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» Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kings C Cousins suspended for 1 game for 16th technical

NEW YORK (AP) Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended for one game by the NBA after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season.

Cavs’ James moves into 12th place on career scoring list

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has moved past Dominique Wilkins into 12th place on the NBA's career scoring list.

Cavs’ James moves into 12th place on career scoring list

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has moved past Dominique Wilkins into 12th place on the NBA's career scoring list.

76ers in danger of matching worst record in NBA history

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are on a PR blitz trying to win fans' patience since they are unable to win on the court.

Cavs’ James moves into 12th place on career scoring list

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has moved past Dominique Wilkins into 12th place on the NBA's career scoring list.

Jazz guard Burke stays positive despite loss of playing time

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The rise of Shelvin Mack has precipitated the fall of Trey Burke in the Utah Jazz lineup, but the former No. 9 overall pick hasn't been a distraction on a team looking to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

76ers on brink of matching worst record in NBA history

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are on a PR blitz trying to win fans' patience since they are unable to win on the court.

76ers on brink of matching worst record in NBA history

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are on a PR blitz trying to win fans' patience since they are unable to win on the court.

Warriors embrace chase of wins record more than playoff rest

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) If anyone still doubted whether the Golden State Warriors were truly going to push for a record 73 wins instead of saving energy for the playoffs, that thought should now be put to rest for good.

Grizzlies sign guard Jordan Farmar for rest of season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Jordan Farmar (FAHR-mahr) for the rest of this season.

Warriors win again to close in on NBA record.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Stephen Curry scored 31 points, including six straight in overtime as Golden State continued its historic run for the NBA record for most wins in a regular season with a 103-96 overtime victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

Curry scores 31, Warriors beat Jazz 103-96 in OT for No. 68

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Warriors' countdown to NBA history is down to five.

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» Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Russell apologizes for taking video of Lakers teammate Young

EL SEGUNDO, California (AP) D'Angelo Russell knows he must rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers' trust in him after the rookie guard's unflattering video exchange with teammate Nick Young ended up on social media.

Russell apologizes for taking video of Lakers teammate Young

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) D'Angelo Russell believes he must rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers' trust in him after the rookie guard's unflattering video exchange with teammate Nick Young ended up on social media.

Russell apologizes for taking video of Lakers teammate Young

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) D'Angelo Russell says he must rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers' trust in him after taking an unflattering video of teammate Nick Young.

Curry fans fall from stands trying to get autograph

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Four fans trying to get an autograph from Stephen Curry fell out of the stands when a railing dislodged before the Utah Jazz hosted the Golden State Warriors.

Clippers star Chris Paul chooses family time over Olympics

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Chris Paul is passing up a shot at Olympic history to take a much-needed summer off.

Kings give GM Vlade Divac multiyear contract

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have signed general manager and vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac to a new multiyear contract.

Lakers dismayed Russell’s video of Young became public

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Lakers coach Byron Scott is ''disappointed'' that an unflattering video of Nick Young apparently taken by rookie teammate D'Angelo Russell became public.

Lakers dismayed Russell’s video of Young became public

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Lakers coach Byron Scott is ''disappointed'' that an unflattering video of Nick Young apparently taken by rookie teammate D'Angelo Russell became public.

Craig Sager in high spirits as he works Wizards-Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Craig Sager has a blood clot behind his right ear that is affecting his hearing, and that's just another annoyance he is accepting as he continues to work NBA games for Turner Sports with fervor despite his leukemia no longer being in remission.

Curry, Warriors move a victory closer to season wins record

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry knocked down six 3-pointers on the way to 26 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Washington Wizards 102-94 on Tuesday night to stay on pace for the all-time NBA wins record.

Craig Sager in high spirits as he works Wizards-Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Craig Sager has a blood clot behind his right ear that is affecting his hearing, and that's just another annoyance he is accepting as he continues to work NBA games for Turner Sports with fervor despite his leukemia no longer being in remission.

Craig Sager in high spirits as he works Wizards-Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Craig Sager has a blood clot behind his right ear that is affecting his hearing, and that's just another annoyance he is accepting as he continues to work NBA games for Turner Sports with fervor despite his leukemia no longer being in remission.

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Craig Sager in high spirits as he works Wizards-Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Craig Sager has a blood clot behind his right ear that is affecting his hearing, and that's just another annoyance he is accepting as he continues to work NBA games for Turner Sports with fervor despite his leukemia no longer being in remission.

» Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Craig Sager in high spirits as he works Wizards-Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Craig Sager has a blood clot behind his right ear that is affecting his hearing, and that's just another annoyance he is accepting as he continues to work NBA games for Turner Sports with fervor despite his leukemia no longer being in remission.

Sioux Falls Skyforce set D-League single-season wins record

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) The Sioux Falls Skyforce have set the NBA Development League record for wins in a season, getting their 39th on Tuesday by topping the Iowa Energy 125-107.

Craig Sager in high spirits as he works Wizards-Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Craig Sager has a blood clot behind his right ear that is affecting his hearing, and that's just another annoyance he is accepting as he continues to work NBA games for Turner Sports with fervor despite his leukemia no longer being in remission.

Chris Paul won’t play for US Olympic basketball team

Chris Paul won't play for the U.S. basketball team in this summer's Olympics, passing up a chance for a third gold medal.

Atlanta asks NBA to mull moving All-Star game from Charlotte

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta city leaders asked the NBA on Tuesday to consider moving the 2017 All-Star Game away from Charlotte, North Carolina, after lawmakers in the state passed legislation that critics say limits protections for LGBT people.

Harrell suspended 5 games in D-League for pushing ref down

NEW YORK (AP) Houston Rockets forward Montrezl Harrell has been suspended five games without pay in the NBA Development League for pushing a referee to the floor during an altercation.

Chris Paul won’t play for US Olympic basketball team

Chris Paul won't play for the U.S. basketball team in this summer's Olympics, passing up a chance for a third gold medal.

Rockets, Pelicans to play 2 preseason games in China

NEW YORK (AP) The Houston Rockets will return to China next fall to play two preseason games against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Atlanta looking to move NBA All-Star game from Charlotte

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta city leaders are asking the NBA to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte after North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation seen as limiting LGBT protections.

Durant, Ibaka resting for Thunder against Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder are resting star Kevin Durant and starting forward Serge Ibaka for Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons.

Pelicans’ Holiday, Gee, to miss the rest of the season

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The Pelicans say guard Jrue Holiday and forward Alonzo Gee will miss the rest of this season because of injuries, joining a slew of sidelined New Orleans teammates.

Lillard and McCollum aim Portland at the playoffs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland's backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are partners on the court and friends off of it.

LeBron James partners with golf tournament to help youth

AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has found a golfing partner to help local youth.

