MIAMI — Before the season started, a poll suggested the Miami Heat was the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA title, collecting a whopping 76 percent of ballots cast.
Sebastien De La Cruz, a San Antonio 11-year-old who sang the national anthem before the start of the Tuesday night NBA finals game was immediately targeted by racist tweets.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks named longtime Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer as head coach on Tuesday, giving the team another link to San Antonio's championship tradition.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - On the best playoff run in their short history, the Memphis Grizzlies aren't satisfied with just reaching their first Western Conference final.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots around San Antonio's Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili in overtime of Golden State's win that evened the series.
OAKLAND, Calif. - His spirits down, his left ankle limp and his team's season hanging in the balance, Stephen Curry wondered whether he could recover for the biggest game of his career until a text message popped up on his phone around 2 a.m. Saturday.
LOS ANGELES - For four straight games, the San Antonio Spurs showed off all the teamwork and tenacity that the Los Angeles Lakers lacked all season long.
Tony Parker scored 23 points as San Antonio handed the Lakers their first opening-round exit since 2007.
L.A.'s Dwight Howard beats Orlando's Nikola Vucevic for a rebound. Howard finished with a season-best 39 points and 16 boards against his old team.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Dwight Howard endured the worst reception of his NBA career on Tuesday.
Phoenix's Jermaine O'Neal scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Suns' overtime win.
SAN ANTONIO - It would be almost impossible to replicate the feeling the Phoenix Suns had when they last won at AT&T Center, exorcising demons with a 2010 playoff sweep of the despised San Antonio Spurs.
NEW YORK - Bottled up by the Bulls and baffled by the officials, Carmelo Anthony expected to spend the final minutes of the Knicks' loss alone in the locker room.
MIAMI - The Miami Heat were outrebounded by 28, matching the second-largest margin in team history. They finished with 24 boards, matching the second-lowest total in any game over the franchise's quarter-century of existence.
LeBron James scored 23 points for Miami, which closed on a 12-2 run to beat a San Antonio team that sat four of its starters after a long road trip.
MIAMI - The NBA plans to make San Antonio pay for resting four starters. The Miami Heat almost could not.
LOS ANGELES - Danny Green hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 9.3 seconds left, Tony Parker scored 19 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat Los Angeles 84-82 on Tuesday night in the Lakers' first loss since firing coach Mike Brown.
NEW YORK - Former Arizona Wildcat Derrick Williams was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team on Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES - Kevin Durant added 31 points and drained the tiebreaking three-pointer with 13.7 seconds left as Oklahoma City seized control of the second-round series with a 103-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 on Saturday night.
Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol defends against guard Chris Paul (3) of the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul led all scorers with 29 points