NBA basketball

April 04, 2018 - 8:56 am
NBA-SCHEDULE Cavaliers win battle of division leaders UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to shake their midseason malaise and demonstrate they are capable of making their fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals. LeBron James delivered 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Cavs...
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Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler, left, shoots as Houston Rockets' Eric Gordon, center, and Nene, of Brazil, watch in the first half during Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
April 22, 2018 - 12:17 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's slow-to-develop, up-and-down defense has finally started to shine, against this high-octane Houston team no less. There's been no wait quite like the one for a win by the Timberwolves in the playoffs, though. Jimmy Butler hit four 3-pointers among his 28 points and...
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reacts after making a 3-point shot during the first half of Game 4 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in New Orleans, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)
April 21, 2018 - 10:49 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis sat on the court, a scowl on his face and his biceps flexed on each side of his head. The Pelicans All-Star had just converted a layup as he fell to the court after a hard foul. His strength-projecting celebration afterward was that of a franchise player determined...
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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers guard Justin Anderson (obscured) defends in the second quarter in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)
April 21, 2018 - 6:25 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid certainly aren't acting like playoff first-timers, and JJ Redick provided the veteran leadership that Philadelphia so desperately needed. The 76ers might very well be the NBA's team of the future. And that future might be starting sooner than many envisioned...
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Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) defends against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis, Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 21, 2018 - 5:14 pm
LeBron James is keeping his thoughts to himself. Whatever concerns — or confidence — he might harbor about his Cleveland Cavaliers facing a 2-1 first-round Eastern Conference series hole heading into Game 4 at the Indiana Pacers on Sunday were not going to be made available for public consumption...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches in the second half of an NBA basketball against the Denver Nuggets, in Denver. The NBA is paying tribute to the wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Erin Popovich died Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 67, the team said. Her death came after a long illness, the San Antonio Express-News reported. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
April 21, 2018 - 4:36 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gregg Popovich won't coach the San Antonio Spurs in their possible series finale against the Golden State Warriors as he grieves the death of his wife. Spurs assistant Ettore Messina coached San Antonio in Game 3 and will again Sunday afternoon. Erin Popovich passed away...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) warms up before Game 3 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. Curry has been cleared to take part in modified practices but will be out at least one more week with a left knee injury. The Warriors said Curry was examined by the team's medical staff Friday and is making progress in recovering from the grade 2 left MCL sprain that has sidelined him since March 23.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 21, 2018 - 12:16 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been cleared to take part in modified practices but will be out at least one more week with a left knee injury. The Warriors said Curry was examined by the team's medical staff Friday and is making progress in recovering from the...
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid shoots before Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
April 21, 2018 - 10:33 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Miami's Justise Winslow has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for attempting to damage Philadelphia center Joel Embiid's facemask during Game 3 of their playoff series. Winslow intentionally stepped on Embiid's mask after it had fallen onto the court with 7:51 remaining in the second...
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Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) makes a pass in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis, Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 21, 2018 - 6:57 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers kept insisting this team was different. Anyone who doubted them coming into the playoffs understands now. On Friday, the one-year anniversary of a historic playoff collapse against Cleveland, Indiana flipped the script by rallying from a 17-point halftime...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe reacts during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics Friday, April 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
April 21, 2018 - 1:19 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Length and athleticism make the Milwaukee Bucks a dangerous team with the ball. When they defend the way they did on Friday night against the Boston Celtics, they're nearly unstoppable. Khris Middleton scored 23 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 19 and the Bucks used a dominating...
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