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» Sunday, April 22, 2018

Calderon to start for Cavs if injured George Hill can’t play

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill is still listed as questionable for Sunday night's Game 4 against Indiana because of an injured back.

Dominant Davis wills Pelicans into 2nd round of playoffs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Now that five-time All-Star Anthony Davis has his first taste of a playoff triumph, he sounds eager to see what's next.

Rubio’s triple-double leads Jazz past Thunder 115-102

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Ricky Rubio had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Utah's first playoff triple-double in 17 years, and Donovan Mitchell added 22 points to lead the Jazz to a 115-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night and a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.

» Saturday, April 21, 2018

NBA fines Wizards’ Markieff Morris, Celtics’ Marcus Morris

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris and twin brother Marcus Morris of the Boston Celtics for their roles in separate incidents during playoff games.

Unaccustomed to 1st-round holes, LeBron needs win at Pacers

LeBron James is keeping his thoughts to himself.

Popovich won’t coach Spurs in Game 4 against Warriors

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.

Turner returns, Harkless out for Portland in Game 4

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Portland coach Terry Stotts says Evan Turner is available to play but Maurice Harkless will miss Game 4 of the first-round playoff series with New Orleans.

Curry cleared for modified practice after knee injury

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.

Heat’s Winslow fined $15,000 for stepping on Embiid’s mask

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.

Advantage Utah? Jazz’s Derrick Favors "100 percent" back

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) When Derrick Favors can find ways to impose his will, good things happen for the Utah Jazz.

» Friday, April 20, 2018

Pacers erase 17-point deficit to take 2-1 lead over Cavs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers kept insisting this team was different.

Touchdown Bucks! Packers’ Rodgers buys into NBA team

MILWAUKEE (AP) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has joined the ownership group of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks as a limited partner.

Heat’s Winslow fined $15,000 for stepping on Embiid’s mask

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.

Bucks starting center John Henson out for Game 3

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks starting center John Henson will miss the playoff game Friday night against the Boston Celtics with a sore back.

Cavaliers players show up to Pacers game wearing same suits

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates arrived in style Friday.

Towns, T-wolves return home in big hole against Rockets

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The first taste of the NBA playoffs for Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has been rather bitter, thanks to the 3-point-happy Houston Rockets.

Curry cleared to take part in modified practice for Warriors

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.

Cavaliers expect Love to play in Game 3 of Pacers series

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tryonn Lue expects injured forward Kevin Love to play Friday in Game 3 at Indiana.

With new arena near, Bucks seek elusive playoff series win

MILWAUKEE (AP) A billboard down the street from the Milwaukee Bucks' nearly completed new arena makes a proclamation in big, bold letters: ''The Future is Here.''

NBA mourns death of Gregg Popovich’s wife, a ’real star’

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LeBron James fought back tears. Former President Bill Clinton offered condolences. Craig Sager's daughter tweeted that she was ''just sick'' over the news.

The Latest: Warriors beat Spurs 110-97

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Latest on the San Antonio Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich, whose wife died at 67 (all times local):

» Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Latest: Warriors lead Spurs 84-72 after 3 quarters

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Latest on the San Antonio Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich, whose wife died at 67 (all times local):

Whiteside a non-factor for Heat again

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside's numbers are down. He's trying not to be the same way.

The Latest: Warriors lead Spurs 52-46 at halftime

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Latest on the San Antonio Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich, whose wife died at 67 (all times local):

Embiid scores 23, 76ers top Heat 128-108 for 2-1 series lead

MIAMI (AP) Joel Embiid had trouble with his new mask.

The Latest: Spurs fans roar when team scores 1st 6 points

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Latest on the San Antonio Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich, whose wife died at 67 (all times local):

NBA mourns death of Gregg Popovich’s wife, a ’real star’

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LeBron James fought back tears. Former President Bill Clinton offered condolences. Craig Sager's daughter tweeted that she was ''just sick'' over the news.

Trail Blazers rule out Turner for Game 3 vs Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts says forward Evan Turner is unable to play in Game 3 of Portland's first-round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Confident Pacers eager to protect home court against Cavs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers look loose and sound confident.

76ers’ Joel Embiid in startling lineup for Game 3 at Heat

MIAMI (AP) Joel Embiid is done with Philadelphia's latest process.

Celtics’ Terry Rozier making name for himself against Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) Two games into their first-round playoff series, Milwaukee point guard Eric Bledsoe and his Boston counterpart, Terry Rozier, still seem to be having trouble remembering each other's names.

76ers center Joel Embiid now probable for Game 3 versus Heat

MIAMI (AP) Joel Embiid is apparently done with Philadelphia's latest process.

NBA mourns death of Gregg Popovich’s wife, a ’real star’

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LeBron James fought back tears. Former President Bill Clinton offered condolences. Craig Sager's daughter tweeted that she was ''just sick'' over the news.

76ers center Joel Embiid now probable for Game 3 versus Heat

MIAMI (AP) Joel Embiid's status has been upgraded to probable for Game 3 of Philadelphia's first-round series against Miami on Thursday night.

NBA mourns death of Gregg Popovich’s wife, a ’real star’

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LeBron James fought back tears. Former President Bill Clinton offered condolences. Craig Sager's daughter tweeted that she was ''just sick'' over the news.

NBA mourns death of Gregg Popovich’s wife, a ’real star’

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The death of the wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has brought an outpouring of support across the NBA.

The Latest: Parker says Spurs will try to win for Popovich

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Latest on the San Antonio Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich, whose wife died at 67 (all times local):

NBA mourns death of Gregg Popovich’s wife, a ’real star’

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The death of the wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has brought an outpouring of support across the NBA.

