Latest NBA Finals News

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece beat Luka Doncic, Slovenia to advance to Olympic qualifying final

Jul. 06, 2024 21:02 PM EDT

An Olympics berth has eluded Giannis Antetokounmpo so far during his basketball career. He’s one more victory away from changing that. Thomas Walkup had 19 points, Antetokounmpo added 13 points in 21 minutes and Greece moved one victory from the Paris Games, eliminating Luka Doncic...

Charles Lee out to turn around struggling Hornets after winning his 2nd NBA title as an assistant

Jun. 25, 2024 18:04 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charles Lee joked that his wife thought he was a little crazy when he decided to step away from his job as a single stock equity trader on Wall Street to become a full-time basketball coach. Turns out it was a pretty good career move. Since...

Cue the duck boats: Boston salutes Celtics' record 18th NBA championship with parade

Jun. 21, 2024 17:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics entered the season vowing to turn recent playoff heartbreaks into happiness. Eight months later, they toasted the franchise’s 18th championship in what has become the signature Boston celebration, joined Friday by a huge crowd for a duck boat parade to...

For Dominicans, Celtics star Al Horford is a national treasure after NBA championship victory

Jun. 18, 2024 15:57 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Al Horford is being celebrated in the Dominican Republic after the Boston Celtics center became the first player from the country to win an NBA title on Monday. Horford — whose full name is Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso — has been congratulated by...

Celtics have short to-do list as they look to become 1st repeat NBA champion since 2018

Jun. 18, 2024 15:45 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — It took more than a decade, savvy front office and draft moves, and some free agency luck for the Celtics to ultimately build the roster that brought an end to their 16-year championship drought. But with NBA Finals MVP Jaylen Brown already locked up long-term and...

Kyrie Irving sounds ready to keep chasing titles in Dallas after NBA Finals loss to Boston

Jun. 18, 2024 15:12 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Kyrie Irving is a year away from having the option to leave the Dallas Mavericks, and at that point would be closing in on his longest stint anywhere since asking out of Cleveland, where he was drafted, in 2017. Yet the mercurial guard sounded as if Dallas could be...

Celtics win 18th NBA championship with 106-88 Game 5 victory over Dallas Mavericks

Jun. 18, 2024 08:25 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum put his hands behind his head, with TD Garden fans standing on their feet cheering around him, and took it all in. Walking to the bench, he wrapped both arms around Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla. The journey was complete. The...

'I trusted him. He trusted me.' Brown and Tatum answered critics while leading Celtics to 18th title

Jun. 18, 2024 06:12 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In 2008, the Celtics ended a 22-year championship drought led by a Big 3. Sixteen years later, they did it again following the play of a dynamic duo. When Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum were drafted third overall in back-to-back years in 2016 and 2017,...

Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis returns to play for Game 5 of NBA Finals against Mavericks

Jun. 18, 2024 01:26 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis returned for the Boston Celtics just in time to help them win an NBA championship. The 7-foot-2 Latvian came back on Monday night after missing the previous two games, scoring five points with one rebound in 16 minutes to help the Celtics beat the...

Doncic and Irving can't deliver for Dallas in NBA Finals clincher as Celtics win 18th championship

Jun. 18, 2024 00:47 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Short jumpers rolled off the rim and 3-pointers went in and out. Even free throws were a challenge for Luka Doncic in the clinching game of the NBA Finals. Dallas needed Doncic and Kyrie Irving to be at their best in Game 5 against the Celtics on Monday night....