Westbrook has 7th triple-double in March, OC beats Raptors

TORONTO (AP) Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook recorded his seventh triple-double for March - the most in a month since Michael Jordan also had seven in April, 1989 - and led the Thunder to a 119-100 win at Toronto on Monday, stretching the team's winning streak to eight straight.

Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony ’shocked’ by child’s hug during game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Carmelo Anthony says he was momentarily ''shocked'' when he felt someone grasping at his thigh as he stood near the top of the key in the final minute of the New York Kicks' game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

» Monday, March 28, 2016

Former NBA player, coach and GM Vince Boryla dies at 89

DENVER (AP) Vince Boryla, a former player, coach and general manager in the NBA, died Sunday. He was 89.

Holiday returning to Pelicans’ lineup vs. Knicks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday, who has missed two games with a toe injury on his left foot, is returning to the lineup for Monday night's game against the New York Knicks.

Former NBA player, coach and GM Vince Boryla dies at 89

DENVER (AP) Vince Boryla, a former player, coach and general manager in the NBA, died Sunday. He was 89.

Improved 3-point shooting has Hornets thinking playoffs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Maybe the Charlotte Hornets are catching Curry fever.

LeBron to sit out against Rockets, resting for playoffs

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James received another award and got some time off from his boss.

LeBron to sit out against Rockets, resting for playoffs

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James will sit out Tuesday's game against Houston to get some extra rest as the Cavaliers begin gearing up for the NBA playoffs.

Wade looking forward to a final meeting with Kobe

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade will never forget his first meeting against Kobe Bryant.

Clippers clinch playoff berth with win against Nuggets

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers became the fourth team in the NBA Western Conference to clinch a playoff spot as they beat Denver 105-90 on Sunday, led by DeAndre Jordan's 16 points and 16 rebounds.

» Sunday, March 27, 2016

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Clips’ Griffin cleared to return, begins 4-game suspension

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin has been medically cleared to return to the Los Angeles Clippers and will immediately begin serving a four-game suspension for punching their assistant equipment manager, the team announced Sunday.

Clippers’ Griffin cleared for contact, begins suspension

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers say Blake Griffin has been medically cleared to return to the team and will immediately begin serving a four-game suspension for punching their assistant equipment manager.

Durant scores 31 points as Thunder beats San Antonio in NBA

Kevin Durant scored 31 points and Russell Westbrook added 29 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 111-92 in the NBA on Saturday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant scored 31 points and Russell Westbrook added 29 to help Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 111-92 in the NBA on Saturday.

» Saturday, March 26, 2016

Allen’s Game 6 3 cost refs money, nearly caused NBA headache

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Ray Allen's 3-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals did more than cost the San Antonio Spurs a championship.

Kyrie Irving to sit out Cavs’ game at Knicks to rest

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving will miss Cleveland's game against the New York Knicks to rest.

Warriors make 21 3-pointers, beat Mavs for 65th win

OAKLAND, California (AP) Klay Thompson scored 40 points and Stephen Curry added 33 to help the Golden State Warriors become the second NBA team to post back-to-back 65-win seasons with a 128-120 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

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» Friday, March 25, 2016

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell carried off with sprained ankle

LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers rookie guard D'Angelo Russell has been carried off the court after spraining his right ankle.

Former Warrior David Lee presented with championship ring

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) David Lee got one last loud ovation from the Golden State crowd.

Joe Crawford ending one of NBA’s great officiating careers

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) After nearly four decades making the toughest calls in the biggest games, Joe Crawford faced one he hoped to avoid.

Timberwolves owner Taylor plans to keep Newton as GM for now

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said Friday that he plans to keep general manager Milt Newton on through the draft and free agency before making a decision on his long-term future with the franchise.

Joe Crawford ending one of NBA’s great officiating careers

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) After nearly four decades making the toughest calls in the biggest games, Joe Crawford faced one he hoped to avoid.

Mavericks’ Parsons done for season after right knee surgery

DALLAS (AP) Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons will miss the rest of the season after surgery on his right knee.

Timberwolves owner Taylor plans to keep Newton as GM for now

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor says he plans to keep general manager Milt Newton on through the draft and free agency to fully evaluate him.

Pelicans sign forward Hamilton to 10-day contract

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The injury-decimated New Orleans Pelicans have received a hardship exemption from the NBA allowing them to increase their roster to 17 players and have signed forward Jordan Hamilton to a 10-day contract.

Nuggets sign forward Axel Toupane to multiyear deal

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a multiyear deal with Axel Toupane after seeing enough of the forward through a pair of 10-day contracts.

Nets blow by LeBron, Cavs in 4th, win 104-95

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez scored 22 points and the Brooklyn Nets blew by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter for a 104-95 victory on Thursday.

» Thursday, March 24, 2016

NBA unsure it can successfully host All-Star in Charlotte

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says it is ''deeply concerned'' about a North Carolina law it views as discriminatory toward gays and says it doesn't know if it can successfully host the All-Star Game in Charlotte next season.

Leonard to miss Spurs’ shot at history along with 3 others

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs will be without Kawhi Leonard, fellow starter Danny Green and two key reserves against Memphis on Friday night when they attempt to match the longest home winning streak to open a season.

Spurs’ Ginobili to play for Argentina again in Olympics

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Manu Ginobili will be available to play for Argentina's basketball team in the Rio Olympics.

Stephen Curry wax figure unveiled by Madame Tussauds

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Toddler Riley Curry snuggled up under the right arm of her father's wax figure and grinned in delight.

Kerr will speak to Green after Warriors star apologizes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors coach Steve Kerr planned to speak with Draymond Green about a now-deleted video posted by the Golden State forward showing his speedometer at 118 mph.

Warriors stay on track for history by beating Clippers

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry scored 33 points as the Golden State Warriors stayed on track to make more history Wednesday night with a 114-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

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» Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Thomas scores 23, Celtics beat Raptors 91-79 as Lowry rests

BOSTON (AP) With a late-season losing streak barely behind them, the Boston Celtics entered their final regular-season matchup with Toronto searching for a statement win.

Spurs’ Leonard leaves game with bruised right quadriceps

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard left the Spurs' game against the Miami Heat midway through the third quarter Wednesday night after suffering a bruised right quadriceps.

Clippers Doc Rivers expects Griffin back in regular season

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Clippers coach Doc Rivers expects Blake Griffin to return before the regular season ends from a broken hand the star forward suffered by punching an assistant equipment manager.

Season totals, defensive player stats added to NBA app

NEW YORK (AP) NBA Digital has added new statistics to the NBA app, including some that track player defensive performance.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr offers support to Cal coach Martin

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave a social media shout out to California coach Cuonzo Martin on Wednesday to offer his support and thanks during a rough stretch for the Golden Bears program.