The Latest: Ginobili: Erin Popovich death has team ’hurting’

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Latest on the San Antonio Spurs and coach Greg Popovich, whose wife died at 67 (all times local):

The Latest: Spurs GM says Popovich overwhelmed by support

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Latest on the San Antonio Spurs and coach Greg Popovich, whose wife died at 67 (all times local):

The Latest: Popovich won’t coach Game 3 after wife’s death

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Latest on the San Antonio Spurs and coach Greg Popovich, whose wife died at 67 (all times local):

NBA mourns death of Gregg Popovich’s wife

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The NBA is paying tribute to the wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

76ers center Joel Embiid doubtful for Game 3 against Heat

MIAMI (AP) Joel Embiid remains mired in Philadelphia's latest process, one he's found frustrating.

Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67.

Tractors worth $50,000 stolen from Scottie Pippen’s farm

HAMBURG, Ark. (AP) Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm owned by former NBA star Scottie Pippen.

Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67.

Tractors worth $50,000 stolen from Scottie Pippen’s farm

HAMBURG, Ark. (AP) Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm owned by former NBA star Scottie Pippen.

Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67.

Holiday, Pelicans have Portland on the brink in NBA playoffs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jrue Holiday's postseason production is providing Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis with a more comfortable margin for error - and has left Portland with precious little.

Paul, Green help Rockets rout Timberwolves 102-82 in Game 2

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden predicted Chris Paul would ''come back and drop 30'' after not playing his best in Houston's playoff opener.

» Wednesday, April 18, 2018

King’s lair: LeBron scores 46, Cav even series with Pacers

CLEVELAND (AP) The situation was dire, requiring playoff dominance. LeBron James delivered.

Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67.

Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died.

Cavs shuffle starting lineup for Game 2 against Pacers

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has tweaked his starting lineup for Game 2 against Indiana.

Holiday, Pelicans have Portland on the brink in NBA playoffs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jrue Holiday's postseason production is providing Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis with a more comfortable margin for error - and has left Portland with precious little.

Warriors’ Iguodala has a knack for big playoff performances

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Andre Iguodala knocked down another clutch 3-pointer and let out some rare emotion, triumphantly reaching his arms out wide as he ran back to the defensive end. The Golden State swingman had thrown down a spectacular alley-oop dunk only 31 seconds earlier, and he was feeling it as the clocked ticked away on a second straight lopsided playoff win.

» Tuesday, April 17, 2018

DeRozan scores 37, Raptors win Game 2, beat Wizards 130-111

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.

Harkless available to play in Game 2 for Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Forward Maurice Harkless was available to play for Portland in Game 2 of the playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

76ers, Mavericks to play 2 preseason games in China

NEW YORK (AP) Dirk Nowitzki's 21st NBA season will include a trip in China.

Oklahoma City’s George rolling heading into Game 2 vs. Utah

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Paul George has found his shot.

Michigan company sues LeBron James over Shop Talk concept

DETROIT (AP) A Michigan company has filed a federal lawsuit against LeBron James, claiming his digital media platform stole an idea.

George, Mitchell uncertain for Game 2 of Thunder-Jazz

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Paul George and Utah guard Donovan Mitchell, the leading scorers for their respective teams in their first-round playoff series, are uncertain for Game 2 on Wednesday because of injuries.

Kyle Korver’s delicate balance: time to grieve, time to play

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Kyle Korver is getting daily treatment on his bruised right foot and taking medication to fight off a ''nasty little bug'' that has made its way through Cleveland's roster.

George, Mitchell questionable for Game 2 of Thunder-Jazz

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Paul George and Utah guard Donovan Mitchell, the leading scorers for their respective teams in their first-round playoff series, are questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.

G League salaries going up in 2017-18

NEW YORK (AP) G League salaries are going up next season, to $35,000 for most players and up to $385,000 for those on two-way contracts.

On Basketball: With Kawhi, it’s the Spurs who need answers

Kawhi Leonard has a new team, and Gregg Popovich isn't the coach.

Cormier thinks not having to cut weight helps for UFC 226

Daniel Cormier believes not having to cut weight will serve him well when he returns to the octagon to meet heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in July's UFC 226 pay-per-view headliner.

76ers’ leading scorer, Hall of Famer Hal Greer dies at 81

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hal Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and the Philadelphia 76ers' career leading scorer, has died.

76ers’ leading scorer, Hall of Famer Hal Greer dies at 81

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hal Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and the Philadelphia 76ers' career leading scorer, has died.

Blazers seek tie vs Pelicans, Raptors aim for rare 2-0 lead

The Portland Trail Blazers fought their way through a pressure-packed playoff race to earn home-court advantage in a series, then lost it in one game.

» Monday, April 16, 2018

Rajon Rondo has a knack for performing in the playoffs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Rajon Rondo is healthy and he's locked in.

Rajon Rondo has a knack for performing in the playoffs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Rajon Rondo is healthy and he's locked in.

On Pace: Indiana opens eyes with blowout of LeBron, Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) They've spent the entire season on the fringe, virtually ignored by all but the most savvy fans and NBA insiders.

Blazers seek tie vs Pelicans, Raptors aim for rare 2-0 lead

The Portland Trail Blazers fought their way through a pressure-packed playoff race to earn home-court advantage in a series, then lost it in one game.

Jazz G Mitchell has left foot bruise, uncertain for Game 2

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has a left foot bruise and his status is uncertain for Game 2 of the Western Conference playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

76ers’ leading scorer, Hall of Famer Hal Greer dies at 81

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hal Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and the Philadelphia 76ers' career leading scorer, has died.

76ers’ leading scorer, Hall of Famer Hal Greer dies at 81

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hal Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and the Philadelphia 76ers' career leading scorer, has died.

Harden scores 44 points, Rockets beat Wolves 104-101

HOUSTON (AP) Trailing by 1 in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Houston Rockets needed someone to step up.

» Sunday, April 15, 2018

Injured Thunder guard Corey Brewer to start vs. Jazz

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder guard Corey Brewer will start Sunday's playoff opener against the Utah Jazz after spraining his right knee during Oklahoma City's regular-season finale against Memphis on Wednesday.

