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» Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bulls’ Rondo not ready to return for Game 5

Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo will not play in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night after hoping for an early return from his broken right thumb.


NBA roundup: Rockets eliminate Thunder

HOUSTON -- Lou Williams scored 10 points during an opening burst in the fourth quarter, and James Harden finished with a team-high 34 points as the Houston Rockets rallied for a 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night to claim their Western Conference first-round playoff series in five games.


NBA roundup: Rockets eliminate Thunder

HOUSTON -- Lou Williams scored 10 points during an opening burst in the fourth quarter, and James Harden finished with a team-high 34 points as the Houston Rockets rallied for a 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night to claim their Western Conference first-round playoff series in five games.


» Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NBA notebook: Bulls’ Rondo could play in Game 5

Early Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls ruled point guard Rajon Rondo out for Game 5 against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, but that may have changed, according to a report by USA Today.


Bulls’ Rondo could ’give it a go’ in Game 5

Early Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls ruled point guard Rajon Rondo out for Game 5 against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, but that may have changed, according to a report by USA Today.


NBA notebook: Bulls’ Rondo will not play in Game 5

Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo won't be available for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Boston Celtics but is making enough progress from a thumb injury that he may return before the Eastern Conference first-round series is over.


Jazz F Hayward will play in Game 5

All-Star Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward is close to full strength and said he is ready to play when the Jazz visit the Los Angeles Clippers in Tuesday night's playoff game in Los Angeles.


Early-entry list for draft includes 182 players

The NBA released the list of early-entry applicants on Tuesday and 182 players have filed to be eligible for the 2017 NBA draft.


Bulls G Rondo out for Game 5, but could return in series

Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo won't be available for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Boston Celtics but is making enough progress from a thumb injury that he may return before the Eastern Conference first-round series is over.


NBA roundup: Warriors complete sweep of Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Stephen Curry scored 37 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter as the Golden State Warriors buried the Portland Trail Blazers 128-103 Monday night at Moda Center to complete a four-game series sweep.


» Monday, April 24, 2017

NBA roundup: Hawks pull even with Wizards

ATLANTA -- Dennis Schroder, saddled with three early fouls and held scoreless in the first half, finished with 18 points to help the Atlanta Hawks defeat the Washington Wizards 111-101 on Monday night, evening the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at two wins apiece.


Rondo out, Canaan to start at point for Bulls

The Chicago Bulls will try Isaiah Canaan as their starting point guard in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference series against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.


Rondo out, Canaan to start at point for Bulls

The Chicago Bulls will try Isaiah Canaan as their starting point guard in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference series against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.


Warriors’ Durant to return for Game 4 vs. Blazers

Golden State forward Kevin Durant is available to return from a two-game absence to play Monday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference first-round series against the Trail Blazers in Portland, the Warriors announced.


Durant participates in shoot-around, iffy for Game 4

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant remains questionable for Monday night's Game 4 of the Western Conference first-round series at the Portland Trail Blazers.


Rockets’ Beverley fined $25K for fan altercation

Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley was fined $25,000 for a confrontation with a fan after Friday night's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA announced on Sunday.


Bulls’ Rondo fined $25K for trying to trip Crowder

Injured Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo was fined $25,000 for attempting to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder, the NBA announced Sunday.


NBA roundup: Cavaliers complete sweep of Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James scored 33 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers 106-102 on Sunday afternoon, completing a four-game sweep of an Eastern Conference opening-round playoff series.


» Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jazz F Hayward leaves playoff game vs. Clippers

SALT LAKE CITY -- Jazz forward Gordon Hayward left Utah's Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night in the second quarter and did not return.


NBA roundup: Cavaliers complete sweep of Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James scored 33 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers 106-102 on Sunday afternoon, completing a four-game sweep of an Eastern Conference opening-round playoff series.


Jazz C Gobert gets start in Game 4

Utah Jazz standout center Rudy Gobert started Sunday night's Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers after being cleared to play approximately one hour before tipoff.


NBA notebook: Kerr could miss remainder of playoffs

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Sunday that he will not be on the sideline for Monday's Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers, and he might be out for the rest of the playoffs.


Warriors coach Kerr could miss rest of playoffs

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Sunday he will not be on the sidelines for Monday's Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers, and he might be out for the rest of the playoffs.