Ex-Clippers owner’s NBA antitrust lawsuit dismissed

LOS ANGELES (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a $600 million antitrust lawsuit filed by former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling against the NBA and his wife Shelly Sterling.

Ex-Clippers owner’s NBA antitrust lawsuit dismissed

LOS ANGELES (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a $600 million antitrust lawsuit filed by former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling against the NBA and his wife Shelly Sterling.

DeMarcus Cousins out against Wolves with bruised right knee

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Sacramento Kings star center DeMarcus Cousins was scratched from the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night with a bruised right knee.

Hoiberg reunited with Iowa State before regional in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was reunited with his former Iowa State players and coaching staff on Wednesday.

Caldwell-Pope, Bullock out for the Pistons against Orlando

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is sitting out the Pistons' game Wednesday against Orlando because of an illness.

Ex-Clippers owner’s NBA antitrust lawsuit dismissed

LOS ANGELES (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a $600 million antitrust lawsuit filed by former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling against the NBA and his wife Shelly Sterling.

Raptors Lowry resting sore right elbow against Celtics

BOSTON (AP) Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is not starting and not expected to play against the Celtics as he rests a sore right elbow.

Carmelo Anthony back in Knicks’ starting lineup

CHICAGO (AP) Carmelo Anthony returned to the New York Knicks' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls after missing a loss Sunday night against Sacramento because of a migraine headache.

Linsanity II: Lin leading surging Hornets on playoff push

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Perhaps this is the start of Linsanity II.

Ex-Clippers owner’s NBA antitrust lawsuit dismissed

LOS ANGELES (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a $600 million antitrust lawsuit filed by former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling against the NBA and his wife Shelly Sterling.

Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Rockets 111-107

Russell Westbrook had 21 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 111-107 in the NBA on Tuesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook had 21 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds to help the Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 111-107 on Tuesday night.

Lakers examine harassment allegation against Young, Clarkson

LOS ANGELES (AP) A Los Angeles Lakers spokesman said there are ''different interpretations'' about what happened during an interaction between players Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson and a woman who accused them of harassing her.

» Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lakers examine harassment allegation against Young, Clarkson

LOS ANGELES (AP) A Los Angeles Lakers spokesman said there are ''different interpretations'' about what happened during an interaction between players Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson and a woman who accused them of harassing her.

Los Angeles will host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA All-Star Game is returning to Los Angeles in 2018.

LeBron steps away from social media, wants Cavs to follow

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James is locked in already. Now he's got to get the Cavs to, ahem, follow him.

LeBron steps away from social media, wants Cavs to follow

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron's locked in already. Now he's got to get the Cavs to, ahem, follow him.

Los Angeles will host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA All-Star Game is returning to Los Angeles in 2018.

LeBron shifts into playoff mode, wants Cavs to follow

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron's locked in already. Now he's got to get the Cavs to, ahem, follow him.

Lakers examine harassment allegation against Young, Clarkson

LOS ANGELES (AP) A Los Angeles Lakers spokesman says there are ''different interpretations'' about what happened during an interaction between players Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson and a woman who accused them of harassing her.

Pelicans’ Anderson remains sidelined vs. Heat

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says forward Ryan Anderson, who has been New Orleans' second-leading scorer this season, has been ruled out of playing in Tuesday night's game against the Miami Heat because of groin strains in both legs.

Golden State backups pull their weight and then some

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Big man Marreese Speights is thrilled he has Steve Kerr's blessing to let it fly from long range whenever he has a good look.

Ex-financial adviser to Scottie Pippen sentenced to prison

CHICAGO (AP) A financial adviser who once had former Chicago Bulls player Scottie Pippen as a client has been sentenced to three years in prison for bank fraud.

’God is good:’ Mutombo OK after Belgium terrorist attacks

ATLANTA (AP) NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo was at the Brussels airport during a deadly terrorist attack early Tuesday.

LeBron shifts into playoff mode, wants Cavs to follow

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron's locked in already. Now he's got to get the Cavs to, ahem, follow him.

AP source: Mavs’ Parsons may return after right knee surgery

DALLAS (AP) Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons is having surgery on his right knee again but might not be finished for the season.

AP source: Mavs’ Parsons may return after right knee surgery

DALLAS (AP) Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons is having surgery on his right knee again but might not be finished for the season.

Picked 23rd by Jazz, Rodney Hood proving to be a steal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told Quin Snyder two years ago that Rodney Hood would be the steal of the 2014 draft.

NBA player Ty Lawson gets probation for Denver DUI case

DENVER (AP) Indiana Pacers point guard Ty Lawson will serve a year on probation in a Denver drunken driving case after a judge on Tuesday rejected arguments that he needed to serve time in jail to learn a lesson.

NBA player Ty Lawson gets probation for Denver DUI case

DENVER (AP) Indiana Pacers point guard Ty Lawson will serve a year of probation in a Denver drunken driving case after a judge rejected arguments that he needed to serve time in jail to learn a lesson.

NBA point guard Ty Lawson sentenced to supervised probation

DENVER (AP) Indiana Pacers point guard Ty Lawson was sentenced to a year of supervised probation on drunken driving charges in Colorado.

Injured Pelicans star Davis expected to miss Olympics

METAIRIE, Louisiana (AP) Anthony Davis is expected to miss this summer's Olympic Games because of knee and shoulder injuries that have ended his fourth NBA season early.

Injured Pelicans star Davis expected to miss Olympics

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Anthony Davis is expected to miss this summer's Olympic Games because of knee and shoulder injuries that have ended his fourth NBA season early.

Lin lifts Charlotte over Spurs

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) Jeremy Lin scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as Charlotte overcame a 23-point deficit to snap San Antonio's six-game winning streak, winning 91-88.

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» Monday, March 21, 2016

TNT’s Sager says leukemia no longer in remission

NEW YORK (AP) Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager says in an interview with HBO that his leukemia is no longer in remission.

Rockets’ Howard upset by being called a cheater

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Dwight Howard is surprised and disappointed that he's being labeled a cheater.

Injured Pelicans star Davis virtually rules out Olympics

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Anthony Davis virtually ruled out playing for Team USA in this summer's Olympic Games on Monday as he prepared to begin treatment on knee and shoulder injuries that have ended his fourth NBA season early.

Bulls’ Pau Gasol to return vs Kings after missing 4 games

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol will return against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night after missing the previous four games with right knee swelling.

Cavaliers starting forward Kevin Love out against Nuggets

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers starting forward Kevin Love will sit out against Denver with an unspecified illness.

Grizzlies sign guard Jordan Farmar to 10-day contract

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed veteran guard Jordan Farmar to a 10-day contract.

