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Durant eager for Suns debut vs. Hornets after knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been through quite a bit during his 15-year NBA career — but joining a new team midway through the season is a new one for the 13-time All-Star. The 34-year-old Durant doesn’t seem all that worried. Durant makes his highly anticipated Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday night against […]
1 year ago
Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves guard Nickeil Alex...

McDaniels has 20 points, Timberwolves beat Clippers 108-101

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jaden McDaniels isn’t the first player that comes to mind when mentioning key players on the Minnesota Timberwolves’ roster, but the forward is proving to be a problem for the Los Angeles Clippers. The third-year forward had his second straight strong game against the Clippers, scoring 20 points Tuesday night in […]
1 year ago
Portland Trail Blazers forward Drew Eubanks, middle, reaches for the ball between Golden State Warr...

Poole, Thompson rally Warriors back to beat Blazers 123-105

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The goal for Golden State: Do everything to shut down Damian Lillard, without fouling the Trail Blazers star after he made all 16 of his free throws last time against the defending champs. Jordan Poole had 29 points, six assists and five rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 23 points and the Warriors […]
1 year ago
San Antonio Spurs forward Jeremy Sochan (10) battles Utah Jazz guard Kris Dunn (11) for a.loose bal...

Spurs snap 16-game losing streak with victory over Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Keldon Johnson scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs snapped a 16-game losing streak, beating the Utah Jazz 102-94 on Tuesday night. Doug McDermott added 19 points for the Spurs, Jeremy Sochan had 13 and Devonte Graham 12. San Antonio improved to 15-47, winning for the first time this […]
1 year ago
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Haliburton scores 32, Pacers hold off Doncic, Mavs, 124-122

DALLAS (AP) — Tyrese Haliburton gets to celebrate twice after winning a duel of birthday boys with Luka Doncic. Hey, such are the spoils for the leap day babies. Haliburton scored 32 points, Myles Turner added 24 against his hometown team and the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 124-122 on Tuesday night. “It’s not […]
1 year ago
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Tre Mann, center, shoots between Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barn...

Barnes scores 29 points, Kings beat Thunder for 4th straight

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 29 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 123-117 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive victory. Domantas Sabonis had 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists and Kevin Huerter added 20 points and nine assists for the Kings. Sacramento also beat the Thunder on […]
1 year ago
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, shoots as Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun defends ...

Jokic has 100th triple-double; Nuggets down Rockets 133-112

HOUSTON (AP) — When Nikola Jokic was presented with the game ball by Denver coach Michael Malone after recording his 100th career triple-double, Malone said the superstar seemed almost embarrassed by the gesture. “He is a unique person who doesn’t want any of the attention or credit,” Malone said. “He just wants to go about […]
1 year ago
Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler walks across the court after the Hawks' loss to the Washington Wiz...

Beal, Wizards spoil Snyder’s Hawks debut with 119-116 win

ATLANTA (AP) — Returning to the bench for the first time in 10 months, Quin Snyder quickly got an idea of the challenge he faces with the Atlanta Hawks. The enigmatic team flopped down the stretch in Snyder’s Atlanta coaching debut, losing 119-116 to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. Bradley Beal scored 37 points […]
1 year ago
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with his teammates as they are substi...

Giannis returns, Bucks beat Nets 118-104 for 15th straight

NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 15 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to 15 games by beating the Brooklyn Nets 118-104 on Tuesday night. Jrue Holiday had 14 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who went 10-0 in February and have passed the Boston Celtics for […]
1 year ago
Memphis Grizzlies Xavier Tillman Sr. (2) battles for the ball against LosAngeles Lakers Jarred Vand...

Morant’s third-quarter burst leads Grizzlies past Lakers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ja Morant scored 28 of his 39 points in the third quarter and added 10 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat Los Angeles 121-109 on Tuesday night in the Lakers’ first game since LeBron James injured his right foot. Morant made 10 of 12 shots in the highest-scoring […]
1 year ago
Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) scores past Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes during ...

Raptors beat Bulls 104-98 for 8th victory in 10 games

TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored 20 points, Gary Trent Jr. had 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 104-98 on Tuesday night for their eighth victory in 10 games. O.G. Anunoby added 17 points and Jakob Poeltl had 14 to help the Raptors win their fourth straight at home, matching their longest […]
1 year ago
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, reaches for the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard ...

With James injury, Lakers face challenge to reach postseason

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — LeBron James’ injury hasn’t changed the Los Angeles Lakers’ goal of reaching the postseason. Lakers coach Darvin Ham said Tuesday that James is still going through medical evaluations before the team makes a decision on how long the NBA’s career scoring leader may be unavailable after injuring his right foot Sunday […]
1 year ago
Phoenix Suns' Chris Paul, right, gets congratulations from Kevin Durant, left, and Devin Booker, mi...

