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» Wednesday, February 28, 2018

76ers bring Ersan Ilyasova back to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ersan Ilyasova is returning to the Philadelphia 76ers.


Curry to auction shoes in support of My Brother’s Keeper

WASHINGTON (AP) You can own a pair of shoes worn in a game by Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry - and support a cause, to boot.


Some NBA teams have played ’negro national anthem’ at games

WASHINGTON (AP) Several NBA teams have played what is known as the ''negro national anthem'' at games during Black History Month thanks in part to the urging of a retired Howard University professor.


Los Angeles Lakers waive veteran guard Corey Brewer

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have waived veteran guard Corey Brewer.


Longtime Phoenix sports columnist Gilmartin dead at 88

PHOENIX (AP) Joe Gilmartin, a sports columnist for the old Phoenix Gazette for more than 30 years and member of the Pro Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, has died at 88.


In lieu of White House visit, Warriors take kids to museum

WASHINGTON (AP) With an offer to visit the White House as NBA champions rejected and rescinded, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors instead spent their day off in the nation's capital touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture with local students.


Some NBA teams have played ’negro national anthem’ at games

WASHINGTON (AP) Several NBA teams have played what is known as the ''negro national anthem'' at games during Black History Month thanks in part to the urging of a retired Howard University professor.


Some NBA teams have played ’negro national anthem’ at games

WASHINGTON (AP) Several NBA teams have played what is known as the ''negro national anthem'' at games during Black History Month thanks to the urging of a retired Howard University professor.


Longtime Phoenix sports columnist Gilmartin dead at 88

PHOENIX (AP) Joe Gilmartin, a sports columnist for the old Phoenix Gazette for more than 30 years and member of the Pro Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, has died at 88.


Longtime Phoenix sports columnist Gilmartin dead at 88

PHOENIX (AP) Joe Gilmartin, a sports columnist for the old Phoenix Gazette for more than 30 years and member of the Pro Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, has died at 88.


Hornets win fifth straight, top Bulls 118-103

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dwight Howard returned from a first quarter injury to lead Charlotte over the Bulls.


James leads Cavaliers past Nets 129-123

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James had quite a February, and continues a one-of-a-kind career.


Beal, Potter lead Wizards past Bucks 107-104

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Washington Wizards are on a mission.


Williams helps Clippers rally from 19 down to beat Nuggets

DENVER (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers drew on their reserves to mount an unlikely comeback.


Florida school tragedy leaves profound effect on Dwyane Wade

MIAMI (AP) Joaquin Oliver was buried in a jersey bearing Dwyane Wade's name. So perhaps it was fitting that Wade's best game this season came in sneakers with Oliver's name scrawled on them.


Lillard has 26 points and Blazers beat Kings 116-99

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard did not hesitate when asked about how well the Portland Trail Blazers have been playing recently.


» Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Court: Nike logo of Michael Jordan didn’t violate copyright

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) An iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan that the company has used to market billions of dollars of merchandise didn't violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.


LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has Philadelphia's basketball pulse racing.


Court: Nike logo of Michael Jordan didn’t violate copyright

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A U.S. appeals court says an iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan didn't violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star.


LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James is flattered Philadelphia fans are fawning for him.


Cavaliers ban fan who aimed racial taunts at Spurs’ Mills

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers have indefinitely banned a fan from their arena for making racial taunts at San Antonio's Patty Mills.


Cavaliers ban fan who aimed racial taunts at Spurs’ Mills

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers have indefinitely banned a fan from their arena for making racial taunts at San Antonio's Patty Mills.


Mavericks allegations could dog potential Cuban campaign

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and driving force behind TV's ''Shark Tank,'' has for months teased the notion of running for president in 2020 in a campaign that could mirror President Donald Trump's blend of reality television and politics in a ride to the White House.


Mavericks allegations could dog potential Cuban campaign

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and driving force behind TV's ''Shark Tank,'' has for months teased the notion of running for president in 2020 in a campaign that could mirror President Donald Trump's blend of reality television and politics in a ride to the White House.


Mavericks allegations could dog potential Cuban campaign

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and driving force behind TV's ''Shark Tank,'' has for months teased the notion of running for president in 2020 in a campaign that could mirror President Donald Trump's blend of reality television and politics in a ride to the White House.


Towns helps Wolves pull away to beat Kings 118-100

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns recorded yet another double-double in what has become a common occurrence for the first-time All-Star, and Minnesota got a much better defensive effort in the second half to pull away for a second straight lopsided win.


Harden scores 26 as Rockets Beat Jazz for 13th Straight

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Time and again in the fourth quarter, Luc Mbah a Moute saw 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert guarding him on the perimeter.


Irving scores 25, Celtics hold off Grizzlies 109-98

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics hobbled into the All-Star break, dropping three games in a row.


Warriors take control in 3rd, beat Knicks 125-111

NEW YORK (AP) Draymond Green threw his arms up in triumph, celebrating his go-ahead 3-pointer.


Barnes, Barea lead Mavericks to 109-103 win over Pacers

DALLAS (AP) For one night, at least, things returned to normal for the Dallas Mavericks. With new leadership in the front office, the team turned to veteran leadership on the court.


Crabbe scores 21, Nets top Bulls 104-87 to snap 8-game skid

NEW YORK (AP) With a pair of familiar faces back in action Monday night, the Brooklyn Nets won for the first time all month.


Mavericks allegations could dog potential Cuban campaign

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and driving force behind TV's ''Shark Tank,'' has for months teased the notion of running for president in 2020 in a campaign that could mirror President Donald Trump's blend of reality television and politics in a ride to the White House.


Mavericks allegations could dog potential Cuban campaign

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and driving force behind TV's ''Shark Tank,'' has for months teased the notion of running for president in 2020 in a campaign that could mirror President Donald Trump's blend of reality television and politics in a ride to the White House.


» Monday, February 26, 2018

Warriors on the way to Washington, just not the White House

NEW YORK (AP) The Golden State Warriors are heading to Washington, just not to the White House.


Cuban mostly mum as Mavericks hire CEO amid workplace issues

DALLAS (AP) Mark Cuban let his new CEO do most of the talking Monday when former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall was introduced to the public a week after a report that painted a picture of a hostile workplace for women in the Dallas Mavericks owner's franchise.


3 billboards outside Cleveland urge James to sign with 76ers

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The courtship of LeBron James has taken an Oscar-worthy turn - toward Philadelphia.


Pelicans extend Okafor through the end of the season

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have signed center Emeka Okafor through the rest of the season.


Mavs hire former AT&T exec after report of hostile workplace

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have hired former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall as interim CEO a week after allegations of sexual misconduct against ex-team president Terdema Ussery in a report that also painted a picture of a hostile workplace for women in the franchise.


Hawks request waivers on veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have taken another step in their youth movement by requesting waivers on veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova.


Wade touched to learn school shooting victim was a fan

MIAMI (AP) One of the Florida school shooting victims was buried in a Dwyane Wade jersey, and the Miami Heat guard says he was touched to learn that.


Cavs investigating racial taunts of Spurs’ Patty Mills

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to identify the fan who racially taunted San Antonio guard Patty Mills.


3 billboards outside Cleveland urge James to sign with 76ers

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The courtship of LeBron James has taken an Oscar-worthy turn - toward Philadelphia.