Raptors bearing down on Cavaliers as playoffs approach

Long after the Cleveland Cavaliers fired coach David Blatt in an attempt to stabilize a team that just couldn't get on the same page, many of the same issues continue to plague them under new coach Tyronn Lue.

Raptors bearing down on Cavaliers as playoffs approach

Long after the Cleveland Cavaliers fired coach David Blatt in an attempt to stabilize a team that just couldn't get on the same page, many of the same issues continue to plague them under new coach Tyronn Lue.

» Sunday, March 20, 2016

Nowitzki, Williams lead Mavericks past Trail Blazers 132-120

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams played on Sunday as if everything was on the line.

Pelicans’ Davis out for season, putting Rio in doubt

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have decided to shut down All-Star forward Anthony Davis for the rest of this season, and his future with the U.S. Olympic team for this summer's Rio Games is in doubt as well.

DeRozan, Scola lead Raptors over Magic 105-100

TORONTO (AP) With just over three weeks left in the regular season, the Toronto Raptors are within a game of the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Pelicans’ Davis out for season, putting Rio in doubt

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have decided to shut down All-Star forward Anthony Davis for the rest of this season, and his future with U.S. Olympic team for this summer's Rio Games is in doubt as well.

Knicks’ Anthony out against Kings with migraine

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony is missing the Knicks' game against Sacramento on Sunday night because of a migraine.

Pelicans’ Davis out for season, putting Rio in doubt

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have decided to shut down All-Star forward Anthony Davis for the rest of this season, and his future with U.S. Olympic team for this summer's Rio Games is in doubt as well.

Pelicans’ Davis out for season, putting Rio in doubt

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says All-Star forward Anthony Davis will miss the remainder of the season - and probably the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as well - so he can have surgery to repair a recent knee injury and a lingering shoulder problem that has bothered him for much of the season.

NBA reviewing Howard’s use of sticky substance on hands

ATLANTA (AP) The NBA is reviewing Dwight Howard's use of a sticky substance on his hands in Houston's loss at the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Spurs beat Warriors 87-79 to remain perfect at home

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 13 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 87-79 on Saturday night to remain perfect at home this season and extend their dominance over the defending NBA champions on their own court to 33 straight regular-season games.

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» Saturday, March 19, 2016

Dwyane Wade joins NBA’s 20,000-point club

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade always figured that 20,000 points would be enough to officially stamp him as an NBA great.

Dwyane Wade joins NBA’s 20,000-point club

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade always figured that 20,000 points would be enough to officially stamp him as an NBA great.

Bogut out for Golden State in showdown with San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Golden State starting center Andrew Bogut will not play in the Warriors' game at San Antonio on Saturday night because of a foot injury.

Brooklyn’s Lopez out against Detroit because of virus

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Brook Lopez is out of the lineup for the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night against Detroit because of a virus.

Jazz star Hayward to return vs Bulls after missing 2 games

CHICAGO (AP) Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward will return Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls after missing the previous two games with plantar fasciitis of the right foot.

Grizzlies’ Barnes suspended for incident in Milwaukee

NEW YORK (AP) Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes was out of Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after the NBA suspended him one game, saying he tried to enter Milwaukee's locker room and verbally challenge Bucks forward John Henson after both players were ejected.

Grizzlies’ Barnes suspended for incident in Milwaukee

NEW YORK (AP) Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes has been suspended one game without pay after the NBA says he tried to enter Milwaukee's locker room and verbally challenge Bucks forward John Henson after both players were ejected.

Nets sign Sean Kilpatrick to multiyear contract

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a multiyear contract.

Curry, Thompson lead Warriors past Mavs 130-112

DALLAS (AP) Stephen Curry had several dazzling plays on his way to 31 points, fellow ''Splash Brother'' Klay Thompson scored 39 and the Golden State Warriors tuned up for a showdown in San Antonio with a 130-112 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

» Friday, March 18, 2016

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Warriors’ Bogut, Mavs’ Parsons out for game with injuries

DALLAS (AP) Golden State center Andrew Bogut will not return to a game against Dallas because of a left big toe injury, and Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons has been sidelined by a sore right hamstring.

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis injures left knee vs. Portland

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has not returned to the court for the second half of New Orleans' game against Portland on Friday night because of a left knee injury.

Rondo returns for Sacramento against Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Sacramento guard Rajon Rondo returned to the lineup against Detroit after missing a game with a variety of injuries.

Pistons sign Lorenzo Brown to 10-day contract

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have signed guard Lorenzo Brown to a 10-day contract.

Warriors look to end 32-game losing streak in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Golden State Warriors have spent the last 18 months rising to the gold standard in the NBA, a peerless team that has blown the doors off the rest of the league both during their title run last season and the record-setting pace they have set this year.

Spurs edge closer to home start record

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 22 points as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-110 Thursday night to secure the second-best home start to a season in league history.

Lowry, DeRozan each score 28 in 101-94 win over Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) With Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan driving from the backcourt, the Toronto Raptors are on track for the best season in franchise history.

Jazz remain playoff contenders despite injury-ravaged roster

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz are one game out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference race and 1 1/2 out of the No. 6 spot despite being ravaged by injuries throughout the season.

» Thursday, March 17, 2016

Lowry, DeRozan each score 28 in 101-94 win over Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) With Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan driving from the backcourt, the Toronto Raptors are on track for the best season in franchise history.

AP Source: NBA moratorium to be 5 days shorter this summer

MIAMI (AP) Kevin Durant's free-agency decision may now come a few days earlier.

AP Source: NBA moratorium to be 5 days shorter this summer

MIAMI (AP) Kevin Durant's free-agency decision may now come a few days earlier.

AP Source: NBA moratorium to be 5 days shorter this summer

MIAMI (AP) Kevin Durant's free-agency decision may now come a few days earlier.

Hardaway making first start for Hawks against Nuggets

ATLANTA (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. is making his first start of the season for the Atlanta Hawks as Kent Bazemore is held out with a bone bruise in his right knee.

Mavs’ Jeremy Evans out for season after shoulder surgery

DALLAS (AP) Mavericks forward Jeremy Evans is out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Correction: Pistons-Homestand story

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) In a story March 15 about Detroit's nine-game homestand, The Associated Press, using data supplied by the team, reported erroneously that the Pistons also had a nine-game homestand in 1971. The 1971 stretch included a neutral-site game.

Jazz remain playoff contenders despite injury-ravaged roster

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz are 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference race and 2 1/2 out of the No. 6 spot despite being ravaged by injuries throughout the season.

Jazz remain playoff contenders despite injury-ravaged roster

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz are 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference race and 2 1/2 out of the No. 6 spot despite being ravaged by injuries throughout the season.

Irving leads LeBron-less Cavaliers over Mavericks 99-98

CLEVELAND (AP) There was no LeBron James to save the Cleveland Cavaliers in crunch time. He was on the bench.

