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» Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Kings point guard arrested on domestic violence charge

GRANITE BAY, Calif. (AP) Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison was arrested on a charge of domestic violence after deputies responded to a report of a woman being assaulted inside a California home, authorities said Tuesday.

Kings point guard arrested on domestic violence charge

GRANITE BAY, Calif. (AP) Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison was arrested on a charge of domestic violence after deputies responded to a report of a woman being assaulted inside a California home, authorities said Tuesday.

Kings point guard arrested on domestic violence charge

GRANITE BAY, Calif. (AP) Authorities say Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison was arrested on a charge of domestic violence after deputies responded to a report of a woman being assaulted inside a Northern California home.

Healthy again at last, MVP Stephen Curry chases second title

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Fresh charcoal gray NBA Finals cap on backward and wearing a wide grin, Stephen Curry summed up his wild, up-and-down postseason so far and reminded everybody he's not close to done.

Prominent playoff performers headed toward free agency

Many free agents this year will be looking for a major payday this offseason. The group possibly headed to free agency in July includes some prominent names from this year's NBA playoffs and here are some factors they could consider in making their decisions.

Prominent playoff performers headed toward free agency

Many free agents this year will be looking for a major payday this offseason. The group possibly headed to free agency in July includes some prominent names from this year's NBA playoffs and here are some factors they could consider in making their decisions.

Will OKC’s playoff run keep Kevin Durant in Thunder uniform?

Kevin Durant sat at the press conference table with Russell Westbrook by his side, the two friends and teammates trying to get their minds around letting a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals slip away.

Healthy again at last, MVP Stephen Curry chases second title

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Fresh charcoal gray NBA Finals cap on backward and wearing a wide grin, Stephen Curry summed up his wild, up-and-down postseason so far and reminded everybody he's not close to done.

Jason Terry to host weekly show on SiriusXM NBA Radio

NEW YORK (AP) Veteran guard Jason Terry, a confident shooter and talker, will host a weekly show on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

Cavs’ challenge in rematch: How to slow, not stop, Curry

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has already felt the stinging spray from the Splash Brothers in the NBA Finals.

Warriors’ Game 7 has largest cable TV audience for NBA game

ATLANTA (AP) The Warriors' Game 7 win to complete a comeback from down 3-1 in the Western Conference finals drew the largest TV audience for an NBA game on cable.

Ex-Heat assistant Fizdale introduced as new Grizzlies coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) David Fizdale left no doubt about his intentions in the longtime assistant's new job as the Memphis Grizzlies' head coach.

Did the Kevin Durant Sweepstakes end with OKC’s playoff run?

Kevin Durant sat at the press conference table with Russell Westbrook by his side, the two friends and teammates trying to get their minds around letting a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals slip away.

Warriors’ Game 7 has largest cable TV audience for NBA game

ATLANTA (AP) The Warriors' Game 7 win to complete a comeback from down 3-1 in the Western Conference finals has drawn the largest TV audience for an NBA game on cable.

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The Warriors' Game 7 win to complete a comeback from down 3-1 in the Western Conference finals has drawn the largest TV audience for an NBA game on cable.

Position-by-position matchups for the NBA Finals

A position-by-position look at the matchups in the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers:

Capsule preview of the NBA Finals: Warriors vs Cavaliers

A look at the NBA Finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers (with regular-season and playoff records):

Ex-Heat assistant Fizdale introduced as new Grizzlies coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) David Fizdale left no doubt about his intentions in the longtime assistant's new job as the Memphis Grizzlies' head coach.

Warriors rally from 3-1 deficit after in-flight meeting

OAKLAND, California (AP) As the Golden State Warriors made the long, frustrating flight home from Oklahoma City last week suddenly facing elimination from the NBA playoffs, Draymond Green gathered with teammates at a table in the front of the plane to discuss how to get the defending champions back to winning - and fast.

Warriors rally from 3-1 deficit after in-flight meeting

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A heart-to-heart was in order.

After playoff collapse, Durant future is Thunder’s question

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As Stephen Curry dribbled out the clock in a raucous Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant could only stand and watch.

NBA Finals rematch set as Warriors, Cavs to meet again

The Golden State Warriors' historic season goes on, with just one left team to beat.

NBA Finals rematch set as Warriors, Cavs to meet again

The Golden State Warriors' historic season goes on, with just one left team to beat.

» Monday, May 30, 2016

After playoff collapse, Durant future is Thunder’s question

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As Stephen Curry dribbled out the clock in a raucous Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant could only stand and watch.

All for one: LeBron, Cavs bonding on path toward NBA title

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) As they jumped around the locker room dousing each other with ice water and howling after earning their second straight trip to the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers were one.