Cavs investigating racial taunts of Spurs’ Patty Mills

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers are investigating whether they can identify the fan who racially taunted San Antonio guard Patty Mills.


Former NBA player’s ex-wife pleads not guilty in his death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded not guilty Monday to murder charges in his death more than seven years ago.


Howard leads Hornets over Pistons 114-98 for 4th win in row

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Something has changed for the Hornets' bench in the last three game. Cody Zeller calls it ''rhythm.'' Frank Kaminsky calls it ''flow.''


» Sunday, February 25, 2018

NBA agent killed in Colorado crash; 5-year-old son injured

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) Longtime NBA agent Dan Fegan died in a car crash Sunday. He was 56.


Rockets beat Nuggets 119-114 for 12th straight win.

DENVER (AP) The Houston Rockets had not been in many close games lately, though they showed they're capable of winning those, too.


NBA agent killed in Colorado crash; 5-year-old son injured

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) Longtime NBA agent Dan Fegan died in a car crash Sunday. He was 56.


NBA agent killed in Colorado crash; 5-year-old son injured

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) Colorado authorities say longtime NBA agent Dan Fegan died in a car crash Sunday. He was 56.


Popovich praises LeBron’s courage to speak on social issues

CLEVELAND (AP) San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich hopes LeBron James never stops speaking up.


Holiday helps Pelicans edge Bucks 123-121 in OT

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jrue Holiday knew what he had to do in the second half to rally his team.


Popovich strongly supports LeBron’s courage to speak out

CLEVELAND (AP) San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich hopes LeBron James never stops speaking up.


Popovich strongly supports LeBron’s courage to speak out

CLEVELAND (AP) San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich hopes LeBron James never stops speaking up.


Wolves: All-Star guard Butler has successful knee surgery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves say All-Star guard Jimmy Butler underwent successful meniscus surgery on his right knee.


Caldwell-Pope’s season-high 34 points help Lakers top Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) During a five-minute span in the third quarter, everyone in the Golden 1 Center knew where the ball was going when the visiting Los Angeles Lakers were on offense. That didn't mean the Sacramento Kings could do anything to stop Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from putting on a one-man shooting show.


Jazz edge Mavericks 97-90 for 12th win in 13 games

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz turned to their defense to close out the lowly Dallas Mavericks.


Lillard’s layup after Suns’ turnover gives Portland victory

PHOENIX (AP) Passing the ball inbounds at a critical time proved too big a challenge for the sputtering Phoenix Suns. So, Damian Lillard got one final chance.


» Saturday, February 24, 2018

Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler has meniscal injury to right knee

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota All-Star Jimmy Butler has a meniscal injury to his right knee that the Timberwolves are optimistic will not sideline him rest of the season as they try to end the NBA's longest playoff drought.


Grizzlies’ Tyreke Evans to undergo MRI on injured ribs

MIAMI (AP) Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans will undergo a precautionary MRI Sunday on injured right ribs that forced him to miss their game at Miami.


Wolves’ Butler has cartilage injury to knee, absence unknown

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves say Jimmy Butler has had an MRI that revealed a meniscal injury to his right knee.


Butler out vs. Bulls, as Wolves anxiously await word on star

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota All-Star Jimmy Butler will not play in the game against Chicago with the Timberwolves anxiously awaiting further word on the right knee injury he suffered the night before.


US remains unbeaten in Basketball World Cup qualifying

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) Rodney Purvis scored 14 points, Xavier Silas had 13 and sparked the Americans' strong start, and the U.S. beat Cuba 84-48 on Friday night to remain unbeaten in qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup.


Prolific Davis lifts Pelicans past Heat in OT, 124-123

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis vigorously punched his arm through the air as the final horn provided a fourth straight triumphant ending to a fourth straight prolific performance. The All-Star then faced the exuberant New Orleans crowd with both arms raised and began exchanging high fives with beckoning fans along the edge of the court.


Williams, Clippers rout sinking Suns 128-117

PHOENIX (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers made quick work of the Phoenix Suns, very quick.


Butler hurt as Rockets beat Wolves for 11th straight win

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden wrapped up another 30-point night and another Rockets victory, then made his way to Minnesota's training room.


» Friday, February 23, 2018

Walker leads Hornets by Wizards 122-105

WASHINGTON (AP) Charlotte found a way to beat the Washington Wizards again.


Jimmy Butler leaves Wolves’ game with apparent knee injury

HOUSTON (AP) Minnesota All-Star Jimmy Butler left the Timberwolves' game against the Houston Rockets with an apparent injury to his right knee.


Jason Terry: 40-year-old Bucks guard eyes 20 years in NBA

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jason Terry speaks with such polish and passion about basketball he could be mistaken for a coach or TV analyst.


Wizards hold off LeBron, new-look Cavaliers 110-103

CLEVELAND (AP) Maybe life without John Wall won't be as miserable as the Wizards feared.


» Thursday, February 22, 2018

Burke leads Knicks past Magic to end 8-game losing streak

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The New York Knicks got a season-high 26 points from Trey Burke and put up 120 playing without their All-Star.


Simmons’ late FTs gives 76ers 116-115 win over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) Ben Simmons scored 32 points, making two free throws with 5.6 seconds left to complete Philadelphia's rally from five points down in the final minute, and the 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 116-115 on Thursday night.


Larry Nance Jr. to wear his dad’s retired No. 22 with Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers will again have a No. 22, and he looks eerily familiar.


NBA setting up hotline to report misconduct, work concerns

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is establishing a confidential hotline for league and team employees to report concerns about misconduct in their workplace.


NBA setting up hotline to report misconduct, work concerns

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is establishing a confidential hotline for league and team employees to report concerns about misconduct in their workplace. The move comes after a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile environment for women in the Dallas Mavericks organization.


Larry Nance Jr. to wear his dad’s retired No. 22 with Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers will again have a No. 22, and he looks eerily familiar.


Larry Nance Jr. to wear his dad’s retired No. 22 with Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) Larry Nance Jr. will wear his father's retired No. 22 with the Cavaliers.


Kings take shot at bringing NBA All-Star game to Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings are looking to bring the NBA All-Star game to California's capital for the first time.


When NBA returns, will Warriors’ dominance come back, too?

The Golden State Warriors have never lost more than 15 games in a season under Steve Kerr.


When NBA returns, will Warriors’ dominance come back, too?

The Golden State Warriors have never lost more than 15 games in a season under Steve Kerr.


Kings aim to bring NBA All-Star game to Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings are looking to bring the NBA All-Star game to California's capital city for the first time ever.


» Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mavs owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking comments

DALLAS (AP) The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.


Nowitzki ’disgusted’ by report of hostile workplace for Mavs

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dirk Nowitzki said Wednesday night he was ''disgusted'' to read about allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.


Spurs preparing to play without Leonard this season

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs are preparing to play without star forward Kawhi Leonard this season, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.


Trail Blazers sign Brandon Rush to 10-day contract

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers signed veteran guard/forward Brandon Rush to a 10-day contract Wednesday.


Nance Jr. and other new Cavaliers ready for home debuts

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Larry Nance Jr. has run into an unexpected snag since joining the Cavaliers.


Mavs launch probe after allegations of workplace misconduct

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.


