NBA NEWS ARCHIVE
» Saturday, March 31, 2018

Warriors’ Kerr questioned about not attending Clark rally

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr found himself on the defensive for not attending a rally in California's capital city after he pledged his organization's support to the family of an unarmed black man killed by police.


Sixers’ Embiid has surgery to repair broken orbital bone

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid had surgery Saturday to repair a broken bone around his left eye.


Lakers’ Brandon Ingram enters NBA’s concussion protocol

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Brandon Ingram has been placed in the NBA's concussion protocol after the Los Angeles Lakers' top swingman showed signs of an apparent concussion.


Nash, Kidd, Hill in 13-member Basketball Hall of Fame class

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Steve Nash was an unsung Canadian kid who got one significant U.S. basketball scholarship offer. Jason Kidd was an Oakland hoops prodigy ticketed for superstardom from childhood.


Nash, Kidd, Hill in 13-member Basketball Hall of Fame class

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Steve Nash was an unsung Canadian kid who got one significant U.S. basketball scholarship offer. Jason Kidd was an Oakland hoops prodigy ticketed for superstardom from childhood.


Handy man: Calderon doing whatever Cavaliers need

CLEVELAND (AP) It's two hours before tip-off, and Jose Calderon is working up a healthy sweat on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena.


Wizard star Wall returns vs Charlotte after missing 2 months

WASHINGTON (AP) All-Star point guard John Wall is set to return to the Washington Wizards for the first time in two months.


Nash, Kidd, Hill in 13-member Basketball Hall of Fame class

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Grant Hill are among the 13-member class that will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September.


Nash, Kidd, Hill in 13-member Basketball Hall of Fame class

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Grant Hill are among the 13-member class that will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September.


Bledsoe scores 39, Bucks beat Lakers 124-122 in OT

LOS ANGELES (AP) With the game tied in the final seconds of regulation, Eric Bledsoe missed the same type of 3-pointer that he'd gotten the entire game.


Autopsy disputes police account of fatal Sacramento shooting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Sacramento police shot Stephon Clark seven times from behind, according to autopsy results released Friday by a pathologist hired by Clark's family, a finding that calls into question the department's assertion the 22-year-old black man was facing officers and moving toward them when he was killed.


Mitchell, Exum lead Jazz past Grizzlies, 107-97

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Dante Exum has always been known for his speed.


LeBron passes Jordan with 867th straight double-digit game

CLEVELAND (AP) Still chasing championships, LeBron James caught - and passed - Michael Jordan on one list.


Kings support protesters marching over man shot by police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The struggling Sacramento Kings find themselves in the national spotlight and it has nothing to do with another disappointing NBA season in their sparkling new 2-year-old arena.


» Friday, March 30, 2018

The Latest: Kings player speak out about police killing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Latest on the Sacramento Kings support for police shooting protesters (all times local):


Simmons’ triple-double paces Sixers to 9th straight win

ATLANTA (AP) Ben Simmons keeps getting triple-doubles without making them a focal point of his game.


LeBron breaks Jordan record as Cavs down Pelicans 107-102

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored in double digits in his 867th straight game, breaking the record he shared with Michael Jordan, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the New Orleans Hornets 107-102 on Friday night to avoid slipping in the standings.


The NBA sets another 3-point record

MIAMI (AP) Another year. Another record. The NBA's 3-point craze is not slowing down.


Half-brother of Damian Lillard shot in mall parking lot

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Authorities say the half-brother of Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard was shot Thursday during a confrontation with two men in a mall parking lot.


LeBron passes Jordan with 867th straight double-digit game

CLEVELAND (AP) Still chasing championships, LeBron James caught - and passed - Michael Jordan on one list.


Kings support protesters marching over man shot by police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The struggling Sacramento Kings find themselves in the national spotlight and it has nothing to do with another disappointing NBA season in their sparkling new 2-year-old arena.


LeBron passes Jordan with 867th straight double-digit game

CLEVELAND (AP) Still chasing championships, LeBron James caught - and passed - Michael Jordan on one list.


Kings support protesters marching over man shot by police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The struggling Sacramento Kings find themselves in the national spotlight and it has nothing to do with another disappointing NBA season in their sparkling new two-year-old arena.


Schroder’s season ends early with bone bruise, ankle injury

ATLANTA (AP) Point guard Dennis Schroder will miss the Atlanta Hawks' final seven games with a medial bone bruise and a sprained left ankle.


Column: Time for the one-and-done to simply be done

ATLANTA (AP) Darius Bazley wants to be a pioneer.


Cavs coach Lue returns as observer, not sitting on bench

CLEVELAND (AP) Tyronn Lue is back around the Cavaliers.


Love returns to Cavaliers following concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love is back in Cleveland's starting lineup against New Orleans after missing one game with a concussion.


Kings support protesters marching over man shot by police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The struggling Sacramento Kings find themselves in the national spotlight and it has nothing to do with another disappointing NBA season in their sparkling new two-year-old arena.


Kings support protesters marching over man shot by police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The struggling Sacramento Kings find themselves in the national spotlight and it has nothing to do with another disappointing NBA season in their sparkling new two-year-old arena.


Column: Time for the one-and-done to simply be done

ATLANTA (AP) Darius Bazley wants to be a pioneer.


Bulls’ Robin Lopez fined for yelling at officials

NEW YORK (AP) Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez has been fined $25,000 for yelling at officials and failing to leave the court quickly enough after he was ejected from a game against the Miami Heat.


Cavs coach Lue expected to attend game but not sit on bench

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Tyronn Lue is ready to take a step toward rejoining the Cavaliers.


Detroit’s Griffin has bone bruise, to be evaluated in a week

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons say star forward Blake Griffin has a bone bruise on his right ankle and will be evaluated again in a week.


Cavs coach Lue expected to attend game but not sit on bench

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is expected to attend the team's game against New Orleans as an observer.


Brother of unarmed man killed by police redirects protests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Hours after an emotional interruption at his brother's funeral, Stevante Clark helped defuse tension in California's capital city by asking protesters not to block thousands of fans from entering a downtown NBA arena for a third night.


Brother of unarmed man killed by police redirects protests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Hours after an emotional interruption at his brother's funeral, Stevante Clark helped defuse tension in California's capital city by asking protesters not to block thousands of fans from entering a downtown NBA arena for a third night.


The Latest: NBA game starts without disruption outside arena

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Latest on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento (all times local):


The Latest: NBA game starts without disruption outside arena

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Latest on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento (all times local):


The NBA is about to set another 3-point record

MIAMI (AP) Another year. Another record. The NBA's 3-point craze is not slowing down.


Brother of unarmed man killed by police redirects protests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Hours after an emotional interruption at his brother's funeral, Stevante Clark helped defuse tension in California's capital city by asking protesters not to block thousands of fans from entering a downtown NBA arena for a third night.


Kevin Durant ejected in return as Bucks rout Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant's return from a rib injury ended early.


Oladipo comes through late to lift Pacers past Kings 106-103

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Victor Oladipo got the Pacers off to a quick start, then picked up the pace again in the fourth quarter after Indiana's offense went into a brief funk.


» Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Latest: NBA game starts without disruption outside arena

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Latest on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento (all times local):


Embiid needs surgery on orbital fracture; has concussion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will need surgery on an orbital fracture of his left eye and he has a concussion.


The Latest: Protesters block downtown Sacramento streets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Latest on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento (all times local):


Pistons honor Zeke Upshaw with honorary call-up

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons made an honorary call-up Thursday of G-League guard Zeke Upshaw, who died on Monday.


Pistons honor Zeke Upshaw with honorary call-up

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons made an honorary call-up Thursday of G-League guard Zeke Upshaw, who died on Monday.


Embiid needs surgery on orbital fracture; has concussion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will need surgery on an orbital fracture of his left eye and he has a concussion.


Isaiah Thomas will need 4 months to recover from hip surgery

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will need four months to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his right hip.