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» Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cavaliers resting LeBron James against Mavericks

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers are using a pit stop at home to give LeBron James some rest.

Bulls say Derrick Rose will return to action at Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is going to be back in action against the Washington Wizards after missing two games with a strained left groin.

Cavaliers resting LeBron James against Mavericks

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers are using a pit stop at home to give LeBron James some rest.

LeBron James not playing against Mavs, rest before playoffs

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers star LeBron James will sit out against Dallas, part of the team's plan to rest him before the playoffs.

Clippers sign F Jeff Ayres for rest of season

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have signed forward Jeff Ayres for the rest of the season.

As playoffs approach, Aldridge finds his groove with Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge's union with the Spurs last summer was something rarely seen in San Antonio, a big-money free agent being pursued by a franchise that prides itself on not having to chase anyone during the annual bonanza.

As playoffs approach, Aldridge finds his groove with Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge's arrival in San Antonio was something entirely unique. He was a big-money, marquee free agent coming to a Spurs team that historically has not chased that type of player.

Bucks sign Jared Cunningham, replenishing depleted backcourt

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have used the NBA's hardship exception to sign guard Jared Cunningham to a 10-day contract, an addition that replenishes the team's injury-ravaged backcourt.

Pacers finish strong, beat Celtics 103-98

Paul George had 25 points as the Indiana Pacers finished with a strong fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 103-98 on Tuesday.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George had 25 points as the Indiana Pacers finished with a strong fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 103-98 Tuesday night.

Flint telethon brings in $1.1M with help from Pistons owner

FLINT, Mich. (AP) A telethon to help Flint residents amid the Michigan city's crisis with lead-tainted water coupled with a match from Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores has raised more than $1.1 million.

» Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Long homestand could help Detroit’s playoff pursuit

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons are entering the home stretch in more ways than one.

Pistons owner to match up to $1M in Flint telethon donations

FLINT, Mich. (AP) A telethon underway to help Flint residents amid the Michigan city's crisis with lead-tainted water features a major financial commitment from Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores.

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OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry had 27 points, five rebounds and five assists on his 28th birthday as the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-107 on Monday night for their record 49th straight regular-season home victory.

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» Monday, March 14, 2016

Bosh returns to Heat bench for 1st time since break

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh returned to the Miami Heat bench on Monday night, his first appearance since being sidelined by a blood clot last month.

Wizards’ Beal in starting lineup vs. Pistons

WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards guard Bradley Beal is in the starting lineup for Washington's game against the Detroit Pistons.

Police: Gas pedal floored before McClendon crashed at 78 mph

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon had the gas pedal floored in his SUV moments before it slammed into a bridge support at 78 mph earlier this month, police said Monday.

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward out with foot injury

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Gordon Hayward will not play Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Police: McClendon hit support at 78 mph, didn’t try to turn

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon had the gas pedal floored in his SUV until just before it slammed into a bridge support at 78 mph, and it doesn't seem he tried to avoid the deadly crash, authorities said Monday.

Police: McClendon hit support at 78 mph, didn’t try to turn

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City police say Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon was driving 78 mph when his SUV hit a bridge support and that there is no evidence suggesting he tried to veer away to avoid the fatal crash.

Oklahoma City police set to release McClendon crash report

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City police are holding a news conference to discuss the death of Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon, whose body was found in a burning car beneath a rural turnpike two weeks ago.

Nuggets sign Alex Toupane to 2nd 10-day contract

DENVER (AP) Forward Alex Toupane has signed a second 10-day contract with the Denver Nuggets.

Spurs host Clippers, Warriors in tough week at home

The Spurs aren't the only team that knows how to put together a winning streak in San Antonio.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) It was a busted play that led to the winning shot for the New York Knicks and Jose Calderon turned out to be the right guy in the right spot.

» Sunday, March 13, 2016

Clippers’ Branden Dawson arrested on spousal abuse charge

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers forward Branden Dawson was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of spousal abuse.

Clippers’ Branden Dawson arrested on spousal abuse charge

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers forward Branden Dawson has been arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse.

DeRozan scores 38 as Raptors beat Heat 112-104 in OT

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan matched his season high with 38 points and added 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 112-104 in overtime on Saturday.

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Blazers’ Davis ejected for flagrant foul on Magic’s Smith

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland Trail Blazers reserve Ed Davis was ejected with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter of their game against the Orlando Magic for a flagrant foul on Jason Smith.

» Saturday, March 12, 2016

Warriors F Iguodala sidelined by left ankle injury

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will miss at least two weeks due to a sprained left ankle.

Warriors F Iguodala sidelined by left ankle injury

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will miss at least two weeks due to a sprained left ankle.

Grizzlies’ Conley out 3-4 weeks with Achilles tendinitis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has Achilles tendinitis in his left foot that will keep him out for at least 3 to 4 weeks, after which he will be re-evaluated.

Timberwolves sign center Greg Smith to 2nd 10-day contract

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed center Greg Smith to a second 10-day contract.

Grizzlies’ Conley out 3-4 weeks with Achilles tendinitis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has Achilles tendinitis in his left foot that will keep him out for at least 3 to 4 weeks, after which he will be re-evaluated.

Grizzlies’ Conley out 3-4 weeks with Achilles tendinitis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has Achilles tendinitis in his left foot that will keep him out for at least 3 to 4 weeks, after which he will be re-evaluated.

Warriors stretch record streak, beat Blazers in shootout

OAKLAND, California (AP) Golden State extended its record regular-season home winning streak to 47 games and avenged its worst loss of the season by defeating Portland 128-112 on Friday, led by 34 points from Stephen Curry.

» Friday, March 11, 2016

Ex-Clippers owners Sterlings decide to call off divorce

LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his wife, Shelly Sterling, have decided to remain in their six-decade marriage.

Bulls’ Rose sits with strained groin; Wade in Heat’s lineup

CHICAGO (AP) Bulls star Derrick Rose sat out Friday's game against Miami because of a strained left groin, while Dwyane Wade was in the Heat's lineup after a bruised right thigh put his status in question.

76ers rookie center Okafor needs season-ending kne

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor will have season-ending surgery on his right knee.

Thunder assistant Williams to miss remainder of season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams will not return to the team this season as he continues to help his family heal following the death of his wife, Ingrid.

76ers rookie center Okafor needs season-ending knee surgery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor will have season-ending surgery on his right knee.

While Bosh eyes return, Heat not putting timetable on it

CHICAGO (AP) While Chris Bosh hopes to return this season, the Miami Heat aren't ready to put a timetable on their star forward's comeback.

While Bosh eyes return, Heat not putting timetable on it

CHICAGO (AP) While Chris Bosh hopes to return this season, the Miami Heat aren't ready to put a timetable on their star forward's comeback.