Detroit’s Jackson cleared for light running

DETROIT (AP) Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson still has no timeframe for a return to practice, nearly two months after spraining his right ankle.


LeBron on NBA playoff re-seeding: "Let’s not get too crazy"

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has only followed an Eastern route to the NBA Finals.


Mavs launch probe after allegations of workplace misconduct

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.


Mavs owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking comments

DALLAS (AP) The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.


LeBron opposed to possible plan to change NBA playoff format

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James says leave the NBA playoffs alone.


Mavs owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking comments

DALLAS (AP) The NBA has fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.


Saints, Pelicans owner Benson hospitalized with flu symptoms

METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owner Tom Benson has been hospitalized with flu symptoms.


Pacers sign Trey McKinney Jones to 10-day contract

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have signed Trey McKinney Jones to a 10-day contract.


Are Rockets, Raptors the 1s? Time will tell when NBA resumes

Golden State and Cleveland are used to looking down at the rest of the NBA, though it's Houston and Toronto enjoying that view at the All-Star break.


Mavs launch probe after allegations of workplace misconduct

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.


Mavs launch probe after allegations of workplace misconduct

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace environment for women.


» Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Blazers hope for another post-All-Star break revival

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Trail Blazers have enjoyed post-All-Star break revivals the past two seasons.


Struggling Hornets fire general manager amid 24-33 season

The struggling Hornets have shaken up their front office, firing general manager Rich Cho on Tuesday.


Cavs, Warriors ready to chase in NBA’s sprint to the finish

LeBron James had a trophy in his hands and a smile on his face.


Curry would love to captain Team Stephen again in 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) Stephen Curry would love to be an NBA All-Star Game captain again next year, especially since the game will be in his hometown of Charlotte.


» Monday, February 19, 2018

Fergie says ’tried my best’ after national anthem blowback

LOS ANGELES (AP) Fergie is apologizing after trying something different with the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game.


Little change in TV ratings for new-look NBA All-Star Game

NEW YORK (AP) A new format for the NBA All-Star Game had a negligible impact on television ratings.


3-point champion Booker stays upbeat as Suns losses mount

PHOENIX (AP) After Devin Booker hoisted the trophy for winning the 3-point shooting title over All-Star weekend, he said he was bringing it home for the Phoenix Suns fans .


Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

LOS ANGELES (AP) Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.


Jesse Jackson: LeBron’s ’slam dunk for justice is needed’

CHICAGO (AP) The Rev. Jesse Jackson said on Monday he's deeply insulted by a Fox News host's ''attack'' on Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and thanked the basketball All-Star for standing up for what he believes in.


Jesse Jackson: LeBron’s ’slam dunk for justice is needed’

CHICAGO (AP) The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he's deeply insulted by a Fox News host's ''attack'' on Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.


Streaking Jazz make sweet music coming out of All-Star break

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A few weeks ago, it appeared the Utah Jazz might be headed to the draft lottery. Those around the NBA weren't buying it.


Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

LOS ANGELES (AP) Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.


Curry would love to captain Team Curry again in 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) Stephen Curry would love to be an NBA All-Star Game captain again next year, especially since the game will be in his hometown of Charlotte.


Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

LOS ANGELES (AP) Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.


» Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Latest: James, Team LeBron tops Team Stephen 148-145

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest from Sunday's NBA All-Star Game and events around the league's annual showcase (all times local):


The Latest: Curry, Team Stephen lead Team LeBron 112-109

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest from Sunday's NBA All-Star Game and events around the league's annual showcase (all times local):


The Latest: Team Stephen takes 78-76 lead at halftime

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest from Sunday's NBA All-Star Game and events around the league's annual showcase (all times local):


The Latest: Team Stephen takes 42-31 lead vs. Team LeBron

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest from Sunday's NBA All-Star Game and events around the league's annual showcase (all times local):


The Latest: Team Steph, Team LeBron tip off All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest from Sunday's NBA All-Star Game and events around the league's annual showcase (all times local):


The Latest: US beats Mexico in G-League challenge

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest from Sunday's NBA All-Star Game and events around the league's annual showcase (all times local):


The Latest: Commissioner praises veterans for speaking out

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest from Sunday's NBA All-Star Game and events around the league's annual showcase (all times local):


LeBron, Steph lead hand-picked teams into NBA All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA's All-Star version of a pickup game is taking center stage in Hollywood.


LeBron, Steph lead hand-picked teams into NBA All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA's All-Star version of a pickup game is taking center stage in Hollywood.


Mitchell soars to dunk title, Booker sets 3-point record

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA dunk contest was a throwback in many ways, with a 21-year-old rookie and a 25-year-old, third-year pro fighting it out for the trophy.


» Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Latest: Jazz rookie Mitchell wins slam dunk contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):


LeBron says he ’will definitely not shut up and dribble’

LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James says he will not stick to sports.


LeBron says he ’will definitely not shut up and dribble’

LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James says he will not stick to sports.


The Latest: Suns’ Devin Booker walks off with 3-point title

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):


NBA commissioner lauds refs, players for airing differences

LOS ANGELES (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league's players and referees are on their way to forging an improved relationship.


The Latest: Nets’ Dinwiddie captures skills competition

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):


The Latest: Commissioner praises refs, players for meeting

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):


All-Stars collide in LA with teams picked by LeBron, Steph

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA All-Star Game added spice to its 67th edition by allowing the captains to pick their teams. Team LeBron vs. Team Steph has replaced the traditional East-West format, shuffling allegiances and turning antagonists into uneasy teammates.


LeBron says he ’will definitely not shut up and dribble’

LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James says he will not stick to sports.


The Latest: Drummond not fan of All-Star selection process

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):


The Latest: LeBron says he won’t be silent on social issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):


The Latest: Nance says father-son champs would be ’awesome’

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):


Lakers’ Channing Frye has appendectomy in Cleveland

LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers forward Channing Frye has undergone an appendectomy.


The Latest: George hears from Lakers fans, ’We want Paul!’

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):


The Latest: Nash, Kidd headline finalists for 2018 HOF class

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):


Nash, Kidd, Hill among finalists for basketball Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES (AP) Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday morning.


NBA’s biggest stars set for All-Star Saturday competitions

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA's best players have arrived in Hollywood for a star-studded All-Star weekend.


Nash, Kidd, Hill among finalists for basketball Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES (AP) Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday morning.


The Latest: Nash, Kidd headline finalists for 2018 HOF class

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):


The Latest: Steve Nash, Jason Kidd headline 2018 HOF class

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):


Kendrick Lamar performs solo set ahead of NBA All-Star game

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kendrick Lamar added to the excitement around Sunday's NBA All-Star game with a searing performance Friday night.


Migos star shines in celebrity game, Watson does double duty

LOS ANGELES (AP) Quavo is known for dropping beats and delivering rhymes as one-third of Atlanta's hip-hop trio Migos.


Kendrick Lamar performs solo set ahead of NBA All-Star game

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kendrick Lamar added to the excitement around Sunday's NBA All-Star game with a searing performance Friday night.


Kendrick Lamar performs solo set ahead of NBA All-Star game

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kendrick Lamar added to the excitement around Sunday's NBA All-Star game with a searing performance Friday night.