Blake Griffin out of Pistons lineup against Wizards

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin will miss Thursday's game against the Washington Wizards because of an ankle injury.


The Latest: Security beefed up outside Sacramento NBA arena

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Latest on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento (all times local):


Rare Air: LeBron on cusp of passing Jordan’s scoring mark

CLEVELAND (AP) A generation of kids wanted to be like Michael Jordan. They bought his red-and-black Nikes and sported his No. 23 Bulls jersey. They mimicked Jordan's spin move and fadeaway jumper and even wagged their tongues the way he did on a flight to the rim.


Rare Air: LeBron on cusp of passing Jordan’s scoring mark

CLEVELAND (AP) A generation of kids wanted to be like Michael Jordan. They bought his red-and-black Nikes and sported his No. 23 Bulls jersey. They mimicked Jordan's spin move and fadeaway jumper and even wagged their tongues the way he did on a flight to the rim.


Embiid injured but 76ers down Knicks for 8th straight win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia's win streak became a secondary concern after Joel Embiid went down in the second quarter.


Jordan: Career scoring leader Walker is epitome of a Hornet

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets owner Michael Jordan probably wishes he had a few more players like Kemba Walker. Perhaps then his team might be a regular NBA playoff contender.


Randle’s double-double lifts Lakers to 103-93 win over Mavs

LOS ANGELES (AP) Rookie Kyle Kuzma wasn't shy about what he expects from the Los Angeles Lakers over their final eight games.


Randle’s double-double lifts Lakers to 103-93 win over Mavs

LOS ANGELES (AP) Brook Lopez scored 22 points, Julius Randle added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-93 on Wednesday night.


The Latest: Police will protect NBA game from protesters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Latest on the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Sacramento, California (all times local):


Fourth-quarter run leads Clippers over Suns, 111-99

PHOENIX (AP) Tobias Harris scored 27 points and the Los Angeles Clippers gained a little ground in the Western Conference playoff race with a 111-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.


MarShon Brooks scores 21 as Grizzlies beat Blazers 108-103

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) With a 10-day contract to make an impression, MarShon Brooks got off to a very nice start.


» Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Walker proves doubters wrong; becomes Hornets scoring leader

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker keeps proving people wrong.


James ties Jordan’s double-figures streak; Cavs top Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) LeBron James doesn't go into every game thinking he needs to score 10 points.


James ties Jordan’s double-figures streak; Cavs top Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) LeBron James matched Michael Jordan's streak of 866 consecutive double-digit scoring games with 41 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-105 on Wednesday night.


Kemba Walker becomes Hornets’ career scoring leader

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker has become the Charlotte Hornets' career scoring leader.


Philadelphia’s Embiid hurt by accidental head butt

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia center Joel Embiid left in the second quarter of the 76ers' game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday after a nasty collision with teammate Markelle Fultz.


LeBron James ties Michael Jordan’s double-digit scoring mark

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) LeBron James has tied one of Michael Jordan's most impressive records with his 866th consecutive game with at least 10 points.


Philadelphia’s Embiid hurt by accidental head butt

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia center Joel Embiid went to the locker room in the second quarter of the 76ers' game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday after a nasty collision with teammate Markelle Fultz.


Cavs’ Love in concussion protocol, out against Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has entered the NBA's concussion protocol after being elbowed in the face.


Whiteside (hip) upgraded to questionable by Heat

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside is apparently nearing a return to the Miami Heat lineup.


Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas to have hip surgery, ending season

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will have arthroscopic surgery on his right hip, ending his season.


Whiteside (hip) upgraded to questionable by Heat

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside is apparently nearing a return to the Miami Heat lineup.


Cavs’ Love in concussion protocol, out against Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love is in the NBA's concussion protocol after being elbowed in the face.


Autopsy: NBA G League player had ’sudden cardiac death’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) A medical examiner has determined Zeke Upshaw, a swingman for the Detroit Pistons' G League affiliate, suffered a ''sudden cardiac death'' after collapsing on the court.


LeBron James has a favorite for the MVP award - himself

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James has someone in mind for the MVP award this season.


Autopsy: NBA G League player had ’sudden cardiac death’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) A medical examiner has determined Zeke Upshaw, a swingman for the Detroit Pistons' G League affiliate, suffered a ''sudden cardiac death'' after collapsing on the court.


Autopsy: NBA G League player had ’sudden cardiac death’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) A medical examiner has determined Zeke Upshaw, a swingman for the Detroit Pistons' G League affiliate, suffered a ''sudden cardiac death'' after collapsing on the court.


LeBron James has a favorite for the MVP award - himself

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James has someone in mind for the MVP award this season.


Amid protests outside arena, Mavericks beat Kings 103-97

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes didn't see the group of protesters making their way to Golden1 Center for a second round of protests Tuesday. He only heard they were coming - and he was perfectly fine with it.


76ers undergo fresh start in ’18 with Delaware G-League team

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 87ers are getting eighty-sixed.


Aldridge injured as Wizards beat Spurs to snap losing streak

WASHINGTON (AP) Accustomed by now to playing without their best player, the Washington Wizards put on another clinic of team basketball before they get five-time All-Star John Wall back.


LeBron James has a favorite for the MVP award - himself

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James has someone in mind for the MVP award this season.


LeBron James has a favorite for the MVP award - himself

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James has someone in mind for the MVP award this season.


Clippers rally to beat Bucks 105-98, improve playoff hopes

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers came out attacking, moving the ball and hitting 3-pointers to start the game. Then they got stagnant.


Protests resume, feds join Sacramento police killing probe

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The California attorney general's office on Tuesday joined an investigation into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento, a move the police chief said he hopes will bring ''faith and transparency'' to a case that has sparked angry protests.


» Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Attorney general joins inquiry into fatal police shooting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The California attorney general's office on Tuesday joined an investigation into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento, a move the police chief said he hopes will bring ''faith and transparency'' to a case that has sparked angry protests.


Lillard leaves Blazers for impending birth of first child

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Damian Lillard says he's on his way home and hoping to arrive in time for the impending birth of his son.


The Latest: Protesters again block Sacramento NBA arena

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Latest on the shooting of an unarmed black man by Sacramento police (all times local):


Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge to have MRI on injured left knee

WASHINGTON (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge will have an MRI on his injured left knee, with the San Antonio Spurs hoping they won't be forced to try to make the playoffs without another star player.


Aldridge leaves Spurs’ game at Wizards with knee injury

WASHINGTON (AP) Center LaMarcus Aldridge left the San Antonio Spurs' game at the Wizards with a knee injury and will not return.


Andrew Bogut won’t seek late-season NBA contract

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Veteran center Andrew Bogut says he won't return to the NBA this season in order to remain in Australia with his pregnant wife.


Thibodeau laments lack of toughness; Wolves try to hang on

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have seven games to go in this strenuous regular season, coming tantalizingly close to the tormented franchise's first appearance in the playoffs in 14 years.


Blazers’ Harkless, Pelicans’ Rondo out, Mirotic available

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have scratched starting forward Maurice Harkless from Tuesday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.


Blazers’ Harkless out; Pelicans’ Rondo, Mirotic available

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have scratched starting forward Maurice Harkless from Tuesday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.


76ers take big step from painful ’Process’ to postseason

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Robert Covington doused Markelle Fultz over the head with cups of water, a basketball baptism of sorts for a rookie No. 1 pick who already needed a career rebirth.


Erik Spoelstra, reveling in fatherhood, returns to Heat

MIAMI (AP) Santiago Ray Spoelstra's father is back at work.


Cavs still without Lue, Korver for game in Miami

MIAMI (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without coach Tyronn Lue and guard Kyle Korver for Tuesday's game in Miami, and it remains unclear when either will return.


Cavaliers’ Kyle Korver attends funeral for younger brother

PELLA, Iowa (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyle Korver joined his two remaining brothers in comforting their parents during a funeral for their youngest brother.