Jazz C Gobert (knee) upgraded to questionable for Game 4

Utah Jazz standout center Rudy Gobert was upgraded to questionable for Sunday night's Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers, coach Quin Snyder told reporters at the team's mid-day shootaround.


Kerr’s illness still unknown, return to Warriors not set

The health of Steve Kerr is now the Golden State Warriors' biggest concern and the ailing head coach may miss the remainder of the Western Conference first-round playoff series.


Kerr’s illness still unknown, return to Warriors not set

The health of Steve Kerr is now the Golden State Warriors' biggest concern and the ailing head coach may miss the remainder of the Western Conference first-round playoff series.


NBA roundup: Grizzlies get even with Spurs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Marc Gasol's floating jump shot over LaMarcus Aldridge with 0.7 seconds left in overtime gave the Memphis Grizzlies a 110-108 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night at FedExForum to even their first-round Western Conference playoff series 2-2.


» Saturday, April 22, 2017

NBA roundup: Grizzlies get even with Spurs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Marc Gasol's floating jump shot over LaMarcus Aldridge with 0.7 seconds left in overtime gave the Memphis Grizzlies a 110-108 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night at FedExForum to even their first-round Western Conference playoff series 2-2.


Nurkic returns for Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who has been out for three weeks with a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg, is scheduled to start Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night in Portland, Ore.


Warriors coach Kerr to miss Game 3 with illness

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will miss Saturday's Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round series against the host Portland Trail Blazers due to illness.


NBA roundup: Raptors get even with Bucks

MILWAUKEE -- DeMar DeRozan shook off his dismal Game 3 performance and scored 33 points as the Toronto Raptors posted an 87-76 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday afternoon, evening their Eastern Conference best-of-seven first-round playoff series 2-2.


Spurs C Dedmon sidelined for Game 4

San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon sat out Saturday's Game 4 of the Western Conference first-round series against the host Memphis Grizzlies because of an illness.


Warriors coach Kerr to miss Game 3 with illness

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will miss Saturday's Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round series against the host Portland Trail Blazers due to illness.


Clippers’ Griffin to miss rest of playoffs with toe injury

Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs because of a big toe injury, the team announced Saturday.


NBA roundup: Westbrook, Thunder hold off Rockets

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook's second missed free throw of the closing seconds kept the door open for James Harden heroics, but he missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 115-113 on Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.


» Friday, April 21, 2017

Clippers’ Griffin leaves in first half with injured toe

SALT LAKE CITY -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin bruised his big right toe during the second quarter of Game 3 against the Utah Jazz on Friday night. He did not return to the game.


NBA notebook: Bulls’ Rondo out with fractured thumb

Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo suffered a fractured right thumb in Game 2 on Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Friday.


Warriors F Durant questionable for Game 3

Kevin Durant participated in the Golden State Warriors' practice on Friday afternoon and accompanied the team on its flight to Portland for Saturday's Game 3 against the Trail Blazers. However, Durant is still listed as questionable for the game because of a calf injury.


Kings tab Perry as VP of basketball operations

The Sacramento Kings hired Scott Perry as executive vice president of basketball operations, the team announced Friday


Wizards C Mahinmi to miss at least two more games

Washington Wizards backup center Ian Mahinmi will miss at least Games 3 and 4 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, the team announced Friday.


Wizards F Oubre fined for kicking ball into stands

Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for kicking the ball into the stands.


Bulls’ Rondo out indefinitely with fractured thumb

Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo suffered a fractured right thumb in Game 2 on Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Friday.


Thunder PG Westbrook fined for salty postgame language

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Friday for using inappropriate language during a postgame media interview.


Bulls’ Rondo out indefinitely with fractured thumb

Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo suffered a fractured right thumb in Game 2 on Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Friday.


NBA roundup: Cavs stage huge rally for 3-0 series lead

INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James recorded 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 26-point deficit to stun the Indiana Pacers 119-114 on Thursday night in Game 3 of their opening-round Eastern Conference playoff series.


» Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jazz C Gobert ruled out for Game 3

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has been declared out of Friday's Game 3 due to the knee injury he suffered in the opener of the seven-game series against the Los Angeles Clippers.


NBA roundup: Rockets rally, take 2-0 series lead

HOUSTON -- Eric Gordon and Lou Williams caught fire from the perimeter in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets erased a 15-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 on Wednesday night at Toyota Center in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.