Kendrick Lamar performs solo set ahead of NBA All-Star game

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kendrick Lamar added to the excitement around Sunday's NBA All-Star game with a searing performance Friday night.


» Friday, February 16, 2018

2 Kings lead World past US 155-124 in Rising Stars game

LOS ANGELES (AP) Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic got the All-Star weekend off to a running start in the World's latest victory over the NBA's young Americans.


Migos star shines in celebrity game, Watson does double duty

LOS ANGELES (AP) Quavo is known for dropping beats and delivering rhymes as one-third of Atlanta's hip-hop trio Migos.


Migos star shines in celebrity game, Watson does double duty

LOS ANGELES (AP) Quavo is known for dropping beats and delivering rhymes as one-third of Atlanta's hip-hop trio Migos.


Black athletes in 1980s, 90s not outspoken, but not silent

By the 1980s, America finally publicly embraced the black athlete, looking past skin color to see athleticism and skill, rewarding stars with multimillion-dollar athletic contracts, movie deals, lucrative shoe endorsements and mansions in all-white enclaves.


Cavs owner’s son undergoes successful brain surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says his son Nick survived eight hours of brain surgery.


Black athletes in 1980s, 90s not outspoken, but not silent

By the 1980s, America finally publicly embraced the black athlete, looking past skin color to see athleticism and skill, rewarding stars with multimillion-dollar athletic contracts, movie deals, lucrative shoe endorsements and mansions in all-white enclaves.


Black athletes in 1980s, 90s not outspoken, but not silent

By the 1980s, America finally publicly embraced the black athlete, looking past skin color to see athleticism and skill, rewarding stars with multimillion-dollar athletic contracts, movie deals, lucrative shoe endorsements and mansions in all-white enclaves.


Bieber, LeBron, other stars descend on LA for NBA showcase

The stars will be out in Los Angeles, on the basketball court and all around it.


Black athletes in 1980s, 90s not outspoken, but not silent

By the 1980s, America finally publicly embraced the black athlete, looking past skin color to see athleticism and skill, rewarding stars with multimillion-dollar athletic contracts, movie deals, lucrative shoe endorsements and mansions in all-white enclaves.


» Thursday, February 15, 2018

Nuggets make 24 3-pointers, beat Bucks 134-123

MILWAUKEE (AP) There's something about playing in Milwaukee that brings out the best in Nikola Jokic.


Don Carter, owner who helped bring NBA to Dallas, dies at 84

DALLAS (AP) Don Carter, the owner who was instrumental in bringing the NBA to Dallas with the expansion Mavericks in 1980, has died. He was 84.


NBA Awards show to be held in Los Angeles

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is taking its awards show west.


Pacers-Pelicans play March 21 after leaky roof postponement

NEW YORK (AP) The Indiana Pacers will play the Pelicans in New Orleans on March 21, a rescheduled game stemming from a Feb. 7 postponement because of a leaky roof.


A talkative Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reflects on becoming himself

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived.


Don Carter, owner who helped bring NBA to Dallas, dies at 84

DALLAS (AP) Don Carter, the owner who was instrumental in bringing the NBA to Dallas with the expansion Mavericks in 1980, has died. He was 84.


Simmons, Mitchell and young NBA phenoms set for Rising Stars

Ben Simmons thought he should be an All-Star by now.


How Abdul-Jabbar became Kareem and decided to talk about it

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived.


Davis leads Pelicans’ rout of Lakers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis tuned up for the All-Star Game with one more dominant performance.


» Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Beal, Wizards rally from 27 points down to beat Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) His team had just completed the biggest comeback of the NBA season, but Bradley Beal wasn't feeling great about it.


Howard shines as Hornets top Magic 104-102

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Dwight Howard had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets stopped a four-game slide by topping the Orlando Magic 104-102 on Wednesday night.


Warriors guard McCaw out at least 4 weeks with wrist injury

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Second-year Warriors guard Patrick McCaw will miss at least four weeks after breaking a bone in his left wrist.


Remembering Flip: T-wolves plan pregame ceremony vs. Lakers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Summer was coming into bloom, and Flip Saunders had an extra bounce in his step as he departed Minnesota's arena with his wife that night of the 2015 draft.


Bulls’ Dunn returns from concussion, starts against Raptors

CHICAGO (AP) Guard Kris Dunn is back in the Chicago Bulls' lineup after missing 11 games because of a concussion.


76ers’ Embiid sidelined by soreness in right ankle

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia center Joel Embiid sat out the 76ers' game Wednesday night against Miami because of soreness in his right ankle.


Warriors guard McCaw out at least 4 weeks with wrist injury

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Second-year Warriors guard Patrick McCaw will miss at least four weeks after breaking a bone in his left wrist Monday night against the Suns.


Races too close to call at NBA All-Star break

The NBA will reach the All-Star break with conference races that are too close to call.


Welts pours longtime love of NBA, experience into new arena

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Standing in the rain seven stories above concrete, construction workers, steel and mud, Rick Welts is beaming at an arena project that is absolutely his baby.


Jokic’s triple-double leads Nuggets over Spurs, 117-109

DENVER (AP) San Antonio has dominated the Nuggets for four seasons, so Denver wasn't apologizing for finally beating the depleted Spurs.


Khris Middleton helps Bucks pull out sluggish win over Hawks

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks looked sluggish at times coming back from a four-game trip, and the worst team in the Eastern Conference was threatening to knock them off at home.


James’ 37 lead Cavaliers past Thunder 120-112

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) LeBron James and his new teammates are playing like old buddies.


» Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Khris Middleton helps Bucks pull out sluggish win over Hawks

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks looked sluggish at times coming back from a four-game trip, and the worst team in the Eastern Conference was threatening to knock off them off at home.


DeRozan scores 27, Raptors hold off Heat 115-112

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors were too disappointed with their performance to celebrate a win that guaranteed them the best record in the Eastern Conference at the All-Star break.


Thunder stars Westbrook, Anthony to return against Cavaliers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony will return to action Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers after recovering from sprained ankles.


LeBron James to produce new "House Party" movie

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James is going old school to make a new movie.


LeBron James to produce new "House Party" movie

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James is going old school to make a new movie.


Knicks’ Porzingis has successful surgery on torn ACL

NEW YORK (AP) All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks has undergone surgery for a torn ligament in his left knee.


NBA players step toward equality in limited edition sneakers

When LeBron James stepped on the court wearing mismatched sneakers in the nation's capital, it wasn't a fashion statement by the NBA's most popular athlete. The message was clearly emblazed in gold on the back of his kicks, one white and one black: Equality.


» Monday, February 12, 2018

LaVine steal, dunk leads Bulls to 105-101 win over Magic

CHICAGO (AP) Zach LaVine isn't shying away from tense moments. The high-flying guard delivered again, just in time to lift the Chicago Bulls to another tight victory.


Saric scores 24 to lead 76ers past slumping Knicks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) T.J. McConnell doesn't have the star power of Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons, but it was the undrafted reserve guard who received the loudest cheers while helping the streaking 76ers to another win.


76ers sign 3-point specialist Marco Belinelli

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers have signed veteran 3-point specialist Marco Belinelli, whose contract was bought out by the Atlanta Hawks.