All for one: LeBron, Cavs bonding on path toward NBA title

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) As they jumped around the locker room dousing each other with ice water and howling after earning their second straight trip to the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers were one.

Pau Gasol considering skipping Olympics because of Zika

MADRID (AP) Pau Gasol is considering not playing at the Olympics because of the Zika virus.

Pau Gasol considering skipping Olympics because of Zika

MADRID (AP) Pau Gasol is considering not playing at the Olympics because of the Zika virus.

Pau Gasol considering skipping Olympics because of Zika

MADRID (AP) Pau Gasol is considering not playing at the Olympics because of the Zika virus.

» Sunday, May 29, 2016

Warriors know Game 7 back home for Finals trip won’t be easy

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) After a record 73 wins and a memorable Game 6 comeback on the road, the Golden State Warriors' goal of getting back to the NBA Finals and defending their title comes down to Game 7 at home against the powerful Oklahoma City Thunder.

Agent: Pelicans’ Dejean-Jones in ’wrong place’ when shot

DALLAS (AP) Bryce Dejean-Jones had a bright future in the NBA, the league commissioner said following the death of the New Orleans Pelicans guard who was shot after kicking down the door of what he mistakenly thought was his girlfriend's apartment in Dallas.

Grizzlies announce David Fizdale as their new coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Grizzlies have hired another first-time head coach, and general manager Chris Wallace thinks David Fizdale's resume working with the Miami Heat has him primed to continue Memphis' recent success

Pelicans’ Dejean-Jones killed after going to wrong apartment

DALLAS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot on his daughter's first birthday after kicking down the door of what he mistakenly thought was his girlfriend's apartment in Dallas, a death that rattled the NBA over Memorial Day weekend.

Pelicans’ Dejean-Jones killed after going to wrong apartment

DALLAS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot on his daughter's first birthday after he mistakenly went to the wrong apartment in Dallas.

Police: Pelicans guard Dejean-Jones fatally shot in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday.

Police: Pelicans guard Dejean-Jones fatally shot in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday.

Thompson’s 41 points, 11 3s save Golden State’s season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Golden State's Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points as the Warriors took out a must-win game at Oklahoma City on Saturday 108-101, sending the NBA Western Conference finals to Game 7.

» Saturday, May 28, 2016

Police: Pelicans guard Dejean-Jones fatally shot in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday.

Police: Pelicans guard Dejean-Jones fatally shot in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday.

Police: Pelicans guard Dejean-Jones fatally shot in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday.

Free agency beckoning, DeRozan sounds happy with Raptors

TORONTO (AP) For a guy about to hit free agency for the first time, DeMar DeRozan doesn't sound as if he's looking for a change of scenery.

Police: Pelicans guard Dejean-Jones fatally shot in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans rookie Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday.

Aubrey McClendon’s Thunder stake at issue in probate court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The roughly 20 percent ownership stake in the Oklahoma City Thunder held by the late Aubrey McClendon has become a concern of his estate's creditors.

LeBron, Cavs confident, healthy as they return to NBA Finals

TORONTO (AP) LeBron James isn't just going back to the NBA Finals. He's returning with a team that's healthy and whole, which makes this trip unlike last year.

LeBron, Cavs confident, healthy as they return to NBA Finals

TORONTO (AP) LeBron James isn't just going back to the NBA Finals. He's returning with a team that's healthy and whole, which makes this trip unlike last year.

» Friday, May 27, 2016

Raptors’ Biyombo faces Game 7 suspension after flagrant foul

TORONTO (AP) Raptors center Bismack Biyombo faces a suspension for a potential Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals after picking up a flagrant foul in the first quarter of Game 6 on Friday night.

Defending champion Warriors stave off elimination, beat OKC

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State's raucous crowd, as the defending champion Warriors staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

» Thursday, May 26, 2016

Defending champion Warriors stave off elimination, beat OKC

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State's raucous crowd, as the defending champion Warriors staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

AP Source: Rockets, D’Antoni agree on 4-year deal

Mike D'Antoni is taking his ''Seven Seconds or Less'' offense to Houston, where James Harden is waiting to give his new coach the kind of weapon that could be a perfect fit for his system.

AP Source: Rockets, D’Antoni agree on 4-year deal

Coach Mike D'Antoni is headed to Houston to try his ''Seven Seconds or Less'' offense with James Harden, one of the NBA's most explosive offensive threats.

AP Source: Rockets, D’Antoni agree on 4-year deal

Mike D'Antoni is headed to Houston to try his ''Seven Seconds or Less'' offense with James Harden, one of the NBA's most explosive offensive threats.

AP Source: Wizards’ Morris detained at Philadelphia Airport

WASHINGTON (AP) A person familiar with the situation says Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport and then released.

Raptors counting on home court for advantage against Cavs

TORONTO (AP) To keep their season alive, the Toronto Raptors are counting on a home-court advantage that saved them before.