NBA roundup: Rockets rally, take 2-0 series lead

HOUSTON -- Eric Gordon and Lou Williams caught fire from the perimeter in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets erased a 15-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 on Wednesday night at Toyota Center in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.


» Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Warriors’ Durant out of Game 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Star forward Kevin Durant will miss Game 2 of Western Conference first-round playoff series between Golden State and Portland with a strained left calf, Warriors coach Steve Kerr announced at his pregame press conference Wednesday night.


NBA notebook: Conley: Players to pay Fizdale’s fine

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for criticism of the officiating following the Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.


Durant (calf) might sit for Warriors on Wednesday night

Forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors officially is listed as questionable for Game 2 against the visiting Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.


Conley: Players will pay Fizdale’s $30K fine for ripping refs

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for criticism of the officiating following the Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.


Celtics’ G Smart fined $25,000 for obscene gesture

Guard Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for making an obscene gesture toward a fan during the Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls.


Grizzlies’ Fizdale fined $30,000 for officiating rant

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for criticism of the officiating following the Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.


NBA roundup: Bulls seize 2-0 lead over Celtics

BOSTON -- The eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls, getting a balanced attack led by a vintage Rajon Rondo floor game, cruised by the top-seeded Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday night to take a stunning 2-0 lead in an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.


NBA roundup: Bulls seize 2-0 lead over Celtics

BOSTON -- The eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls, getting a balanced attack led by a vintage Rajon Rondo floor game, cruised by the top-seeded Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday night to take a stunning 2-0 lead in an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.


» Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Warriors F Durant questionable for Game 2 versus Trail Blazers

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant did not practice on Tuesday because of a left calf strain and is questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.


76ers F Covington undergoes successful knee surgery

Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee on Tuesday.


» Monday, April 17, 2017

Cavs’ J.R. Smith exits with hamstring injury

CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith sustained a left hamstring injury in the first half against the Indiana Pacers on Monday and did not return.


NBA notebook: Celtics’ Thomas to play in Game 2

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas plans to play on Tuesday night in Game 2 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Chicago Bulls as he continues to mourn from a family tragedy.


Jazz C Gobert (knee) to miss Game 2 vs. Clippers

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert will be sidelined for Game 2 their Western Conference first-round playoff series against the host Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, the Salt Lake Tribune reported on Monday.


Celtics G Thomas plans to play in Game 2

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas plans to play Tuesday night in Game 2 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Chicago Bulls as he continues to mourn from a family tragedy.


LeBron sends condolences to grieving Celtics G Thomas

LeBron James offered his condolences on Monday to grieving Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas.


» Sunday, April 16, 2017

NBA roundup: Bulls hold off Celtics in Game 1

BOSTON -- Jimmy Butler scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, including five during an 8-0 run midway through the final period that put Chicago in control, and the Bulls held on to beat the Boston Celtics 106-102 Sunday night in the opener of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.


Beverley, Harden carry Rockets to rout of Thunder

HOUSTON -- Patrick Beverley carried the load until James Harden rebounded from a poor shooting start, and the Houston Rockets claimed Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series with a 118-87 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night at Toyota Center.


NBA roundup: Bulls hold off Celtics in Game 1

BOSTON -- Jimmy Butler scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, including five during an 8-0 run midway through the final period that put Chicago in control, and the Bulls held on to beat the Boston Celtics 106-102 Sunday night in the opener of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.


Trail Blazers C Nurkic out for Game 1

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will miss Sunday's Game 1 of the playoff series against the Golden State Warriors as he continues to recover from a nondisplaced fracture of his right leg.


NBA roundup: Cavs hang on to defeat Pacers in Game 1

CLEVELAND -- C.J. Miles missed a wide-open jumper at the buzzer and the Cavaliers held on to beat the Indiana Pacers 109-108 in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series.


» Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jazz C Gobert sprains left knee

LOS ANGELES - Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert sustained a left knee sprain less than 20 seconds into Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at Staples Center.


NBA roundup: Cavs hang on to defeat Pacers in Game 1

CLEVELAND -- C.J. Miles missed a wide-open jumper at the buzzer and the Cavaliers held on to beat the Indiana Pacers 109-108 in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series.


Union weighs in on Knicks’ Melo-drama

Phil Jackson may be ready to part ways with All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, but the NBA Players Association has some serious issues with the comments made by the New York Knicks president.


