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» Friday, January 19, 2018

Thunder’s Paul George doing it all for new team

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder coach Billy Donovan can't pinpoint the best thing about Paul George.

Not-household-name players get All-Star votes from NBA peers

Semi Ojeleye, Cedi Osman and Royce O'Neale have never started in an NBA game. Cameron Payne last played in April. Matt Costello has scored two points in his NBA career.

Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Pacers 100-86

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland's home court was once one of the NBA's toughest for visitors - but was a source of frustration for the Trail Blazers earlier this season.

LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams

NEW YORK (AP) Team LeBron against Team Stephen is the NBA's new All-Star matchup.

» Thursday, January 18, 2018

LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams

NEW YORK (AP) Team LeBron against Team Stephen is the NBA's new All-Star matchup.

LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams

NEW YORK (AP) Team LeBron against Team Stephen is the NBA's new All-Star matchup.

LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams

NEW YORK (AP) Team LeBron against Team Steph is the NBA's new All-Star matchup.

Bulls’ Kris Dunn in concussion protocol, out indefinitely

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn is out indefinitely after being placed into the NBA's concussion protocol following a fall during a game that ended up with him dislocating two front teeth.

Afflalo suspended 2 games for fighting with Bjelica

NEW YORK (AP) Orlando's Aaron Afflalo has been suspended two games without pay by the NBA for fighting with Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica.

LeBron on verge of joining NBA’s 30,000-point club

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James never imagined the view from 30,000 - points.

Pharrell and N.E.R.D to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA announced Thursday that 11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip-hop-rock band N.E.R.D will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles next month.

Pharrell and N.E.R.D. to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA announced Thursday that 11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip-hop-rock band N.E.R.D. will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles next month.

Aldridge, Mills lead Spurs over Nets after Leonard shut down

NEW YORK (AP) The news about Kawhi Leonard was bad, though at least there's some consolation for the San Antonio Spurs.

» Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Warriors beat Bulls 119-112 for 14th straight road win

CHICAGO (AP) When the Splash Brothers are making their shots, even Kevin Durant is content with a supporting role.

Valanciunas has double-double as Raptors beat Pistons 96-91

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have done a good job of avoiding lengthy losing streaks this season.

Aldridge, Mills lead Spurs over Nets after Leonard shut down

NEW YORK (AP) The news about Kawhi Leonard was bad, though at least there's some consolation for the San Antonio Spurs.

Evans has 23 points, 10 assists as Grizzlies beat Knicks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Tyreke Evans had 23 points, including three free throws in the closing seconds, along with 10 assists to lift the Memphis Grizzlies over the New York Knicks 105-99 on Wednesday night.

Houston’s Ariza, Green suspended 2 games apiece by NBA

Trevor Ariza said nothing happened. The NBA strongly disagreed.

Golden State’s Bell leaves with sprained left ankle

CHICAGO (AP) Jordan Bell has left Golden State's game against Chicago with a sprained left ankle.

Lonzo Ball out vs Thunder, unlikely to play Friday either

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball was ruled out for a game Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder due a sore left knee.

Houston’s Ariza, Green suspended 2 games apiece by NBA

Trevor Ariza said nothing happened. The NBA strongly disagreed.

Spurs’ Leonard out indefinitely to continue injury rehab

NEW YORK (AP) Kawhi Leonard is headed back to the sidelines, and he'll stay there until his leg is ready.

Rockets’ Harden back at practice after 2 1/2 weeks

HOUSTON (AP) Rockets guard James Harden returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured Dec. 31 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Chillin’: LeBron, Cavs trying to thaw from mid-season freeze

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) With sweat streaking down his face and into his bushy beard, LeBron James was not in a playful mood following practice.

Rodman checks into rehab after DUI arrest

The agent for former NBA star Dennis Rodman says the Hall of Famer has checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center after a weekend DUI arrest.

Spurs’ Leonard out indefinitely to continue injury rehab

NEW YORK (AP) The San Antonio Spurs say Kawhi Leonard will be out indefinitely as he continues his recovery from a leg injury.

