2008 NBA playoffs

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Fisher Nets Game 4 for Lakers

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant is one win from an NBA title to call his own, and Derek Fisher got him there. Fisher forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in regulation and then drilled another one with 31.3 seconds to go in overtime as the Los Angeles Lakers... More »

Do Feds Suspect Another Ref?

Officials report being asked about Bavetta during Donaghy probe

(Newser) - While questioning former NBA referees about Tim Donaghy, federal investigators also asked lots of questions about another ref named Dick Bavetta, ESPN reports. Commissioner David Stern, however, insisted the league has no concerns about the veteran official, who worked Game 1 of this year's finals. Stern again suggested that Donaghy's... More »

Lakers Take Game 3

Los Angeles beats Boston, 87-81, now trails series 2-1

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant scored 36 points to lead his LA Lakers to an 87-81 victory over Boston in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the LA Times reports. Los Angeles now trails the best-of-seven series 2-1. The Lakers also got a strong lift from Sasha Vujacic (20 points), who came up... More »

For Lakers, It's Tonight or Never

To break Celtics curse, Lakers have to show up for Game 3

(Newser) - The Boston team that dominated the court in Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals isn't the same Celtics crew that eked out wins against Atlanta, Cleveland, and Detroit. But the Lakers may only have just noticed that, writes Mark Heisler in the Los Angeles Times. For Kobe &... More »

Pierce Plays Through Pain

Celtics captain, felled by knee sprain, jumps back into game

(Newser) - When Paul Pierce crumpled to the parquet in the third quarter of last night's NBA Finals game, everyone watching likely echoed the fears of Boston coach Doc Rivers, who "thought the worst." But after writhing in pain and leaving the court in a wheelchair, the Celtics captain returned,... More »

Celtics Take Game 1 Over LA

Boston wins at home, 98-88, to open the NBA finals

(Newser) - The Boston Celtics treated their hometown fans to a 98-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers tonight in Game 1 of the NBA finals, the Boston Globe reports. Kevin Garnett (24 points) and Paul Pierce (22) led the Celtics, while Kobe Bryant had 24 for LA. Pierce went down hard... More »

Let the Games Begin: Kobe Starved for a Title

He must feed the beast of his addiction to b-ball dominance

(Newser) - The Wire's pitiable junkie Bubbles and Kobe Bryant wouldn't seem to have much, if anything, in common. But not so, Scoop Jackson writes on ESPN.com, arguing that the Los Angeles Lakers star has an addiction of his own—a fiendish thirst to win a championship "no athlete in... More »

This LA Boy Has Gone Green

A California native, Boston's Pierce is ready for finals

(Newser) - Paul Pierce knows everything about the storied Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the 1980s: growing up in Inglewood near the Forum, his dreams were gold and purple. "As a kid, I hated the Celtics," says the Boston forward. But childhood memories won't cause him to hold back as his team... More »

What's Next for the Spurs?

With no repeat in the works, team weighs future

(Newser) - With the Spurs' dreams of repeating as NBA champs foiled again, ESPN looks to the experts to explain why they couldn't go the distance, and to see what lies ahead for San Antonio. The advancing ages of Tim Duncan and most of the bench probably contributed to the loss, and... More »

Lakers Thump Spurs, Take 2-0 Series Lead

LA never trails against defending champs in 30-point victory

(Newser) - No comeback required for the Lakers on Friday, as they scored the final nine points of the first half and never looked back in a 101-71 thrashing of defending champion San Antonio, reports AP. Kobe Bryant scored 22 points and Lamar Odom added 20 points and 12 rebounds as LA... More »

Pistons Head Home 'All-Square'

Detroit beats Boston on the road to tie series

(Newser) - The Detroit Pistons proved that a visiting team can win in Boston. Now they can reach the NBA finals without having to do it again. Richard Hamilton nailed 25 points, and the Pistons beat the Celtics 103-97 last night, tying the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece and seizing... More »

Rondo Dishes Out Another Celts Home Win

Hot-and-cold guard key to each win in Boston's baffling playoff run

(Newser) - Kevin Garnett may have notched the most points with 26, but it was Rajon Rondo who really hurt the Detroit Pistons in Boston's Game 1 win last night. The blossoming point guard logged more than 40 minutes on the court, finishing with 11 points, seven assists, and five steals to... More »

James, Pierce Create Instant Classic

Celts-Cavs Game 7 one for the ages, writes Boston Globe columnist

(Newser) - It was one for the ages, writes Dan Shaughnessy in the Boston Globe about yesterday's Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game 7 in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals, thanks to a duel between Paul Pierce and LeBron James. Shaughnessy (and many other media observers) compares the duel to the storied 1988 matchup... More »

Kobe, Lakers Advance to Western Finals

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Lakers reached the NBA's Western Conference finals for the first time in four years by beating the Utah Jazz 108-105 on Friday. Kobe Bryant scored 34 points for LA, which held off a furious rally by the Jazz to clinch the series 4-2. Los Angeles plays the... More »

Cavs Win, Force a Game 7

Celtics remain winless on the road during this postseason

(Newser) - LeBron James scored 32 points - 19 in the second half - and the Cavaliers forced a decisive and fitting finale to this home-sweet-home playoff series with a 74-69 victory Friday night over Boston, which has gone from regular-season road kings to postseason road kill. The Cavs are attempting to... More »

NBA Game Or the Circus?

Is all the noise and spectacle necessary? Fans, players, coaches are torn

(Newser) - Cleveland's Q is one of the loudest arenas in basketball, filled with fire and smoke and ear-shattering music. But it's hardly unique among NBA venues. After Commissioner David Stern recently wondered whether teams were getting a smidge carried away, the Plain Dealer takes a look at the pros and cons... More »

Spurs Keep Hopes Alive; Win Over Hornets

(Newser) - The San Antonio Spurs' Big Three came through, but they'll still have to win one on the road to keep their title defense alive. Manu Ginobili scored 25 points, Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Tony Parker added 15 points in the Spurs' 99-80 victory over the... More »

West, Hornets Push Spurs to Brink, Lead 3-2

Forward has 38 points, 14 boards and 5 blocks in 101-79 victory

(Newser) - David West and the New Orleans Hornets sure looked happy to be at home. West had career playoff highs of 38 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots, lifting New Orleans to a 101-79 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night and a 3-2 series lead. New Orleans... More »

James, Cavs Batter Homesick Celts

Cleveland evens series as Boston remains winless on the road in the playoffs

(Newser) - Back to even, and back to Boston—with authority. LeBron James scored 21 points, jamming in a powerhouse dunk over a defenseless Kevin Garnett in the final two minutes, as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the homesick Celtics 88-77 in Game 4 on Monday night to tie the best-of-seven series at... More »

Kirilenko, Jazz Tie Series with Overtime Win

He makes key block on Kobe, three-point play in victory over Lakers

(Newser) - Andrei Kirilenko blocked Kobe Bryant twice in overtime and converted a three-point play with 35 seconds remaining as the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 123-115 on Sunday, tying the Western Conference semifinals at 2-2. The Jazz went 8-for-8 from the foul line in overtime and outscored the Lakers... More »

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