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» Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mitchell scores 33, Jazz rout Thunder 113-96

3:35 AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Shutting down the Utah Jazz offense is proving easier said than done for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Bucks’ Maker, other reserves step into NBA playoff spotlight

3:29 AM

MILWAUKEE (AP) Thon Maker is having his biggest games at the biggest time of the year.

Mitchell scores 33, Jazz rout Thunder 113-96

1:53 AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points and collected seven rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 113-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.

Harden, Rockets soar past Wolves 119-100 with 50-point 3rd

1:51 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Though James Harden and most of the Houston Rockets were misfiring throughout the first half, their confidence never wavered.

Bogut retires from NBA, joins Sydney Kings for 2 seasons

12:31 AM

SYDNEY (AP) Former No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut has quit the NBA and plans to play the next two seasons for the Sydney Kings in Australia's National Basketball League.

» Monday, April 23, 2018

Bogut retires from NBA, to join Sydney NBL team for 2 years

10:38 PM

SYDNEY (AP) Former No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut confirmed Tuesday that he has retired from the NBA and plans to play the next two seasons in Australia's National Basketball League with the Sydney Kings.

Rockets match 1st-half total with 50-point 3rd vs. Wolves

10:20 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Houston Rockets have scored 50 points in the third quarter at Minnesota to take control of Game 4 of their first-round series with the Timberwolves, the same total they produced for the entire first half.

AP Source: Pelicans pick up Gentry’s option for next season

9:26 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A person familiar with the situation says Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry's contract option for next season has been exercised by the club.

76ers aim for 2nd round, Embiid says Philly will be ’lit’

6:23 PM

Joel Embiid expects his first playoff game in Philadelphia to be quite a scene.

Bucks’ Giannis says inability to score lunch not a big deal

5:35 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks win a playoff game but couldn't score a table at a Mexican restaurant.

Trust the prayers: Embiid surprises churchgoers near Philly

5:13 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is shaping up to be the answer to Philly fans' prayers, and he shocked parishioners by showing up during the middle of some at a small Roman Catholic church this weekend.

76ers aim for 2nd round, Embiid says Philly will be ’lit’

5:02 PM

Joel Embiid expects his first playoff game in Philadelphia to be quite a scene.

Stephen Curry signs broad production deal with Sony Pictures

4:38 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) NBA star Stephen Curry is heading to Hollywood in a big way.

John Wall at his elite, explosive best for Wiz in playoffs

4:29 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks knew John Wall would be back to his explosive, elite self for the playoffs when the All-Star point guard was able to play 38 minutes in a regular-season loss at Cleveland.

Wall hurt ankle in Game 4; looking forward to seeing Drake

3:39 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards point guard John Wall says he's fine after tweaking his right ankle late in a Game 4 victory over the No. 1 seed Raptors and is looking forward to seeing rapper Drake at Game 5 in Toronto.

Melting Pot: 76ers’ global approach to a roster is working

3:15 PM

MIAMI (AP) Philadelphia's six leading average scorers so far in the playoffs, in order are: Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, JJ Redick, Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova.

Davis, Pelicans on path to NBA’s next small-market success

2:14 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) With every Anthony Davis put-back dunk, reverse alley-oop jam, step-back 3-pointer or game-sealing block in the playoffs, the New Orleans Pelicans take a step closer to becoming the NBA's next small-market success story.

Davis, Pelicans on path to NBA’s next small-market success

1:46 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) With every Anthony Davis put-back dunk, reverse alley-oop jam, step-back 3-pointer or game-sealing block in the playoffs, the New Orleans Pelicans take a step closer to becoming the NBA's next small-market success story.

Melting Pot: 76ers’ global approach to a roster is working

12:52 PM

MIAMI (AP) Philadelphia's six leading average scorers so far in the playoffs, in order are: Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, JJ Redick, Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova.

Bucks’ Giannis hits big bucket but can’t score lunch

12:35 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks win a playoff game but couldn't score a table at a Mexican restaurant.