Rodman checks into rehab after DUI arrest

The agent for former NBA star Dennis Rodman says the Hall of Famer has checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center after a weekend DUI arrest.

Golden State’s Green, Iguodala sidelined by injuries

CHICAGO (AP) Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala have been ruled out for Golden State's game at Chicago due to injuries.

Verizon pushes further into sports streaming with NBA deal

NEW YORK (AP) Yahoo users will be able to stream eight basketball games for free under a new deal with the NBA.

Verizon pushes further into sports streaming with NBA deal

NEW YORK (AP) Yahoo users will be able to stream some basketball games for free under a new deal with the NBA.

Spurs’ Leonard out indefinitely to continue injury rehab

NEW YORK (AP) The San Antonio Spurs say Kawhi Leonard will be out indefinitely as he continues his recovery from a leg injury.

Boston Celtics great Jo Jo White dies at 71

BOSTON (AP) Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died. He was 71.

Boston Celtics great Jo Jo White dies at 71

BOSTON (AP) Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died. He was 71.

Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha to undergo knee surgery

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha will have surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

Boston Celtics great Jo Jo White dies at 71

BOSTON (AP) Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died. He was 71.

Jokic’s big night helps Nuggets hold off Mavericks 105-102

DENVER (AP) Michael Malone wasn't all that thrilled about the lack of composure in the final quarter. Or all the turnovers. Or the shot selection. Or even the defense.

Amid misbehavior everywhere, NBA may need to flex its muscle

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was asked in London last week about fining misbehaving players, and even he acknowledged the penalties aren't much of a deterrent.

Davis scores 45, Pelicans beat Celtics 116-113 in OT

BOSTON (AP) Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans eventually were too big for the Boston Celtics.

» Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jokic’s big night helps Nuggets hold off Mavericks 105-102

DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds, Gary Harris hit two late free throws and the Denver Nuggets led by as many as 23 points before holding on for a 105-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Davis scores 45, Pelicans beat Celtics 116-113 in OT

BOSTON (AP) Anthony Davis had 45 points and 16 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 116-113 overtime victory over Boston on Tuesday night, ending the Celtics' seven-game winning streak.

Griffin, Clippers help LA schoolchildren with vision issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) Every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District who needs an eye exam and glasses will be getting them in a partnership with the L.A. Clippers Foundation.

Boston Celtics great Jo Jo White dies at 71

BOSTON (AP) Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died. He was 71.

NBA opens investigation into Rockets-Clippers events

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA has spoken to Clippers star Blake Griffin as well as other players from the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles as part of its investigation into late-game and postgame incidents involving the teams.

NBA opens investigation into Rockets-Clippers events

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA has spoken to Clippers star Blake Griffin as well as other players from the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles as part of its investigation into late-game and postgame incidents involving the teams.

Boston Celtics great Jo Jo White dies at 71

BOSTON (AP) Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died. He was 71.

76ers’ Redick could miss 2 weeks with left leg injury

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick could miss two weeks with a left leg injury.

Raptors’ DeRozan fined for ’5-on-8’ comment criticizing refs

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating.

Hornets coach Clifford back to work after sleep deprivation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets coach Steve Clifford has battled headaches for the past two years.

Hornets coach Clifford returns to work after 21-game absence

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets coach Steve Clifford returned to practice following a 21-game absence due to headaches caused by sleep deprivation.

NBA opens investigation into Rockets-Clippers events

LOS ANGELES (AP) �� The NBA is planning to speak with players from both the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers to determine the specifics of late-game and postgame events involving the teams.

Bad blood between Rockets, Clippers carries over after game

LOS ANGELES (AP) The hot tempers that flared up during the Los Angeles Clippers' victory over the Houston Rockets have carried over after the game.

Bad blood between Rockets, Clippers carries over after game

LOS ANGELES (AP) The hot tempers that flared up during the Los Angeles Clippers' victory over the Houston Rockets have carried over after the game.

Bad blood between Rockets, Clippers carries over after game

LOS ANGELES (AP) The hot tempers that flared up during the Los Angeles Clippers' victory over the Houston Rockets have carried over after the game.