Cavaliers’ Kyle Korver attends funeral for younger brother

PELLA, Iowa (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyle Korver joined his two remaining brothers in comforting their parents during a funeral for their youngest brother.


Quietly, the Raptors closing in on East No. 1 seed

They do things differently in Toronto.


Tatum has 23, Morris 20 to lift Celtics over Suns 102-94

PHOENIX (AP) Jayson Tatum got the better of Josh Jackson in a showdown of two of the top four picks in last year's NBA draft.


» Monday, March 26, 2018

No. 1 pick Fultz scores 10 points in 1st game since October

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Markelle Fultz heard 20,000 fans chanting ''Fultz! Fultz! Fultz!'' and for a fleeting moment he thought they were serenading Philly's most popular athlete.


Walker comes up big in OT, Hornets top Knicks 137-128

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker stuck out his tongue as he grabbed his jersey and pulled it up to his chin, unable to contain his excitement after the last of his impressive plays in a flawless overtime performance.


No. 1 pick Fultz scores 10 points in 1st game since October

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Markelle Fultz heard 20,000 fans chanting ''Fultz! Fultz! Fultz!'' and for a fleeting moment he thought they were serenading Philly's most popular athlete.


Jackson leads Pistons past Lakers 112-106

DETROIT (AP) Reggie Jackson is rounding into form for the Detroit Pistons.


NBA G League player dies after collapsing during game

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) Zeke Upshaw, a swingman for the Detroit Pistons' G League affiliate who collapsed on the court during a game over the weekend, died Monday.


Fultz returns to lineup for 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The curious case of Markelle Fultz took a surprising turn when the No. 1 pick of the 2017 draft was in the lineup for the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday for the first time since October.


Fultz returns to lineup for 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Markelle Fultz will return to the Philadelphia 76ers' lineup on Monday.


NBA G League player dies after collapsing during game

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) Zeke Upshaw, a swingman for the Detroit Pistons' G League affiliate who collapsed on the court during a game over the weekend, died Monday.


Wizards PG Wall practices again but not sure when he’ll play

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is not planning to change his style whatsoever when he returns from his latest knee surgery - whenever that might be.


NBA G League player dies after collapsing during game

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) A Detroit Pistons developmental player who collapsed on the court during a NBA G League game in Michigan has died.


Ex-NBA star Chris Herren opening center to combat addiction

SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) Former NBA star Chris Herren is launching a wellness center aimed at helping people prevent and break free of substance abuse.


» Sunday, March 25, 2018

Rockets beat Hawks 118-99 for 60th win

HOUSTON (AP) In a season where Houston is singularly focused on winning its first championship since taking two straight in 1994 and 1995, the Rockets paused for a moment to savor the accomplishment of reaching 60 wins for the first time in franchise history by downing the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.


McCollum has 34 points, Trail Blazers beat Thunder 108-105

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder could regret this missed opportunity.


Burke, Lee lead Knicks to 101-97 victory over Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) With the Washington Wizards still waiting for John Wall to return, they were beaten by the perennial All-Star's former backup.


Williams scores 26, Clippers beat Raptors 117-106

TORONTO (AP) Lou Williams got going in the fourth quarter -and carried the Los Angeles Clippers to a much-needed victory.


Steve Kerr rules out Stephen Curry for playoffs’ first round

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Optimistic as always, Stephen Curry is ready to prove Steve Kerr wrong and return from a left knee injury for the first round of the playoffs.


Oladipo helps Pacers top Heat in OT to clinch playoff spot

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Victor Oladipo had 23 points and five assists to help the Indiana Pacers clinch a playoff berth with a 113-107 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday.


Rozier scores 33 as Celtics roll past Kings, 104-93

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Terry Rozier scored a season-high 33 points and nearly matched the Celtics' franchise record for 3-pointers, Jaylen Brown made consecutive buckets to break open a close game in the fourth quarter, and Boston held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 104-93 on Sunday.


Spoelstra misses Heat-Pacers game for birth of child

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Miami coach Erik Spoelstra and his wife Nikki became parents Sunday of their first child, a son.


Giannis returns, Bucks hold on for 106-103 win over Spurs

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo went up for a dunk a couple minutes into the game and showed his right ankle was just fine.


Steve Kerr rules out Stephen Curry for playoffs’ first round

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry will miss the first round of the playoffs next month because of a sprained left knee.


NBA G League player under doctors’ care after collapse

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) An NBA G League player for the Grand Rapids Drive who collapsed on the court near the end of a game with the Long Island Nets is currently under care by doctors.


James scores 37, Cavs beat Nets 121-114 for 5th straight win

NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James powered into the lane for his latest assault on the rim and a former teammate made an ultimately useless attempt to stop him.


Spoelstra misses Heat-Pacers game, with wife in labor

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Miami coach Erik Spoelstra missed the first game of his career Sunday, leaving the Heat with his wife on the cusp of delivering their first child.


NBA G League player under doctors’ care after collapse

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) An NBA G League player for the Grand Rapids Drive who collapsed on the court near the end of a game with the Long Island Nets is currently under care by doctors.


NBA G League Grand Rapids player collapses during game

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) An NBA G League player for the Grand Rapids Drive collapsed on the court near the end of a game with the Long Island Nets and was rushed to a hospital.


» Saturday, March 24, 2018

Pistons sharp from outside in 117-95 win over Chicago

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons are close to full strength now, and their performance of late reflects it.


Will Fultz return to 76ers this season? It’s up to him

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers want Markelle Fultz back this season, but only when the No. 1 pick in last year's draft is comfortable that he's regained his shooting stroke.


Curry out at least 3 weeks but could be ready for playoffs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry will miss at least three weeks with a sprained left knee, meaning the Golden State Warriors will be without their do-everything point guard and second-leading scorer for the rest of the regular season.


Knee woes: Steph, Kyrie not expected back until playoffs

The NBA playoffs start in three weeks. Whether Boston's Kyrie Irving and Golden State's Stephen Curry will be ready when the postseason starts seems doubtful, at best.


Bucks overcame sluggish start to beat Bulls 118-105

CHICAGO (AP) Shabazz Muhammad and fellow reserves Brandon Jennings and Tony Snell took care of the scoring with Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo sidelined by a sprained right ankle.


Celtics’ Kyrie Irving set for surgery on sore left knee

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Celtics say All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is set to have surgery Saturday to alleviate pain in his left knee.


» Friday, March 23, 2018

Pacers use late surge to beat Clippers, close in on playoffs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Eight months after the Indiana Pacers embarked on a major rebuilding project, the first phase is almost complete.


Westbrook’s 17-point 4th quarter leads Thunder past Heat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) �� Russell Westbrook scored 17 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 105-99 on Friday night.


Nuggets beat Wizards to keep pace in playoff chase

WASHINGTON (AP) Will Barton tuned out the friends and family shouting his name because he had a much bigger concern.


Celtics’ Kyrie Irving set for surgery on sore left knee

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Celtics say All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is set to have surgery Saturday to alleviate pain in his left knee.


Antetokounmpo sits out, but Bucks hopeful about quick return

CHICAGO (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks played without star swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo on Friday night, but were cautiously optimistic that his sprained right ankle would not complicate their playoff run.


Cavs get 3 players back from injuries

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers are closer to being at full strength.


Funeral Mass held for Saints and Pelicans owner Benson

NEW ORLEANS (AP) NFL and NBA executives joined Saints and Pelicans players and coaches and New Orleans city officials in a historic French Quarter cathedral Friday for the funeral of Tom Benson, the owner of the city's two major professional sports franchises who died last week at age 90.


Celtics’ Kyrie Irving set for surgery on sore left knee

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics say All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is set to have surgery Saturday to alleviate pain in his left knee.


Lakers sign forward Travis Wear for rest of the season

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Travis Wear for the rest of the season.


Bucks’ Antetokounmpo out for Bulls game with ankle sprain

MILWAUKEE (AP) All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the Milwaukee Bucks' home game Friday night against the Chicago Bulls with a sprained right ankle.