Cavaliers win 104-100 at Indiana to even series at 2

12:42 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) LeBron James has been the first-round king for 12 years.

» Sunday, April 22, 2018

Cavaliers win 104-100 at Indiana to even series at 2

11:45 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) LeBron James scored 32 points and combined with Kyle Korver for all but two of Cleveland's final 13 points as the Cavaliers escaped with a 104-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday to even the first-round series at two games apiece.

Andrew Bogut set to join Sydney Kings in Australian league

10:49 PM

SYDNEY (AP) NBA veteran Andrew Bogut is set to join the Sydney Kings in Australia's National Basketball League.

Wall takes over, Wiz beat Raps 106-98 to tie series at 2-2

10:44 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) When Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal fouled out with about five minutes left in a tied Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors, he couldn't believe the call.

Ginobili, Aldridge help Spurs beat Warriors to avoid sweep

8:48 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Ettore Messina was screaming at the Spurs, and Manu Ginobili loved it.

Andrew Bogut set to join Sydney Kings in Australian league

8:32 PM

SYDNEY (AP) NBA veteran Andrew Bogut is set to join the Sydney Kings in Australia's National Basketball League.

Cavaliers will start Calderon in place of injured Hill

7:18 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill will miss Game 4 at Indiana because of back spasms. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by veteran Jose Calderon.

Blazers’ overall good season ends on a disappointing note

5:49 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Another late-season surge, another first-round exit.

Game 4s: Jazz look for 3-1 lead, Wolves aim to tie Rockets

1:27 PM

Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double, so he gets plenty of attention. Ricky Rubio just had a triple-double , earning him some time in the headlines. Donovan Mitchell has been great in his first three playoff games, so the fascination with the rookie star is only growing.

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

12:21 PM

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

2:38 AM

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

12:59 AM

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

9:01 PM

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

5:15 PM

LeBron James is keeping his thoughts to himself.

Popovich won’t coach Spurs in Game 4 against Warriors

4:51 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Gregg Popovich won't coach the San Antonio Spurs in their possible series finale against the Golden State Warriors as he grieves the death of his wife.

Turner returns, Harkless out for Portland in Game 4

4:20 PM

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

12:16 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been cleared to take part in modified practices but will be out at least one more week with a left knee injury.

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

10:34 AM

NEW YORK (AP) Miami's Justise Winslow has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for attempting to damage Philadelphia center Joel Embiid's facemask during Game 3 of their playoff series.

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

4:27 AM

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

11:25 PM

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

Touchdown Bucks! Packers’ Rodgers buys into NBA team

10:43 PM

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

10:28 PM

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

8:51 PM

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

8:27 PM

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

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

6:32 PM

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

5:40 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been cleared to take part in modified practices but will be out at least one more week with a left knee injury.

Cavaliers expect Love to play in Game 3 of Pacers series

11:13 AM

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

2:25 AM

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’

12:47 AM

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

12:10 AM

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

11:43 PM

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

11:31 PM

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

11:12 PM

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

10:46 PM

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

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

10:39 PM

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’

9:05 PM

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

8:02 PM

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

7:09 PM

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

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

7:04 PM

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

Celtics’ Terry Rozier making name for himself against Bucks

6:49 PM

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

5:47 PM

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

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

5:27 PM

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

4:58 PM

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’

4:15 PM

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’

2:19 PM

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

2:18 PM

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’

1:42 PM

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’