No love lost: Clippers beat Rockets 113-102 in heated game

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul came back to Staples Center to play against his old team and things got heated.

Bad blood between Rockets, Clippers carries over after game

LOS ANGELES (AP) The hot tempers that flared up during the Los Angeles Clippers' victory over the Houston Rockets have carried over after the game.

Oladipo scores 28, hot-shooting Pacers beat Jazz 109-94

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Offense trumped defense on a night when one of the NBA's most efficient offensive teams met one of the top defensive units.

» Monday, January 15, 2018

Westbrook, Anthony help Thunder rally past Kings 95-88

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists before being ejected, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 95-88 on Monday night.

Porzingis, Beasley help Knicks beat Nets in opener of trip

NEW YORK (AP) Though it hardly appeared like it with thousands of blue-and-orange-dressed fans standing and screaming for them, this was a road game for the New York Knicks.

Sixers trying to help Fultz find missing shooting stroke

PHILADELPHIA (AP) In his lone college season at Washington, guard Markelle Fultz shot better than 50 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range. He showed so much promise that the Philadelphia 76ers traded up to take him with the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft.

Schroder, Ilyasova pace Hawks past Spurs

ATLANTA (AP) Dennis Schroder scored 26 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 20 and the Atlanta Hawks held off the San Antonio Spurs in the closing seconds to win 102-99 on Monday.

LeBron reflects on MLK’s legacy, criticizes Trump on holiday

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) On a day for reflecting on race in America, LeBron James considered Martin Luther King Jr.'s ultimate sacrifice.

LeBron reflects on MLK’s legacy, criticizes Trump on holiday

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James says honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is more important than ever because ''we're trying to be divided right now by somebody.''

» Sunday, January 14, 2018

Butler scores 24 points, Timberwolves beat Blazers 120-103

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Jeff Teague added 22 and the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up a perfect homestand with a 120-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

Clippers showing resolve in season filled with injuries

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin is used to not knowing who's in the Los Angeles Clippers' lineup these days.

Dennis Rodman arrested on suspicion of DUI in California

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) Police say former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been arrested on suspicion of DUI in Southern California.

Heat beat Bucks 97-79, push winning streak to 7

MIAMI (AP) Goran Dragic and Erik Spoelstra were asked separately Sunday what a seven-game winning streak means to them, and both immediately provided the same answer.

Pelicans sign Mike James to two-way contract

NEW YORK (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard Mike James to a two-way contract.

Dennis Rodman arrested on suspicion of DUI in California

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) Police say former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been arrested on suspicion of DUI in Southern California.

Knicks sign former lottery pick Trey Burke

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have signed guard Trey Burke, a former lottery pick who had been playing with their G League team.

Leonard, Bertans lead Spurs to 112-80 win over Denver

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs have not had many opportunities to play with a full and healthy roster this season, so they took advantage of the luxury Saturday night.

» Saturday, January 13, 2018

Wall pushes Wizards over the line in 119-113 OT win vs Nets

WASHINGTON (AP) After leading the Washington Wizards to their first overtime win of the season, John Wall remained frustrated that the late drama had been self-imposed.

Leonard, Bertans lead Spurs to 112-80 win over Denver

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points in his return from a three-game absence, Davis Bertans had 18 and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in a 112-80 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

Curry back in Warriors’ starting lineup against Raptors

TORONTO (AP) Stephen Curry is back in the starting lineup for Golden State's game against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.

Knicks waive point guard Ramon Sessions

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have waived Ramon Sessions, who opened the season as their starting point guard but has played little since.

Grizzlies sign guard-forward Myke Henry to 2-way contract

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies signed guard-forward Myke Henry to a two-way contract Saturday and waived forward Vince Hunter.

LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball scoreless in pro debut in Lithuania

PANEVEZYS, Lithuania (AP) LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball went scoreless in their pro basketball debut, finishing a combined 0 for 7.

LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball scoreless in pro debut in Lithuania

PANEVEZYS, Lithuania (AP) LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball went scoreless in their pro basketball debut, finishing a combined 0 for 7.

