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Rookie Billy Donovan already a great NBA coach

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Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder are doing the impossible. The former Gator and current rookie NBA coach and his players are dominating the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in all phases of the game, but especially coaching. The Thunder can advance to the NBA Finals if they can win Game 5 in Oakland on Thursday night. If not, they will have two more chances. Oklahoma City leads the Western Conference Finals three games to one after two…

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Heat on brink of elimination after loss to Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors are just one win away from the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals. On the other side, the Miami Heat is one loss away from the end of their season. The Raptors led from start to finish, but had to hold on for a 99-91 victory on Wednesday night in Toronto to take a 3-2 lead in their semifinal series with the Heat. A 19-point lead melted to one in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors made enough big…

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Raptors edge Miami to take 2-1 series lead

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Dwyane Wade’s 38 points were not enough to keep the Toronto Raptors from regaining control of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series. The Raptors came from behind to take a 95-91 victory at American Airlines on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead. Wade scored 29 of his 38 points in the second half, but none of his teammates scored more than six during that period. Kyle Lowry, who struggled with his shot throughout the playoffs, found his stroke for Toronto…

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Raptors edge Heat in OT; series tied

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The Toronto Raptors overcame a seven-point fourth quarter deficit and went on to beat the Miami Heat, 96-92 in overtime on Thursday night in Toronto. With the win, the Raptors evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series at one game apiece. Things looked bleak for Toronto, but center Jonas Valanciunas came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of his 15 points. Until the final period, he had attempted only three shots the entire game. The Raptors sought to erase…

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Heat defeat Hornets to force Game 7

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The Miami Heat lived to play another day following their 97-90 win over Charlotte in Game 6 of their NBA astern Conference first round playoff series. The victory evened the series at three games each and forced a decisive Game 7 on Sunday at American Airlines Arena in Miami. As he had done for so many years, Dwyane Wade took charge late in the game to lead the Heat to victory. His two key three-pointers at the end kept the Hornets…

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Hornets put Heat on brink of elimination with 90-88 victory

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The Miami Heat dropped a heartbreaking 90-88 decision on the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. The loss at American Airlines Arena put the Hornets ahead 3-2 in their best of seven NBA Eastern Conference playoffs first round series. Courtney Lee made two huge plays for Charlotte at both ends of the court in the final 25 seconds to lead his team to victory. The Hornets can end Miami’s season with a victory in Game 6 on Friday night in Charlotte. After…

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Kemba Walker leads Charlotte to playoff win over Miami, 89-85

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Kemba Walker put the Charlotte Hornets on his back and led his team to an 89-85 NBA playoff victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night. Their best-of-seven first round series is now tied 2-2. Charlotte was down early, but used a huge third quarter run to turn the game around. After Miami recovered, Walker single-handedly kept his team in front, especially in the fourth quarter. Miami built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and led 26-19 heading into…

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