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NBA: Jimmy Butler propels Miami Heat past Philadelphia 76ers into Eastern Conference finals
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NBA: Jimmy Butler propels Miami Heat past Philadelphia 76ers into Eastern Conference finals

The Miami Heat punched their ticket to the NBA's Eastern Conference finals on Thursday as Jimmy Butler scored 32 points to key a 99-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

NBA: From Rockets' young roster to Raptors' homecoming, biggest talking points of upcoming season
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NBA: From Rockets' young roster to Raptors' homecoming, biggest talking points of upcoming season

The first practices of the season in the NBA are here, with teams set to hit the floor on Tuesday to formally begin getting ready for the 2021-22 campaign. A six-pack of things to watch as things get started:

NBA: Eastern Conference champions no more, Miami Heat start to look to what's next
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NBA: Eastern Conference champions no more, Miami Heat start to look to what's next

There was no run to the NBA Finals this year for the Miami Heat, not even a single playoff victory. With the Heat entering a crucial offseason, here's what to watch for:

NBA: 10 things to know and expect entering the second half of the season
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NBA: 10 things to know and expect entering the second half of the season

Here's 10 things to know about what's happening, what might happen and what to watch the rest of the way.

NBA: James Harden, Joe Harris star as Nets rout Lakers; Raptors hand Bucks fifth consecutive loss
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NBA: James Harden, Joe Harris star as Nets rout Lakers; Raptors hand Bucks fifth consecutive loss

Kyrie Irving had 16 points and seven rebounds as Brooklyn easily won this matchup of NBA title contenders and improved to 4-0 on a five-game West Coast trip with Kevin Durant missing his third straight game with a strained left hamstring.

NBA: Miami Heat confident turnaround will come after slump due to injuries, coronavirus
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NBA: Miami Heat confident turnaround will come after slump due to injuries, coronavirus

Miami Heat, the reigning Eastern Conference champions are 6-12, with their roster decimated by injuries and coronavirus-related issues.

Year in Review 2020: Firstpost’s sports writers pick their favourite sporting moment of 2020, what they hope for 2021
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Year in Review 2020: Firstpost’s sports writers pick their favourite sporting moment of 2020, what they hope for 2021

Firstpost's sports writers weighed in with their favourite sporting moment of 2020, and what they're looking forward to in 2021:

NBA: Bucks set 3-point record in demolition of Heat; 76ers pile more misery on Raptors
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NBA: Bucks set 3-point record in demolition of Heat; 76ers pile more misery on Raptors

The Milwaukee Bucks made an NBA-record 29 3-pointers in their 144-97 romp over the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

Year in Review 2020: A visual look back at sport and life of athletes in year defined by COVID-19
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Year in Review 2020: A visual look back at sport and life of athletes in year defined by COVID-19

What will you think of when you think of 2020? How will you remember sport in a year defined by the pandemic? Here are 20 moments — captured in images and videos — that encapsulate sport in a year like no other:

NBA season preview: From Lakers getting stronger to Bucks winning free agency, biggest talking points
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NBA season preview: From Lakers getting stronger to Bucks winning free agency, biggest talking points

After the most protracted, and yet abbreviated, season of the NBA comes the shortest season of the league. Here are the biggest talking points:

NBA: Zion Williamson, Chris Paul hit the floor; James Harden expected to today
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NBA: Zion Williamson, Chris Paul hit the floor; James Harden expected to today

James Harden took the floor for the Rockets practice after joining the team late amid reports he wants to be traded

NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers prove a point after winning 17th Championship
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NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers prove a point after winning 17th Championship

LA Lakers ― a team spearheaded by the second-best player, and the second-best defensive player over the regular season, coached by the fifth-best man manager in the league; and pieced together by the seventh-best GM ― were crowned the best team in the NBA on Monday.

NBA Finals: Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler confident team will get better after losing title fight to Lakers
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NBA Finals: Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler confident team will get better after losing title fight to Lakers

It was Butler's determined triple-double that propelled the Heat to a game-five victory over the Lakers that temporarily put their championship celebrations on hold.

NBA Finals: Jimmy Butler impacts Miami Heat’s victory over LA Lakers with near-perfect game
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NBA Finals: Jimmy Butler impacts Miami Heat’s victory over LA Lakers with near-perfect game

47:11 minutes. 35 points. 12 rebounds. 11 assists. Five steals. Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler did everything in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to prevent the Lakers from winning their 17th Championship.

NBA Finals: LeBron James urges Lakers 'to live in the moment' after loss against Heat in Game 5
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NBA Finals: LeBron James urges Lakers 'to live in the moment' after loss against Heat in Game 5

Lakers superstar LeBron James says, the key to closing out the Heat for a first NBA title in a decade on Sunday will be focusing not on lifting the trophy but on winning a single game.

NBA Finals: Jimmy Butler propels Miami Heat to thrilling win over Los Angeles Lakers to keep title dream alive
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NBA Finals: Jimmy Butler propels Miami Heat to thrilling win over Los Angeles Lakers to keep title dream alive

Butler scored 35 points with 12 rebounds and 11 assists and the Heat withstood a 40-point performance from Lakers superstar LeBron James to deny Los Angeles a title-clinching win in the NBA's quarantine bubble at Orlando.

NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers on the cusp of championship in 102-96 Game 4 win over Miami Heat
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NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers on the cusp of championship in 102-96 Game 4 win over Miami Heat

Anthony Davis' 3-pointer with 39.5 seconds left was the backbreaker, LeBron James finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and the Lakers beat the Miami Heat 102-96 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals

NBA Finals: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat look to even up the series against Los Angeles Lakers
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NBA Finals: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat look to even up the series against Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Finals' Game 4 is Tuesday night, and much like Jimmy Butler's coffee-sales strategy, the Heat may stick with what works.

NBA: Relentless Butler leads Miami Heat to unlikley win over Lakers in Game 3
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NBA: Relentless Butler leads Miami Heat to unlikley win over Lakers in Game 3

The under-manned, under-sized, underdog Heat turned the tables on the Western Conference champions in the NBA's quarantine bubble in Orlando, cutting the deficit in the best-of-seven championship series to two games to one.

NBA: Jimmy Butler finally 'happy to be home' as Miami Heat prepare title tilt against Los Angeles Lakers
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NBA: Jimmy Butler finally 'happy to be home' as Miami Heat prepare title tilt against Los Angeles Lakers

Jimmy Butler with a taste for country and western music will lead the Miami Heat on Wednesday as they take on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in game one of the NBA Finals in Orlando.