Sister of Celtics G Thomas killed in car accident

The sister of Boston Celtics' All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas was killed in a one-car accident early Saturday morning, according to the Washington State police.


» Friday, April 14, 2017

Jackson ready to wave goodbye to Anthony

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson said Friday that All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony "would be better off somewhere else."


» Thursday, April 13, 2017

NBA notebook: Nowitzki returning for 20th season

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki on Thursday confirmed his intention to return next season for a 20th year with the club.


Grizzlies G Allen (calf) to miss first round

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen is out indefinitely with a sprained right calf, the team announced Thursday.


Mavericks’ Nowitzki confirms return for 20th season

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki confirmed his intention to return next season for a 20th year with the club.


Magic fire GM Hennigan after fifth straight losing season

The Orlando Magic fired general manager Rob Hennigan on Thursday, one day after the team missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year.


Knicks pick up Jackson’s two-year contract option

The New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson picked up their option on the remaining two years of his contract, ESPN reported on Thursday morning.


NBA playoff primer: Everyone chasing Warriors

Among the certainties of life these days: Death, taxes and the Golden State Warriors as favorites to win the NBA championship.


NBA first-round playoff schedule

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NBA roundup: Bulls, Pacers win their way into playoffs

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls are headed back to the postseason.


NBA roundup: Bulls, Pacers win their way into playoffs

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls are headed back to the postseason.


» Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NBA notebook: Nets sitting six players vs. Bulls

The Brooklyn Nets plan to sit six players on Wednesday night in a game the Chicago Bulls need to win to clinch the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.


Pacers F George, 76ers G Henderson fined

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Philadelphia 76ers guard Gerald Henderson were each fined $25,000 by the NBA for their actions during Monday's game.


Cavaliers waive C Sanders, sign Tavares

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived center Larry Sanders on Wednesday, ending the experiment before the start of the playoffs.


Nets to sit six players in season finale vs. Bulls

The Brooklyn Nets plan to sit six players on Wednesday night in a game the Chicago Bulls need to win to clinch the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.


Cavs waive C Sanders, plan to sign Tavares

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived center Larry Sanders on Wednesday, ending the experiment before the start of the playoffs.


Cavs set to wrap up regular season with Raptors

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers just want the regular season to end.


NBA roundup: Hawks clinch East’s No. 5 seed

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks, behind center Dwight Howard's 53rd double-double, secured fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a 103-76 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.


» Tuesday, April 11, 2017

NBA roundup: Hawks clinch No. 5 seed

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks, behind center Dwight Howard's 53rd double-double, secured fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a 103-76 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.


NBA notebook: Cavaliers’ James will sit out finale

LeBron James will sit out when the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Toronto Raptors in their regular-season finale on Wednesday.


Suns to rest Booker in season finale

The Phoenix Suns are electing to hold out sharpshooting guard Devin Booker in their season finale against the host Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.


Westbrook to rest Tuesday against Timberwolves

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook will sit out Tuesday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after notching his NBA-record 42nd triple-double of the season Sunday against the Denver Nuggets.


James out for Cavs’ regular-season finale vs. Raptors

LeBron James will sit out when the Cleveland Cavaliers complete face the Toronto Raptors in their regular-season finale on Wednesday.


Lakers recall G Nwaba from D-Fenders

The Los Angeles Lakers recalled guard David Nwaba from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League on Tuesday morning.


Warriors’ Curry again boasts top-selling jersey

For the second straight year, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has the most popular jersey in the NBA.


NBA roundup: Celtics win, move ahead of Cavs

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title and moved atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 114-105 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.


» Monday, April 10, 2017

NBA roundup: Celtics win, move ahead of Cavs

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title and moved atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 114-105 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.


Cavaliers sit James, Irving in Miami

MIAMI - The Cleveland Cavaliers decided to rest LeBron James and Kyrie Irving for Monday night's game against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.


Cavaliers to sit Big 3 in Miami

The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to sit LeBron James and Kyrie Irving for Monday night's road game against the Miami Heat.


Cavs recall G Felder

The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled guard Kay Felder from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on Monday.


NBA roundup: Westbrook breaks triple-double mark with flair

DENVER -- Russell Westbrook capped his record-setting 42nd triple-double with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 106-105 on Sunday.


