One year ago, Jimmy Butler walked into the Miami Heat practice gym, took a seat on a makeshift stage and said he wanted to be part of the team's next title run.
LeBron James is going to a 10th NBA finals – and for the first time in a decade, so are the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jamal Murray had 28 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and made two late three-pointers to halt a Lakers charge, helping the Nuggets to a 114-106 victory.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said his “best guess” is that next season will not start until at least January, acknowledging top players could miss next year’s Games.
- by Roy Ward
There was 2.1 seconds left on the clock when Anthony Davis made a winning play that will be remembered.
- by Tania Ganguli
Getting big leads has been relatively easy for the Boston Celtics in these eastern conference finals. This time, they also found a way to finish the job.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have been awarded spots on the All-NBA first team, the only two players with the honour who are still playing inside the NBA bubble.
- by Dan Woike
Denver's dynamic duo of Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic led another stunning turnaround as the Nuggets advanced to the western conference finals.
For the second consecutive game, the Clippers froze during key moments and allowed a stunning comeback to extend the series after Denver's 111-98 victory.
- by Andrew Greif
Anthony Davis was the biggest player on the floor, and the Houston Rockets had no answers.
- by Tim Reynolds