1:14 PM

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

12:42 PM

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

11:58 AM

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

11:49 AM

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

10:48 AM

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

9:08 AM

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

9:07 AM

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

8:28 AM

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

8:26 AM

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

3:31 AM

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

2:00 AM

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

1:40 AM

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

11:42 PM

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

Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies

9:26 PM

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

8:57 PM

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

Cavs shuffle starting lineup for Game 2 against Pacers

7:00 PM

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

5:37 PM

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

2:15 AM

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

11:00 PM

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

10:07 PM

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

7:58 PM

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

7:25 PM

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

Michigan company sues LeBron James over Shop Talk concept

7:11 PM

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

6:57 PM

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

4:53 PM

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

4:51 PM

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

1:20 PM

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

12:27 PM

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

Cormier thinks not having to cut weight helps for UFC 226

9:56 AM

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

8:39 AM

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

4:30 AM

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

2:07 AM

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

8:48 PM

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

Rajon Rondo has a knack for performing in the playoffs

7:44 PM

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

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

7:33 PM

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

6:37 PM

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

4:42 PM

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

11:09 AM

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

10:48 AM

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

1:05 AM

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

5:16 PM

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

4:18 PM

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

1:24 PM

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

12:40 PM

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

Thunder look to live up to high expectations vs. Jazz

12:39 PM

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

12:38 PM

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

12:35 PM

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

Without Embiid, 76ers roll past Heat in playoff opener

12:07 AM

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

11:07 PM

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

11:58 AM

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

11:54 AM

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

11:37 PM

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

8:05 PM

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

7:10 PM

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

Butler impact on Wolves starts with leadership, toughness

6:12 PM

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

5:28 PM

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

Wizards’ Meeks suspended 25 games for positive drug test

5:07 PM

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

4:40 PM

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

Thunder guard Brewer questionable for opener against Utah

4:38 PM

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

Lillard likes matchup but knows Pelicans are dangerous

4:38 PM

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.

Wizards’ Meeks suspended 25 games for positive drug test

4:13 PM

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

3:55 PM

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

3:09 PM

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

2:58 PM

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

2:57 PM

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

2:09 PM

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

1:59 PM

First the general manager, now the coach.

NBA releases pool of 36 referees for first round

1:25 PM

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

12:46 PM

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

Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford after 5 seasons

11:57 AM

First the general manager, now the coach.

Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford after 5 seasons

11:03 AM

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

6:13 AM

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

6:03 AM

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

5:45 AM

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

9:10 PM

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

Clippers look to heal with decisions looming about future

7:36 PM

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

7:08 PM

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

6:37 PM

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

6:32 PM

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

6:28 PM

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?

6:06 PM

Maybe this is the year.

Aging Nowitzki, young Smith want Mavs to be relevant again

6:04 PM

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

5:21 PM

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

5:15 PM

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

4:30 PM

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

4:20 PM

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

4:20 PM

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.

Khloe Kardashian gives birth to a girl

3:39 PM

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

NBA sets attendance record for 4th straight year

3:39 PM

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

Paxson insists rebuilding Chicago Bulls are in better spot

3:32 PM

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

3:07 PM

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

Reports: Khloe Kardashian has given birth to a girl

2:22 PM

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

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

2:05 PM

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

12:20 PM

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

11:31 AM

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

10:31 AM

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

9:25 AM

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

7:40 AM

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

Without Curry or top seed, Warriors face different playoffs

3:27 AM

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

3:18 AM

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

3:02 AM

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

Westbrook averages a triple-double for 2nd straight season

2:50 AM

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

2:43 AM

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

2:31 AM

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

2:16 AM

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

1:55 AM

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

The Latest: NBA playoff bracket complete

1:03 AM

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

The Latest: NBA playoff bracket complete

1:02 AM

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

12:21 AM

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

12:01 AM

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

11:12 PM

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

10:52 PM

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

10:42 PM

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

9:44 PM

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

The Latest: Russell Westbrook averages triple-double again

9:42 PM

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

9:35 PM

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

8:21 PM

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

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

8:20 PM

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

8:19 PM

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

8:18 PM

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

7:48 PM

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

7:39 PM

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

7:31 PM

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

4:57 PM

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’

3:56 PM

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

2:20 PM

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

Giannis back, Dellavedova cleared to return for Bucks

2:03 PM

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

1:18 PM

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?

12:43 PM

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

11:13 AM

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

Cavaliers sign veteran forward Kendrick Perkins

10:48 AM

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

10:28 AM

MIAMI (AP) The end has arrived.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft visits Meek Mill in prison

10:04 AM

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

9:48 AM

MIAMI (AP) The end has arrived.