Funeral Mass held for Saints and Pelicans owner Benson

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Mourners are filling the pews at New Orleans' historic St. Louis Cathedral for the funeral of Tom Benson, the Saints and Pelicans owner who died last week at age 90.


Home sale: Latest LeBron billboard near superstar’s house

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James can almost see from his backyard the latest billboard enticing him to sign as a free agent.


» Thursday, March 22, 2018

Protests delay start of Kings-Hawks game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The game between the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks started after a 19-minute delay Thursday because of protesters who were locked arm-in-arm surrounding entrances to Golden1 Center.


Protests delay start of Kings-Hawks game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The game between the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks started after a 19-minute delay Thursday because of protesters who were locked arm-in-arm surrounding entrances to Golden1 Center.


The Latest: Protest over police shooting delays NBA game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Latest on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man (all times local):


Bulls’ Blakeney to miss rest of season with of broken wrist

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls say guard Antonio Blakeney will miss the remainder of the season because of a broken bone in his left wrist.


Popovich stays the course during unusual season for Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Gregg Popovich is not changing how he coaches, not after 22 seasons leading the Spurs.


March memo: LeBron, Cavs send message with win over Raptors

CLEVELAND (AP) The drama has included turmoil and trades, head-scratching losses, infighting, injuries and illness.


Hornets’ Howard suspended after technical foul in 30-30 game

NEW YORK (AP) Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard has been suspended for Thursday's game against Memphis after picking up his 16th technical foul this season.


Bucks say Giannis doubtful with ankle injury for Bulls game

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks say Giannis Antetokounmpo is doubtful for Friday night's game against the Chicago Bulls with a sprained right ankle.


March Badness: NBA finding it’s not so easy to stop tanking

NEW YORK (AP) After 20 years in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki can't be fooled.


Not everyone playing by the spirit of NBA tanking guideline

NEW YORK (AP) After 20 years in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki can't be fooled.


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Not everyone playing by the spirt of NBA tanking guideline

NEW YORK (AP) After 20 years in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki can't be fooled.


Davis, Moore, propel Pelicans past Pacers, 96-92

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis stood in front of Indiana's bench, holding up his right arm triumphantly as his tough, 15-foot baseline fade went through to give New Orleans a four-point lead with 53 seconds left.


Jordan, Clippers beat Bucks after Giannis leaves with injury

MILWAUKEE (AP) Their playoff hopes fading after a deflating loss a night earlier, the Los Angeles Clippers were desperate for a win.


Howard has 32 points, 30 rebounds in Hornets’ win over Nets

NEW YORK (AP) One of Dwight Howard's close friends wasn't too enthused with the center's effort at halftime. So, he sent him a text message to let him know.


» Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Howard has 32 points, 30 rebounds in Hornets’ win over Nets

NEW YORK (AP) Dwight Howard had 32 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds, becoming the first player with a 30-30 game against the Nets since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1978, and the Charlotte Hornets stormed back to beat Brooklyn 111-105 on Wednesday night.


Jokic stars on "Serbian Heritage Night," Nuggets pound Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) It started when Nikola Jokic was introduced with Denver's starting lineup, and the cheering continued throughout the night. There were chants of ''Serbia! Serbia!''


Jordan, Clippers beat Bucks after Giannis leaves with injury

MILWAUKEE (AP) DeAndre Jordan had 25 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Milwaukee Bucks 127-120 on Wednesday night.


Olynyk’s big night helps Heat past Knicks, 119-98

MIAMI (AP) A big lead was slipping away, so the Miami Heat called upon their best offensive option: The 3-point shot.


Howard has 32 points, 32 rebounds in Hornets’ win over Nets

NEW YORK (AP) Dwight Howard had 32 points and 30 rebounds, becoming the first player with a 30-30 game against the Nets since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1978, and the Charlotte Hornets stormed back to beat Brooklyn 111-105 on Wednesday night.


LeBron scores 35, carries Cavaliers past Raptors 132-129

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored 35 points and added 17 assists, his last setting up a late a 3-pointer by Kevin Love, and the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers ended Toronto's nine-game road winning streak with a 132-129 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors on Wednesday night.


Bucks’ Antetokounmpo leaves game with ankle sprain

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo has left the Milwaukee Bucks' game Wednesday night and will not return after rolling his right ankle.


Pelicans guard Holiday returns from flu vs. Pacers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says guard Jrue Holiday has recovered enough from flu symptoms to play Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers.


Hawks sign rookie Jaylen Morris to multiyear deal

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have signed rookie guard Jaylen Morris to a multiyear contract.


Magic Johnson firm agrees to buy Detroit fairgrounds land

DETROIT (AP) A company with ties to former NBA star Magic Johnson plans to redevelop property at the old Michigan Fairgrounds in Detroit.


Visitation for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson begins

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A New Orleans-style goodbye for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson began outside a seminary Wednesday, with fans dressed in black and gold singing and chanting as they entered the chapel where Benson's body will lie in repose for two days of public visitation.


Visitation for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson begins

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Dozens lined up outside a New Orleans seminary to pay their final respects to Saints owner Tom Benson.


Cavs’ Korver leaves team following brother’s death

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver has been excused from the team to be with family following the death of a younger brother.


Visitation for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson begins

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The casket of New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has been carried into a New Orleans seminary.


Cavs’ Korver leaves team following brother’s death

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver has been excused from the team to be with family following the death of a younger brother.


Ex-Hawks employee sues, claims discrimination against whites

ATLANTA (AP) A former Atlanta Hawks employee is accusing the professional basketball club of discriminating against white people and firing her after she complained.


Rockets win 115-111 to snap Blazers’ 13-game winning streak

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) James Harden says he's constantly working on his step-back 3-pointer. It paid off against Portland.


McCutchen hopes meetings with players show refs’ commitment

NEW YORK (AP) As Monty McCutchen visits NBA teams on behalf of referees, he's hearing plenty of what he calls constructive criticism, delivered in a professional way.


Schroder scores career-high 41, Hawks end Jazz win streak

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Dennis Schroder was unstoppable on the offensive end but felt like he could do more.


Davis’ 37 points leads Pelicans past Mavs, 115-105

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The moment Anthony Davis initiated a spin move to create separation in the paint between him and Mavericks center Nerlens Noel, Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo sent a lob from the left wing to the far side of the rim.


Cavs’ Korver leaves team following brother’s death

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver has been excused from the team to be with family following the death of a younger brother.


Marcus Morris’ 3 lifts Celtics over Thunder, 100-99

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics have spent most of the past month short-handed, with several of their key players sidelined by injuries.


» Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cavs’ Korver leaves team family following brother’s death

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver has been excused from the team to be with family following the death of a younger brother.


Raptors use strong defense in 4th to beat Magic 93-86

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Toronto's reserves proved again they can be a factor in deciding a game, delivering a stellar fourth-quarter defensive effort.


Raptors use strong defense in 4th to beat Magic 93-86

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and Toronto used a strong fourth-quarter defensive effort to beat the Orlando Magic 93-86 on Tuesday night.


Holiday out with illness vs. Mavs, Hill starting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says Jrue Holiday has the flu and is not in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against Dallas.


Tracy McGrady enshrined in Magic Hall of Fame

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Tracy McGrady is a Basketball Hall of Famer, meaning he's already reached the absolute pinnacle of accolades celebrating his playing career.


Stephen Curry medically cleared to return to full practice

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry has been medically cleared to resume full practice beginning Wednesday with the hope he can return from his latest right ankle injury later in the week.


Nova’s Wright, 76ers’ Brown formed friendship in West Bank

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The bond that connects Jay Wright and Brett Brown was forged in the Holy Land, where the Philadelphia-area coaches taught basketball on floors lined with rubble, bent rims and no nets.


NBA fines Rockets’ Green $25K, Celtics’ Morris $15K

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Gerald Green of the Houston Rockets $25,000 for shoving an opponent and Marcus Morris of the Boston Celtics $15,000 for verbally abusing an official.