Spurs, Heat looking for bounce-back efforts in Game 2

Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra have copious amounts of championship jewelry in their possessions, and their teams committing to the level of defense necessary to win in the postseason is a major reason why that's the case.

Spurs, Heat looking for bounceback efforts in Game 2

Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra have copious amounts of championship jewelry in their possessions, and their teams committing to the level of defense necessary to win in the postseason is a major reason why that's the case.

Hobbled Celtics expect challenge from Giannis, Bucks

BOSTON (AP) By now, the Boston Celtics have come to expect adversity.

Thunder look to live up to high expectations vs. Jazz

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The last time Carmelo Anthony was in the playoffs, he was with the New York Knicks facing rising star Paul George and the Indiana Pacers back in 2013.

Paul and Harden lead No. 1 seed Rockets against Wolves

HOUSTON (AP) So far the trade for Chris Paul to give the Houston Rockets another superstar to help James Harden has worked famously.

Box out: LeBron has knack for first-round playoff knockouts

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has mastered the first-round knockout.

Without Embiid, 76ers roll past Heat in playoff opener

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid used some body english as he scampered down the baseline and tried to will Marco Belinelli's off-balance 3-pointer through the net.

» Saturday, April 14, 2018

Without Embiid, 76ers roll past Heat in playoff opener

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and the Philadelphia 76ers romped again without Joel Embiid, beating the Miami Heat 130-103 on Saturday night for their 17th straight win.

Process no more: 76ers’ awaited playoff push starts vs. Heat

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Opera Philadelphia took a break from its rehearsal for ''Carmen'' to record an a capella version of the Philadelphia 76ers' catchy retro anthem , ''Here Come the Sixers.''

Warriors ready for fresh start as they prepare to face Spurs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant is confident Golden State's struggles down the stretch might be just what makes the defending champions dominant on the postseason stage again.

» Friday, April 13, 2018

Mavericks, Bulls win tiebreakers for draft lottery position

NEW YORK (AP) The Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls have won tiebreakers to put them in better position ahead of the NBA draft lottery.

In a thriving NBA, tanking is the problem Silver can’t solve

NEW YORK (AP) Adam Silver sees successes all around the NBA, yet can't stop thinking about the teams who aren't successful.

10 things to know about the NBA playoffs

With the NBA playoffs starting Saturday, here are 10 things to know:

Butler impact on Wolves starts with leadership, toughness

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The impact made by Jimmy Butler on the Minnesota Timberwolves was obvious from the start, transcending the two ends of the court where he's made his mark as a four-time All-Star.

Column: NBA playoffs are wide open - for once

Hey, here's something we haven't heard before.

Wizards’ Meeks suspended 25 games for positive drug test

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has suspended Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks 25 games without pay for using a banned substance.

Retooled Raptors ready for playoff rematch with Wizards

TORONTO (AP) A ''culture reset'' carried the Toronto Raptors to the top of the Eastern Conference for the first time this season.

Lillard likes matchup but knows Pelicans are dangerous

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland's Damian Lillard says he likes the first-round matchup against the Pelicans, but in almost the same breath he lists the reasons why New Orleans is dangerous.

Thunder guard Brewer questionable for opener against Utah

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder might be without starting shooting guard Corey Brewer for their first-round playoff series opener Sunday against Utah.

Wizards’ Meeks suspended 25 games for positive drug test

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has suspended Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks 25 games without pay for using a banned substance.

Prime time: LeBron defying age, better than ever at 33

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James emerged from a chaotic, complex season unscathed - better than ever.

Thunder play-by-play man Davis suspended 1 game for comment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder television play-by-play man Brian Davis has been suspended for Game 1 of the playoff series against Utah on Sunday for a comment he made about star Russell Westbrook during Oklahoma City's regular-season finale against Memphis.

Thunder play-by-play man Davis suspended 1 game for comment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder television play-by-play man Brian Davis has been suspended for Game 1 of the playoff series against Utah on Sunday for a comment he made about star Russell Westbrook during Oklahoma City's regular-season finale against Memphis.

Denver Nuggets GM has busy offseason ahead

DENVER (AP) Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly says contract extensions for center Nikola Jokic and guard Will Barton are among his offseason priorities and he hinted coach Michael Malone might be in line for one, too.

Next stop for Jazz star rookie Donovan Mitchell is playoffs

Over the course of Donovan Mitchell's outstanding rookie season with Utah, Portland star Damian Lillard has become something of a mentor, regularly sending texts of encouragement.

Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford after 5 seasons

First the general manager, now the coach.

NBA releases pool of 36 referees for first round

MIAMI (AP) It took all 1,230 regular-season games to decide which 16 teams were going to the NBA playoffs.

10 things to know about the 2018 NBA playoffs

With the NBA playoffs starting Saturday, here's 10 things to know:

Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford after 5 seasons

First the general manager, now the coach.

Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford after 5 seasons

The Hornets have fired coach Steve Clifford after the team failed to reach the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons.

In your face! Giannis reaches new heights for Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo's meme-worthy scowl started with a look in the mirror.

Donovan Mitchell’s big rookie season heads into the playoffs

Over the course of Donovan Mitchell's outstanding rookie season with Utah, Portland star Damian Lillard has become something of a mentor, regularly sending texts of encouragement.

Finally: Miami’s Ellington set to play a big postseason role

MIAMI (AP) The last time Wayne Ellington played any meaningful minutes in a postseason game was nine years ago.

» Thursday, April 12, 2018

Lakers’ big summer looms after 5 straight losing seasons

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) And now the real season begins for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Clippers look to heal with decisions looming about future

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers are finally out of their misery, a long season marred by significant injuries coming to an end just short of the playoffs.

Lin plans to return to Nets a new player next season

NEW YORK (AP) Jeremy Lin didn't even make it through one full game this season.

Prokhorov completes sale of 49 percent of Nets to Tsai

NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has completed the sale of a 49 percent interest in the team to Joe Tsai, who could become the controlling owner in three years.

