The verdict ...

Does Vegas' Stanley Cup run make it the most unlikely finalist in modern American sports? Bill Barnwell looks at candidates across the big four.

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Vegas' success wasn't rigged: Here's how the Knights were built

No one expected Vegas to make the Stanley Cup Final this season. Here's how each player taken in the expansion draft has helped (or not).

Patriots

NFL

Contract, workout regimen among factors in Gronk's absence

Rob Gronkowski could be leaving $250,000 on the table by skipping OTAs, but perhaps a sweetened deal could influence him to make the trip.

Belichick 'not going to talk about the people' not at OTAs

Bill Belichick has no explanation for Tom Brady missing OTAs as he is focused on the players who did come.

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Kyle Korver excels in season of personal sorrow

Despite the sudden loss of his youngest brother, Cavs guard Kyle Korver has managed to play his best.

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Cavs are back, and no one should be surprised

LeBron James and Cleveland are consistently inconsistent and this turnaround is just the latest example.

Cavs even series off LeBron's 44-point effort

LeBron James is perfect from the field in the first quarter and finishes with 44 points as the Cavs beat the Celtics 111-102.

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LeBron leaps over 2 defenders to grab Love's full-court pass

Before Game 4, LeBron James describes how certain plays, like a Kevin Love long pass, create momentum. In the second quarter, James scores off one.

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Stephen A.: LeBron is on 'Mount Rushmore of basketball'

Stephen A. Smith explains how LeBron James is able to continuously play at a high level in his 15th year in the league.

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LeBron passes Kareem for most playoff FG ever

With a jump shot in the second quarter, LeBron James becomes the all-time leader in field goals made in the postseason.

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Winner plays for the Cup

Game 7: Wednesday, 8:00 P.M.

Ovechkin prepares for 'biggest game in my life'

With one game separating him from his first Stanley Cup Final appearance, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said Wednesday's Game 7 is the biggest game of his life.

X factors, picks for Capitals-Lightning Game 7

Which players' performances -- for better or worse -- will determine the winner of the Eastern Conference finals? Our panel weighs in.

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Lionel Messi is the quietest superstar

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  • Stay Messi, My Friend

    Lionel Messi only seems like the least interesting man in the world. Listen closely and his silence speaks louder than most athletes' shouts.