Pacers rally from 22-point deficit to beat Cavaliers 97-95

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan went small Friday night, Lance Stephenson came up big.

» Friday, January 12, 2018

Towns’ near triple-double pushes Wolves past Knicks, 118-108

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns found teammate Nemanja Bjelica cutting for a layup on one trip down the floor in the fourth quarter, and later hit an open Bjelica for a 3-pointer and a double-digit lead.

Dinwiddie takes charge in closing seconds, Nets beat Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie did everything he could to keep the Brooklyn Nets composed in the closing seconds.

Pistons sign Buycks to multiyear deal

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons have signed guard Dwight Buycks to a multiyear contract.

Beal, Wall score 30 apiece; Wizards down Magic 125-119

WASHINGTON (AP) Just as the Washington Wizards fixed some recent scoring issues, their defense faltered.

Pacers rally from 22-point deficit to beat Cavaliers 97-95

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan went small Friday night, Lance Stephenson came up big.

On Erik Spoelstra’s mind these days: A berth, and a birth

MIAMI (AP) Gone are the days when Miami coach Erik Spoelstra would spend the final few pregame moments wolfing down hot dogs while pulling on his suit jacket and hurrying to the court.

Heat guard Dion Waiters decides to have ankle surgery

MIAMI (AP) Dion Waiters of the Miami Heat thought surgery could wait.

Hardaway Jr. returns to Knicks on minutes restriction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. returned to the New York Knicks on Friday night at Minnesota after missing 20 games with a stress injury in his lower left leg.

Warriors’ Stephen Curry out against Bucks with sore ankle

MILWAUKEE (AP) Golden State star Stephen Curry won't play on Friday night against Milwaukee, the second straight game the sharpshooting guard will have been sidelined by a right ankle injury.

Cavaliers, Pacers will be missing key pieces for game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade were out of the lineup for the Cleveland Cavaliers against Indiana.

Cavaliers, Pacers will be missing key pieces for game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade were out of the lineup for the Cleveland Cavaliers against Indiana.

On Erik Spoelstra’s mind these days: A berth, and a birth

MIAMI (AP) Gone are the days where Miami coach Erik Spoelstra would spend the final few pregame moments wolfing down hot dogs while pulling on his suit jacket and hurrying to the court.

Hood fined $35,000 for slapping phone from fan’s hand

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for slapping a phone out of a fan's hand.

James, struggling Cavs routed again, Raptors romp 133-99

TORONTO (AP) LeBron James isn't enjoying the view lately, watching the end of blowout losses from the Cleveland Cavaliers' bench.

» Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hornets coach Clifford to return to work next week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets coach Steve Clifford has been medically cleared to return to coaching on a full-time basis.

Scheduling issues hamper NBA’s European expansion plans

LONDON (AP) If Adam Silver learned one thing from his latest trip to London, it's that the appetite for more NBA games remains huge around Europe - and the rest of the world.

Celtics overcome 22-point deficit to beat 76ers in London

LONDON (AP) Ten seasons ago, the Boston Celtics came to London and won. They went on to win the NBA title.

Scheduling issues hamper NBA’s European expansion plans

LONDON (AP) If Adam Silver learned one thing from his latest trip to London, it's that the appetite for more NBA games remains huge around Europe - and the rest of the world.

Pacers become talk of the town with surprising 1st half

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers are playing harder, moving the ball faster and winning more games than most people anticipated.

It’s halftime in the NBA: 10 things to watch from here

MIAMI (AP) It's halftime in the NBA.

Butler scores 26 to lead Timberwolves past Thunder 104-88

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Taj Gibson and his teammates knew the Minnesota Timberwolves' four-game homestand was going to be tough.

Miami’s short bench comes up big in 114-106 win over Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Miami found out an eight-man rotation might be just as effective as a full bench.

Drummond’s double-double leads Pistons past Nets 114-80

NEW YORK (AP) Andre Drummond and Tobias Harris carried Detroit to an easy road win in Brooklyn.

Barnes, Ferrell lead Mavericks past Hornets 115-111

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. had a simple strategy in the fourth quarter when it came to Harrison Barnes.