Youth basketball guidelines call for lower baskets, no zones

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA and USA Basketball are dipping their toe into youth sports, recommending guidelines they hope will help with development and enhanced experiences at a young age.


Crabbe, LeVert lead Nets over Grizzlies 118-115

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets proved supreme in another showdown with one of the NBA's worst teams.


Griffin’s big third quarter helps Pistons top Kings 106-90

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) After nearly two months, Blake Griffin finally looks comfortable playing with Detroit, and it's showing up across the board.


Crabbe, LeVert lead Nets over Grizzlies 118-115

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets proved supreme in another showdown with one of the NBA's worst teams.


» Monday, March 19, 2018

Hardaway, Beasley lead Knicks past depleted Bulls, 110-92

NEW YORK (AP) The Knicks have won two straight games for the first time in almost two months, and they're not apologizing for the caliber of their competition.


Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers past Hornets 108-94

PHILADELPHIA (AP) With Allen Iverson watching from a suite, Joel Embiid produced yet another dominant game in a season where the 76ers' All-Star has barely practiced.


Pelicans rookie Jackson has another surgery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say rookie guard Frank Jackson won't make his NBA debut this season after having follow-up surgery to remove residual scar tissue from earlier right foot operations.


Lue taking leave from Cavaliers to address health issues

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence from the team to address health issues that have included chest pains and loss of sleep.


Kevin Love to return for Cavaliers against Milwaukee

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will return Monday after missing six weeks because of a broken left hand.


Former NBA player’s ex-wife won’t face death if convicted

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright won't face the death penalty if convicted of killing him more than seven years ago in Tennessee, a prosecutor said Monday.


Lue taking leave from Cavaliers to address health issues

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence from the team to address health issues that have included chest pains and loss of sleep.


Lue taking leave from Cavaliers to address health issues

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence from the team to address health issues that have included chest pains and loss of sleep.


Former NBA player’s ex-wife won’t face death if convicted

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright won't face the death penalty if convicted of killing him more than seven years ago in Tennessee.


» Sunday, March 18, 2018

Harden scores 34 as Rockets hold off Timberwolves 129-120

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) For the Houston Rockets, finally facing a challenge from Minnesota and a hostile crowd on the road was a good test to prepare for the postseason.


Butler targeting return to Timberwolves before end of season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jimmy Butler could return to the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves before the end of the regular season, if he continues to stay on track with his rehabilitation from surgery on his right knee.


Butler targeting return to Timberwolves before end of season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jimmy Butler could return to the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves before the end of the regular season, if he stays on track with his rehabilitation from knee surgery.


NBA fines Pelicans coach Gentry for criticizing officiating

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating following New Orleans' 107-101 loss to Houston on Saturday night.


Pelicans activate Hill for first time this season

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say forward Solomon Hill is available to play for the first time this season against the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.


Portland wins 12th straight with 100-87 victory over Detroit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard says Portland's current streak is more about the Blazers than their opponents.


Grizzlies snap 19-game skid with 101-94 win vs Nuggets

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Denver Nuggets did something no NBA team has done in almost seven weeks - lost to the Memphis Grizzlies.


LeBron gets 33 points in triple-double, Cavs beat Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) As he exited the court, LeBron James brought a young fan to tears.


Utah Jazz beat Sacramento Kings 103-97 for 9th straight win

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points, and the Utah Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 103-97 on Saturday night for their ninth straight victory.


» Saturday, March 17, 2018

LeBron gets 33 points in triple-double, Cavs beat Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) As he exited the court, LeBron James brought a young fan to tears.


Nets blow double-digit lead, still beat Mavs 114-106

NEW YORK (AP) Nets coach Kenny Atkinson tinkered with his starting lineup, hoping to cure his young team's recent defensive lapses.


Knicks end 9-game slide with win over Hornets

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks stopped their slide with an impressive performance on both sides of the court.


Giannis’ double-double helps Bucks hold on to beat Hawks

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks pushed the pace and kept their composure late in the fourth quarter. The Atlanta Hawks struggled to regain their footing in the closing minutes after their best ball-handler fouled out.


Cavs’ Lue stays in locker room after half because of illness

CHICAGO (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue remained in the locker room to start the second half of their game against the Chicago Bulls because of an illness.


Giannis’ double-double helps Bucks hold on to beat Hawks

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 12 rebounds, Khris Middleton added 23 points and the Milwaukee Bucks held on for a 122-117 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.


Bulls’ Markkanen, LaVine, Dunn sitting out against Cavaliers

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls are holding injured core players Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn out of Saturday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Suns’ Chriss, Dudley fined $25K after Jazz’s Rubio shoved

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Phoenix Suns forwards Marquese Chriss and Jared Dudley $25,000 apiece for their roles in an altercation during a game against the Utah Jazz.


Former NBA player Glen Davis arrested on drug charges

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) Police say former NBA player Glen ''Big Baby'' Davis was arrested in a Maryland hotel last month on drug possession and distribution charges.


Dragic lifts Heat past Lakers 92-91

LOS ANGELES (AP) Goran Dragic scored 30 points, including a go-ahead jumper in the final seconds, and the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 92-91 on Friday night.


» Friday, March 16, 2018

DeRozan has 29, Raptors win 11th straight, beat Mavs 122-115

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan made the game-winning basket in overtime and the Toronto Raptors rallied to match the longest winning streak in franchise history, extending their season-best run to 11 by beating the Dallas Mavericks 122-115 on Friday night.


Rozier, Celtics hold off Magic 92-83

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Boston Celtics relied on their tough defense to get a sorely needed victory on the road.


Embiid leads 76ers past Nets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A sellout crowd of nearly 21,000 serenaded Joel Embiid for his birthday, and Embiid showed his gratitude by powering Philadelphia to another win.


Warriors’ Durant out at least 2 weeks with fractured rib

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks with a fractured rib on his right side, joining fellow All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the injury list for the defending champion Golden State Warriors.


Warriors’ Durant out at least 2 weeks with fractured rib

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks with a fractured rib on his right side, joining fellow All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the injury list for the defending champion Golden State Warriors.


Clippers coach Doc Rivers fined for criticizing officials

NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been fined $15,000 for criticizing the officiating after the Clippers' loss to the Houston Rockets.


Blazers win 11th straight with 113-105 victory over Cavs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Even Cleveland's late rally couldn't rattle the confident Trail Blazers.


Jokic turns in triple-double, Nuggets beat Pistons 120-113

DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic was cool after his eighth triple-double of the season.


Aldridge, Murray help Spurs overcome Pelicans, 98-93

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The situation looked all too familiar for the beleaguered Spurs.


Bulls hand Grizzlies 19th straight loss on Blakeney’s FTs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies fought, rallied and were on the verge of snapping their losing streak, only to have an ill-advised foul lead to two successful free throws and another defeat.


» Thursday, March 15, 2018

Howard dominates inside as Hornets beat Hawks 129-117

ATLANTA (AP) Dwight Howard insists he holds no grudges against the Atlanta Hawks and coach Mike Budenholzer.


Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson dies at age 90

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tom Benson, a successful auto dealer and longtime owner of the New Orleans Saints who brought the franchise its only winning seasons and the ''Benson Boogie,'' has died.


Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson dies at age 90

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tom Benson, a successful auto dealer and longtime owner of the New Orleans Saints who brought the franchise its only winning seasons and the ''Benson Boogie,'' has died.


Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson dies at age 90

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tom Benson, a successful auto dealer who brought the New Orleans Saints their only winning seasons and the ''Benson Boogie,'' has died. Benson, who has also owned the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans since 2012, was 90.


Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler is new Big3 commissioner

NEW YORK (AP) Hall of Fame basketball player Clyde Drexler is the new commissioner of the Big3 league.


Pelicans sign guard Larry Drew II to 10-day contract

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans says they have signed free agent guard Larry Drew II to a 10-day contract.


Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler is new Big3 commissioner

NEW YORK (AP) Hall of Fame basketball player Clyde Drexler is the new commissioner of the Big3 league.


Randolph comes through in OT to help Kings beat Heat 123-119

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) De'Aaron Fox made another shot at the buzzer to force overtime. Then Zach Randolph took his turn making the big plays for the Kings.


Kevin Durant leads undermanned Warriors past Lakers 117-106

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr has long known he has an All-Star cast. Golden State's backups gave him another glimpse Wednesday night.


» Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Curry wanted to play on 30th birthday, but focuses on ankle

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry wanted nothing more than to play on his milestone 30th birthday, a home game against the Lakers on Wednesday night.


Celtics missing 6 players for Wizards game

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics were without six players for their game against the Washington Wizards.


Clippers sign G Sean Kilpatrick to 2nd 10-day contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a second 10-day contract.


Curry wanted to play on 30th birthday, but focuses on ankle

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry wanted nothing more than to play on his milestone 30th birthday, a home game against the Lakers on Wednesday night.


Hawks sign Antonius Cleveland to multiyear contract

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have signed guard Antonius Cleveland to a multiyear contract.


Celtics missing 6 (maybe 7) players for Wizards game

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics will be without six players - and possibly seven - for their game against the Washington Wizards.


Spurs in a new spot: Fighting for their playoff lives

This is the worst season for the San Antonio Spurs in the last 21 years.


Mr. Triple-Double: Westbrook joins a very exclusive NBA club

ATLANTA (AP) Russell Westbrook darted into the lane time and time again, hitting the shot, drawing a foul or finding an open teammate.


Barnes scores 30, Mavs hand Knicks eighth straight loss

NEW YORK (AP) Dallas has been so bad that Dirk Nowitzki wasn't aware the Mavericks hadn't won on the road in more than a month.


Spurs in a new spot: Fighting for their playoff lives

This is the worst season for the San Antonio Spurs in the last 21 years.


James’ triple-double leads Cavaliers past lowly Suns

PHOENIX (AP) After a couple of tough losses in Los Angeles, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers went to the desert and took care of Phoenix. The Suns offered little resistance.


Thomas rallies Lakers past Nuggets 112-103

LOS ANGELES (AP) Isaiah Thomas scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Denver Nuggets 112-103 on Tuesday night.


Hot start propels Jazz to 110-79 win over Pistons

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) If there's such a thing as a perfect quarter, the Utah Jazz came close to playing one.


Davis leads Pelicans past Hornets, 119-115

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans ran their way out of a two-game skid with a relentless pace that produced a slew of shots around the rim.


Valanciunas has 26, Raptors beat Nets for 9th straight win

NEW YORK (AP) The Toronto Raptors reached 50 wins for the third straight season.


Jordan, Williams lead Clippers over Bulls 112-106

CHICAGO (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers need all the wins they can get if they're going to make the playoffs for the seventh straight year - even the ugly ones.


» Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Porzingis says no timetable yet in return from torn ACL

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis thought he would go right back into the game when he hurt his knee last month.


Aldridge leads Spurs to need victory over Magic,

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and San Antonio never trailed after the opening minutes, holding the Orlando Magic to their lowest point total in a 108-72 victory on Tuesday night.


Valciunas scores 26, Raptors beat Nets for 9th straight win

NEW YORK (AP) Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors won their ninth straight and 16th of 17, 116-102 over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.


KAT hit in face, scores 37 to lead Wolves past Wiz 116-111

WASHINGTON (AP) A shot to the mouth left Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns with some damaged teeth. His sense of humor? That, at least, was intact.


Stephen Curry out for at least another week with ankle

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry will miss at least another week because of his troublesome right ankle, which he re-injured last Thursday against San Antonio.


Porzingis says no timetable yet in return from torn ACL

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis thought he would go right back into the game when he hurt his knee last month.


Clippers’ Bradley could miss rest of year following surgery

CHICAGO (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers say guard Avery Bradley could miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair muscles in his pubic area.


Porzingis says no timetable yet in return from torn ACL

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis thought he would go right back into the game when he hurt his knee last month.


Wiz coach Brooks not concerned about timing of Wall’s return

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks is not entirely sure when All-Star point guard John Wall will return to full-fledged practicing after missing 1+ months so far because of surgery on his left knee.


A month left in the NBA season, and much left to be decided

MIAMI (AP) A month remains in the NBA season, and nothing is truly settled.


New name coming for Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Bankers Life name will be coming off the Indiana Pacers' arena after next season.


Middleton has 24, Bucks send Grizzlies to 18th straight loss

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Brandon Jennings feels a sense of urgency in trying to prove he belongs back in the NBA after signing a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.


» Monday, March 12, 2018

Dennis Rodman gets probation after DUI arrest in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from a January DUI arrest in California.


Kerr urges youth to keep working for change on gun violence

NEWARK, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr believes the voices of America's youth are finally being heard enough to create real change when it comes to gun violence.


Mavericks’ Matthews likely out for season with leg fracture

DALLAS (AP) Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews has a broken bone in his lower right leg and is likely to miss the rest of the season.


Dennis Rodman gets probation after DUI arrest in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from a January DUI arrest in Southern California.


Celtics rookie Theis likely out for season with knee injury

BOSTON (AP) Celtics rookie Daniel Theis is likely out for the rest of the season with a torn meniscus in his left knee.


Hawks lose Bazemore for remainder of season with knee injury

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore will miss the remainder of the season with a bone bruise in his right knee.


» Sunday, March 11, 2018

Rubio, Jazz, spoil Davis triple-double, 116-99

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ricky Rubio isn't fretting over the fact that the Utah Jazz remain narrowly outside the Western Conference playoff picture despite winning 18 of 20 games.


Al Horford out for Celtics vs Pacers, joining Jaylen Brown

BOSTON (AP) Boston Celtics forward Al Horford was sick and the team scratched him from Sunday night's game against the Indiana Pacers.


Rubio, Jazz, spoil Davis triple-double, 116-99

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ricky Rubio had 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Utah overcame Anthony Davis' first career triple-double for a 116-99 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday that extended the Jazz's winning streak to six.


Bucks sign guard Brandon Jennings to 10-day contract

MILWAUKEE (AP) Brandon Jennings is returning to the Milwaukee Bucks, resuming his NBA career with the team that took him in the first round of the NBA draft nearly a decade ago.


Raptors roll to 8th straight win, rout Knicks 132-106

NEW YORK (AP) Between an emotional win in their last game and an early start to this one, there were plenty of reasons why the Toronto Raptors might not be sharp.


Warriors again without Iguodala, with bench thin vs. Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Golden State Warriors are again missing more than just two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, with reserves Andre Iguodala, Jordan Bell and David West all out for the game at Minnesota.


Bucks sign guard Brandon Jennings to 10-day contract

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Brandon Jennings to a 10-day contract.


Anthony Davis returns to starting lineup vs. Jazz

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have listed Anthony Davis as a starter in Sunday's game against Utah, marking the All-Star forward's return from a sprained left ankle after a one-game absence.


Williams, Harris lead Clippers past Magic 113-105

LOS ANGELES (AP) Lou Williams scored 25 points and Tobias Harris had 21, as the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 113-105 victory Saturday over the Orlando Magic.


» Saturday, March 10, 2018

Balanced Heat roll past Wizards, 129-102

MIAMI (AP) James Johnson scored 20 points, Wayne Ellington added 17 and the Miami Heat ran away in the third quarter to beat the Washington Wizards 129-102 on Saturday night.


Bucks request waivers on injured forward Mirza Teletovic

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on forward Mirza Teletovic, who has been sidelined since December because of blockages in his lungs.


John Wall recovery continues with workout in Miami

MIAMI (AP) Washington still doesn't know when John Wall will play again. The Wizards simply know that the All-Star is getting closer.


