Basketball

April 04, 2018 - 8:56 am
NBA-SCHEDULE Cavaliers win battle of division leaders UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to shake their midseason malaise and demonstrate they are capable of making their fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals. LeBron James delivered 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Cavs...
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 15, 2018, file photo, Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin (21) celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles. The expansion Golden Knights were long shots at the start of the year to make the playoffs. Now the team is one of the best bets to hoist the Stanley Cup Trophy. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
April 20, 2018 - 2:37 am
As an expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights have defied all sorts of odds. Long shots to even make the playoffs seven months ago, they are a favorite to hoist the Stanley Cup in June. Behind the stellar play of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the Golden Knights completed a sweep of the Los Angeles...
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2017, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Milwaukee. A billboard down the street from the Bucks’ nearly completed new arena makes a bold proclamation in big, bold letters: “The Future is Here.” The rebuilding process is over. Winning a playoff series could make that message resonate as loudly as an Antetokounmpo rim-rattling dunk. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, File)
April 20, 2018 - 2:24 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." The rebuilding process is over. Winning a playoff series could make that message resonate as loudly as a Giannis Antetokounmpo rim-...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) is thrown back attempting to score against San Antonio Spurs' Pau Gasol, top, and forward LaMarcus Aldridge, bottom, during the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 20, 2018 - 1:42 am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Playing basketball seemed trivial to the Spurs following the death of Erin Popovich. They competed as best they could Thursday night. It just wasn't enough against Golden State, again. Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Warriors beat San Antonio...
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic (3) celebrates with forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in New Orleans, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Veronica Dominach)
April 20, 2018 - 1:30 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nikola Mirotic watched his third 3-pointer of the first half swish through the hoop, turned to acknowledge the raucous, roaring crowd and raised his first triumphantly as he trotted back up court. Portland had a hard enough time dealing with Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis and...
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April 20, 2018 - 1:17 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The head of a state basketball association in Australia has been banned from attending games for eight weeks after confronting a referee supervisor at his daughter's under-12 game. Nick Honey, chief executive of Basketball Victoria, was given the suspension by the...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2018, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, in Washington. The wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67. The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich's death Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The team didn't provide further details. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
April 20, 2018 - 12:40 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. Such is the regard that so many, from so many walks of life, have for San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose 67-year-...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich looks down in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in Denver. The NBA is paying tribute to the wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Erin Popovich died Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 67, the team said. Her death came after a long illness, the San Antonio Express-News reported. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
April 20, 2018 - 12:09 am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Latest on the San Antonio Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich, whose wife died at 67 (all times local): ___ 11:05 p.m. The San Antonio Spurs have lost to the Golden State Warriors, 110-97 in Game 3 of their best-of-seven NBA playoff series. San Antonio played without coach Gregg...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid,, right, drives to the basket as Miami Heat's Hassan Whiteside, left, defends during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
April 19, 2018 - 10:45 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Joel Embiid had trouble with his new mask. It didn't slow him down. Embiid's playoff debut was a smashing success for Philadelphia. The All-Star center returned from a 10-game absence by scoring 23 points, including a personal 7-0 run down the stretch that iced matters, and the 76ers...
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Wearing a protective mask because of a recent facial injury, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid takes a break during the NBA basketball team's practice in Camden, N.J., Friday, April 13, 2018. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
April 19, 2018 - 7:03 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Joel Embiid is done with Philadelphia's latest process. Listed as doubtful in the morning, Embiid was upgraded to probable and eventually put in the starting lineup by the 76ers for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Miami Heat on Thursday night. Embiid...
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