Lou Williams scores career-high 50, Clippers beat Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Lou Williams sent the same roaring, adoring crowd that cheered Kevin Durant's milestone to the exits several minutes before the final buzzer.

Schroder, Hawks beat Nuggets 110-97 to end 10-game road skid

DENVER (AP) The Atlanta Hawks were savoring a rare win during a tough season. The Denver Nuggets were lamenting a missed opportunity to improve their postseason hopes.

Evans, Gasol lead Grizzlies over Pelicans 105-102

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) After a poor defensive performance in the first quarter, the Memphis Grizzlies turned up the pressure all the way until the last minute.

Kevin Durant becomes 44th player to join 20,000 point club

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant became the 44th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points Wednesday night.

» Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Kevin Durant becomes 44th player to join 20,000 point club

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant became the 44th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points Wednesday night.

Markkanen, Dunn help Bulls outlast Knicks 122-119 in 2 OTs

NEW YORK (AP) Rookie Lauri Markkanen scored a season-high 33 points, Kris Dunn shook off a nightmarish shooting night to make the tiebreaking basket in the second overtime, and the Chicago Bulls beat the New York Knicks 122-119 on Wednesday night.

Warriors’ Stephen Curry ruled out after reinjuring ankle

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State star Stephen Curry was out for Wednesday night's home game against the Clippers after he slipped during the shootaround and re-sprained his troublesome right ankle.

Bucks F Jabari Parker on target for mid-February return

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker is on target to return from a left knee injury the week before the All-Star break.

Timberwolves’ Jeff Teague returns after missing 7 games

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague was back in the lineup Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder after missing seven games with a sprained MCL in his left knee.

Elbow injury to keep Turner out of Pacers’ next 2 games

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner will miss the next two games with an injured right elbow.

Curry’s effect on Warriors even more apparent since injury

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry pumped his fists and flexed his biceps. He dangled that signature mouthpiece from his teeth in sheer delight.

Heat’s Johnson, Raptors’ Ibaka suspended 1 game for fight

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has suspended Miami Heat forward James Johnson and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka one game apiece for throwing punches at each other.

Warriors’ Stephen Curry ruled out after reinjuring ankle

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State star Stephen Curry is out for Wednesday night's home game against the Clippers after he slipped during shootaround and sprained his troublesome right ankle.

Curry’s effect on Warriors even more apparent since injury

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry pumped his fists and flexed his biceps. He dangled that signature mouthpiece from his teeth in sheer delight.

Celtics, 76ers meet in London as NBA plays again in England

LONDON (AP) When the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers play Thursday in London, they'll both be looking to leave a mark on the league's global stage.

Cavs’ Thomas fined $20K for clothesline on T’Wolves’ Wiggins

NEW YORK (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas has been fined $20,000 by the NBA for striking Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins in the throat.

Pelicans sign guard DeAndre Liggins to 10-day contract

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free agent guard DeAndre Liggins to a 10-day contract.

Double-doubles by Randle, Ball push Lakers past Kings 99-86

LOS ANGELES (AP) The return of Lonzo Ball has the Los Angeles Lakers running again, and that emphasis on tempo is turning into wins.

Curry’s effect on Warriors even more apparent since injury

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry pumped his fists and flexed his biceps. He dangled that signature mouthpiece from his teeth in sheer delight.

Managing minutes a "pain in the neck" for Popovich, others

Isaiah Thomas' debut with Cleveland last week came with the same rules as when Kawhi Leonard rejoined the Spurs.

» Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Ellington scores winning basket as Heat beat Raptors 90-89

TORONTO (AP) Wayne Ellington leads Miami in 3-pointers, which made Tuesday's game-winning basket a bit of a surprise.

G Zach LaVine to make Bulls debut Saturday vs. Pistons

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls plan to debut guard Zach LaVine just in time for his bobblehead night

G Zach LaVine to make Bulls debut Saturday vs. Pistons

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls say guard Zach LaVine will make his debut with his new team 11 months after having surgery on a torn ACL in his left knee.

