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Keeping Score: N.B.A. Finals Legend or Loser? Luck Is Often the Difference

LeBron James headed into Game 7 trying to prevent another finals letdown, but players like Elgin Baylor and John Salley show that earning rings — or not — is often a matter of circumstance.

As Warriors Prepare for Game 7, LeBron James Says He Doesn’t Feel Pressure

Needing to make history to bring the first championship to his team and his city? James calls that “an opportunity to do something special.”

NBA Finals Dream: Curry, LeBron in All-Or-Nothing Game 7

The two best storylines of the National Basketball Association season will produce only one happy ending in Sunday's all-or-nothing NBA Finals Game Seven between Stephen Curry and the Warriors and LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

High Stakes for Warriors, Cavaliers in Game 7 of NBA Finals

Stephen Curry knows that the record-setting 73 wins, awards and memorable moments that highlighted Golden State's special season will only be footnotes if the Warriors can't quickly find their missing game.

James Will Come to Play, Without Pressure of Cleveland Title

Right near the start Saturday, LeBron James faced a question about whether his legacy might be riding on Game 7 of these NBA Finals.

Iguodala Plans to Play Game 7 for Warriors Despite Bad Back

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala says he plans to play Game 7 of the NBA Finals despite a balky back that limited him the previous game.

Keeping Score: Suddenly, It’s the Warriors Who Seem Winded in the N.B.A. Finals

The team has been able to rely on a deep bench, but that hasn’t been the case in the last two games.

On Pro Basketball: With Swat of Stephen Curry, LeBron James Jolted a Debate

James’s block of Curry’s shot late in Game 6 was an exclamation point to the convincing argument that James had already made about who remains the N.B.A.’s premier impact player.

C.C. Sabathia May Be Friends With LeBron James, but His Heart Remains in the Golden State

Sabathia, the owner of a miserly 0.86 E.R.A since May 4, was pulling for the Warriors on Thursday even as he delivered another sterling performance.

He Had to Wait for LeBron, but Donald Trump Can Finally Set Up His Convention

Mr. Trump and the Republican National Committee could not enter Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention will be held, because it was still being used for the N.B.A. finals.

It Has Been a While Since Mighty Stephen Curry Has Fouled Out

Curry, who fouled out of Game 6 of the N.B.A. finals on Thursday night, had not fouled out since 2013, before he won his first Most Valuable Player Award.

Sports Business: In Sneaker Wars, It’s Also Curry (Under Armour) vs. James (Nike)

Under Armour’s basketball shoe sales have taken off, thanks to Stephen Curry’s enormous popularity, but Nike is still dominant, thanks to a large stable of athletes including LeBron James.

Warriors Limping to Finish, Hope Home-Court Helps in Game 7

The level of tension is growing rapidly for the Golden State Warriors. Someone gets suspended, someone gets hurt, someone gets ejected, and lots of someones make no effort to hide their frustration. A comfortable two-game lead in the NBA Finals becomes a dicey one-game lead, then no lead at all.

Outside Shot: LeBron Lifts Cavs, Cleveland to Cusp of Title

LeBron James' family, closest friends and some hangers-on who wanted a glimpse waited for him in the arena's hallways like they have since he was an unequalled Ohio high school star, the best player on any court.

League Fines Warriors MVP Curry and Coach Kerr

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and head coach Steve Kerr have each been fined $25,000 for separate incidents stemming from Thursday's Game Six of the NBA Finals, the league announced on Friday.

Kerr, Curry Each Fined $25,000 for Game 6 Incidents

Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry let their frustrations with Game 6 of the NBA Finals be known, and it came at a price.

For Stephen Curry, an Unfamiliar Walk to the Locker Room

“I’ve never been ejected before, so it was a weird feeling,” Curry said after Game 6 of the N.B.A. Finals

James Delivers Majestic Performance to Keep Cavs Alive

LeBron James had a majestic performance on Thursday to put the Cleveland Cavaliers on the brink of a maiden title and keep the Golden State Warriors from celebrating an NBA championship on his home court for a second straight year.

Warriors Lose Composure in Humbling Defeat to Cavaliers

The shell-shocked Golden State Warriors, who were once in complete control of the NBA Finals, are suddenly flirting with disaster after being forced to a decisive seventh game of the NBA Finals.

Cavaliers 115, Warriors 101 | Series is tied, 3-3: LeBron James and Cavaliers Rout Warriors, Forcing Game 7

James, appearing in his sixth straight finals, scored 41 points to help send the N.B.A. finals to a decisive game set for Sunday.

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