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Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) pauses after an apparent injury during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Adebayo, Dragic leave with injuries as Heat routed in Game 1

Oct. 1, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

The Miami Heat were not only badly beaten. They were beaten up. Bam Adebayo (left shoulder strain) and Goran Dragic (left foot) departed with injuries and Jimmy Butler played through one in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. A series that started so impressively for the Heat could be a short one if their three best...

Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) bumps shoulders with LeBron James while celebrating after a dunk against the Miami Heat during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers, LeBron roll in Game 1 of finals, top Heat 116-98

Oct. 1, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James finally got an easy Game 1 in the NBA Finals. A very easy one, at that. Anthony Davis scored 34 points, James had 25 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists and the Los Angeles Lakers rolled past the Miami Heat 116-98 on Wednesday night. “The bigger the...

Miami Heat's Goran Dragic (7) drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Heat's Dragic doubtful for second half with left foot injury

Sep. 30, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Miami guard Goran Dragic is doubtful to play in the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals because of a left foot injury. Dragic had six points in 15 minutes of the first half but Tyler Herro replaced him in the starting lineup to begin the third quarter. Dragic wasn't on the...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) watches his shot along with Denver Nuggets' Jerami Grant (9) during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 117-107 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

James, Herro see popularity rise in the NBA playoffs

Sep. 30, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James’ popularity, even in his 17th season, cannot be argued. The NBA released jersey-sales and social media data Wednesday, with the Los Angeles Lakers’ star forward atop both lists. James had the top-selling jersey, measured by online sales through the...

Referee Eric Lewis (42), Boston Celtics' Grant Williams (12), referee Pat Fraher (26), right, and Kemba Walker, second from right, attempt to separate Jaylen Brown, center left, and Miami Heat's Jae Crowder (99) after a verbal exchange between the two during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

For 3 referees, NBA Finals were a long time coming

Sep. 30, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jared Dudley of the Los Angeles Lakers waited 13 seasons for his first look at the NBA Finals. Goran Dragic’s finals debut for the Miami Heat comes in his 12th season. Heat star Jimmy Butler is headed there for the first time in his ninth year. Long waits, for certain....

The Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after beating the Denver Nuggets in an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 117-107 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The NBA Finals: Why the Lakers will win the championship

Sep. 30, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

LeBron James believed he could win every time he advanced to the NBA Finals. A couple occasions, he realistically had little chance. His first and last appearances in Cleveland ended in sweeps, overmatched Cavaliers teams routed by San Antonio in 2007 and Golden State in 2018. In his 10th NBA Finals, he sees his...

Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) reaches for the ball above a crowd of players including Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Rondo, Howard back for another NBA Finals shot with Lakers

Sep. 29, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

Last time the Los Angeles Lakers ruled the NBA, Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard were trying to beat them. Howard fell short with Orlando in the 2009 NBA Finals. Rondo lost with Boston in Game 7 in 2010. They finally have another chance, this time trying to support rather than stop the Lakers. Both are key veterans...

Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) celebrates after the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets in an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 117-107 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

No matter who wins the finals, Kentucky will have champions

Sep. 29, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Lakers primarily wear purple and gold. The main Heat colors are red and black. And these NBA Finals seem tinged in blue — Kentucky blue, to be precise. No matter what happens in this title series, Kentucky’s list of NBA champions is sure to grow. Anthony...

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) is tackled by New Orleans Saints strong safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Bereft of scripted shows, opening week ratings down for TV

Sep. 29, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The surest sign of how the coronavirus shutdown has devastated the television industry is the fourth-place finish of CBS in what was nominally the first week of a new fall season. The network's viewership was down a whopping 61% from the premiere week last year, the Nielsen company said....

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) voices his opinion after a play in the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LeBron and the Heat, together again at the NBA Finals

Sep. 29, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James wants to beat the Miami Heat. The Miami Heat want to beat LeBron James. These shouldn’t be surprising notions to anyone, not with a title at stake. Those looking for more acrimony than that, well, they may be disappointed. The NBA Finals start Wednesday...