Aldridge, Bertans lead Spurs to comeback win over Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Out of sync for most of the first three quarters, the San Antonio Spurs got a big lift from LaMarcus Aldridge down the stretch and an even bigger boost off the bench from Davis Bertans.

» Monday, January 8, 2018

DeRozan helps Raptors beat Nets in OT after Lowry hurt

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto's big lead was lost, and its point guard was being carried off the court after a painful fall.

Pacers change directions by rolling past Bucks 109-96

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan challenged his team to play more aggressive defense.

Wiggins, Butler lead 127-99 Wolves romp past James, Cavs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Wiggins had 25 points in three quarters, Jimmy Butler pitched in 21 points and tight defense on LeBron James, and the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to a 127-99 victory over Cleveland on Monday night that stopped a 12-game home losing streak to the Cavaliers.

Warriors Steve Kerr: LaVar Ball ’the Kardashian of the NBA’

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State coach Steve Kerr called LaVar Ball ''the Kardashian of the NBA'' on Monday night, and said he thinks the father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball has zero credibility.

Warriors Steve Kerr: LaVar Ball ’the Kardashian of the NBA’

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State coach Steve Kerr calls LaVar Ball ''the Kardashian of the NBA,'' and he thinks the father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball has zero credibility.

Warriors F Draymond Green fined by NBA

NEW YORK (AP) Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating.

Stephen Curry wants ownership stake in hometown Panthers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As a longtime fan of the Carolina Panthers, Stephen Curry is absolutely interested in having an ownership stake in the team.

Stephen Curry wants ownership stake in hometown Panthers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - As a longtime fan of the Carolina Panthers, Stephen Curry is absolutely interested in having an ownership stake in the team.

Ex-wife of slain NBA player agrees to face Tennessee charges

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright will not fight authorities' attempt to send her from California to Tennessee, where she's charged with killing him nearly eight years ago.

Ex-wife of slain NBA player agrees to face Tennessee charges

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright will not fight authorities' attempt to send her from California to Tennessee, where she's charged with killing him nearly eight years ago.

Ex-wife of slain NBA player agrees to face Tennessee charges

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright will not fight authorities' attempt to send her from California to Tennessee, where she's charged with killing him nearly eight years ago.

Lakers beat Hawks 132-113 to end 9-game losing streak

LOS ANGELES (AP) For nine games, the Los Angeles Lakers couldn't figure out how to get their defense back on track. That changed against the Atlanta Hawks.

Lakers beat Hawks 132-113 to end nine-game losing streak

LOS ANGELES (AP) For nine games, the Los Angeles Lakers just couldn't figure out how to get their defense back on the right track.

LaVar Ball tells ESPN Walton has lost Lakers; coaches react

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle responded angrily Sunday after LaVar Ball's claim that the Los Angeles Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton.

McCollum’s floater gives Portland a 111-110 win over Spurs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) CJ McCollum's floater bounced several times around the rim as the crowd seemed to hold a collective breath.

» Sunday, January 7, 2018

Porzingis, Jack help Knicks edge Mavs to end skid at 3

DALLAS (AP) On the day the New York Knicks guaranteed his contract for the rest of the season, Jarrett Jack hit the big shot to deliver them a victory.

LaVar Ball tells ESPN Walton has lost Lakers; coaches react

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle responded angrily Sunday after LaVar Ball's claim that the Los Angeles Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton.

Kawhi Leonard has partial tear in left shoulder

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says forward Kawhi Leonard has a partial tear in his left shoulder.

LaVar Ball tells ESPN Walton has lost Lakers; coaches react

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle responded angrily Sunday after LaVar Ball's claim that the Los Angeles Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton.

LaVar Ball tells ESPN Walton has lost Lakers; coaches react

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle responded angrily Sunday after LaVar Ball's claim that the Los Angeles Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton.

Richardson’s layup lifts Heat past Jazz, 103-102

MIAMI (AP) The last Miami play was designed by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to put the ball in Josh Richardson's hands, and with it came the right to decide who would take his team's biggest shot of the game.

Bucks sign Bolomboy to NBA deal, give Munford 2-way contract

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on guard DeAndre Liggins, converted forward Joel Bolomboy to a standard NBA contract and signed guard Xavier Munford to a two-way contract.