Boston police tweet about Red Auerbach called ’tone-deaf’

BOSTON (AP) Boston's police commissioner apologized Monday after the department faced heavy criticism for a now-deleted Black History Month tweet that celebrated a white man.


76ers sign 3-point specialist Marco Belinelli

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers have signed veteran 3-point specialist Marco Belinelli, whose contract was bought out by the Atlanta Hawks.


Former No. 1 pick Oden to attempt to play in Big3

NEW YORK (AP) Former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden will attempt a comeback this summer in the Big3.


Timberwolves recall rookie Justin Patton from G League team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have recalled center Justin Patton from their NBA G League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves.


Boston police tweet about Red Auerbach called ’tone-deaf’

BOSTON (AP) Boston police faced heavy criticism for a now-deleted Black History Month tweet that celebrated a white man.


Boston police tweet about Red Auerbach called ’tone-deaf’

BOSTON (AP) Boston police faced heavy criticism for a now-deleted Black History Month tweet that celebrated a white man.


Nick Gilbert, son of Cavs owner, to undergo brain surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) Nick Gilbert, the son of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert who became a good-luck charm during the NBA lottery, will undergo major brain surgery this week.


Brain surgery for Cavs owners’ son, a Michigan State student

CLEVELAND (AP) Nick Gilbert, the son of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert who became a good-luck charm during the NBA lottery, will have brain surgery this week.


Nick Gilbert, son of Cavs owner, to undergo brain surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) Nick Gilbert, the son of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert who became a good-luck charm during the NBA lottery, will undergo major brain surgery this week.


Timberwolves recall rookie Justin Patton from G League team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have recalled center Justin Patton from their NBA G League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves.


Cops’ Black History Month tweet honoring white man slammed

BOSTON (AP) Boston police are facing heavy criticism online for a now-deleted Twitter post for Black History Month that celebrated a white man.


Boston police face criticism for Black History Month tweet

BOSTON (AP) Boston police are facing heavy criticism online for a now-deleted Twitter post for Black History Month that celebrated a white man.


» Sunday, February 11, 2018

Mitchell has 27 points, Jazz beat the Blazers 115-96

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points and newcomer Jae Crowder had 15 in his Utah debut to help the Jazz win their ninth straight game, 115-96 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.


Towns scores 29 points, Wolves rally to beat Kings 111-106

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves have used their home court to quickly resolve any issues that have arisen this season on the road.


Pierce joins Celtics legends as team retires his No. 34

BOSTON (AP) Paul Pierce used to walk onto the court at TD Garden and imagine seeing his number hanging from the rafters.


Kings waive Joe Johnson after trade-deadline acquisition

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Three days after being acquired at the trade deadline, Joe Johnson was waived by the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.


Westbrook, Anthony out for Thunder vs. Grizzlies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony were ruled out of Sunday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies with sprained ankles.


Nuggets use big second-half run to beat Suns 123-113

PHOENIX (AP) Wilson Chandler's big game Saturday brought back memories.


Embiid has 29, Sixers use late run to beat Clippers, 112-98

PHILADELPHIA (AP) JJ Redick wasn't buying any of it.


» Saturday, February 10, 2018

Embiid has 29, Sixers use late run to beat Clippers, 112-98

PHILADELPHIA (AP) JJ Redick wasn't buying any of it.


Thompson leads way in third quarter as Warriors beat Spurs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr shouted out Luke Walton for his help reaching 250 coaching victories in record time.


Tomas Satoransky scores 25, Wizards beat Bulls 101-90

CHICAGO (AP) Tomas Satoransky is starting while star guard John Wall recovers from knee surgery. He stepped up Saturday for struggling All-Star Bradley Beal as well.


Antetokounmpo, Terry lead Bucks over Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and Jason Terry came off the bench to score 11 points in the second half in the Milwaukee Bucks' 111-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.


Memphis Grizzlies waive forward/center Brandan Wright

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies waived veteran forward/center Brandan Wright on Saturday.


Pelicans waive Vaughn, James

NEW YORK (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans waived guard Rashad Vaughn two days after acquiring him a trade that sent forward Dante Cunningham to the Brooklyn Nets.


Riding Wade’s wave, Heat snap 5-game losing streak

MIAMI (AP) A quiet night for Dwyane Wade on the stat sheet still produced plenty of loud moments in his first game back with the Heat.


» Friday, February 9, 2018

Harden, Capela lead Rockets to 130-104 win over Nuggets

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden and some of his Houston teammates got after Clint Capela after he missed a couple of easy layups in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets.


Heat wave: Wade receives standing ovation in Miami return

MIAMI (AP) As the Heat fell behind early against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Miami fans were getting eager to see the man of the night.


Hawks buy out veteran Marco Belinelli’s contract

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have bought out 3-point specialist Marco Belinelli's contract, giving the 11th-year veteran an opportunity to finish the season on a contending team.


Wade receives standing ovation in Heat return

MIAMI (AP) As the Heat fell behind early against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Miami fans were getting eager to see the man of the night.


Grizzlies coach Bickerstaff gets $25,000 fine from NBA

NEW YORK (AP) Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for directing inappropriate comments toward a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner after an ejection.


Hawks buy out veteran Marco Belinelli’s contract

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have bought out 3-point specialist Marco Belinelli's contract, giving the 11th-year veteran an opportunity to finish the season on a contending team.


Hawks forward Bembry arrested after clocked at 128 mph

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre Bembry has rejoined the team following his arrest for speeding on an Atlanta interstate.


Grizzlies say they kept Evans after not getting right offer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) After several strange days filled with uncertainty, Tyreke Evans is still a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.


Bulls waive Tony Allen after acquiring veteran last week

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have waived guard/forward Tony Allen after acquiring him in a trade last week.


Sixers unsure whether Fultz will play again this season

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Markelle Fultz, the top overall pick in last year's NBA draft, may not play again this season as he deals with a right shoulder injury and works on his shot.


After whirlwind day, LeBron excited by Cavs’ new ’pieces’

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James moved on quickly.


Cavs revamp roster at trading deadline hoping LeBron stays

CLEVELAND (AP) Once summer rolls around, LeBron James stars on a different stage.


After whirlwind day, LeBron excited by Cavs’ additions

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James says he's excited about the new players added by the Cavaliers following a whirlwind of trades before the NBA's deadline.


Wade’s return to Heat has a neat perk: A different uniform

Dwyane Wade could not be more excited to get back to his familiar surroundings.


Caldwell-Pope, Lakers trounce short-handed Thunder, 106-81

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, and the balanced Los Angeles Lakers defeated the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder 106-81 on Thursday night.


Curry, Durant lead Warriors past Mavericks, end 2-game skid

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) For a half, the defending champs looked like their old dazzling selves.


Trail Blazers hold off the Hornets 109-103 in overtime

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) This win didn't necessarily have the Trail Blazers celebrating.


» Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thunder stars Westbrook, Anthony out against Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook and forward Carmelo Anthony both missed the Thunder's game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night because of ankle injuries.


Golden State forward Draymond Green fined $50,000

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State forward Draymond Green was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Thursday for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official two days earlier, and he was hardly the only member of the Warriors to lose his cool.


Raptors trade Caboclo to Kings for Richardson

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have traded forward Bruno Caboclo to Sacramento for guard Malachi Richardson.


