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# NBA

# Goat
LeBron James breaks NBA all-time points-scoring record
The LA Lakers star passed Abdul-Jabbar’s longstanding total against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Last month
January 2023
# Global Game
Celtics edge Warriors in Finals rematch, Bulls win in Paris
Boston’s eighth straight win, this one against the champions, pushed their league-leading record to 34-12.
# NBA
LeBron James passes historic 38,000-point mark but Lakers lose again
James is now second only to fellow Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record.
Last year
2022
# like a fine wine
LeBron's season-high 47 points on 38th birthday spark Lakers to NBA win
‘I called it. I told them before the game. I had to make it happen.’
# NBA
Dazzling Doncic's historic triple-double carries Mavs past Knicks
Slovenian became first player in NBA history with a triple-double featuring at least 60 points and 20 rebounds.
# Sidelined
Curry's return date unknown as Warriors confirm he suffered partial shoulder dislocation
ESPN reported on Thursday that the four-time NBA champion would miss ‘a few weeks’ with the injury.
# Goat
NBA renames MVP trophy after Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan
Jordan, a six-time NBA champion, won five MVPs in his 15-season career.
# NBA
Nike splits with NBA star Irving after anti-Semitism row
The tie-up, reportedly worth around $11 million to the athlete, was one of the largest in the sporting world.
# Sorry
NBA star apologises 'deeply' for post: 'I'm not anti-semitic'
Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving made the comments in an interview with SportsNet New York.
# form
Celtics win 8th straight, while Warriors' away woes continue despite Curry's 50
It’s Golden State’s worst road start since they went 0-9 in 1989.
# courage
Australian basketballer Isaac Humphries comes out as gay
Former Atlanta Hawk is only openly gay man playing in a top-tier basketball competition.
# Round-Up
Hawks inflict first loss on Bucks, and Curry drops 47 points as he saves Warriors
The Bucks were looking to move to 10-0 but Hawks rookie A.J. Griffin had other ideas.
# NBA
Bucks in seventh heaven, Cavs stun Celtics
The Lakers bagged their second victory of the season with an overtime win.
# luka bloom
Doncic bags 41-point triple-double as Mavs edge Nets, Warriors rebound against Heat
The Slovenian became just the 10th player in NBA history with three or more 40-point triple-doubles.
# MVP
Jokic posts triple double as Nuggets stun Warriors
Elsewhere, Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant erupted for 49 points.
# Zion
Pelicans pummel Nets to open NBA season, Suns beat Mavs
Zion Williamson played his first regular-season game in more than 17 months and scored 25 points.
# NBA
Warriors thump Lakers in season opener, Celtics sink Sixers
Steph Curry scored 33 points as the Golden State Warriors launched the defense of their NBA crown.
# NBA
LeBron's 18-year-old son Bronny signs Nike endorsement deal
No financial terms for the deals were revealed.
# good reads
Shambolic organisation at the Champions League final and more of the week's best sportswriting
A selection of pieces that caught our eye this week.
# orchestrator
Ex-NBA player Williams pleads guilty in $5m health fraud scheme involving 17 other players
Williams, who played for the New Jersey Nets and Houston Rockets, was charged in the elaborate fraud in October last year.
# pay rise
LeBron James' new €95.5 million contract makes him highest-earner in NBA history
The 37-year-old’s management agency, Klutch Sports Group, confirmed the two-year extension with Los Angeles Lakers.
# KD
Durant seeks trade from Brooklyn Nets - reports
The two-time NBA champion joined the Nets from the Golden State Warriors in 2019.
# Dubs
Golden State Warriors crowned NBA champions in six games over Boston Celtics
Steph Curry was at his dominant best for the Warriors, scoring an equal game-high 34 points on the back of six three pointers.
# One to go
Golden State Warriors on verge of fourth NBA title in eight years
The Warriors beat the Boston Celtics by 10 points to improve to 3-2 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals series.
# curry sauce
Curry's 43-point masterclass powers Golden State to win over Boston
The sides were meeting in game four of the NBA finals.
# The Gahden
Celtics outmuscle Warriors to take 2-1 NBA Finals lead
Boston move within two wins of a record 18th NBA crown.
# finals
Curry stars as Warriors down Celtics to level NBA Finals series
The series now moves to Boston with game three scheduled for Wednesday and game four on Friday.
# First blood
Celtics rally to beat Warriors in game one of NBA Finals
The Warriors have the chance to level the series in game two in San Francisco on Sunday.
# Take a Bow
Celtics beat Heat in game seven, face Warriors in NBA Finals
Boston captured the winner-takes-all matchup to claim the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals 4-3.
# Decider
Butler's heroics power Heat over Celtics to force NBA game 7
Butler scored a career playoff high 47 points to force a winner-takes-all showdown.
# warriors
Thompson inspires as Golden State beat Dallas to reach sixth NBA Finals in eight years
The Warriors won the best-of-seven Western Conference finals 4-1 and will play either the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat in the finals.
# edging closer
Celtics beat Heat to reach brink of NBA Finals
Boston are one win away from a first finals appearance since 2010.
# Protest
'We are being held hostage by 50 Senators' - Kerr, LeBron lead sports world fury after school shooting
The Golden State Warriors coach refused to talk about his team’s NBA playoff match with the Dallas Mavericks.
# Boost
Doncic helps Mavs down Warriors to keep series alive
No team in the 75-year history of the NBA has ever come back from 3-0 deficit.
# dem apples
Tatum stars as Celtics rout Heat to square series
It’s back to Florida for Game 5 tomorrow night.
# golden boys
Warriors on brink of NBA Finals return as Curry, Wiggins sink Mavs
The Warriors can finish the job with a win in Dallas on Tuesday.
# getting warmer
Adebayo steps up as Heat battle past Celtics on the road to take series lead
After an injury forced Miami talisman Jimmy Butler out of the game at half-time, Bam Adebayo stepped up with a superb all-round display.
# NBA
Warriors complete stunning comeback against Dallas to take control of series
The Warriors trailed by 19 points at one stage, but now hold a 2-0 lead ahead of game three.
# NBA
Tatum scorches Heat as Celtics square series
Jayson Tatum scored 27 points for the Boston Celtics in Game 2.