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Mark Cuban pledges $1M to Dallas police to help protect LGBT community

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced his donation of $1 million to Dallas police Wednesday morning in wake of the Orlando mass shooting.

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According to WFAA, the money is intended to help Dallas PD with “enhanced counter-terrorism efforts” and increase police presence in Dallas neighborhood Oak Lawn. It will go toward approximately 16,000 hours of police overtime.

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“These funds will be used primarily to protect the LGBT community,” said Dallas police Chief David Brown. “We will earmark and track the expenditure of these funds to ensure its effective use in creating a safe environment.”

Read more about Cuban’s donation at WFAA.

Shirtless fan paints 'Trump Sucks' on his chest, storms court during NBA Finals

A shirtless man ran onto the floor during Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night with a political message scrawled across his chest.

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The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers were facing off in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena when the man ran onto the court.

He interrupted the game just minutes into play, Cleveland.com reported.

Security quickly tackled the man and escorted him off the court.

On his chest were the words "Trump Sucks." On his back were the words "LeBron 4 President," according to Cleveland.com.

The Warriors went on to win the match 108-87, giving them a 3-1 lead in the series.

Photos: 2016 NBA finals

Hawks bounced from playoffs

It’s over for the Atlanta Hawks.  Once again, it’s Lebron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers who did the honors.  Sunday afternoon inside Philips Arena, the Cavs held-on for the 100-99 decision in Game-4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, completing a sweep of the series.  Last season, the Cavs swept the Hawks in the conference finals round. 

Kevin Love led Cleveland with 27 points, while James nailed a big shot with 39.2 seconds to go to lead to the Cavs’ win.  The Hawks had one last chance with a jump ball with 2.8 seconds left.  The ball was tipped toward the sideline and picked-up by the Hawks’ Paul Millsap.  But his desperation shot bounced off the rim…it turns out, coming just after the buzzer.   

The Hawks now enter another off-season with many questions about their roster going forward.

Game Recap: Cavaliers complete sweep

Swept away – again.

The Hawks were eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Cavaliers for a second straight season. They fell, as they have in all four games during the series, by a barrage of 3-pointers.

The Cavaliers clinched the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series, 4-0, with a 100-99 victory Sunday afternoon at Philips Arena.

The Cavaliers are now 7-0 when leading a series 3-0 – and three of those victories have come against the Hawks. They became the first team to sweep the first two rounds of the playoffs since the Spurs did it in 2012. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was an assistant on the San Antonio team.

The Hawks watched as the Cavaliers hit 16 3-pointers in the clincher, bringing their series total to 76. The Cavaliers had a player make at least seven 3-pointers in the past three games. Kevin Love hit eight Sunday on his way to a game-high 27 points.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each added 21 points for the Cavaliers.

The Hawks were led by Dennis Schroder with 21 points and Paul Millsap with 19 points, 17 coming in the first half.

Schroder gave the Hawks a 97-96 lead on a layup with 1:31 left. James converted an in-close basket when Millsap was called for goaltending with 1:16 left. On the Hawks’ ensuing possession, Schroder had a layup attempt blocked by Tristan Thompson. James answered the defensive stop with a jump shot, near the end of the shot clock, with 39.2 seconds left.

Schroder scored on a layup with 34.4 seconds left to pull the Hawks to within the one-point final margin. After a James miss, Schroder raced down court with 12 seconds left. He appeared to be bumped by Thompson and eventually had the ball tied up with 2.8 seconds left. The Hawks could not get a shot off after the jump ball.

Game over. Season over.

The Hawks have lost 12 straight playoff and 11 straight overall games to the Cavaliers.

The Hawks led by as many as 12 points in the first half and took a 58-56 lead into intermission. The Cavaliers made their first five 3-pointers of the game and were 10 of 16 from beyond the arc and 10 of 26 from inside it through the first two quarters.

Millsap had 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a block in the first half for the Hawks.

WATCH: Pizza-loving woman chows down, steals spotlight on Hawks' kiss cam

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For some reason, kiss cam hijinks never seem to get old.

A woman at the Atlanta Hawks-Boston Celtics playoff game Tuesday night was dual-wielding pizza when the kiss cam focused in on the couple in front of her.

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She responded in the best way she knew how – by basically making out with the pizza.

Even if this is all staged, what does it matter? This is cheesiest way to deal with the kiss cam, and we love it.

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Game 2 Recap: Hawks take 2-0 lead with wire-to-wire win over Celtics

Start fast. End fast.

Just like that, the Hawks have a 2-0 series lead against the Celtics.

The Hawks held the Celtics to seven first-quarter points en route to an 89-72 victory in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Tuesday night at Philips Arena. The Hawks also used a 15-7 run to start the fourth quarter to take a 23-point lead in the wire-to-wire victory.