Fournier helps Magic edge Hawks 100-98

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic hadn't won three games in a row since the second week of the season, so there was reason to celebrate even after an ugly victory.


Golden State forward Draymond Green fined $50,000

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State forward Draymond Green was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Thursday for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official two days earlier, and he was hardly the only member of the Warriors to lose his cool.


Suns acquire point guard Elfrid Payton from Magic

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns acquired point guard Elfrid Payton from the Orlando Magic on Thursday for a second-round pick this summer.


Turnover: Cavs overhaul roster with stunning trades

CLEVELAND (AP) With their NBA title hopes fading fast, the Cavaliers got aggressive at the trading deadline.


Thunder stars Westbrook, Anthony out against Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook and forward Carmelo Anthony both missed the Thunder's game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday because of ankle injuries.


Pistons acquire Ennis from Memphis for Johnson, 2nd-rounder

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons capped a busy couple of weeks with an active deadline day.


Golden State forward Draymond Green fined $50,000

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State forward Draymond Green was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Thursday for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official two days earlier, and he was hardly the only member of the Warriors to lose his cool.


R.J. Adelman, son of veteran NBA coach, killed in accident

HOUSTON (AP) Former NBA coach Rick Adelman's son was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident in downtown Houston.


Mudiay to Knicks as Nuggets add Devin Harris in 3-team swap

DALLAS (AP) Emmanuel Mudiay is headed to the New York Knicks, with Denver adding guard Devin Harris from Dallas on Thursday in a three-team deadline trade that the Nuggets hope will give them needed experience for a playoff push.


R.J. Adelman, son of veteran NBA coach, killed in accident

HOUSTON (AP) Former NBA coach Rick Adelman's son was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident in downtown Houston.


AP source: Trail Blazers send Vonleh to Bulls for Rakovic

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers traded forward Noah Vonleh to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to center Milovan Rakovic at the trade deadline Thursday.


AP Source: Pistons reach deal to acquire Ennis from Memphis

DETROIT (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a trade sending James Ennis to the Pistons for Brice Johnson and a second-round draft pick.


Only On AP: Dwyane Wade talks his return to Miami

Dwyane Wade did not see this coming.


Big moves for Cavs, Lakers, minor ones elsewhere at deadline

From Isaiah Thomas to Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, the Cleveland Cavaliers loaded up on big names last summer.


Golden State forward Draymond Green fined $50,000

NEW YORK (AP) Golden State forward Draymond Green was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Thursday for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official.


Mavs’ Seth Curry has season-ending surgery for leg injury

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry has undergone season-ending surgery for a stress fracture in his lower left leg and is expected to resume full activities within three months.


Turnover: Cavs overhaul roster with stunning trades

CLEVELAND (AP) With their NBA title hopes fading fast, the Cavaliers got aggressive at the trading deadline.


Only On AP: Dwyane Wade talks his return to Miami

Dwyane Wade did not see this coming.


Pelicans trade forward Cunningham to Nets for guard Vaughn

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade veteran forward Dante Cunningham to Brooklyn for third-year guard Rashad Vaughn.


Celtics sign Monroe in lone move at trade deadline

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics signed free agent center Greg Monroe in their lone move at the trade deadline on Thursday.


Kemba Walker to replace Porzingis in NBA All-Star Game

NEW YORK (AP) Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker has been picked to replace the injured Kristaps Porzingis in the NBA All-Star Game.


Turnover: Cavs overhaul roster with stunning trades

CLEVELAND (AP) With their NBA title hopes fading fast, the Cavaliers got aggressive at the trading deadline.


AP sources: Nuggets trade Mudiay, get Harris in 3-team deal

DALLAS (AP) Two people with knowledge of the situation say the Denver Nuggets have traded Emmanuel Mudiay to New York and acquired Devin Harris from Dallas in a three-team deal.


AP source: Trail Blazers send Vonleh to Bulls for Rakovic

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have traded forward Noah Vonleh to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Milovan Rakovic, said a person with knowledge of the situation.


Bulls G Dunn out of concussion protocol

CHICAGO (AP) Bulls point guard Kris Dunn is out of the NBA's concussion protocol, though he will miss at least two more games for Chicago.


Turnover: Cavs overhaul roster with stunning trades

CLEVELAND (AP) With their NBA title hopes fading fast, the Cavaliers got aggressive at the trading deadline.


AP source: Trail Blazers send Vonleh to Bulls for Rakovic

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says the Portland Trail Blazers have traded forward Noah Vonleh to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Milovan Rakovic.


Pelicans trade forward Cunningham to Nets for guard Vaughn

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade veteran forward Dante Cunningham to Brooklyn for third-year guard Rashad Vaughn, according to a person familiar with the situation.


AP sources: Nuggets trade Mudiay, get Harris in 3-team deal

DALLAS (AP) Two people with knowledge of the situation say the Denver Nuggets have traded Emmanuel Mudiay to New York and acquired Devin Harris from Dallas in a three-team deal.


Turnover: Cavs overhaul roster with stunning trades

CLEVELAND (AP) With their NBA title hopes fading fast, the Cavaliers got aggressive at the trading deadline.


Pistons acquire Nelson in trade with Chicago

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons have acquired guard Jameer Nelson from the Chicago Bulls for center Willie Reed.


US names roster hopefuls for Basketball World Cup qualifiers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The U.S. has invited 14 players to training camp it will use to select its roster for the next stage of qualifying games for the Basketball World Cup.


AP Source: Cavaliers overhaul roster with stunning trades

CLEVELAND (AP) With the stunning force of a LeBron James dunk, the Cavaliers shattered their roster.


AP source: Cavs trade Wade to Miami, overhaul roster

CLEVELAND (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the trades says the Cleveland Cavaliers have overhauled their roster with three deals, including one that sends Dwyane Wade back to Miami.


AP source: Cavaliers trading Isaiah Thomas to Lakers

CLEVELAND (AP) After a quick stop, Isaiah Thomas is moving again. The point guard's strange stay with the Cavaliers is over.


AP source: Cavaliers trading Isaiah Thomas to Lakers

CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with direct knowledge of the trade says the Cleveland Cavaliers are dealing guard Isaiah Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers.


Aldridge, Spurs hand Suns their most one-sided loss ever

PHOENIX (AP) The San Antonio Spurs opened their long, annual ''rodeo road trip'' with one of the biggest routs in the team's history.


Big shot: LeBron’s jumper at buzzer gives Cavs 140-138 win

CLEVELAND (AP) One second. One shot. One player.


» Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pacers-Pelicans postponed over concerns about roof leak

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans was postponed Wednesday mnight after nearly two-hour delay because of a roof leak that briefly allowed rain water to puddle near one of the foul lines.


Nets without Acy in matchup with Pistons

DETROIT (AP) Quincy Acy sat out the Brooklyn Nets' game Wednesday night at Detroit because of a sprained right middle finger.


Clippers, guard Lou Williams agree to contract extension

Lou Williams doesn't have to worry about the trade deadline - or free agency.


Clippers, Lou Williams agree to contract extension

Lou Williams and the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a contract extension.


Knicks hopes on hold after Kristaps Porzingis tears ACL

NEW YORK (AP) Without Kristaps Porzingis, there's no reason for the New York Knicks to be thinking about the postseason.