Spurs home winning streak reaches 40, beat Bulls

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio stretched its home winning streak to 40 games by downing an undermanned Chicago 109-101 on Thursday to inch closer toward NBA pacesetter Golden State.

» Thursday, March 10, 2016

Cavs’ Love sidelined against Lakers because of knee problems

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kevin Love has been scratched from the Cleveland Cavaliers' lineup against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night because of discomfort and swelling in his knees.

Grizzlies waive Chalmers after he ruptures right Achilles

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon, and Memphis waived the veteran to clear up a much-needed spot on the roster.

Bucks’ Mayo out for season after breaking ankle on stairs

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have lost guard O.J. Mayo for the rest of the season after he broke his right ankle Thursday morning going down a set of stairs at his home.

Bulls get expected news: No damage to Butler’s knee

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Chicago Bulls got the news they anticipated after orthopedist Dr. James Andrews found no structural damage in All-Star guard Jimmy Butler's injured left knee.

Kings suspend center DeMarcus Cousins for 1 game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have suspended center DeMarcus Cousins for one game for ''conduct detrimental to the team.''

Fisher says Barnes altercation not behind firing from Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) Derek Fisher says his altercation with forward Matt Barnes had nothing to do with his firing as New York Knicks coach.

Fisher says Barnes altercation not behind firing from Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) Derek Fisher says his altercation with forward Matt Barnes had nothing to do with his firing as New York Knicks coach.

Bosh says he has no blood clots, still hoping to return

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh's latest blood-clot scare is over. His quest to rejoin the Miami Heat playoff push is not.

Curry long shot highlights Warriors win vs. Jazz

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry sank a 55-foot shot at the halftime buzzer as the Golden State Warriors extended their NBA record regular-season home winning streak to 46 games by beating the Utah Jazz 115-94 on Wednesday.

Curry long shot highlights Warriors win vs. Jazz

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry sank a 55-foot shot at the halftime buzzer as the Golden State Warriors extended their NBA record regular-season home winning streak to 46 games by beating the Utah Jazz 115-94 on Wednesday.

» Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spurs CEO Holt retires after 20 years with model franchise

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio Spurs CEO and chairman Peter Holt, whose selfless ownership is credited with helping the team win five NBA championships, is retiring after 20 years running one of sports' elite franchises.

Spurs CEO Holt retires after 20 years with model franchise

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio Spurs CEO and chairman Peter Holt, whose selfless ownership is credited with helping the team win five NBA championships, is retiring after 20 years running one of sports' elite franchises.

Grizzlies G Mario Chalmers leaves game with right leg injury

BOSTON (AP) Memphis guard Mario Chalmers left the Grizzlies' game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night after injuring his right leg.

Spurs CEO Holt retires after 20 years with model franchise

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio Spurs CEO and chairman Peter Holt, whose selfless ownership is credited with helping the team win five NBA championships, is retiring after 20 years running one of sports' elite franchises.

Thunder guard Waiters leaves team after brother’s death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder guard Dion Waiters' younger brother has died, and Waiters has left the team to be with family.

Cavaliers sign guard McRae for rest of season

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have signed guard Jordan McRae for the remainder of this season.

Bulls All-Star guard Butler to get second opinion on knee

CHICAGO (AP) Bulls All-Star guard Jimmy Butler is getting a second opinion on his injured left knee.

Spurs sign Kevin Martin, waive Rasual Butler

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs have officially signed veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin.

Wizards waive Neal, sign Thornton to add depth at guard

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards have waived guard Gary Neal and signed Marcus Thornton to replace him on the roster.

Clippers’ Blake Griffin in running for US Olympic berth

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin's chance of participating in the Rio Olympics hasn't been jeopardized by his injuries or his suspension for punching a team staff member.

Clippers’ Blake Griffin in running for US Olympic berth

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin's chance of participating in the Rio Olympics hasn't been jeopardized by his injuries or his suspension for punching a team staff member.

Spurs beat Timberwolves despite absence of key personnel

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) San Antonio shook off the absence of its three long-serving stars plus coach Gregg Popovich and won 116-91 at Minnesota on Tuesday to keep up pressure on NBA pacesetter Golden State.

» Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Washington’s Alan Anderson ejected from game with Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Washington's Alan Anderson was ejected from the Wizards' game against Portland on Tuesday night after he elbowed Gerald Henderson in the face.

Pelicans guard Gordon has surgery, out for season

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say guard Eric Gordon has undergone surgery to repair his fractured right ring finger and will miss the remainder of the season.

Steve Kerr calls for Warriors to clean up turnovers, defense

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) So what if coach Steve Kerr added a pair of extra turnovers to his team's ugly, uncharacteristic two-day total? He made his point that the Golden State Warriors' sloppy play of late must stop, well before the playoffs begin as the record-setting NBA champions chase another title.

Steve Kerr calls for Warriors to clean up turnovers, defense

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) So what if coach Steve Kerr added a pair of extra turnovers to his team's ugly, uncharacteristic two-day total. He made his point that the Golden State Warriors' sloppy play of late must stop - and now. Well before the playoffs begin as the record-setting NBA champions chase another title.

Bulls hope to have Butler back for Spurs game on Thursday

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls hope to have Jimmy Butler back for their next game after the swelling in the two-time All-Star guard's left knee went down.

Suns sign 7-year NBA veteran forward Chase Budinger

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have signed forward Chase Budinger for the rest of the season.

Giannis and Jabari step up while Bucks take step back

MILWAUKEE (AP) With a quick burst, Bucks forward Jabari Parker drove the lane on a break against Oklahoma City and tossed a lob to teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo for a crowd-pleasing dunk.

Nets hire Trajan Langdon as assistant general manager

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have hired Trajan Langdon as assistant general manager.

Curry breaks 300 barrier as Warriors win again

OAKLAND, California (AP) As the records keep piling up for Stephen Curry, he is far from ready to pick a favorite.

Curry is first player to make 300 3s in a single season

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry scored 41 points and became the first player in NBA history to make 300 3-pointers in a season, and the Golden State Warriors set another record in a season full of them by holding off the Orlando Magic 119-113 Monday night for their 45th straight home victory.

Bulls’ Butler sidelined by left knee soreness

CHICAGO (AP) Jimmy Butler's return from a knee injury lasted all of one game, and the Chicago Bulls aren't sure when the All-Star guard will be able to play again.

» Monday, March 7, 2016

Bulls’ Butler sidelined by left knee soreness

CHICAGO (AP) Jimmy Butler's return from a knee injury lasted all of one game, and the Chicago Bulls aren't sure when the All-Star guard will be able to play again.

Bucks’ Carter-Williams to have hip surgery, out for year

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Michael Carter-Williams will have season-ending left hip surgery on Thursday.