Bucks request waivers on Liggins, recall Wilson from Herd

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on guard DeAndre Liggins.

Giannis, Bledsoe help Bucks rally past Wizards, 110-103

WASHINGTON (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe led the Milwaukee Bucks to victory. Matthew Dellavedova was the one who really got the Washington Wizards' attention.

» Saturday, January 6, 2018

LeBron James assist short of triple-double in Cavs’ win

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) LeBron James did a little bit of everything in Cleveland's victory over Orlando

Drummond out for Pistons against Harden-less Rockets

DETROIT (AP) Andre Drummond is out for Detroit's game Saturday night against Houston because of a right rib contusion.

Curry scores season-high 45 points, Warriors beat Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Points came easily for Steph Curry on Saturday. Eleven in his first five minutes, 17 before the game was 8 1/2 minutes old.

Celtics’ Horford to sit out in Brooklyn with left knee pain

NEW YORK (AP) Al Horford is sitting out Boston's game in Brooklyn because of left knee pain.

Hall of Famer Julius ’Dr. J’ Erving released from hospital

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hall of Famer Julius Erving has been released from a hospital after he became ill at a Philadelphia 76ers' game.

Hall of Famer Julius ’Dr. J’ Erving released from hospital

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hall of Famer Julius Erving has been released from a hospital after he became ill at a Philadelphia 76ers' game.

Lakers waive veteran center Andrew Bogut after 24 games

LOS ANGELES (AP) Veteran center Andrew Bogut has been waived by the Los Angeles Lakers after 24 games with the club.

Hall of Famer Julius ’Dr. J’ Erving falls ill at 76ers game

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hall of Famer Julius Erving fell ill at the Philadelphia 76ers' game Friday night and was taken to a hospital.

Hall of Famer Julius ’Dr. J’ Erving falls ill at 76ers game

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hall of Famer Julius Erving fell ill at the Philadelphia 76ers' game Friday night and was taken to a hospital.

Kemba gets 19 in Hornets’ 108-94 rout of slumping Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) With three wins in four stops on a leisurely paced road trip, the Charlotte Hornets unexpectedly hit their stride in California.

Beal, Wall lead Wizards to a 102-100 win over Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Washington Wizards' 15-point lead in the fourth quarter was enough to claim their fourth straight victory.

McCollum scores 20 and Trail Blazers beat the Hawks 110-89

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard believes Portland's offense is finally finding a flow after an early season focus on defense.

Hall of Famer Julius ’Dr. J’ Erving falls ill at 76ers game

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hall of Famer Julius Erving fell ill at the Philadelphia 76ers' game Friday night and was taken to a hospital.

Lyle scores career-high 26 as Nuggets beat Jazz 99-91

DENVER (AP) Trey Lyles was considered expendable by Utah on draft night in June. He did his best to show the Jazz it was a mistake to let him go.

Leonard, Ginobili each have 21, lead Spurs past Suns, 103-89

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Looking for some extra offense with two of their top scorers out, the Spurs turned to their defense.

» Friday, January 5, 2018

Hall of Famer Julius ’Dr. J’ Erving falls ill at 76ers game

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hall of Famer Julius Erving fell ill at the Philadelphia 76ers' game Friday night and was taken to a hospital.

Simmons, Embiid lead 76ers in romp past Pistons, 114-78

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid palmed a basketball he had just autographed high over his head and feigned like he would drop it to one of the kids that had circled the 7-footer on the court.

Heat guard Dion Waiters seeking second opinion on ankle

MIAMI (AP) Dion Waiters of the Miami Heat is pursing a second opinion on his sprained left ankle, which has bothered him for months.

» Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kevin Durant donates $3 million to University of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is donating $3 million to the University of Texas, where he won national player of the year honors in his lone season before turning pro.

Curry’s 3 lifts Warriors over Mavericks 125-122

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks were left shaking their heads at Stephen Curry's shot-making ability - and how they let him get one last great look at the basket.

» Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Rozier scores 20, leads Celtics to 102-88 win over Cavaliers

BOSTON (AP) One by one, the Boston Celtics lined up to embrace Isaiah Thomas.