AP source: Clippers, Lou Williams agree to extension

A person with knowledge of the situation says Lou Williams and the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a contract extension.


Knicks trade center Willy Hernangomez to Hornets

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Knicks were scouting Kristaps Porzingis ahead of the 2015 draft when they noticed one of his teammates in Spain.


Knicks trade center Willy Hernangomez to Hornets

NEW YORK (AP) ��� The New York Knicks were scouting Kristaps Porzingis ahead of the 2015 draft when they noticed one of his teammates in Spain.


LA Times buyer is a basketball-loving biotech billionaire

LOS ANGELES (AP) The man buying the Los Angeles Times is a 65-year-old physician-entrepreneur described by Forbes Magazine as ''America's richest doctor,'' and one who has said his goal is to cure cancer in his lifetime.


Knicks trade center Willy Hernangomez to Hornets

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have traded center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets.


LA Times buyer is basketball-loving billionaire doctor

LOS ANGELES (AP) The man buying the Los Angeles Times is a 65-year-old physician-entrepreneur described by Forbes Magazine as ''America's richest doctor,'' and one who has said his goal is to cure cancer in his lifetime.


AP source: Knicks trade center Willy Hernangomez to Hornets

NEW YORK (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says the New York Knicks have agreed to trade center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets.


Porzingis’ hopes on hold after torn ACL ends All-Star season

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis will have to wait to play in the All-Star Game. Same with the playoffs.


Pistons C Willie Reed suspended 6 games by NBA

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Pistons center Willie Reed has been suspended for six games by the NBA after the league investigated the circumstances surrounding his arrest on a domestic violence charge.


As deadline nears, can Cavs find deal to make a difference?

LeBron James says he won't be traded, though every other move should be on the table for the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Westbrook, George lead Thunder rout of Durant, Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Paul George and Russell Westbrook ran Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors right off the floor from the opening tip.


Westbrook, George lead Thunder rout of Durant, Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Paul George and Russell Westbrook ran Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors right off the floor from the opening tip.


» Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Giannis dunks over Knicks, who lose Porzingis to torn ACL

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis' dunk wasn't spectacular, certainly nothing like Giannis Antetokounmpo jumping over Tim Hardaway Jr. for a slam.


Schroder’s 22 points lead Hawks past struggling Grizzlies

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks enjoyed a rare blowout that left the Memphis Grizzlies fuming about their failure to answer the challenge.


Knicks’ Porzingis tears ACL in left knee

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks say All-Star Kristaps Porzingis has torn the ACL in his left knee.


Lue leaves Cavs game with illness

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue left the bench in the middle of the second quarter of Tuesday's 116-98 loss to Orlando because of an undisclosed illness and didn't return.


Knicks’ Porzingis leaves game with left knee injury

NEW YORK (AP) All-Star Kristaps Porzingis left the Knicks' game against Milwaukee in the second quarter Tuesday night with a left knee injury.


Knicks’ Porzingis leaves with apparent left knee injury

NEW YORK (AP) All-Star Kristaps Porzingis left the Knicks' game against Milwaukee in the second quarter with an apparent left knee injury.


Pistons C Willie Reed suspended 6 games by NBA

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Pistons center Willie Reed has been suspended for six games by the NBA after the league investigated the circumstances surrounding his arrest on a domestic violence charge.


Nowitzki cherishes 20 seasons, content to help Mavs rebuild

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki made peace years ago with the reality that spending his entire career with the Dallas Mavericks would likely mean little or no chance to win a second championship.


Irving returns to Celtics’ lineup after three-game absence

TORONTO (AP) Kyrie Irving returned to Boston's lineup for Tuesday night's game against Toronto after missing the previous three games because of a bruised right quad.


Jokes, and selfies with Kobe Bryant, at Oscar nominees lunch

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) The Oscar nominees' luncheon is like an exclusive clubhouse where every member is an outstanding artist and film super-fan.


Pistons C Willie Reed suspended 6 games by NBA

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Pistons center Willie Reed has been suspended for six games by the NBA after the league investigated the circumstances surrounding his arrest on a domestic violence charge.


NBA fines Lakers $50,000 for 2nd tampering violation

NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA's tampering rule again.


AP source: Mavs’ Seth Curry set for season-ending surgery

Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry will have surgery for a stress fracture in his lower left leg, an injury that has sidelined him all season, a person with direct knowledge of the decision said Tuesday.


Pistons C Willie Reed suspended 6 games by NBA

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Pistons center Willie Reed has been suspended for six games by the NBA after the league investigated the circumstances involving a domestic incident that resulted in his arrest.


Rested Timberwolves are back in gear for latest road test

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves were back to work on the court after some welcomed rest.


Jokes, and selfies with Kobe Bryant, at Oscar nominees lunch

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) The Oscar nominees' luncheon is like an exclusive clubhouse where every member is an outstanding artist and film super-fan.


Harris scores 27 as Nuggets beat Hornets 121-104

DENVER (AP) Michael Malone called Gary Harris one of the best young players in the NBA. The Denver guard then backed up his coach's praise with another strong game.


Kings score 9 in 1st, rally to beat Bulls 104-98

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Two days after getting heated with his players didn't work, Sacramento coach Dave Joerger tried a softer, gentler approach and got the results he wanted.


Champ Warriors eager to get sharp, return to dominant ways

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry realizes there's plenty of chatter about the defending champions and their lack of sheer domination during the season's first half.


Nowitzki cherishes 20 seasons, content to help Mavs rebuild

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki made peace years ago with the reality that spending his entire career with the Dallas Mavericks would likely mean little or no chance to win a second championship.


Jokes, and selfies with Kobe Bryant, at Oscar nominees lunch

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) The Oscar nominees' luncheon is like an exclusive clubhouse where every member is an outstanding artist and film super-fan.


Hood scores 30, Jazz win 6th straight, 133-109 over Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Rodney Hood put to rest any concerns about his health when used a hesitation dribble to blow past Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic and bolted down the lane for a soaring one-handed dunk.


» Monday, February 5, 2018

Bulls’ Lopez tosses chair after being ejected in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Chicago center Robin Lopez was ejected after being hit with back-to-back technical fouls during the second quarter of the Bulls' game in Sacramento, tossing a chair once he finally left the court.


Wizards beat Pacers 111-102, win 5th straight without Wall

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Suddenly, the Washington Wizards look unbeatable.


Nets trade Zeller to Bucks for Vaughn, 2nd-round pick

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have traded center Tyler Zeller to Milwaukee for guard Rashad Vaughn and a second-round pick.


Knicks’ Baker to have season-ending right shoulder surgery

NEW YORK (AP) Knicks guard Ron Baker will have right shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season.


G League grants Santa Cruz protest, orders game restarted

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA G League has granted a protest by the Santa Cruz Warriors and ordered the final 17.5 seconds of their loss to Iowa to be replayed.


Pacers lose Collison for 2-3 weeks with knee injury

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers will be without Darren Collison for two to three weeks after he arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.


Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell to compete in Slam Dunk contest

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell will compete in the Slam Dunk contest during NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles after Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon left because of a hip injury.


» Sunday, February 4, 2018

Hornets rally from 21 down to beat Suns 115-110

PHOENIX (AP) Credit the Charlotte Hornets' bench for the team's biggest comeback victory of the season.