Nuggets improve by 6 games, fall short of playoffs again

DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic only had a basic outline of his offseason plans: Rest, work out in Denver, return home to Serbia and rest some more.

Moving parts: Cavaliers to use 10-man rotation in 1st round

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) With the playoffs just days away, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue typically would have his lineup rotations set by now.

Warriors, Cavs vulnerable, or headed for NBA Finals Round 4?

Maybe this is the year.

Aging Nowitzki, young Smith want Mavs to be relevant again

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki plans to become the first player to spend all 21 seasons with the same NBA franchise.

Hawks’ Bembry diagnosed with fractured right wrist - again

ATLANTA (AP) DeAndre Bembry's season full of injury woes ended with the Atlanta Hawks' second-year forward being diagnosed with his second fractured right wrist.

Van Gundy’s future uncertain after Pistons miss playoffs

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons can certainly attest to how long the NBA season is.

Magic fire coach Frank Vogel after 6th straight losing year

Frank Vogel was brought to Orlando two years ago with hopes he could get the Magic back to the playoffs, and stop the spinning of the revolving door to their coaches' office.

A new Kardashian arrives as Khloe gives birth to daughter

NEW YORK (AP) Khloe Kardashian has given birth to a daughter with Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson.

Kings hope youth movement pays off in near future

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Coach Dave Joerger strongly believes Sacramento's commitment to youth this season will pay off down the line in helping develop the Kings into a playoff contender.

NBA sets attendance record for 4th straight year

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA set an attendance record for the fourth straight season, surpassing 22 million for the first time.

Khloe Kardashian gives birth to a girl

NEW YORK (AP) Khloe Kardashian is finally a mother after giving birth to a daughter with Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson.

Paxson insists rebuilding Chicago Bulls are in better spot

CHICAGO (AP) John Paxson insisted the Chicago Bulls are in a good position. And the Bulls' top executive hopes they are never in this spot again.

Hornacek fired as Knicks coach after chaotic, 53-loss season

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Knicks are preaching patience but looking for progress.

Reports: Khloe Kardashian has given birth to a girl

NEW YORK (AP) It appears Khloe Kardashian is finally a mother.

Hornacek fired as Knicks coach after chaotic, 53-loss season

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Knicks will open their offseason with a coaching search.

Wizards sign G Ty Lawson for depth; last played in China

WASHINGTON (AP) Free agent guard Ty Lawson has signed a contract with the Washington Wizards, giving them additional depth heading into their first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors.

Injuries, lack of continuity lead to dismal Grizzlies season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) A season that opened with such promise for the Grizzlies wound up as one of the franchise's worst since moving to Memphis.

Magic fire coach Frank Vogel after 2 seasons

Frank Vogel was brought to Orlando two years ago with hopes he could get the Magic back to the playoffs, and stop the spinning of the revolving door to their coaches' office.

Magic fire coach Frank Vogel after 2 seasons

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic fired coach Frank Vogel on Thursday, one day after the team wrapped up its sixth consecutive losing season.

Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek after 2 seasons

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks will open their offseason with a coaching search.

Without Curry or top seed, Warriors face different playoffs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry on the sidelines again, this time with a hurt knee. No longer the sure-thing No. 1 seed. Steve Kerr piecing together rotations based on who's available through illness and injury.

The Latest: NBA releases first-round playoff schedule

MIAMI (AP) The Latest on Wednesday's final slate of NBA regular-season games (all times local):

AP Source: Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek after 2 seasons

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks will open their offseason with a coaching search.

Westbrook averages a triple-double for 2nd straight season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) For most point guards, grabbing 16 rebounds to achieve a milestone would seem a daunting task.

Without Curry or top seed, Warriors face different playoffs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry on the sidelines again, this time with a hurt knee. No longer the sure-thing No. 1 seed. Steve Kerr piecing together rotations based on who's available through illness and injury.

LeBron, Cavs end "crazy" regular season with loss to Knicks

CLEVELAND (AP) The trades, dysfunction and months of madness are all behind the Cavaliers.

A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the New York Knicks have fired coach Jeff Hornacek

NEW YORK (AP) A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the New York Knicks have fired coach Jeff Hornacek.

It’s playoff time: The NBA’s first-round pairings are set

MIAMI (AP) The NBA playoffs that start this weekend already have an extremely tough act to follow.

The Latest: NBA playoff bracket complete

MIAMI (AP) The Latest on Wednesday's final slate of NBA regular-season games (all times local):

The Latest: NBA playoff bracket complete

MIAMI (AP) The Latest on Wednesday's final slate of NBA regular-season games (all times local):

Shaquille O’Neal to open luxury high-rise in New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is opening a high-rise apartment complex in New Jersey's largest city.

The Latest: Wolves get Rockets, Spurs to meet Warriors

MIAMI (AP) The Latest on Wednesday's final slate of NBA regular-season games (all times local):

» Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Davis, Rondo power Pelicans past Spurs, 122-98

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis had 22 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and three steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans assured themselves no worse than the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 122-98 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night.

The Latest: T’Wolves clinch final playoff berth in overtime

MIAMI (AP) The Latest on Wednesday's final slate of NBA regular-season games (all times local):

The Latest: The East playoff matchups are finally set

MIAMI (AP) The Latest on Wednesday's final slate of NBA regular-season games (all times local):

Gamer: LeBron plays all 82 games for first time in career

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James capped his 15th regular season with yet another record.

The Latest: Russell Westbrook averages triple-double again

MIAMI (AP) The Latest on Wednesday's final slate of NBA regular-season games (all times local):

The Latest: Mbah a Moute likely to miss at least 1st round

MIAMI (AP) The Latest on Wednesday's final slate of NBA regular-season games (all times local):

Suns pledge upgrade in talent, experience after awful season

PHOENIX (AP) Maybe, just maybe, the worst is behind the Phoenix Suns.

