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Warriors come from behind to pip Portland

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson shoots in game one against the Portland Trailblazers.

Golden State have taken a 2-0 lead in the NBA Western Conference semifinals with a 110-99 victory.

Playoff stretch looms for Mountain Airs

Brad Anderson is expected to return from injury for the Taranaki Mountain Airs this week.

The time for the Taranaki Mountain Airs to make moves toward a playoff spot is now.

Breakers reveal double exit video

Dillon Boucher and Paul Henare paid tribute to Tai Wesley, as well as Jackson.

Coach Paul Hennare already has players in mind to replace the departing Cedric Jackson and Tai Wesley.

Webster asks for new Invercargill hoops

Stadium Southland baskets and backboards.

Corey Webster not the only visiting player to voice a dislike for the Stadium Southland baskets.

Gayle on the mend and set to bolster Wildcats

Canterbury Wildcats' gun centre Ashley Gayle is expected to be fit for next weekend's national finals

American star Ashley Gayle should be fit for women's basketball finals.

LeBron stars in game one win

LeBron James dunks the ball in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 104-93 game one win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Cleveland Cavaliers hero scores 25 points to set up a game one win in the Eastern Conference semis.

NBA notes mistakes in OKC win video

Steven Adams snares a rebound in game two of OKC's playoff series with the Spurs.

NBA clarifies where the refs got it wrong in the bizarre last 13.5 seconds of OKC's one-point win.

Adams comes up big for Thunder

Steven Adams had a big game for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kiwi centre records a double-double as his side bounces back from huge defeat to square series.

Recap: Thunder edge Spurs

Steven Adams came up big for the Thunder in game two.

Steven Adams records a double-double as Thunder square Spurs series.

Sharks turn after funders stump up

Southland Sharks player Nick Kay takes a shot in a National Basketball League game at Stadium Southland.

All eyes on the Southland Sharks as community funders ensure the finals series come to Invercargill.

Raptors knock out Pacers video

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan takes a jump shot over the outstretched arm of Indiana Pacers forward Paul George.

Toronto have progressed through to the second round of playoffs after defeating Indiana 89-84.

Adams: OKC 'tantrum' done video

The Thunder's Steven Adams had no success slowing San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge in game one.

OKC Thunder angry at heavy game one defeat to the Spurs, but they're "over it", Kiwi centre says.

Warriors win game one

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson was on fire in game one against the Trail Blazers.

Klay Thompson and Draymond Green step up for Golden State in game one of their NBA conference semifinals series.

Spurs rout Thunder in game one video

Steven Adams marks up against LaMarcus Aldridge.

Steven Adams' nine points and 10 rebounds were of little consequence as his Oklahoma City Thunder team fell to a 124-92 loss.

Adams fires Rams past frustrated Mountain Airs

Jamie Adams provided 12 points off the bench in the Canterbury Rams' win over the Taranaki Mountain Airs in New Plymouth.

Canterbury Rams' back-up point guard Jamie Adams defines the term spark off the bench.

Recap: Thunder v Spurs

OKC Thunder's New Zealand basketball star Steven Adams.

A game to forget for Steven Adams and the Thunder as the Spurs claim an emphatic victory.

Giants snap losing streak

Nelson Giants guard Raymond Cowles III drives to the basket during Saturday night's NBL clash against the Canterbury Rams.

Nelson Giants beat Canterbury Rams by 10 to keep themselves in the playoff picture.

Pacers, Heat force Game 7s video

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) shoots over Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph (6) during the second half of game ...

Paul George scored 21 points, Myles Turner added 15 as the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 to force a Game 7 of their series.

Saints power past Airs

Wellington Saints' Shea Ili drives to the rim in his side's win over the Taranaki Mountain Airs on Friday night.

 The Taranaki Mountain Airs proved no match for the Wellington Saints on Friday night.

Hawks eliminate Celtics

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) drives to the hoop against Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12).

It took nearly 60 years, but the Atlanta Hawks finally found a way to beat the Boston Celtics in the playoffs.

Dickel to remain in Rams' pen

Mark Dickel is staying on as Canterbury Rams' coach beyond this season.

Former Tall Black Mark Dickel extends contract with Canterbury Rams and Mainland academy.

Te Rangi heads to Bullets

Tall Black Reuben Te Rangi is shifting across the Tasman to play his ANBL hoops.

The Tall Blacks swingman has found a home across the ditch, complete with some familiar faces.

Adams has his game face on video

New Zealand's Steven Adams respects Tim Duncan and the Spurs, but not too much.

New Zealand's OKC Thunder rookie has learnt the hard way not to fall for Tim Duncan's nice-guy image.

Sharks seeking to muscle up on defence

Southland Sharks' Nick Kay competes for the ball with the Rangers' Terence Roberts.

 The Southland Sharks will have to play tighter on defence to clinch a berth in the National Basketball League's final four series.

Wheeler welcomes hoops finals series

Southland Sharks stalwart Andrew Wheeler has welcomed news that Invercargill will host the national basketball league ...

Andrew Wheeler joined the Southland Sharks in their first season in 2010 and now he might get a chance to play in a finals series at home.

Giants to return to basics

Phill Jones, left, is looking to reset the clock when the Nelson Giants take on the Canterbury Rams at the Trafalgar ...

The Nelson Giants still control their own NBL destiny but urgently need a win against the Canterbury Rams on Saturday.

Rangers edge out Sharks

Sharks player Derone Raukawa, left, puts a shot up with Rangers player Terrence Roberts defending during the NBL clash ...

Southland is in for a basketball bonanza at finals weekend, but the Sharks will have to rediscover their winning mojo to clinch a berth.

No Curry? No worries

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) smiles after scoring a basket against the Houston Rockets.

Golden State Warriors prove too strong for Houston despite the absence of the injured Steph Curry.

Recap: Warriors v Rockets

Houston Rockets center Josh Smith (5) extends for a rebound against the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State defeat Houston to progress in the NBA playoffs.

League-leading defences to clash in Wellington

Taranaki Mountain Airs swingman Marcus Johnson will play a key part in their matches this weekend.

The Taranaki Mountain Airs might be the league leaders in defence, but they'll need their scoring this weekend.

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