Clippers to return to Hawaii for training camp next season

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers will return to Hawaii for training camp next season for the second straight year.


Clippers easily defeat James and Cavaliers 116-102

LOS ANGELES (AP) Beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers was a statement game to the Los Angeles Clippers only in that it lifted them into the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.


Blazers beat Warriors 125-108 for 9th straight victory

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The key to the Portland Trail Blazers' nine-game winning streak starts behind the scenes.


Millsap scores 21 as Nuggets beat Lakers, 125-116

DENVER (AP) Paul Millsap provided Denver with veteran plays to get the Nuggets a much-need win. Jamal Murray gave the Lakers fuel for a rematch in four days.


Crowder has season-high 22, Jazz beat Grizzlies 95-78

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Utah Jazz are putting together overall winning streaks with an even longer stretch of success on the road.


Bucks get back on track against Knicks with 120-112 win

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo opened the game with a one night-only move, hiking the ball through his legs to Eric Bledsoe after securing the opening tip.


» Friday, March 9, 2018

Without Davis, Pelicans’ win streak ends at 10 vs Wizards

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Otto Porter Jr.'s sore right hip didn't appear to bother him when he drilled a 19-foot jumper from the corner just 23 seconds into Friday night's game in New Orleans.


Millsap scores 21 as Nuggets beat Lakers, 125-116

DENVER (AP) Paul Millsap scored 21 points and hit a key 3-pointer in the final minutes, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 125-116 on Friday night.


Curry, Bell, Iguodala out for Warriors in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Stephen Curry, Jordan Bell and Andre Iguodala were all out with injuries Friday night for Golden State's game against the Trail Blazers.


Pelicans’ Davis ruled out vs. Wizards

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis was ruled out of Friday night's game against Washington because of his sprained left ankle.


LA Lakers sign Derrick Williams to 10-day contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) Forward Derrick Williams has signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.


Hornets lose backup PG Carter-Williams for rest of season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets point guard Michael Carter-Williams needs surgery on his left shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season.


After Curry goes down, Durant rallies Warriors past Spurs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr chuckled not about Stephen Curry's latest ankle trouble but just how good the Golden State Warriors can be without their two-time MVP.


Derrick Rose signs with Minnesota, reunites with Thibodeau

For Derrick Rose, what's old is new again.


Celtics forward Jaylen Brown leaves game after hard landing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Boston Celtics were breathing a little easier after beating Minnesota on Thursday night, and their relief was about more than just the outcome.


» Thursday, March 8, 2018

Celtics forward Jaylen Brown leaves game after hard landing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Boston small forward Jaylen Brown left the Celtics' game Thursday night at Minnesota after landing hard on his back following a dunk late in the third quarter.


Crabbe has 29 points, Nets beat Hornets 125-111

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Brooklyn Nets may not have much left to play for this season.


Pelicans’ Davis doubtful vs. Wizards, MRI shows ankle sprain

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say imaging of All-Star forward Antony Davis' left ankle confirms a diagnosis of a sprain and that he'll be listed as doubtful against the Washington Wizards on Friday night.


Lillard leads Portland on its latest late-season surge

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard says the Portland Trail Blazers reach out to him before he reaches team milestones, just to give him a heads up.


Derrick Rose signs with Minnesota, reunites with Thibodeau

For Derrick Rose, what's old is new again.


Wade on Parkland students: ’They are very impressive’

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High hoping to spread some goodwill and bring much-needed smiles to faces of students and teachers.


Wade on Parkland students: ’They are very impressive’

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High hoping to spread some goodwill and bring much-needed smiles to faces of students and teachers.


Derrick Rose signs with Minnesota, reunites with Thibodeau

For Derrick Rose, what's old is new again.


AP source: Derrick Rose has agreed to sign with Minnesota

A person familiar with the situation says Derrick Rose has agreed to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season.


Bulls hang on down stretch, beat Grizzlies 119-110

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls envision Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn leading them to tight wins - someday in bigger spots than this.


» Wednesday, March 7, 2018

NBA reviewing sexual assault allegations against Mark Cuban

DALLAS (AP) The NBA is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the investigation that led to a decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.


Toronto’s Ibaka ejected in 2nd quarter at Detroit

DETROIT (AP) Toronto forward Serge Ibaka was ejected from the Raptors' game at Detroit on Wednesday night in the second quarter.


NBA reviewing sexual assault allegations against Mark Cuban

DALLAS (AP) The NBA says it is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.


NBA says 3 calls hurt Heat in overtime loss at Washington

MIAMI (AP) The NBA said three plays were officiated incorrectly in overtime of Tuesday's Miami-Washington game, all aiding the Wizards in what became their four-point victory.


Bulls to adhere to NBA rules about resting players, tanking

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls will start playing Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday again after receiving a reminder from the league about player rest and tanking.


Bulls to adhere to NBA rules about resting players, tanking

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls will start playing Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday again after receiving a reminder from the league about player rest and tanking.


Love overwhelmed by reaction since revealing panic attack

DENVER (AP) Kevin Love has received more than 4,000 messages since opening up about his struggles with mental health issues.


Spurs’ Leonard hopes to return ’soon’ from leg injury

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard plans on returning ''soon'' from a leg injury, after missing all but nine games so far this season.


Leonard plans on returning soon

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard plans on returning this season and wants to remain with the Spurs for life, refuting reports of dissension with the star forward and the only franchise he has played for.


Love overwhelmed by reaction since revealing panic attack

DENVER (AP) Kevin Love has been overwhelmed by the flurry of positive responses a day after opening up about his struggles with mental health issues.


Bulls to adhere to NBA rules about resting players, tanking

CHICAGO (AP) Bulls executive vice president John Paxson says the team will no longer rest Robin Lopez or Justin Holliday after receiving a reminder from the league office about player rest and tanking.


With hot teams, Davis, Lillard hot names in MVP discussion

With the Houston Rockets on top of the NBA and James Harden on top of the scoring race, he may be running away with the MVP vote.


Davis has 41, Pelicans top Clippers 121-116 for 9th straight

LOS ANGELES (AP) Getting hit in the ribs only took Anthony Davis off the court for a short time. He came back and proved a one-man wrecking crew against the Los Angeles Clippers.


Mavs owner Mark Cuban denies 2011 sex assault allegation

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is denying a 2011 allegation of sexual assault after a weekly alternative newspaper in Oregon published details of a case that prosecutors didn't pursue, saying they didn't believe there was evidence to support the claim.


Stephen Curry scores 34 points, leads Warriors past Nets

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With the start of the playoffs just more than a month away, the defending champions are still trying to find consistency for 48 minutes.


Mavs owner Mark Cuban denies 2011 sex assault allegation

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is denying a 2011 allegation of sexual assault after a weekly alternative newspaper in Oregon published details of a case that prosecutors didn't pursue, saying they didn't believe there was evidence to support the claim.


Stephen Curry scores 34 points, leads Warriors past Nets

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry scored 34 points with six 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors won their sixth straight since the All-Star break by beating the Brooklyn Nets 114-101 on Tuesday night.


Nowitzki, Mavs hand Nuggets damaging loss in tight West race

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki drained his first five 3-pointers to put the Dallas Mavericks in position to hand the Denver Nuggets a damaging loss in the tight Western Conference playoff race.


Ferrell, Nowitzki lead Mavericks to 118-107 win over Nuggets

DALLAS (AP) Yogi Ferrell rode hot 3-point shooting to a season-high 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki also was strong from long range to score 17 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Denver Nuggets 118-107 on Tuesday night.


» Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Ferrell, Nowitzki lead Mavericks to 118-107 win over Nuggets

DALLAS (AP) Yogi Ferrell rode hot 3-point shooting to a season-high 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki also was strong from long range to score 17 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Denver Nuggets 118-107 on Tuesday night.


DeRozan scores 25, Raptors beat Hawks 106-90

TORONTO (AP) For three quarters, the Toronto Raptors looked listless against the Atlanta Hawks.