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

7:30 AM

MIAMI (AP) The end has arrived.

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

3:11 AM

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

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

3:08 AM

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

3:08 AM

MIAMI (AP) The end has arrived.

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

2:49 AM

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

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

2:33 AM

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

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

2:12 AM

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

1:13 AM

MIAMI (AP) The end has arrived.

Jazz cruise to 119-79 win over Warriors

12:20 AM

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

12:10 AM

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

11:58 PM

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

11:11 PM

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

9:38 PM

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

9:35 PM

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

7:49 PM

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

7:44 PM

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

5:59 PM

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

5:47 PM

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

4:55 PM

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

4:19 PM

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

2:30 PM

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

1:48 PM

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

3:00 AM

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

2:51 AM

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

1:39 AM

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

12:41 AM

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

11:49 PM

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

11:23 PM

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

11:17 PM

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

10:58 PM

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

10:02 PM

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

9:08 PM

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

9:02 PM

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

8:56 PM

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

7:46 PM

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

7:41 PM

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

5:29 PM

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

2:56 PM

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

1:38 PM

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

2:52 AM

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

11:07 PM

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

Michael Jordan hires Mitch Kupchak as new Hornets GM

6:43 PM

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

12:18 AM

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

11:02 PM

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

9:35 PM

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

1:04 AM

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

11:56 PM

MIAMI (AP) It only looks like parity.

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

11:38 PM

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

11:02 PM

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

11:01 PM

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

10:37 PM

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

10:07 PM

MIAMI (AP) It only looks like parity.

Regardless of standings, the East road goes through LeBron

4:20 PM

MIAMI (AP) It only looks like parity.

Grizzlies sign Brooks, Johnson to multiyear deals

1:25 PM

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

12:22 PM

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

2:47 AM

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

2:26 AM

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

Jazz beat Clippers 117-95 for 4th straight victory

1:06 AM

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

12:09 AM

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

11:59 PM

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

11:02 PM

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

10:12 PM

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

7:19 PM

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

7:04 PM

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

6:36 PM

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

4:22 PM

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

4:12 PM

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

3:07 PM

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

2:46 PM

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

2:04 PM

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

Celtics’ Irving needs knee surgery, out for playoffs

1:52 PM

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

1:33 PM

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

12:07 PM

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

4:29 AM

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

1:39 AM

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

12:07 AM

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

10:45 PM

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

Bucks’ Jabari Parker nearing 1st playoff appearance

9:33 PM

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

7:08 PM

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

7:04 PM

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

6:23 PM

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

5:03 PM

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

AP Source: Lue expected to return Thursday for Cavaliers

3:29 PM

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

9:44 AM

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

3:37 AM

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

2:54 AM

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

1:55 AM

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

12:00 AM

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

11:44 PM

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

11:41 PM

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

11:28 PM

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

Encore: LeBron scores 27, Cavs down Raptors again

11:13 PM

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

Saban: The show will go on despite LeBron James complaint

8:19 PM

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

8:00 PM

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

Butler ’this close’ to rejoining Timberwolves on court

7:28 PM

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

5:58 PM

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

5:29 PM

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

4:47 PM

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

2:49 PM

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

2:26 PM

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

2:15 PM

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

2:02 PM

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

1:24 PM

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

9:40 AM

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

7:20 AM

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

4:22 PM

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

Hassan Whiteside regrets comments leading to fine by Heat

3:22 PM

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

12:10 PM

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

Clipping? LeBron takes on Alabama football over barber show

11:21 AM

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

1:27 AM

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

12:26 AM

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

11:59 PM

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

11:00 PM

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

8:56 PM

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

7:55 PM

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

7:34 PM

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

6:28 PM

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

5:18 PM

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

4:37 PM

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

4:07 PM

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

3:35 PM

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

3:05 PM

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

2:59 PM

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

2:41 PM

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

1:23 PM

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

9:42 AM

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

1:57 AM

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

1:53 AM

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

1:11 AM

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

12:28 AM

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.