76ers’ Embiid ’unlikely’ for playoff Game 1 with eye injury

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said it's unlikely he'll be available for at least Game 1 of the playoffs this weekend.

LeBron James plays all 82 games for first time in career

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has added another first to his remarkable career by playing in all 82 games.

The Latest: A first - LeBron plays all regular season games

MIAMI (AP) The Latest on Wednesday's final slate of NBA regular-season games (all times local):

The Latest: Top-seeded Raptors not resting in finale

MIAMI (AP) The Latest on Wednesday's final slate of NBA regular-season games (all times local):

76ers’ Embiid ’unlikely’ for playoff Game 1 with eye injury

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid says it's unlikely he'll be available for at least Game 1 of the playoffs this weekend.

The Latest: 8 games with playoff implications on NBA slate

MIAMI (AP) The Latest on Wednesday's final slate of NBA regular-season games (all times local):

Hawks stumble through Year 1 of a painful rebuilding process

ATLANTA (AP) In the final game of a forgettable season, the Atlanta Hawks got a glimpse of what the future might hold.

Kemba Walker: Future with Hornets ’out of my control’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker knows his future with the Charlotte Hornets is up in the air.

Return to Indiana helps Oladipo deliver breakout season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Victor Oladipo feels right at home in Indiana.

Giannis back, Dellavedova cleared to return for Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks are getting All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and guard Matthew Dellavedova back from right ankle injuries for the regular-season finale at Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Giannis back, Dellavedova cleared to return for Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks are getting All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and guard Matthew Dellavedova back from right ankle injuries for the regular-season finale at Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

NBA’s best: Lebron vs. MJ. How about Magic?

With the start of NBA playoffs just days away, "AP Sports Weekly" podcast co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg dig into the debate about who's the best ever, Lebron James or Michael Jordan.

Raptors convert G League MVP’s 2-way deal to NBA contract

MIAMI (AP) The G League MVP is now eligible for the NBA playoffs.

Cavaliers sign veteran forward Kendrick Perkins

CLEVELAND (AP) Veteran forward Kendrick Perkins is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It’s the last day of the NBA season, with much to decide

MIAMI (AP) The end has arrived.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft visits Meek Mill in prison

PHILADELPHIA (AP) New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is calling for reform of the criminal justice system after visiting rapper Meek Mill in a Pennsylvania prison.

It’s the last day of the NBA season, with much to decide

MIAMI (AP) The end has arrived.

It’s the last day of the NBA season, with much to decide

MIAMI (AP) The end has arrived.

15 in a row: Sixers add new chapter to long, proud history

ATLANTA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have a long, proud history.

It’s the last day of the NBA season, with much to decide

MIAMI (AP) The end has arrived.

Ingram makes NBA debut in Rockets’ 105-99 win over Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul warmly greeted Andre Ingram when the 32-year-old guards both arrived at the Staples Center scorers' table to check in. Although they were born six months apart, Paul was in his 892nd regular-season game, while Ingram was making his NBA debut.

The MVP votes are due, and let the annual debate begin

The argument happens most every year. Who is the NBA MVP?

15 in a row: Sixers add new chapter to long, proud history

ATLANTA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have a long, proud history.

Ingram makes NBA debut in Rockets’ 105-99 win over Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul warmly greeted Andre Ingram when the 32-year-old guards both arrived at the Staples Center scorers' table to check in. Although they were born six months apart, Paul was in his 892nd regular-season game, while Ingram was making his NBA debut.

It’s the last day of the NBA season, with much to decide

MIAMI (AP) The end has arrived.

Jazz cruise to 119-79 win over Warriors

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points and set an NBA rookie record for 3-pointers, Derrick Favors added 16 points and nine rebounds, and the Utah Jazz cruised to a 119-79 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

Mbah a Moute dislocates shoulder in meaningless Rockets game

LOS ANGELES (AP) Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute has dislocated his right shoulder in a meaningless game for the Western Conference leaders.

» Tuesday, April 10, 2018

John Wall reaches 5K assists, Wizards beat Celtics 113-101

WASHINGTON (AP) Even with the Nos. 6, 7 and 8 seeds in the Eastern Conference all still in play for the Wizards after they beat the Boston Celtics, All-Star point guard John Wall probably will not play in Washington's final regular-season game.

Spurs, Pelicans, Thunder all in; 1 spot left in West race

A look at the NBA playoff picture, with two days remaining in the regular season and now only one berth left to be decided:

Fill-in guard Quinn Cook rewarded with new 2-year contract

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Quinn Cook has been a remarkably steady fill-in for the injured Stephen Curry, and the Golden State Warriors rewarded the former two-way guard with a new contract Tuesday.

Spurs, Pelicans, Thunder all in; 1 spot left in West race

A look at the NBA playoff picture, with two days remaining in the regular season and now only one berth left to be decided:

Simmons playing for 76ers after suffering from stomach flu

ATLANTA (AP) Ben Simmons is playing for the streaking Philadelphia 76ers in their next-to-last game of the regular season after missing the morning shootaround because of an illness.

Fill-in guard Quinn Cook rewarded with new 2-year contract

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Quinn Cook has been a remarkably steady fill-in for the injured Stephen Curry, and the Golden State Warriors rewarded the former two-way guard with a new contract Tuesday.

’Minnesota way:’ T-wolves face elimination game vs. Nuggets

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Wiggins left Minnesota's arena on Monday night with the hope that Denver would lose and, thus, secure the Timberwolves a spot in the playoffs.

Kupchak hopes to make Hornets winners with Jordan’s help

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Mitch Kupchak is confident Michael Jordan's Hornets will become an NBA playoff team again soon, possibly even next season.

Bucks juggle Giannis injury, Brogdon return to finish strong

MILWAUKEE (AP) When given the choice, the Milwaukee Bucks will always prefer to have Giannis Antetokounmpo on the court closing out tight games.