Kyle Korver led the Hawks with 17 points, who made four of his five 3-pointers in the first quarter. The shooting guard’s effort came after a 1-of-10 (1-of-7 from 3-point range) effort in Game 1.

“We all have pride, right?” Korver said. “I wanted to come out and play better the second game. I think I was pretty focused. I knocked down a couple shots early, which was great.”

Celtics coach Brad Stevens lamented the fact that his team lost Korver several times in the first quarter when he is such a priority of their defensive game plan.

“Korver is one of the main things we talk about every time we walk in this building, every time we walk into the hotel, every time we land in Atlanta,” Steven said. “We know we have to be in his airspace or else we are toast.”

The Hawks also got double-digit scoring from Al Horford (17), Jeff Teague (13) and Thabo Sefolosha (12). The win came even as starters Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore combined to go 3-of-26 from the field for nine points. They did combine for 16 rebounds.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 16 points, 13 in the second half.

“We all knew it was a big game,” Sefolosha said. “I think the start of the game definitely gave everybody energy. The second unit, when we came in, I think we did a pretty good job just trying to maintain the lead, and that’s important.”

The series switches to Boston for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday.

Just as they did in Game 1, the Hawks started fast. Record-breaking fast. The Hawks led 11-2 in the first minutes — with three of four field goals coming from 3-point range — before the Celtics had to call a timeout 2:07 into the game. The Hawks would lead by as many as 21 points in the first quarter, at 24-3 when Korver made his fourth 3-pointer of the period with 5:28 left. They would not score again before the end of the period and still took a 24-7 after the opening 12 minutes.

The seven points allowed were the lowest in a first quarter in NBA playoff history in the shot-clock era. They also tied the lowest opponent total for any quarter in Hawks playoff history, matching the seven points scored for the Heat in April 19, 2009.

The Celtics shot 13 percent (3-of-23), including 0-of-6 from 3-point range, in the first quarter.

The Celtics rallied in the second quarter and got as close as 10 points, 36-26. The Hawks took a 43-28 lead into intermission. The Celtics’ 28 points were the fewest allowed in any playoff half by the Hawks and the second fewest scored in a playoff half by the Celtics.

The Hawks jumped to a 19-point lead in Game 1 and had to hold off the Celtics. That was not the case in Game 2.

“We’ve been talking a lot about a 48-minute game,” Korver said. “The beginning is part of that 48 minutes. We’ve gotten off to some pretty great leads in this series in the first quarter. We’d like to keep that going.”

NBA commissioner: No plans to move All-Star game despite 'problematic' House Bill 2

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called for changes to House Bill 2 -- now law in North Carolina -- but said there has been no discussion of moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Silver called the law "problematic for the league," and said the NBA would work for change.

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The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce released this statement following Silver's remarks: 

We appreciate and are grateful for the NBA's decision to keep the All-Star Game in Charlotte. We recognize that they, and others, have an expectation that more work needs to be done. Therefore we continue to encourage our representative leadership at all levels to continue to engage in efforts to assure our citizens that they will have the ability to defend their rights related to discrimination in all forms.

The Charlotte Regional Visitor Authority told WSOC that $86 million is up in the air after HB2 was made law. About $60 million of that is from the All-Star Game.

The CRVA said seven events have been canceled, which lost $226,857.

The All-Star Game is set to tip-off at Time Warner Cable Arena next February and the CRVA estimates the event would pump up to $100 million into Charlotte's economy.

The league has expressed concerns after Gov. Pat McCrory passed the non-discrimination law last month.

The NBA has expressed concerns about the bill, which critics say unfairly limits LGBT rights.

The Charlotte mayor also released a statement on the NBA commissioner's remarks:

We appreciate the support of the NBA for its belief in the people of Charlotte and North Carolina. Charlotte shares the NBA’s commitment to equal rights for all and we look forward to working with the NBA and with all of our partners toward constructive change. The NBA and its fans should know that everybody is Always Welcome in Charlotte!  We are honored to host this exciting event, and working hand in hand with the NBA, we will do all we can to make this the most successful All-Star Game ever!

NBA statement regarding 2017 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte

“During a media availability earlier today following the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting, Commissioner Adam Silver clarified that the NBA remains deeply concerned about its ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina, in light of recent legislation that discriminates against the LGBT community.  At no time did Adam affirm that the league would not move the All-Star Game; rather he stressed repeatedly that the legislation is problematic, that we feel it is best to engage with the community to work towards a solution, that change is needed and we are hopeful that it will occur.”

While the NBA said they are keeping the game in Charlotte for now, Cirque du Soleil announced it has canceled all shows in North Carolina due to HB2.

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