» Sunday, April 9, 2017

NBA roundup: Westbrook breaks triple-double mark with flair

DENVER -- Russell Westbrook capped his record-setting 42nd triple-double with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 106-105 on Sunday.


NBA roundup: Westbrook breaks triple-double mark with flair

DENVER -- Russell Westbrook capped his record-setting 42nd triple-double with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 106-105 on Sunday.


NBA roundup: Westbrook breaks triple-double mark with flair

DENVER -- Russell Westbrook capped his record-setting 42nd triple-double with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 106-105 on Sunday.


Suns sign G Millsap to multiyear contract

The Phoenix Suns signed guard Elijah Millsap to a multiyear contract on Sunday from their NBA Development League affiliate.


Westbrook again tries to make history as Thunder visit Nuggets

Russell Westbrook made history Friday in a loss to the Phoenix Suns. He and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder can do the same to the Nuggets' playoff hopes in Denver on Sunday afternoon.


NBA roundup: Lillard scores 59, Portland on verge of postseason

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard poured in a career-high 59 points to lift the Portland Trail Blazers past the Utah Jazz 101-86 on Saturday night at Moda Center.


NBA roundup: Bucks clinch playoff spot with win over 76ers

PHILADELPHIA -- Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 90-82 on Saturday night to clinch a playoff berth.


» Saturday, April 8, 2017

NBA notebook: Warriors’ Curry (knee) out against Pelicans

Point guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was officially ruled out for Saturday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans because of a left knee contusion.


Warriors’ Curry (knee) out against Pelicans

Point guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was officially ruled out for Saturday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans because of a left knee contusion.


Mavericks will honor Romo in home finale

The Dallas Mavericks plan to honor former quarterback Tony Romo of the Dalas Cowboys at their home finale on Tuesday night.


Lakers assign G Nwaba to D-Fenders

The Los Angeles Lakers assigned rookie guard David Nwaba to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League on Saturday.


NBA roundup: Thunder’s Westbrook falls short of record again

PHOENIX -- The Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook fell short of setting an NBA record for triple-doubles in a season for the second straight game in Friday's 120-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns.


NBA roundup: No starters, no problem for Hawks vs. Cavs

CLEVELAND -- Atlanta didn't play any of its usual starters against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Hawks still managed a 114-100 win on Friday night.


» Friday, April 7, 2017

NBA roundup: No starters, no problem for Hawks vs. Cavs

CLEVELAND -- Atlanta didn't play any of its usual starters against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Hawks still managed a 114-100 win on Friday night.


Warriors’ Durant to return vs. Pelicans; Curry ’doubtful’

One Golden State Warriors' All-Star will be back on the floor against the New Orleans Pelicans, while another might be sitting out.


NBA says Charlotte in mix for 2019 All-Star Game

The city of Charlotte is eligible to host the 2019 NBA All-Star Game after a compromise deal to replace a North Carolina law that limited anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgendered people, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday.


NBA roundup: Blazers inch closer to playoff berth

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Allen Crabbe came off the bench to score 25 points and pace the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night at Moda Center.


NBA roundup: Hawks keep Celtics down

ATLANTA -- Paul Millsap had 26 points and 12 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks enhance their playoff hopes with a 123-116 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday.


» Thursday, April 6, 2017

Warriors F Durant makes return on Saturday

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant has been cleared to participate in full-team practices and is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, the team announced.


Bulls PG Rondo to miss game versus 76ers

Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo will sit out Thursday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers with a sprained right wrist.


NBA roundup: Cavs win showdown with Celtics

BOSTON -- LeBron James scored 36 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated Boston 114-91 on Wednesday and pulled one game ahead of the Celtics at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.


NBA roundup: Cavs win showdown with Celtics

BOSTON -- LeBron James scored 36 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated Boston and pulled one game ahead of the Celtics at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a 114-91 victory Wednesday night.


» Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Raptors PG Lowry set to return vs. Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry will return to action for the first time since the All-Star game in February when the Raptors face the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night at The Palace.


Cavs’ Thompson sidelined by sprained thumb

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson is out indefinitely with a sprained right thumb.


Cavs’ Thompson undergoes MRI on thumb

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson did not travel with the team to Boston ahead of Wednesday night's game against the Celtics after injuring his right thumb.


Cavs recall C Sanders

The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled center Larry Sanders from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on Wednesday as he continues to work his way back into playing shape.


