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8 Shot After Oklahoma City Thunder Game

One victim in critical condition

(Newser) - Minutes after the Oklahoma City Thunder won last night's NBA playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers, skirmishes broke out in the city's Bricktown entertainment district and eight people were shot when a gunman fired on the crowd. Two suffered life-threatening injuries, but the other six are expected... More »

Khloe Kardashian Meets Obama

White House ceremony honors NBA champion Lakers

(Newser) - You work hard your whole life, you become a professional basketball player, you win the NBA championship, you attend a White House ceremony honoring that feat—and the headlines say, "Khloe Kardashian meets President Obama." That's the fate of Kardashian's husband, Lamar Odom, and his Los Angeles Lakers... More »

LA Flocks to Lakers Parade

Cops vow to jail miscreants as coliseum fills

(Newser) - An estimated 150,000 clogged streets in downtown Los Angeles today as the NBA-champion Lakers took a victory lap around downtown, the Times reports. Some 80,000 more jammed the Coliseum for a rally at parade’s end. Police, hoping to avoid the looting and chaos that followed Sunday’s... More »

MVP Kobe Leads Lakers to Title No. 15

(Newser) - The Lakers captured their 15th NBA title tonight in Orlando, polishing off the Magic with a 99-86 victory that gave coach Phil Jackson his record 10th title, the Los Angeles Times reports. Last season's runners-up, the Lakers saw five players score in double figures, led by Finals MVP Kobe Bryant... More »

Lakers Crack Nuggets 119-92, Return to Finals

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are heading back to the NBA finals after dispatching the pesky Denver Nuggets with a 119-92 victory in Game 6 tonight. Bryant got plenty of scoring help from Trevor Ariza, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom as the Lakers shot 57.3% from the... More »

Lakers' Whining Won Game 5

(Newser) - The NBA fined Lakers coach Phil Jackson $50,000 for complaining about the officiating in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, but the frustrated Nuggets think it was money well spent. They got whistled 30 times in last night's Game 5, and they’re angry, reports Mark Kiszla of... More »

Lakers Rout Rockets, Make West Finals

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and the Los Angeles Lakers emphatically silenced the doubters and the Houston Rockets, winning Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals 89-70 today to advance to the Western finals against the Denver Nuggets. With Gasol scoring 21 points and grabbing 18 rebounds, the Lakers looked like... More »

Full-Court Press Won't Fix NBA's Image Woes

Commish can point to crooked ref, but game- fixing charge sticks

(Newser) - It seems unlikely NBA commissioner David Stern would ever have arranged outcomes of important games, as disgraced former referee Tim Donaghy has claimed. But whether or not the accusations are true, the league has a Shaq-sized image issue on its hands, and strategies for dealing with the tarnish aren't in... More »

Ousted Ref: NBA Fixed 2002 Series

Donaghy charges officials manipulated results to stretch playoff series

(Newser) - A disgraced former NBA referee claims that league officials conspired with referees to stretch the 2002 Lakers-Kings playoff series to a money-making seventh game, the Los Angeles Times reports. The allegation from Tim Donaghy came in a letter to the FBI that made broad claims of misconduct and match-fixing among... More »

Pistons Oust Magic, Advance to East Finals

(Newser) - The Detroit Pistons made just enough shots and stops to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for a sixth straight year. Richard Hamilton scored 19 of his 31 points in the first half, made victory-sealing free throws late in the game and Tayshaun Prince had a key block, helping Detroit... More »

Kobe Scores 22 as Lakers Seize 3-0 Series Lead

Anthony, Iverson combine for 31 as Nuggets dig deep hole

(Newser) - Once again, the Denver Nuggets couldn't keep their emotions or Kobe Bryant in check. Bryant scored 22 points and the Los Angeles Lakers took a 3-0 lead in their first-round series, routing the flustered Nuggets 102-84 tonight. The Nuggets are going to have to get more out of their All-Star... More »

Parker Nets 41, Spurs Near Sweep of Suns

Phoenix picks bad time for its first 3-game losing streak

(Newser) - The San Antonio-Phoenix series was supposed to be a spectacular first-round matchup of potential NBA champions. Instead, it's become a Spurs smackdown. Tony Parker had a career-high 41 points along with 12 assists and San Antonio routed the Suns 115-99 on Friday night to take a 3-0 series lead. It's... More »

76ers Crush Pistons to Take 2-1 Series Lead

Miller drops in 21 as Philly dominates more experienced Detroit

(Newser) - Andre Miller was spot on with his mid-range jumper and scored 21 points, and the rest of the 76ers ran all over the court in a dominating 95-75 victory over playoff-tested Detroit on Friday, taking a 2-1 lead in their first-round series. Samuel Dalembert had 22 points and 16 rebounds... More »

McGrady Leads Rockets Over Jazz

Houston steals road win after losing two at home

(Newser) - Tracy McGrady snapped out of his fourth-quarter slump and scored seven of his 27 points in the final period, leading Houston to a 94-92 victory over Utah last night that gave the Rockets life in a series that could have been headed for a sweep. Rafer Alston added 20 points... More »

Paul Shines in Playoff Debut as Hornets Win

Star has 25 points, 10 assists to lead comeback over Dallas

(Newser) - So much for playoff experience. Chris Paul had 35 points and 10 assists in his first career playoff game last night, lifting the New Orleans Hornets to a 104-92 come-from-behind victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their first-round series. David West also  scored 23 points to help... More »

Duncan Carries Spurs to Game 1 Win Over Suns

Rare 3-pointer, 40 points help spark San Antonio in double OT

(Newser) - Tim Duncan saved the San Antonio Spurs with a rare 3-pointer at the end of overtime, and Manu Ginobili hit a layup at the end of the second extra period to send the defending champions past the Phoenix Suns, 117-115 today in Game 1 of their first-round series. The third-seeded... More »

Warriors Playoff Hopes Ended by Amare, Suns

Denver clinches eighth seed in the Western Conference

(Newser) - Amare Stoudemire scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and Phoenix recovered after blowing a 17-point lead to beat Golden State 122-116 Monday, eliminating the Warriors from playoff contention and securing the final playoff spot in the West for Denver. Steve Nash nearly had a triple-double with... More »

Hawks Clinch a Playoff Berth

Long postseason drought over thanks to Indiana loss

(Newser) - For the first time since 1999, the Atlanta Hawks are headed to the NBA playoffs after clinching the final spot in the Eastern Conference when Indiana, the only other team with a mathematical chance, lost at Washington 117-110. The league's longest playoff drought ended with Atlanta enjoying an off day.... More »

San Antonio Goes Broom Shopping

Finals sweep looms as LeBron's trey falls short at buzzer

(Newser) - The Cavaliers have a great angle on the NBA Finals: courtside seats for an overwhelming performance by the Spurs. San Antonio staked out a historically insurmountable 3-0 series lead with a 75-72 victory last night as LeBron James scored 25 points but couldn't quite make it 28, missing a 3-pointer... More »

Understaffed Suns Set Just Short of Victory

Amare-less Phoenix blows lead, trails San Antonio 3-2

(Newser) - The Phoenix Suns, minus their two best big men, squandered their home-court advantage last night, dropping game 5 of a hotly contested playoff to the Spurs, 88-85. Serial gamemakers Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw sat the game out on a controversial suspension for leaving their bench out of turn in... More »

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