Wright scores 15 points as Raptors beat Grizzlies 101-86

TORONTO (AP) After Toronto's bench players started the fourth quarter with a bang, Raptors coach Dwane Casey let them keep playing until the final buzzer.


Horford hits at buzzer, Celtics top Trail Blazers 97-96

BOSTON (AP) Al Horford captured the attention of Boston sports fans even on Super Bowl Sunday.


AP source: Struggling Cavaliers don’t plan to fire coach Lue

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has a long list of immediate concerns.


AP source: Struggling Cavs not planning to fire coach Lue

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has a long list of immediate concerns.


AP source: Struggling Cavs not planning to fire coach Lue

CLEVELAND (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Cleveland Cavaliers have no plans to fire coach Tyronn Lue despite the team's recent slide.


» Saturday, February 3, 2018

Unlucky break: Cavs’ Love still "down" after fracturing hand

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love stared at the brace encasing his broken left hand. Days later, he's still in disbelief.


Oladipo, Bogdanovic lead Pacers over 76ers, 100-92

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Of the Indiana Pacers' many strengths, playing with a bad memory might be their strongest.


Pistons win again with Griffin, 111-107 over Heat

DETROIT (AP) Blake Griffin's first few days with the Detroit Pistons were a bit of a whirlwind.


Pistons win again with Griffin, 111-107 over Heat

DETROIT (AP) Andre Drummond had 23 points and 20 rebounds, and Blake Griffin made a key 3-pointer in the final minute to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 111-107 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.


Unlucky break: Cavs’ Love still "down" after fracturing hand

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love stared at the brace encasing his broken left hand. Days later, he's still in disbelief.


Heat without Whiteside against Pistons because of illness

DETROIT (AP) Miami center Hassan Whiteside is out for the Heat's game at Detroit with an illness.


Colts linebacker tackles something new as Miami Heat intern

MIAMI (AP) Anthony Walker plays in the NFL. He spent the last month in the NBA.


Durant scores 33, Warriors hold off Kings 119-104

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry said it's understandable that the Golden State Warriors are easing up a bit as the All-Star break approaches.


Davis’ 43 points lead Pelicans past Thunder 114-100

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Anthony Davis set the New Orleans Pelicans' career scoring record in style.


» Friday, February 2, 2018

Super sub: Rozier powers Celtics past Hawks, 119-110

BOSTON (AP) Terry Rozier's second act as an NBA starter was just as impressive as his first.


Lopez helps Lakers edge Nets 102-99 in return to Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez smiled through a tribute video that showed his highlights stretching back to when he played in New Jersey in red, white and blue uniforms.


DeRozan’s shooting lifts Raptors over Blazers 130-105

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 and the Toronto Raptors beat Portland 130-105 on Friday night, their sixth straight win over the Trail Blazers.


Bucks’ Brogdon to be sidelined up to 8 weeks with injury

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon will be sidelined for up to eight weeks with a partially torn left quadriceps tendon.


Former Knicks star Charles Oakley cleared of assault charges

NEW YORK (AP) Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley has officially been cleared of misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a scuffle with Madison Square Garden security guards last year.


LeBron dismisses story linking him to Warriors as ’nonsense’

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) To LeBron James, the Golden State Warriors are a highly respected rival - nothing more.


Cavs’ Love out 2 months with broken hand, avoids surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love dodged surgery. The Cavaliers were hit hard.


LeBron dismisses story linking him to Warriors as ’nonsense’

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) To LeBron James, the Golden State Warriors are a highly respected rival - nothing more.


NBA’s Warriors to replace ’Red Panda’s’ stolen $25k unicycle

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The NBA's Golden State Warriors will buy the popular half-time entertainer known as the Red Panda Acrobat a custom-made, $25,000 unicycle to replace the one stolen from San Francisco's airport.


LeBron dismisses story linking him to Warriors as ’nonsense’

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James says any thought about him being interested in playing for the Golden State Warriors is ''nonsense.''


LeBron dismisses story linking him to Warriors as ’nonsense’

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James says any thought about him being interested in playing for the Golden State Warriors is ''nonsense.''


Knicks: Noah won’t be back with team until further notice

NEW YORK (AP) Joakim Noah's absence from the New York Knicks will continue indefinitely.


Cavs’ Love out 2 months with broken hand, avoids surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love dodged surgery. The Cavaliers were hit hard.


Cavs’ Love out 2 months with broken hand, avoids surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss two months with a broken left hand, but he does not need surgery.


Ellington finally gets his All-Star 3-point contest call

MIAMI (AP) Wayne Ellington's primary role with the Miami Heat is clear: He's supposed to attempt a 3-pointer whenever possible.


» Thursday, February 1, 2018

Butler scores 28 as Timberwolves beat Bucks 108-89

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Home sweet home for the Minnesota Timberwolves - again.


Beal scores 25 in 2nd half as Wizards beat Raptors

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington's Bradley Beal says he's playing with less stress since making his first NBA All-Star Game.


Griffin scores 24 in Detroit’s 104-102 win over Memphis

DETROIT (AP) Blake Griffin was Detroit's best player in his debut with the Pistons.


Beal scores 25 in 2nd half as Wizards beat Raptors

WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal scored 25 of his 27 points in the second half, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 122-119 on Thursday night.


Suns waive center Greg Monroe

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have waived center Greg Monroe in a buyout agreement.


Evans out for Grizzlies as trade speculation swirls

DETROIT (AP) Tyreke Evans is not with the Memphis Grizzlies for Thursday night's game at Detroit as trade speculation swirls around the veteran guard.


Pelicans acquire Mirotic from Bulls for 3 players and pick

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans acquired forward Nikola Mirotic and a second-round draft pick from the Chicago Bulls for center Omer Asik, guards Jameer Nelson and Tony Allen, and a first-round pick.


Portland’s CJ McCollum joins the 50-point club

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A smile crossed CJ McCollum's face in the fourth quarter as he sat on the bench and the hometown crowd chanted ''We Want CJ!''


Heat’s Goran Dragic selected as All-Star replacement

MIAMI (AP) Goran Dragic was planning a vacation for All-Star weekend. He's happily changing those plans.


AP source: Pelicans acquire Nikola Mirotic from Bulls

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans acquired forward Nikola Mirotic and a second-round draft pick from the Chicago Bulls for center Omer Asik, guards Jameer Nelson and Tony Allen and a first-round pick, a person familiar with the deal said.


Rozier’s triple-double helps Celtics rout Knicks 103-73

BOSTON (AP) Terry Rozier put together a pretty nice impression of Kyrie Irving on Wednesday night.


’Devastated’: NBA saddened by death of Rasual Butler

MIAMI (AP) The first time Dwyane Wade was supposed to make a public appearance on behalf of the Miami Heat back in 2003, he found himself paralyzed by nervousness.


Suns guard Isaiah Canaan breaks ankle in gruesome injury

PHOENIX (AP) Suns guard Isaiah Canaan broke his left ankle Wednesday night in a gruesome injury against the Dallas Mavericks.


Suns guard Isaiah Canaan breaks ankle in gruesome injury

PHOENIX (AP) Suns guard Isaiah Canaan has broken his left ankle in a gruesome injury against the Dallas Mavericks.


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