NBA roundup: Westbrook ties triple-double record

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season with his 41st in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 110-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.


» Tuesday, April 4, 2017

NBA roundup: James records triple-double in victory

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James continued his career year for triple-doubles and helped put the Cleveland Cavaliers back in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 122-102 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.


NBA notebook: Warriors’ Durant may return Saturday

Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant may return for Saturday's home game against the New Orleans Pelicans provided he doesn't experience any setbacks after missing at least 17 games with a left knee injury.


Celtics’ Crowder questionable for game against Cavaliers

Boston Celtics small forward Jae Crowder cleared a hurdle when results of an MRI exam came back Tuesday displaying no structural damage in his injured left elbow.


League considers playing 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte

The repeal of controversial House Bill 2 in North Carolina has led to the NBA considering to hold the 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte.


Warriors’ Durant may return Saturday vs. Pelicans

Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant may return for Saturday's home game against the New Orleans Pelicans provided he doesn't experience any setbacks after missing 17 games with a left knee injury.


Cavaliers assign Sanders to Canton Charge

The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned forward/center Larry Sanders to the Canton Charge, their affiliate in the NBA Development League, as the former 15th overall pick continues to work his way back.


Goodwin agrees to multi-year deal with Nets

Archie Goodwin and the Brooklyn Nets have agreed on a multi-year contract after the guard signed a pair of 10-day deals with the team in mid to late March, the team announced Tuesday.


» Monday, April 3, 2017

NBA roundup: Westbrook gets 40th triple-double in loss

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook recorded his 40th triple-double of the season, moving him within one of the single-season record, but Oklahoma City lost to the Charlotte Hornets 113-101 on Sunday.


» Sunday, April 2, 2017

NBA roundup: Westbrook gets 40th triple-double in loss

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook recorded his 40th triple-double of the season, moving him within one of the single-season record, but Oklahoma City lost to the Charlotte Hornets 113-101 on Sunday.


NBA roundup: Westbrook gets 40th triple-double in loss

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Thunder's Russell Westbrook recorded his 40th triple-double of the season, moving him within one of the record, but Oklahoma City lost to the Charlotte Hornets 113-101 on Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.


NBA notebook: Rose to undergo knee surgery

New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee, the team announced Sunday.


Wizards’ Wall fined for criticizing officials

Washington Wizards star guard John Wall was fined $15,000 by the NBA for his public criticism of officiating.


Cavaliers recall C Sanders from D-League

The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled center Larry Sanders from the Canton Charge of NBA Development League ahead of Sunday night's home game against the Indiana Pacers.


Knicks PG Rose to have knee surgery, miss rest of season

New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee, the team announced Sunday.


Nuggets recall G Beasley from Skyforce

The Denver Nuggets recalled rookie guard Malik Beasley from the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League on Sunday.


Bucks sign Payton II to deal

The Milwaukee Bucks signed guard Gary Payton II to a multiyear contract, the team announced Sunday.


76ers sign F Poythress

The Philadelphia 76ers signed forward Alex Poythress from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League on Sunday.


NBA roundup: Clippers roll, Rivers wins 800th

LOS ANGELES -- Doc Rivers won his 800th game as a coach and the Los Angeles Clippers topped the Los Angeles Lakers 115-104 on Saturday at Staples Center.


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NBA roundup: Clippers roll, Rivers wins 800th

LOS ANGELES -- Doc Rivers won his 800th game as a coach and the Los Angeles Clippers topped the Los Angeles Lakers 115-104 on Saturday at Staples Center.


NBA roundup: Clippers roll, Rivers wins 800th

LOS ANGELES -- Doc Rivers won his 800th game as a coach and the Los Angeles Clippers topped the Los Angeles Lakers 115-104 on Saturday at Staples Center.


Bucks waive F Jones

Forward Terrence Jones was waived by the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, general manager John Hammond announced.


NBA roundup: Grizzlies in playoffs for 7th straight year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Behind 28 points from Mike Conley and 22 from Zach Randolph, the Memphis Grizzlies clinched their seventh straight playoff berth Friday night with a 99-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at FedExForum.


NBA roundup: Grizzlies in playoffs for 7th straight year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Behind 28 points from Mike Conley and 22 from Zach Randolph, the Memphis Grizzlies clinched their seventh straight playoff berth Friday night with a 99-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at FedExForum.


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