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Curry brother rivalry adds spice to NBA Western Conference finals

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry and Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry will make a little history when they clash in the NBA’s Western Conference finals starting on Tuesday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau it will be the first time a pair of brothers have played each other in a conference final — and the first time two brothers have clashed in the playoffs since Spain’s […]

Raptors, Trail Blazers clinch game sevens to reach NBA final four

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard bounced in the game-winning shot at the buzzer as the Toronto Raptors advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 92-90 win over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers in a heart-stopping game seven on Sunday. Game seven was a microcosm of the wildly-unpredictable series with each team taking turns making runs or being inept until the biggest twist of all from Leonard finished it off in dramatic style. […]

Sixers roar past Raptors to force game seven

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Jimmy Butler scored 25 points while Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid had bounce-back games as the Philadelphia 76ers staved off elimination with a 112-101 win over Toronto to force game seven. Butler also had six rebounds and Embiid finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds for the Sixers who kept their season alive by squaring the best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference second round series at 3-3. Simmons rebounded to deliver 21 […]

Durant will miss Warriors game in Houston with calf strain

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant will miss Friday’s NBA playoff game at Houston after an MRI scan revealed a strained right calf, the reigning league champions announced Thursday. Durant, averaging a league-best 34.2 points in the playoffs, was removed in the third quarter of Golden State’s 104-99 home victory Wednesday over Houston, which gave the Warriors a 3-2 edge in their best-of-seven Western Conference second-round series. There were […]

Warriors hold off Rockets, Durant suffers right leg injury

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Golden State pulled out a 104-99 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday as the Warriors survived the loss of superstar Kevin Durant to grab a 3-2 lead in their second round NBA playoff series. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson nailed clutch three pointers late in the fourth quarter for the Warriors but the buzz after the game was not about the win but rather the health of Durant. […]

Bucks rout Celtics, become first to reach NBA final four

LOS ANGLES, United States (AFP) — Milwaukee became the first team to reach the NBA’s final four as the top-seeded Bucks beat the visiting Boston Celtics with a 116-91 series-clinching victory on Wednesday. The Bucks used balanced scoring and a stingy defense to eliminate the fourth-seeded Celtics in five games, avenging a seven-game first round loss to Boston last season. The Celtics had reached the NBA semi-finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers each of the last […]

Cyclists brave dampening rain at 5 Boro Bike Tour

By Patrick Ivan Palugod EBC New Jersey Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) – Anxious cyclists refreshed their weather apps constantly during the week leading up to the 42nd Annual TD Bank 5 Boro Bike Tour in hopes of seeing sunshine in the forecast versus the 100% chance of rain predicted. But despite waking up early Sunday morning to the steady rainfall, tens of thousands of cyclists still put on their raincoats and prepared for a […]

Raptors crush Sixers 125-89 to take 3-2 NBA series lead

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Toronto Raptors moved one win away from a place in the NBA Eastern Conference finals Tuesday with an overwhelming 125-89 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers. With 76ers star center Joel Embiid ailing, the Raptors took full advantage on their home floor in Toronto to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven second-round playoff series. Toronto forward Pascal Siakam scored 25 points to lead six Raptors players in double […]

George, Westbrook undergo surgery: Thunder

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Oklahoma City Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George have both undergone successful surgeries to fix injuries ahead of next season, the club announced on Tuesday. Westbrook went under the knife to repair a ligament in his left hand and had also undergone an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, the club said. The 2016-2017 NBA MVP is expected to be fit to return to basketball activities in three […]

LeBron not OK with Magic’s ‘weird’ departure from Lakers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James indicated he was shocked and upset by Magic Johnson’s surprise abrupt decision to quit as the president of basketball operations for the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers last month. James made comments in the latest episode of his HBO television show “The Shop” that features him sitting in a barbershop chair and talking informally with friends. The episode aired on Saturday but was taped on April 11, two […]

Leonard leads Raptors to series-tying win over 76ers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 39 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to propel the Toronto Raptors to a 101-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers that knotted their NBA playoff series at two games apiece. Spanish center Marc Gasol added 16 points and Kyle Lowry contributed 14 for the Raptors, who held ailing Sixers center Joel Embiid to 11 points on two-of-seven shooting from the field. The Raptors will try to […]

Embiid’s 33 points lift Sixers past Raptors

  By Tennie Sumague EBC New York Bureau PHILADELPHIA (Eagle News) – Knee tendinitis and gastroenteritis may have hindered Philadelphia 76ers center, Joel Embiid’s subpar Game 1 and 2 performances but the All-Star center’s blistering dominance on offense and defense lifted the Sixers to a 116-95 Game 3 win over the Toronto Raptors Thursday night. Embiid finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 3 assists and showed off his fun-loving antics to give […]