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Giannis propels Bucks past Celtics to force decisive Game 7

The Boston Celtics closed to within two points with six minutes left in the fourth, but Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 8 of his game-high 31 points to close out the Celtics and lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a Game 6 victory.

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Nichols: LeBron is the king of clutch

Rachel Nichols looks back at LeBron James' best playoff game winning buckets.




LeBron James caps classic performance with epic buzzer-beater

The Cavaliers needed every one of their star's 44 points to earn a Game 5 win over the Pacers and put Indiana on the brink of elimination.

LeBron's block leads to his game winner




Clint Capela, Rockets run KAT, Timberwolves out of playoffs

He's not a new-age All-Star center like Karl-Anthony Towns, but Clint Capela is a perfect fit for what Houston needs at the position.

Green's journey from unemployment to hometown hero

For Houston native Gerald Green, the sweetest part of his storybook comeback isn't making the playoffs, it's helping rebuild homes and lives after Hurricane Harvey.



Raptors learned their lesson, rebound with Game 5 win

Toronto's offense flowed more smoothly as the Raptors took the series lead, but can they keep it up and finish off the Wizards?

Raptors one win away from moving on

DeMar DeRozan drops 32 and Kyle Lowry adds a double-double as the Raptors ignite the crowd taking a 3-2 series lead.




Westbrook, George breathe life into OKC with huge comeback

Down 25 in the third quarter, the Thunder looked as if they had given up. But Russell Westbrook and Paul George would have none of it.

Russ takes over second half to extend series

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Powell: Will 'Melo's last stand be sitting?

Watch: LeBron James' career playoff buzzer-beaters

The Starters: Are Sixers new favorites in the East?



Four best Kawhi Leonard trades we'd like to see

Trade discussions could heat up if the Spurs and Leonard don't see eye-to-eye on a new contract. Our NBA Insiders give four deals that work.

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As Warriors advance, Spurs left to ponder future

Golden State was in control from the outset, then hung on to eliminate San Antonio and perhaps put the finishing touches on an era.

The Spurs' Kawhi options, plus more offseason moves

San Antonio will enter the summer with the potential for half its roster becoming free agents.



Sixers ready to take next step in 'The Process'

Two years removed from one of the worst seasons in NBA history, Philly is moving on in the playoffs -- and thinking big.

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Kellerman compares Simmons-Embiid to Penny-Shaq

Max Kellerman hasn't seen a young duo like Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid since Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal.


Can the 76ers really get to the Finals, though? Shaq and Penny say, “Yes”

The Magic did it in '95 and the Penny/Shaq era has a lot in common with Philly in 2018.

Draft Debate

Panel to NCAA: End 1-and-done, ban cheaters

The Commission on College Basketball, wanting to "be bold in our recommendations," wants the NCAA to minimize one-and-dones and ban cheating coaches for life.

Sources: NBA, PA focus on draft age minimum

Conversations between the NBA and National Basketball Players Association regarding the one-and-done entry rule have centered on lowering the minimum age requirement, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.



Cavs downplay effects of Pacers' Stephenson

The Cavaliers insist Lance Stephenson's antics won't influence their focus after run-ins with the Pacers guard. "It's not worth it to give that extra energy to him," Cavs forward Jeff Green said.

Stephen A. blames LeBron for Cavs' struggles

Stephen A. Smith faults LeBron James for driving Kyrie Irving out of Cleveland as the Cavs' struggles continue against the Pacers.


Coaching carousel

NBA coaching candidates: Big names, prospects and wild cards

With coaching vacancies opening up around the league, here's a comprehensive look at the top names being considered for jobs.

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Who's out, who's in: NBA coaching changes

Three head coaches lost their jobs during the season, and more moves are expected this offseason. We're keeping track of every change on the sidelines around the NBA.

Detail: Kobe Bryant

Streaming now on ESPN+

Kobe Bryant analyzes Game 1 of Raptors-Wizards from the perspective of Toronto's DeMar DeRozan.

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NBA draft

NBA mock draft: Projecting the top 60 prospects for 2019

ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony projects a new top 60 for the 2019 NBA draft class.

NBA draft tracker: Who's in, and who's testing?

Who has declared for the 2018 NBA draft, and who's testing the waters? We're tracking the prospects in our Top 100 rankings.

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Russell Westbrook's fashion

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  • 82 flavors of Russ: How to dress like OKC's MVP

    Russ does what he wants -- on and off the court. We tracked every outfit the NBA's biggest fashion star wore this season. But even if you think you can pull off Westbrook's look, it'll cost you.

Social media and the NBA

Tracking the key injuries in NBA postseason race