NBA teams paying closer attention to players’ wingspan

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Not until Nate McMillan began being fitted for custom-made suits a few years into his NBA career three decades ago did he understand just how far his arms reached.

Spurs, Pelicans, Thunder all in; 1 spot left in West race

A look at the NBA playoff picture, with two days remaining in the regular season and now only one berth left to be decided:

OKC’s Anthony embraces supporting role heading into playoffs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Carmelo Anthony has been the No. 1 option for whatever team he has played on during most of his basketball career.

Israel’s top team cuts Glen Rice Jr. for assaulting teammate

JERUSALEM (AP) Israel's top basketball team has cut its star player Glen Rice Jr. after he punched a teammate in the face.

NBA looks for playoffs not marred by more player-ref strife

MIAMI (AP) By rule, any substitute checking into an NBA game must first report his intentions to the scorer's table. Denver's Jamal Murray was on his way there during a game last month, then got derailed when an errant pass came flying his way.

Spurs, Pelicans, Thunder all in; 1 spot left in West race

A look at the NBA playoff picture, with two days remaining in the regular season and now only one berth left to be decided:

Towns helps playoff-chasing T-wolves top Grizzlies 113-94

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves picked up another important win to keep pace in this relentless Western Conference race.

» Monday, April 9, 2018

Bucks close out Bradley Center with 102-86 win over Magic

MILWAUKEE (AP) Eric Bledsoe replaced the injured Giannis Antetokounmpo as the Milwaukee Bucks' all-purpose threat and ran circles around the Orlando Magic.

Crabbe’s career-high 41 lifts Nets to 3rd straight win

NEW YORK (AP) The rebuilding Brooklyn Nets have finally started to click over the season's final month.

Thunder clinch: Oklahoma City runs past Miami 115-93

MIAMI (AP) For the Oklahoma City Thunder, clinching night was reminiscent of their season.

Pistons owner says he’s undecided on Van Gundy’s future

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores says he's undecided about Stan Van Gundy's future with the franchise.

Crabbe’s career-high 41 lifts Nets to 3rd straight win

NEW YORK (AP) Allen Crabbe scored 20 of his career-high 41 points in the first quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 114-105 on Monday night for their first three-game winning streak this season.

Pistons owner says he’s undecided on Van Gundy’s future

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores says he's undecided about Stan Van Gundy's future with the franchise.

Grizzlies controlling owner to buy out 2 minority partners

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Robert Pera has sent a formal notice to the NBA office that he plans to buy out two minority partners and remain controlling owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Grizzlies controlling owner to buy out 2 minority partners

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Robert Pera has sent a formal notice to the NBA office that he plans to buy out two minority partners and remain controlling owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.

G Malcolm Brogdon returning to Bucks, but Giannis still out

MILWAUKEE (AP) Guard Malcolm Brogdon is returning to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night after missing 30 games with a left quadriceps injury, while All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss a second straight contest with a sore right ankle.

Drummond out for Detroit’s home finale against Raptors

DETROIT (AP) Andre Drummond is out for Monday night's game between the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors with a sore Achilles tendon.

Hawks guard Malcolm Delaney has surgery on left ankle

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks guard Malcolm Delaney, already out for the season, has had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.

Celtics still eyeing long playoff run after rash of injuries

BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward exchanged the kind of toothy giggles normally only found between kids on a playground when they were introduced as the new faces of the Celtics.

Utah clinches, Philly locks up home-court for first round

A look at the NBA playoff picture, with three days remaining in the regular season:

D’Antoni, Harden and Paul poised to capture trio’s 1st title

HOUSTON (AP) Chris Paul has a long history of playoff heartbreak.

» Sunday, April 8, 2018

Utah clinches, Philly locks up home-court for first round

A look at the NBA playoff picture, with three days remaining in the regular season:

Michael Jordan hires Mitch Kupchak as new Hornets GM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets owner Michael Jordan has turned to a fellow former North Carolina Tar Heel with a strong NBA track record to help turn around his struggling franchise.

Clippers eliminated, still 5 spots up for grabs out West

A look at the NBA playoff picture, with four days remaining in the regular season:

» Saturday, April 7, 2018

Bucks beat Knicks 115-102 to tie for sixth in East

NEW YORK (AP) If the easier road in the Eastern Conference is from seventh place instead of sixth, the Milwaukee Bucks aren't interested in taking it.

Former ABA players see similarities in today’s pro game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Basketball Hall of Famers George Gervin and George McGinnis see a lot of their old league in today's NBA.

Top 2 seeds set in East and West; everything else TBD

A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with five days remaining in the regular season:

» Friday, April 6, 2018

Toronto tops in East, but road likely goes through LeBron

MIAMI (AP) It only looks like parity.

Rookie Dotson scores 30, Knicks blow out Heat 122-98

NEW YORK (AP) Dwyane Wade never needed to worry during Miami's dominant days about looking up at the standings and wondering who the Heat would face to open the playoffs.

Jackson scores 24 as Pistons beat Mavericks 113-106 in OT

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons are just playing for pride in the final days of the NBA season.

76ers hold off LeBron, Cavs 132-130 for 13th straight win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) LeBron James pulled Ben Simmons in for a hug, and smiled and laughed in a brief chat with Joel Embiid.

Lakers unveil statue of Elgin Baylor outside Staples Center

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Lakers unveiled a statue of Elgin Baylor before Friday night's home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Toronto tops in East, but road likely goes through LeBron

MIAMI (AP) It only looks like parity.

Regardless of standings, the East road goes through LeBron

MIAMI (AP) It only looks like parity.

Grizzlies sign Brooks, Johnson to multiyear deals

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard MarShon Brooks and forward Omari Johnson to multiyear contracts.

Grizzlies sign guard MarShon Brooks to multi-year deal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard MarShon Brooks to a multi-year deal after adding him to the roster on a 10-day contract last month.