On Basketball: It’s time to change the NBA draft rules

The NBA says it is seeking an answer to the one-and-done issue, and that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.


Smart fined $15,000 for criticism of officiating

BOSTON (AP) Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of officiating.


Cavs’ Love discloses bouts with panic attacks, mental health

CLEVELAND (AP) Suffering for years in silence, Kevin Love has opened up about his struggles with mental health.


Cavs’ Love discloses bouts with panic attacks, mental health

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love has opened up about his panic attack this season and his struggles with mental health.


» Monday, March 5, 2018

Bogdanovic leads Pacers over Bucks 92-89

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic has cranked up his tenacity, and it's leading to some of the best basketball of his life.


Whiteside scores 24, Heat ease past Suns 125-103

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside enjoyed an easy night, as did the Miami Heat.


Sore knee sidelines Celtics’ Irving for game against Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) Boston Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving sat out Monday night's game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore left knee.


Sore knee sidelines Celtics’ Irving for game against Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) Boston Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving is sitting out Monday night's game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore left knee.


Dear Kobe ... LeBron animated over Bryant scoring Oscar

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James watched Kobe Bryant score big again.


Antetokounmpo scores 35 points, Bucks beat 76ers 118-110

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks wouldn't quit.


» Sunday, March 4, 2018

Antetokounmpo scores 34 points, Bucks beat 76ers 118-110

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a four-game losing streak, scoring 36 points off the Philadelphia 76ers' season-high 26 turnovers in a 118-110 victory Sunday night.


Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for animated short

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant is a winner in retirement, too.


Oladipo, Bogdanovic help Pacers pass Wizards after 98-95 win

WASHINGTON (AP) For the second straight game, the Indiana Pacers prevailed on the road over a potential playoff rival, even if it wasn't always pleasing to the eye.


DeRozan scores 19 points, Raptors beat Hornets 103-98

TORONTO (AP) After three double-digit losses to Toronto, the Charlotte Hornets finally turned in a strong performance against the Raptors.


Cavs’ Thompson to miss several games with sprained ankle

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers are getting smaller.


Prince hits go-ahead 3 in closing seconds, Hawks beat Suns

ATLANTA (AP) Taurean Prince knew the Atlanta Hawks had the perfect setup for a dramatic 3-pointer.


Clippers sign G Sean Kilpatrick to 10-day contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract Sunday.


Reinventing Wade: At 36, another new role awaits Heat great

MIAMI (AP) This is not the first reinvention of Dwyane Wade.


McCollum scores 28 as Trail Blazers beat Thunder 108-100

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) During their recent upswing, the Portland Trail Blazers have received key contributions from several role players. It was Zach Collins' turn Saturday night.


Jazz get off to fast start, hold off Kings 98-91

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Utah coach Quin Snyder couldn't stop praising his team's defense after the Jazz limited Sacramento to four second-chance points.


Ball, Randle rally Lakers past Spurs late, 116-112

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers are feeling extremely comfortable on the road.


McCollum scores 28 as Trail Blazers beat Thunder 108-100

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) CJ McCollum scored 28 points, Damian Lillard had 20 and the Portland Trail Blazers won their sixth straight game Saturday night with a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Soup-er man: Cavs’ Smith back from soup-throwing suspension

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) J.R. Smith's return from suspension was, ahem, soup-er. For one half.


» Saturday, March 3, 2018

Long distance: Nuggets make 19 3s, roll past LeBron, Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) Tucked inside his locker-room cubicle, LeBron James was getting dressed following another tough loss when a familiar voice grabbed his attention.


Soup opera: Cavs’ Smith mum on kind of soup thrown at coach

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) J.R. Smith's soup choice remains unknown, and so do the ingredients that steamed him so much he threw a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.


Soup opera: Cavs’ Smith mum on kind of soup thrown at coach

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has refused to say what led him to throw a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.


Jazz beat Timberwolves 116-108 in game featuring 3 ejections

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) In a game peppered with heated emotions and hard fouls, Rudy Gobert turned in one his finest performances of the season.


DeRozan, Miles lead surging Raptors past Wizards, 102-95

WASHINGTON (AP) These days it doesn't seem to matter who is on the floor for the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors.


» Friday, March 2, 2018

DeRozan, Miles lead surging Raptors past Wizards, 102-95

WASHINGTON (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, reserve CJ Miles added 20 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 102-95 on Friday night.


Gordon, Magic stop 7-game skid, beat Pistons 115-106 in OT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic have had to explain so many late-game collapses this season that it was a little awkward describing how well they handled the deciding moments of Friday night's 115-106 overtime victory against the Detroit Pistons.


Curry tweaks ankle, has 28 as Warriors top Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) Golden State coach Steve Kerr wasn't going to gamble on leaving Stephen Curry in a close game, even after Curry's dramatic proof of how well he could play after turning his right ankle.


76ers rally to beat Hornets 110-99, 13th straight in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ersan Ilyasova's return to Philadelphia came in time to key a comeback against the Hornets.


DeRozan, Miles lead surging Raptors past Wizards, 102-95

WASHINGTON (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, reserve CJ Miles added 20 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 102-95 on Friday night.


JR Smith tosses soup at assistant; Cavs ladle out 1-game ban

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Chicken noodle or tomato? J.R. Smith didn't serve up any explanation.


Lakers rookie Hart has surgery on broken hand, out 4-6 weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Lakers rookie Josh Hart will be sidelined for four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his broken left hand.


Top NBA rookie joins charity of NFL champ, a fellow UVa alum

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) The NBA's reigning Rookie of the Year has joined a two-time Super Bowl champion to rally support for clean water, a cause dear to both University of Virginia alumni.


Cavaliers may find Love sooner than expected

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) As the Cavaliers experience growing pains with four new players, relief might be ahead: Kevin Love.


JR Smith tosses soup at assistant; Cavs ladle out 1-game ban

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Chicken noodle or tomato? J.R. Smith didn't serve up any explanation.


AP source: Cavs suspend Smith for throwing soup at coach

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith was suspended one game by the team for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.


Blazers beat Timberwolves 108-99 for fifth straight win

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard wasn't concerned. He knew his shots would eventually fall.


Kings outlast Nets 116-111 in overtime

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) De'Aaron Fox passed up a chance at a game-winning 3-pointer and settled for a tying floater at the end of regulation. Bogdan Bogdanovic followed Fox's lead in overtime with a couple of momentum-swinging shots of his own.


Lakers, once 11-27, now surging and figuring things out

MIAMI (AP) Only the biggest accomplishments are celebrated by the Los Angeles Lakers. They hang banners for championships, they retire jerseys for legends, they build statues for the elite.


» Thursday, March 1, 2018

Lakers shred Heat defense, stay hot with easy 131-113 win

MIAMI (AP) Julius Randle got the Los Angeles Lakers started. Isaiah Thomas finished the job.


Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas: ’All you need is 1 team to love you’

MIAMI (AP) Isaiah Thomas still feels like there's time.


Silly or Philly?: LeBron swats talk of Philadelphia visit

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) This LeBron James-to-Philly stuff is getting either silly - or serious.


Cavs suspend guard J.R Smith 1 game for detrimental conduct

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended one game by the team for detrimental conduct.


Agent: Corey Brewer to sign with Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Corey Brewer will sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder after he clears waivers.


Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas: ’All you need is 1 team to love you’

MIAMI (AP) Isaiah Thomas still feels like there's time.


Silly or Philly?: LeBron swats talk of Philadelphia visit

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) This LeBron James-to-Philly stuff is getting either silly - or serious.


Silly or Philly?: LeBron swats talk of Philadelphia visit

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) This LeBron James-to-Philly stuff is getting either silly - or serious.


Some NBA teams 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.


Booker, Jackson help Suns end skid with win over Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) For the first time in a month, the Phoenix Suns were able to celebrate a win, this time at the expense of the equally-hapless Memphis Grizzlies.


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