Durant expected to make Suns debut on Wednesday vs. Hornets

PHOENIX (AP) — Kevin Durant is expected to make his Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday against the Charlotte Hornets. The Suns made the announcement on social media Tuesday. The 13-time All-Star came to Phoenix on Feb. 9 in a blockbuster trade that sent Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder and four first-round picks to the […]
1 year ago
Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Ba...

Golden board: Durant, Bird, Azzi helping lead USA Basketball

When Kevin Durant was asked about the notion of him and some other Olympic gold medalists potentially getting seats on USA Basketball’s Board of Directors, he liked the idea. That is, on one condition: He didn’t want the seats to be honorary. He wanted a real say. Durant hasn’t decided yet if he’ll play for […]
1 year ago
Team Jason Terry's Scoot Henderson (0), of G League Ignite, shoots during an NBA Rising Stars semif...

Analysis: Scoot Henderson says he’s ready for NBA draft

Scoot Henderson is starting to watch the Harry Potter movies. He can easily explain what inertia is. He can’t understand why one of his friends always seems to beat him when they go online to play Madden. In his spare time, he also is getting ready for the NBA draft. As the playoff push starts […]
1 year ago
Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero (5) shoots as New Orleans Pelicans forward Naji Marshall (8) d...

Banchero scores 29, Magic top Pelicans 101-93

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Paolo Banchero capped a 29-point performance with three clutch mid-range jumpers in the closing minutes, and the Orlando Magic defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 101-93 on Monday night. The first two of Banchero’s big shots broke ties before he hit another to make it 97-93. “In those moments, you kind of […]
1 year ago
Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball brings the ball up court during the second half of an NBA baske...

LaMelo Ball breaks ankle, latest setback in rough season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LaMelo Ball’s frustrating, injury-plagued season could be over after the point guard broke his right ankle in Charlotte’s 117-106 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Ball has already missed 27 games this season after he sprained his left ankle on three separate occasions, beginning in the preseason. He and […]
1 year ago
New York Knicks guard Trevor Keels (3) steals the ball from Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0)...

Knicks win 6th straight, drop Celtics from top spot in NBA

NEW YORK (AP) — Jayson Tatum was gone a few minutes before the Boston Celtics relinquished the top spot in the NBA, thrown out of a game for the first time in his career. The referees frustrated the All-Star forward. New York’s defense caused the frustration for the rest of the Celtics. “It wasn’t our […]
1 year ago
Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler, right, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid during...

Butler’s acrobatic layup, 23 points lead Heat past 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Butler hit an acrobatic reverse layup in the final minutes, and his 23 points led five Miami players in double figures as the Heat edged the Philadelphia 76ers 101-99 on Monday night. Butler was an assist shy of a triple-double, adding 11 rebounds and nine assists. He also had four steals. […]
1 year ago
Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball holds his ankle after being shaken up on a play during the seco...

Ball fractures ankle in Hornets’ 117-106 win over Pistons

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LaMelo Ball made six 3-pointers before breaking his right ankle in the third quarter, and the Charlotte Hornets held on to beat the Detroit Pistons 117-106 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory. Terry Rozier scored 22 points, Gordon Hayward had 19 points and rookie Mark Williams added 15 points […]
1 year ago
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, reaches for the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard ...

AP source: Lakers bracing for James to miss multiple weeks

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers may miss multiple weeks with an injury to his right foot, a person familiar with the situation said Monday night. The full extent of the injury is not yet known and more test results were pending, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of […]
1 year ago
Newly hired Atlanta Hawks NBA basketball coach Quin Snyder speaks during a news conference Monday, ...

New Hawks coach Snyder facing difficult midseason transition

ATLANTA (AP) — Quin Snyder was more than just the first coaching candidate contacted when Atlanta Hawks general manager Landry Fields began looking to replace Nate McMillan. Snyder was the only candidate interviewed by Fields. “Everything we were looking for, it was check, check, check,” Fields said of his conversation with Snyder, the former Utah […]
1 year ago
FILE - Cleveland Browns football owners Dee, left, and Jimmy Haslam watch the action during the fou...

AP sources: Haslams agree to purchase Lasry’s stake in Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam have agreed to purchase Marc Lasry’s 25% stake of the Milwaukee Bucks in a deal that puts the value of the NBA franchise at $3.5 billion, two people with knowledge of the negotiations said Monday. The agreement has not been finalized, said the people, who […]
1 year ago
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic holds on to the ball as time runs out in overtime of an NBA bask...

George’s heave just late, Jokic and Nuggets top Clips in OT

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 40 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 134-124 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Clippers in a matchup of Western Conference contenders Sunday night. Paul George nearly won it for the Clippers with an incredible shot at the end of regulation, but […]
1 year ago