East top 8 unchanged, Wolves fall to No. 8 in West

A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with six days remaining in the regular season:

Murray, Jokic lead Nuggets to 100-96 win over Wolves

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have stopped scoreboard watching and suddenly started winning.

Jazz beat Clippers 117-95 for 4th straight victory

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell looked at coach Quin Snyder when he arrived for shootaround Thursday, and the intensity on his face and in his body language was unmistakable.

New man: Lue returns to coach Cavaliers after health scare

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Tyronn Lue returned to work humbled, changed and with a new perspective.

» Thursday, April 5, 2018

Closing time: LeBron scores 33, Cavs rally to stun Wizards

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James looked at the clock and scoreboard and didn't flinch.

LeBron scores 33 points, Cavs rally to stun Wizards 119-115

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and brought Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 17-point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 119-115 on Thursday night and maintain the No. 3 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jimmy Butler available to play against Nuggets

DENVER (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler is available to play in a pivotal matchup against Denver after missing 16 games with a right knee injury.

Celtics’ Irving needs knee surgery, out for playoffs

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have spent most of the season adjusting on the fly. Now they will have to go through the playoffs without Kyrie Irving.

Cavs missing guards Hill, Calderon against Wizards

CLEVELAND (AP) It's rookie Cedi Osman's turn to start at point guard for the Cavaliers. Just about everyone else has gotten a chance.

Pelicans bring back guard Crawford

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have brought back guard Jordan Crawford as the club tries to hang on to one of the final playoffs spots in the Western Conference.

Celtics’ Irving needs knee surgery, out for playoffs

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have spent most of the season adjusting on the fly. Now they will have to go through the playoffs without Kyrie Irving.

Cavs missing guards Hill, Calderon against Wizards

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers will be without point guards Jose Calderon and George Hill against Washington because of injuries.

Nowitzki’s 20th season with Mavs ends early after surgery

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki's 20th season is over a few games early after the Dallas Mavericks star had surgery on his left ankle.

Celtics’ Irving needs knee surgery, out for playoffs

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics will have to go through the playoffs without Kyrie Irving.

New man: Lue returns to coach Cavaliers after health scare

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Tyronn Lue is returning to work humbled, changed and with a new perspective.

Celtics’ Irving needs knee surgery, out for playoffs

BOSTON (AP) Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving will need surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs.

Nowitzki’s 20th season with Mavs ends early after surgery

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki's 20th season is over a few games early after the Dallas Mavericks star had surgery on his left ankle.

Lue returns to coaching Cavaliers after health scare

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says ''piercing'' chest pains persuaded him to take a medical leave.

East field is set, West race still has much to decide

A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with seven days remaining in the regular season:

Jamel Artis has career-high 18, Magic hold off Mavs 105-100

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic finished off the depleted Dallas Mavericks with their G League players Wednesday night.

Moore, Davis help Pelicans rout Grizzlies 123-95

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans' playoff hopes got a lift from E'Twaun Moore and Anthony Davis' return to form.

» Wednesday, April 4, 2018

76ers win 12th straight, eliminate Pistons 115-108

DETROIT (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are rolling right along without Joel Embiid.

Bucks’ Jabari Parker nearing 1st playoff appearance

MILWAUKEE (AP) Four years into his injury-plagued tenure in the NBA, Jabari Parker is finally nearing an important career first.

Bucks’ Jabari Parker nearing 1st playoff appearance

MILWAUKEE (AP) Four years into his injury-plagued tenure in the NBA, Jabari Parker is finally nearing an important career first.

Embiid, Griffin out for 76ers-Pistons matchup

DETROIT (AP) Philadelphia center Joel Embiid is out for a fourth straight game with a concussion and orbital fracture.

New game in town: NBA tips off NBA 2K League with draft

NEW YORK (AP) Dimez slipped on his draft hat, shook hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, and began life as the No. 1 pick in the draft.

AP source: Lue expected to return Thursday for Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) Tyronn Lue is rejoining the Cavaliers' disjointed season.

AP Source: Lue expected to return Thursday for Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the decision says Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is expected to resume his duties on Thursday against Washington.

Raptors-Celtics, Cavs-76ers are big East games this week

Philadelphia wants to open the playoffs at home. Toronto wants home-court advantage all the way to the NBA Finals.

Raptors-Celtics, Cavs-76ers are big East games this week

Philadelphia wants to open the playoffs at home. Toronto wants home-court advantage all the way to the NBA Finals.

Clippers rally to beat Spurs 113-110

LOS ANGELES (AP) Just when it appeared the Los Angeles Clippers were doomed, they rallied for a dramatic and much-needed win for their playoff hopes.

Suns end franchise-worst skid at 15, beat Kings 97-94

PHOENIX (AP) On track to finish with their worst record since their inaugural season 50 years ago, the Phoenix Suns finally closed out an opponent and won again.

Markkanen, Kilpatrick lead Bulls over Hornets, 120-114

CHICAGO (AP) Many believe it's in the Bulls' best interests to lose as many games as possible as the regular season winds down.

» Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Harden just misses triple-double, Rockets rout Wizards

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden grinned as he jogged past courtside fan and Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon after one of his improbable buckets Tuesday night against Washington.

Saban: The show will go on despite LeBron James complaint

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't scrapping a program that drew a complaint from LeBron James.

Magic beat Knicks 97-73 to end 3-game skid

NEW YORK (AP) Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel wondered why Jamel Artis went undrafted last summer.

Encore: LeBron scores 27, Cavs down Raptors again

CLEVELAND (AP) Once his layup dropped, LeBron James sent another message.

Saban: The show will go on despite LeBron James complaint

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't scrapping a program that drew a complaint from LeBron James.

adidas to become official outfitter of BIG3 league

NEW YORK (AP) adidas is back in the pro basketball game.

Butler ’this close’ to rejoining Timberwolves on court

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have been stumbling down the stretch, trying to hold on long enough for the franchise's first postseason appearance in 14 years.

