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# Basketball

All time
# zach attack
Zach LaVine inspires Chicago Bulls to narrow victory over Brooklyn Nets
Pat Connaughton scored seven three-pointers in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 124-102 win over the Miami Heat.
# Suns Shine
Phoenix Suns take 17th straight win as Golden State Warriors beaten 104-96
The two teams sit atop the league with 18-3 records.
# Welcome back
LeBron shines with 39 points as Lakers beat Pacers in overtime
Kevin Durant passed Allen Iverson last night to move into the top 25 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
LeBron James' return to the court spoiled by dominant Boston Celtics
The Lakers star had been out since suffering an abdominal strain against Houston Rockets on 2 November.
# Golden Boy
Steph Curry inspires Golden State Warriors victory over Brooklyn Nets
The Warriors, Jazz and Clippers won.
# LA story
The Los Angeles Lakers hold on to beat the Miami Heat in overtime
Miami’s Herro missed two three-pointers in the final nine seconds.
# Wrap
Butler nets 32 points as Heat roll over Hornets, James makes strong return for Lakers
Elsewhere, LeBron James returned from a two-game injury absence to score 26 points for the LA Lakers.
# Anger
NBA star calls Chinese president a 'brutal dictator'
Enes Kanter has strongly criticised Xi Jinping.
# Announcement
Basketball Ireland appoint former Six Nations boss Feehan as new chief executive
‘There is huge scope for growth,’ says Bernard O’Byrne’s successor.
# Barred
NBA star Irving sidelined by Nets for refusing Covid vaccination
Irving is part of the Nets’ star trio that also includes Kevin Durant and James Harden.
# Unavailable
Unvaccinated Nets star misses first practice in New York
Kyrie Irving would need proof of at least one vaccine shot in order to practice at the Barclays Center arena.
# Basketball
Two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol makes 'difficult decision' to retire
The Spaniard was a six-time NBA All-Star after being named the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2002.
# good reads
Pacquiao for president, Cork hurling happiness and the rest of the week's best sportswriting
Enjoy some our favourite reads from the last week.
# Green Light
Basketball's '21/22 National League season to finally begin in October
Senior Super League and Division One clubs will be allowed to resume collective training from this day next week, 23 August.
# Swish
Ireland win European Championship for Small Countries after victory over Malta
The result completes the double for head coach Mark Keenan, who won the 1994 Promotions Cup as Ireland captain.
Curry to stay with Warriors as Carmelo joins LeBron: reports
Curry will sign a four-year deal worth $215 million with the Warriors, his agent told ESPN.
# Upset
USA lose first men's Olympic basketball game since 2004
NBA All-Star Kevin Durant was held to just 10 points in the first-round game against France.
# Call it a Comeback
Bucks level NBA Finals series against Suns in Game 4 thriller
Khris Middleton scored 40 points as the Bucks won 109-103.
# Online abuse
Basketball Ireland condemns 'disgraceful' online comments aimed at women's U20 side
‘Our players and coaching staff have dedicated a lot of time and effort to represent their country.’
# NBA Finals
Devin Booker stars as the Suns blow away the Bucks in Game 2
Phoenix are two wins from the NBA title.
# NBA Finals
Chris Paul shines as Phoenix Suns take Game 1 over Milwaukee Bucks
The Suns won 118-105 as they set after their first NBA title.
# eastern promise
Milwaukee Bucks hold off Atlanta Hawks to clinch third NBA Finals appearance
The Bucks will return to the finals for the first time since 1974.
# Baller
Mayo football star one of two uncapped players in Ireland basketball squad for Europeans
Head coach James Weldon has named his 12-strong side, with some big names in there.
# Phoenix night
Phoenix Suns canter into NBA Finals with defeat of Los Angeles Clippers
The victors will face either the Milwaukee Bucks or Atlanta Hawks in the Finals.
# LA Night
Los Angeles Clippers defeat Phoenix Suns in do-or-die NBA playoff game
The Suns had led the best-of-seven series 3-1.
# order of the phoenix
Victory in LA leaves Phoenix Suns on brink of first NBA finals in 28 years
The Suns can finish the job with another win over the Clippers back in Phoenix on Monday.
# best in the west
Suns break Clippers' hearts in Game 2 with last-second alley-oop
Phoenix open up 2-0 lead in Western Conference finals.
# Hoop Dreams
Harlem Globetrotters want to join NBA as expansion franchise
There is speculation the NBA is considering adding a 31st team to the league.
# best of the west
Booker's 40-point triple-double gives Suns edge over Clippers
The Suns beat the Clippers 120-114 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Clippers rally to oust top seeded Jazz, Sixers set stage for game 7
The fourth seeded Clippers won their four straight match.
# greek freak
Milwaukee Bucks force series decider after 104-89 victory over Brooklyn Nets
Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined for 68 points at the Fiserv Forum.
# ball don't lie
Atlanta Hawks capitalise on 76ers collapse to edge ahead in series
The Hawks outscored the Sixers 40-19 in the fourth quarter.
# too jazzy
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George lead the way as Clippers revive playoff bid
A comprehensive win over Utah Jazz in game three.
Embiid scores 27 as Sixers roll over Hawks in front of 16,400 fans, Suns rout Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets are now facing elimination.
# Wrap
Bucks hang on to beat Nets, Jazz down Clippers in NBA playoffs
Khris Middleton scored 35 points and two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo bagged 33 as the Bucks trimmed the deficit in the best-of-seven series to 2-1.
# The MVP
Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic named runaway winner of 2021 NBA MVP
Serbian centre is the lowest draft pick ever to win the MVP award.
# Don Deal
Donovan Mitchell leads Utah Jazz to victory in Game 1 thriller against LA Clippers
The Jazz dug out a three-point win over their Western Conference rivals.
# Net gains
Brooklyn Nets defy early Harden exit to seize lead over Milwaukee Bucks
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant combined for 54 points in a 115-107 victory for the Nets.
# LA story
Kawhi Leonard and Clippers force Mavericks series to Game 7 on Sunday
Leonard finished with 45 points and went five for nine from three.
# blaze of glory
Dame Lillard delivered an all-time great NBA playoff performance - and the Blazers still lost
Lillard sent the game to overtime, and then to double-overtime, finishing with 55 points before the Nuggets prevailed.