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June 22, 2013 | Wire reports
The Sparks knocked the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Lynx out of their comfort zone Friday night with a 87-59 victory at Staples Center. Kristi Toliver and Nneka Ogwumike led the Sparks (4-2), who shot 60% in the first half for a 50-24 halftime lead. The Sparks also took command on defense, limiting Minnesota (5-2), which had averaged 86.5 points in their first six games, to 35% shooting overall. The Lynx, who took out all their starters in the second half, got only two points on one-for-six shooting from team leader Maya Moore.
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SPORTS
June 21, 2013
MIAMI - It was a brilliant night for the Miami Heat, boisterous, memorable and fun. It was a very quiet night for one demographic - LeBron James haters. James buffed and shined his legacy by leading Miami to a 95-88 victory Thursday in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena. He had 37 points and 12 rebounds against San Antonio, won the Finals MVP award and snuffed out the critical fire that almost continually ringed the NBA's best player. The championship sun finally broke through for him a year ago, but the clouds moved in quickly after his shoddy Game 5 performance Sunday (eight-for-22 shooting, 25 points)
SPORTS
June 20, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
SPARKS VS. MINNESOTA When: 8. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes. Records: Sparks 3-2, Lynx 5-1. Record vs. Lynx (2012 regular season): 2-2. Update: The Sparks are trying to win two games in a row for the first time this season. Saturday, they set a franchise record for margin of victory (36 points) by beating San Antonio 84-48. The Lynx have won three games in a row and are in first place in the Western Conference, 1 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Sparks.
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June 15, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Talks between the Clippers and Celtics on a possible deal to bring Boston Coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles reached a stalemate when both sides refused to budge on their offers, several NBA executives said Saturday. The Clippers have concluded that if Boston isn't receptive to their offer and Rivers isn't available, they will hire either Indiana associate head coach Brian Shaw or former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins this week, according to the executives, who asked to be quoted anonymously because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
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June 14, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Embittered by the first three games of the NBA Finals, LeBron James guaranteed he would play better in Game 4. He was right. But who knew Dwyane Wade would practically steal the show with 32 points, ignoring his aching right knee and guaranteeing with his play that the Finals would return to Miami next week? Wade made 14 of 25 shots and had six steals as Miami beat San Antonio on Thursday, 109-93, wrenching back home-court advantage and tying the series at 2-2. BOX SCORE: Miami 109, San Antonio 93 James was there too, taking run after run at the basket with success at the AT&T Center.
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June 14, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - The script felt familiar enough, complete with a dog-eared corner or two, that it had to be true. LeBron James answered his critics, once again. It never used to happen this way. James used to fold into himself, the setting and the stakes too much for him. There was the championship sweep in 2007 by San Antonio when he was still in Cleveland. There was his eight-point effort in Game 4 of the NBA Finals two years ago against Dallas, the Heat ultimately losing to the Mavericks.
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June 13, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
He's an interesting guy, this coach. Resembles actor Richard Gere. Is said to be the very best in his field. Won NBA championships. Dated Jeanie Buss. Meet Chip Engelland, San Antonio Spurs assistant. The shooting specialist credited with sharpening the strokes of Grant Hill, Tony Parker and, most recently, Kawhi Leonard. Engelland, 52, was a UCLA ball boy in the days of John Wooden and led the City Section in scoring as a senior at Palisades High in 1979. Basketball fans around the Westside mention his name in the same breath as former NBA sharpshooters Kiki Vandeweghe and Steve Kerr.
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