Sixers pay tribute to Julius ’Dr. J’ Erving with sculpture

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are paying tribute to Hall of Famer Julius Erving with a sculpture depicting him soaring.

Butler ’this close’ to rejoining Timberwolves on court

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler is nearing a return to action, with four critical games to go for the team in the regular season.

Sixers pay tribute to Julius ’Dr. J’ Erving with sculpture

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are paying tribute to Hall of Famer Julius Erving with a sculpture depicting him soaring.

Mavs’ Noel, Jazz’s Sefolosha get 5-game drug bans from NBA

NEW YORK (AP) Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel and Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha have been suspended five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.

Nets’ Acy, Pistons’ Drummond fined for shoving match

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy $25,000 and Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond $15,000 for a shoving match that resulted in their ejections.

Bulls’ Valentine facing knee procedure, done for season

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine will miss the rest of the season after surgery this week on his left knee.

Grizzlies sign guard Marquis Teague for remainder of season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Marquis Teague for the remainder of the season.

Mavs’ Nerlens Noel suspended last 5 games for drug violation

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel has been suspended for the final five games of the season for a violation of the NBA's anti-drug program.

76ers set to unveil sculpture of Julius ’Dr. J’ Erving

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are paying tribute to Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

76ers set to unveil sculpture of Julius ’Dr. J’ Erving

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are paying tribute to Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

» Monday, April 2, 2018

Clipping? LeBron takes on Alabama football over barber show

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James believes Alabama's football program is offside.

Hassan Whiteside regrets comments leading to fine by Heat

MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside regrets his comments about displeasure with his role in game last weekend against the Brooklyn Nets.

Clipping? LeBron takes on Alabama football over barber show

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James believes Alabama's football program is offside.

Clipping? LeBron takes on Alabama football over barber show

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James is taking on Alabama's powerful football program.

Hield scores 19, Kings beat Lakers 84-83 to snap 4-game skid

LOS ANGELES (AP) After a big first half, Buddy Hield struggled to score after the break. However, his persistence paid off in the end.

Blazers clinch playoff spot, then beat Grizzlies 113-98

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The celebration in the Trail Blazers' locker room after making the playoffs for the fifth straight season was one of relief more than excitement.

» Sunday, April 1, 2018

Warriors shake off rough start and roll past Suns

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Warriors began their day with encouraging news about injured guard Patrick McCaw and ended it with another brilliant performance from Kevin Durant.

Rubio scores 23 points as Jazz beat Timberwolves, 121-97

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ricky Rubio wasn't going to miss this game. Not back in Minnesota against his former team, and not with the Utah Jazz having a chance to improve their playoff position in the packed Western Conference.

Westbrook gets triple-double, Thunder beat Pelicans 109-104

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Russell Westbrook had a triple-double to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder over the New Orleans Pelicans 109-104 on Sunday night.

Aldridge, Gay help Spurs beat league-best Rockets 100-83

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs took advantage of a Houston Rockets team that admitted to a lapse of focus after recently clinching the best record in the Western Conference, and pulled out a crucial win in its own playoff push.

Warriors’ McCaw released from hospital after scary fall

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw has been released from a hospital following a terrifying fall to the floor during Saturday's game at Sacramento.

Warriors’ McCaw released from hospital after scary fall

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw has been released from a hospital following a terrifying fall to the floor during Saturday's game at Sacramento.

Simmons, Sixers beat Hornets 119-102 for 10th straight win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) This pass-happy approach is paying off for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Simmons, Sixers beat Hornets 119-102 for 10th straight win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ben Simmons had 20 points and 15 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers kept up their passing prowess, beating the Charlotte Hornets 119-102 Sunday for their 10th win in a row.

Hawks sign forward Jeremy Evans to 10-day contract

ATLANTA (AP) Forward Jeremy Evans, the 2012 NBA slam-dunk contest champion and six-year NBA veteran, has signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks.

Popovich, Spurs unsure when Leonard will be cleared to play

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard is continuing his injury rehabilitation in New York with his own team of doctors, but is unsure when the star forward and ''his group'' will clear him to play.

Picture imperfect: Heat fine Whiteside, may be at crossroad

MIAMI (AP) Monday is the day that the Miami Heat will gather for the annual team picture. They're always set up the same way: coaches sitting in the middle of the front row, the team's shorter players sitting on either side of Erik Spoelstra and his assistants, support staff and taller players standing in the back.

Picture imperfect: Heat fine Whiteside, may be at crossroad

MIAMI (AP) Monday is the day that the Miami Heat will gather for the annual team picture. They're always set up the same way: coaches sitting in the middle of the front row, the team's shorter players sitting on either side of Erik Spoelstra and his assistants, support staff and taller players standing in the back.

Tests: Warriors McCaw has no structural damage from fall

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Preliminary tests show Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw has no structural damage or problems with his nervous system following a terrifying fall to the floor during Saturday's game at Sacramento. He is expected to be released from the hospital on Sunday.

Picture imperfect: Heat may be at crossroad with Whiteside

MIAMI (AP) Monday is the day that the Miami Heat will gather for the annual team picture. They're always set up the same way: coaches sitting in the middle of the front row, the team's shorter players sitting on either side of Erik Spoelstra and his assistants, support staff and taller players standing in the back.

Warriors’ McCaw leaves on stretcher after hard fall

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after he fell hard to the floor following a foul by Sacramento's Vince Carter during a 112-96 Golden State win Saturday night.

Warriors’ McCaw leaves on stretcher after hard fall

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after he fell hard to the floor following a foul by Sacramento's Vince Carter during a 112-96 Golden State win Saturday night.

Warriors’ McCaw injured in scary fall as team beats Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) In a silenced arena, two teams gathered together under the basket to pray for Patrick McCaw as Golden State's second-year guard was rushed away on a stretcher.

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.

Warriors’ McCaw leaves on stretcher after hard fall

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after he fell hard to the floor following a foul by Sacramento's Vince Carter on Saturday night.