Bulls’ Butler sidelined by left knee soreness

CHICAGO (AP) Jimmy Butler's return from a knee injury lasted all of one game, and the Chicago Bulls aren't sure when the All-Star guard will be able to play again.

Indiana Pacers sign troubled point guard Ty Lawson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana is willing to bet on troubled point guard Ty Lawson getting his career back on track.

Grizzlies missing 4 starters with injuries against Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies are down to just one healthy starter against the Cavaliers.

Conley, Andersen out for Grizzlies with injuries

CLEVELAND (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies will be without starting point guard Mike Conley and center Chris Andersen when they face the Cavaliers on Monday night.

Conley, Andersen will miss 2 Grizzlies games with injuries

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies will play their next two games without guard Mike Conley and center Chris Andersen because of injuries, and the duo will be re-evaluated within the next five days.

Bucks’ Carter-Williams to have hip surgery, out for year

Point guard Michael Carter-Williams will have left hip surgery and miss the rest of the season for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bucks’ Carter-Williams to have hip surgery, out for year

MILWAUKEE (AP) Point guard Michael Carter-Williams will have left hip surgery and miss the rest of the season for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Indiana Pacers sign troubled point guard Ty Lawson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers signed troubled point guard Ty Lawson on Monday.

LeBron says his cryptic tweets stem from a ’beautiful mind’

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has 28.6 million followers on Twitter. Lately, he seems interested in connecting with only a few of them.

Flopping calls way down this season in the NBA

MIAMI (AP) The flop epidemic may be over.

Flopping calls way down this season in the NBA

MIAMI (AP) The flop epidemic may be over.

» Sunday, March 6, 2016

Lakers win 112-95, hand Golden State its 6th loss of season

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers produced a stunning 112-95 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, handing the defending champions their sixth loss of the season in a big NBA upset.

Lakers stun Warriors 112-95 for Golden State’s 6th loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) Even a team that dominates the way the Golden State Warriors have this season is bound to stumble every now and then.

Fredette returns to Knicks’ D-League affiliate

NEW YORK (AP) Jimmer Fredette has rejoined Westchester of the NBA Development League following the expiration of his 10-day contract with the New York Knicks.

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James sparks comeback as Cavaliers beat Celtics

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland's LeBron James scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half to guide the Cavaliers back from a slow start to a 120-103 win against Boston on Saturday.

» Saturday, March 5, 2016

Beal leaves game with sprained pelvis after scary fall

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal left a game Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers midway through the third quarter with a sprained pelvis and is doubtful to return.

Pelicans’ Gordon re-aggravates broken ring finger

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans guard Eric Gordon has again broken his right ring finger during Saturday night's game against the Utah Jazz.

Butler returns to Bulls’ lineup after missing 11 games

CHICAGO (AP) Bulls star Jimmy Butler is in the starting lineup against Houston after missing the previous 11 games because of a strained left knee.

Pelicans center Asik returning vs. Jazz

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says 7-foot center Omer Asik is returning from a right ankle sprain and is starting Saturday night's game against the Utah Jazz.

Knicks’ Porzingis out vs Pistons with bruised lower left leg

NEW YORK (AP) Rookie Kristaps Porzingis is sitting out the Knicks' game against Detroit because of a bruised lower left leg.

Lakers rookie Anthony Brown out 4 weeks with stress reaction

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Lakers rookie Anthony Brown will be out for at least four weeks with a stress reaction in his right foot.

Bosh says he’s ’feeling good,’ but status still a mystery

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh offered a slight update Saturday on his health, his first public hint of how he's doing since withdrawing from the NBA All-Star Game three weeks ago.

Bosh says he’s ’feeling good,’ but status still a mystery

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh says he is ''feeling good,'' the first time the Miami Heat forward has given any hint of a health update since he withdrew from the NBA All-Star Game three weeks ago.

Thunder sign free-agent center Nazr Mohammed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have signed free-agent center Nazr Mohammed.

Indiana Pacers put forward Chase Budinger on waivers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have put forward Chase Budinger on waivers.

Thunder sign free-agent center Nazr Mohammed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have signed free-agent center Nazr Mohammed.

Lillard’s 50 not enough as Raptors beat Blazers

TORONTO (AP) Toronto overcame a huge game by Portland's Damian Lillard and beat the Trail Blazers 117-115 in a thrilling contest on Friday, extending the Raptors' home winning streak to 12 games.

DeRozan gets FT record; Raptors beat Lillard, Blazers

TORONTO (AP) After watching his Raptors survive a 50-point game from Damian Lillard and hang on for a 117-115 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto coach Dwane Casey was in disbelief.

» Friday, March 4, 2016

AP source: Kevin Martin joining San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are adding some more offensive firepower to try to keep up with Golden State.

Raptors beat Blazers for 12th straight home win, 117-115

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan had 38 points, Kyle Lowry added 28 and the Toronto Raptors overcame a huge game from Damian Lillard to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 117-115 on Friday night for their franchise-record 12th straight home win.

Houston Rockets sign free agent forward Beasley

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have signed free agent forward Michael Beasley.

Kevin Love (rest) to sit out game against Wizards

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love won't play against Washington, part of Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue's plans to rest his starters.

Warriors match record with 44th straight home win

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors matched one record set by Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls as they closed in on the bigger mark.

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» Thursday, March 3, 2016

Curry returns to lineup for Warriors against Thunder

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is set to return to the starting lineup for the Golden State Warriors after missing a game with a sprained left ankle.

AP source: Taylor, Kaplan talks on Wolves ownership hit wall

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Memphis Grizzlies minority owner Steve Kaplan's pursuit of a new role in the ownership group of the Minnesota Timberwolves has hit a wall, two people with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Lawsuit claims Timberwolves’ paperless tickets hurt buyers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two season-ticket holders are suing the Minnesota Timberwolves, alleging the NBA team's paperless ticket policy hurts ticket buyers.

AP source: Taylor, Kaplan talks on Wolves ownership hit wall

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Memphis Grizzlies minority owner Steve Kaplan's pursuit of a new role in the ownership group of the Minnesota Timberwolves has hit a wall, two people with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Thursday.

AP Source: Taylor, Kaplan talks on Wolves ownership hit wall

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two people with knowledge of the discussions tell The Associated Press that Memphis Grizzlies minority owner Steve Kaplan's pursuit of a minority stake of the Minnesota Timberwolves has hit a wall.

Federal authorities seek to dismiss McClendon indictment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Federal authorities sought Thursday to drop a criminal indictment of bid rigging against Oklahoma energy tycoon Aubrey McClendon, who died in a fiery single-car crash just hours after the indictment was announced.