For Isaiah Thomas, no hard feelings in his return to Boston

BOSTON (AP) Isaiah Thomas wanted to make thing one perfectly clear during his return to Boston: He isn't holding onto any hard feelings about the way he left.

Beal’s 27, Wall’s 25 lead Wizards over Knicks 121-103

WASHINGTON (AP) For weeks, the Washington Wizards have been hearing about their struggles against teams with losing records. Now that they've won two straight and elevated their record to 11-10 against sub-.500 teams, perhaps they've taken a step toward ending that discussion.

Rockets win without Harden, routing Magic 116-98

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) James Harden's strained left hamstring figures to be a problem for the Houston Rockets. It wasn't a big deal Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.

Rockets win without Harden, routing Magic 116-98

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) James Harden's strained left hamstring figures to be a problem for the Houston Rockets. It wasn't a bid deal Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.

Nets cool off Timberwolves 98-97 on Dinwiddie’s jumper

NEW YORK (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie made the go-ahead jumper with 9.7 seconds left and tied his career high with 26 points, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 98-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

For Isaiah Thomas, no hard feelings in his return to Boston

BOSTON (AP) Isaiah Thomas wanted to make thing one perfectly clear during his return to Boston: He isn't holding onto any hard feelings about the way he left.

Bulls hope to set return date for LaVine early next week

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls hope to decide on a return date for guard Zach LaVine early next week.

76ers’ Embiid starts vs. Spurs with sprained right hand

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was in the starting lineup against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night after his coach said he was ''very doubtful'' to play because of a sprained right hand.

76ers’ Embiid set to sit with hand injury; Spurs rest 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was not expected to play against the San Antonio Spurs because of a sprained right hand.

LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball land in Lithuania to play for Prienai

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) The brothers of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball landed in rainy Lithuania on Wednesday night to start their career at a local basketball club.

LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball land in Lithuania to play for Prienai

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) The brothers of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball landed in rainy Lithuania on Wednesday night to start their career at a local basketball club.

Hard to believe, but Pop was once unwanted - by Spurs fans

Gregg Popovich was the coach nobody wanted.

Howard, Walker help Hornets pull away and beat Kings 131-111

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Dwight Howard lost control of the ball on his way in for an apparent dunk when he was fouled from behind by Zach Randolph. As Howard tried to regain his footing, the ball floated about 3 feet above the rim and then fell straight back down and through.

» Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Thomas makes debut with Cavs, could start soon

CLEVELAND (AP) Isaiah Thomas is back on the court doing what he does best.

Thomas coming off bench in debut with Cavs, could start soon

CLEVELAND (AP) The seven-month wait for Isaiah Thomas is almost over.

No Hayward, no Thomas, plenty for Celtics, Cavs to play for

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) When Brad Stevens studied the video of Boston's last game against Cleveland, he skipped over a handful of plays and put the sound on mute.

Lakers’ Ball, Lopez cleared for practice return from injury

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and center Brook Lopez have been cleared to return to practice after recent injury absences.

» Monday, January 1, 2018

Allen, Crabbe help Nets beat Magic 98-95

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets had heard enough about not being able to win on the second night of back-to-back games.

DeRozan scores franchise-high 52, Raptors beat Bucks 131-127

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan spent his New Year's Day watching basketball history and making some, too.

Houston’s Harden out at least 2 weeks with hamstring injury

HOUSTON (AP) Rockets star James Harden will miss at least two weeks with a left hamstring strain.

Thomas to make debut with Cavs on Tuesday against Portland

CLEVELAND (AP) The agonizing wait to play again is over for Isaiah Thomas. Vengeance on the Celtics is still on hold.

Thomas to make debut with Cavs on Tuesday against Portland

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas will make his debut for Cleveland on Tuesday night against Portland after being sidelined with a hip injury.

76ers’ Embiid injures right hand in win over Suns

PHOENIX (AP) Philadelphia center Joel Embiid injured his right hand going after an inbounds pass late in the fourth quarter of the 76ers' 123-110 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.