Federal authorities seek to dismiss McClendon indictment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Federal authorities sought Thursday to drop a criminal indictment of bid rigging against Oklahoma energy tycoon Aubrey McClendon, who died in a fiery crash just hours after the indictment was announced.

Pelicans center Ajinca sidelined by fractured sternum

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say 7-foot-2 center Alexis Ajinca will be sidelined indefinitely because of a fractured sternum.

76ers’ Grant fined for throwing water bottle into stands

NEW YORK (AP) Philadelphia 76ers forward Jerami Grant has been fined $10,000 for throwing a water bottle into the stands.

The Latest: Authorities seek to dismiss McClendon indictment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Latest on Oklahoma energy tycoon Aubrey McClendon, who was killed in fiery single-vehicle crash just hours after being indicted on federal charges connected to rigging bids for oil and gas leases (all times local):

Hornets making strong playoff push, won 8 of last 10 games

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan just might find himself back in the NBA playoffs.

LeBron says he doesn’t care about look of Miami trip

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James didn't want to discuss his cryptic tweet, his quick trip to hang out with Dwyane Wade in Florida or much of anything.

Anthony: Decision to apologize made by Knicks owner Dolan

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Carmelo Anthony says the decision to issue an apology for his interaction with a fan was made by Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan.

Investigations into energy magnate’s death could take months

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State officials say investigations into the death of energy magnate Aubrey McClendon in a fiery single-car crash in Oklahoma City could take months to complete.

Spurs beat Pistons to clinch playoff spot

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 97-81 on Wednesday night to clinch their 19th straight playoff berth.

Thunder lose on same day as part-owner killed in car crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder took the court hours after the death of part-owner Aubrey McClendon and squandered a 22-point lead in a 103-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

» Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Pioneering Oklahoma energy CEO dies in fiery car crash

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Aubrey McClendon, a natural gas industry titan, was killed when police say he drove his sport utility vehicle ''straight into a wall'' in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a day after he was indicted on a charge of conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

Latest: Thunder, NBA mourn death of McClendon

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Latest on former Chesapeake Energy Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon, who was killed in a car crash one day after he was indicted by a federal grand jury (all times local):

Kobe Bryant sits out 2nd half to rest sore right shoulder

DENVER (AP) Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is sitting out the second half to rest his sore right shoulder during his final game in Denver.

Spurs’ Ginobili returning next week after traumatic injury

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Manu Ginobili said Wednesday night that he is pain free and will return to the San Antonio Spurs next week after missing a month following testicle surgery.

Spurs’ Ginobili returning next week after traumatic injury

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Manu Ginobili said Wednesday night that he is pain free and will return to the San Antonio Spurs next week after missing a month following testicle surgery.

Former NBA All-Star Davis signs with 76ers’ D-League team

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former NBA All-Star Baron Davis is attempting a comeback, starting with the Philadelphia 76ers' developmental league team.

Pioneering Oklahoma energy CEO dies in fiery car crash

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Aubrey McClendon, a natural gas industry titan, was killed when police say he drove his sport utility vehicle ''straight into a wall'' in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a day after he was indicted on a charge of conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

Indicted ex-Chesapeake CEO dies in fiery single-car crash

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Aubrey McClendon, a natural gas industry titan, was killed when police say he drove his sport utility vehicle ''straight into a wall'' in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a day after he was indicted on a charge of conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

Knicks won’t re-sign Fredette to another 10-day contract

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks won't re-sign Jimmer Fredette to a second 10-day contract.

Police: Ex-Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon dies in crash

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Aubrey McClendon, a natural gas industry titan, was killed when police say he drove his sport utility vehicle ''straight into a wall'' in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a day after he was indicted on a charge of conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

Like Melo’s botched dunk, Knicks tried to rise but fell flat

NEW YORK (AP) Even Carmelo Anthony laughed at his muffed stuff, when he didn't jump high enough on his dunk attempt, slammed the ball into the rim and tumbled backward to the foul line.

Latest: Ex-CEO ’drove straight into the wall,’ police say

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Latest on former Chesapeake Energy Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon, who was killed in a car crash one day after he was indicted by a federal grand jury (all times local):

Police: Ex-Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon dies in crash

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Aubrey McClendon, a natural gas industry titan, was killed in a fiery single-vehicle crash in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a day after he was indicted on a charge of conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

Carmelo Anthony apologizes for response to heckling fan

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony is apologizing for his interaction with a fan during the New York Knicks' latest loss.

Golden State wins again, this time without Stephen Curry

OAKLAND, California (AP) Draymond Green hit an off-balance 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 40.2 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors escaped with a 109-105 win against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday while Stephen Curry watched in street clothes with an injured ankle.

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Kevin Martin accepts buyout from Minnesota Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With the clock ticking down to the final minutes, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Martin agreed to a buyout of the veteran shooting guard's contract late Tuesday night.

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AP Source: Timberwolves reach buyout with Kevin Martin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached a buyout agreement with veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin.

Stephen Curry out against Hawks with injured left ankle

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is out for the Golden State Warriors' game Tuesday night against Atlanta with an injured left ankle.

Hawks sign veteran forward Kris Humphries

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks signed veteran forward Kris Humphries on Tuesday night, adding experienced depth to their front line.

AP source: Timberwolves to call up Greg Smith for 10 days

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell spoke frankly about the team's lack of frontcourt depth after a blowout loss in Dallas on Sunday.

Joe Johnson says he wants to finish career in Miami

MIAMI (AP) Joe Johnson's family is already with him in Miami, and if the seven-time All-Star gets his way they will not be moving again anytime soon.

AP Source: Timberwolves to call up Greg Smith for 10 days

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says the Minnesota Timberwolves are planning to call up forward Greg Smith from the D-League for a 10-day contract.

NBA player Jeremy Lin addresses Asian stereotypes at Oscars

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin is disappointed about the way Asians were stereotyped during an onstage skit at Sunday night's Oscars, and said more racial awareness is needed.

NBA player Jeremy Lin addresses Asian stereotypes at Oscars

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin is disappointed about the way Asians were stereotyped during an onstage skit at Sunday night's Oscars, and said more racial awareness is needed.

Warriors-Thunder draws more than 5.3 million viewers

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) The Golden State Warriors' stunning comeback win over the Oklahoma City Thunder is the most-watched non-Christmas NBA regular-season game since 2013.

James return boost Cavaliers in tight win vs. Pacers

CLEVELAND (AP) The return of LeBron James to the Cleveland lineup invigorated the Cavaliers, spurring them to a 100-96 win against Indiana on Monday that asserted their credentials as the top team in the NBA's Eastern Conference.

Clippers unveil new mascot named Chuck

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have unveiled a new mascot: Chuck the California Condor.

Clippers unveil new mascot named Chuck

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have unveiled a new mascot: Chuck the California Condor.

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