Khloe Kardashian files to divorce Lamar Odom - again

LOS ANGELES (AP) Khloe Kardashian is once again seeking to end her marriage to former NBA player Lamar Odom.

Tough Love: Cavs’ Kevin Love bounces back bigtime in Game 5

CLEVELAND (AP) As the shots dropped, the score widened and the head-banging Cleveland crowd screamed louder, threatening to rip off the arena's roof, Kevin Love raised his arms and gestured for fans to do more.

Pelicans’ Davis not named All-NBA, loses $24 million

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is out about $24 million after not being named to the All-NBA first, second or third team.

Stephen Curry, LeBron James named first-team All-NBA

NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry has knocked down another honor.

It’s been a blowout-filled NBA postseason so far

MIAMI (AP) James Jones was taking a shot in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, and the crew calling the game on television was instead talking about James Evans.

AP Source: David Fizdale accepts offer as Grizzlies coach

The Memphis Grizzlies have their new coach: David Fizdale.

Tough Love: Cavs’ Kevin Love bounces back bigtime in Game 5

CLEVELAND (AP) As the shots dropped, the score widened and the head-banging Cleveland crowd screamed louder, threatening to rip off the arena's roof, Kevin Love raised his arms and gestured for fans to do more.

Coach Steve Kerr: Warriors on brink but ready to rally

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr gave his Golden State players a much-needed mental day off with time to rest their weary bodies, and he got back to work trying to figure out how to save the season against a powerful Thunder team that shows no signs of slowing down.

LeBron, Love power Cavaliers to 116-78 romp over Raptors

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored 23 points then sat the fourth quarter, Kevin Love scored 25, and Cleveland unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-78 rout of the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

» Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LeBron, Love power Cavaliers to 116-78 romp over Raptors

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored 23 points then grabbed a seat, Kevin Love scored 25, and the Cleveland Cavaliers unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-78 rout of the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

AP Source: Grizzlies offer coaching job to David Fizdale

The Memphis Grizzlies are ready to make another assistant coach a first-time NBA head coach after offering their job to Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Timberwolves G Ricky Rubio’s mom dies at 56 of lung cancer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio's mother has died after a long battle with lung cancer.

Kermit Washington accused of stealing from his charity

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Prosecutors have filed charges against former NBA forward Kermit Washington, accusing him of embezzling about a half-million dollars in charitable donations meant to help the needy in Africa and spending it on jewelry, vacations and other things.

Warriors could join list of teams that flopped in playoffs

Despite finishing the regular season with a record-breaking 73 wins, the Golden State Warriors find themselves one game away from playoff elimination. Down 3-1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals after a 118-94 road loss Tuesday night, the defending NBA champions will have to win three straight games to advance. Golden State would join a list of dominant regular season teams that were eliminated without reaching the finals. Teams like the undefeated 2007 Patriots, who lost after advancing to the Super Bowl, were not included.

Warriors could join list of teams that flopped in playoffs

Despite finishing the regular season with a record-breaking 73 wins, the Golden State Warriors find themselves one game away from playoff elimination. Down 3-1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western finals after a 118-94 road loss Tuesday night, the defending NBA champions will have to win three straight games to advance. Golden State would join a list of dominant regular season teams that were eliminated without reaching the finals. Teams like the undefeated 2007 Patriots, lost after advancing to the Super Bowl, were not included.

Kermit Washington accused of stealing from his charity

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Prosecutors have filed charges against former NBA forward Kermit Washington, accusing him of embezzling about a half-million dollars in charitable donations meant to help the needy in Africa and spending it on jewelry, vacations and other things.

Former NBA player accused of using charity for personal gain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Former NBA player Kermit Washington is accused of using donations intended to help needy people in Africa for his own gain, including paying for vacations, jewelry and entertainment.

Warriors facing long odds down 3-1, but it has been done

MIAMI (AP) Here's good news for Golden State: It's not over.

Warriors facing long odds down 3-1, but it has been done

MIAMI (AP) Here's good news for Golden State: It's not over.

Westbrook, Thunder put Warriors on brink of elimination

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Suddenly, the Golden State Warriors team that a short time ago was being favorably compared to the all-time great teams of NBA history is now on the brink of elimination from the Western Conference finals.

» Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Perseverance Award at ESPYS

Craig Sager keeps a copy of Jim Valvano's 1993 ESPYS speech on his phone. He would play it back sometimes during those long days in the hospital receiving treatment for leukemia.

Ex-NBA player Kermit Washington arrested in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kermit Washington, a former NBA player who notoriously gave a bone-breaking face punch to the Houston Rockets' Rudy Tomjanovich during a 1977 Lakers game, has been arrested by federal agents.

Draymond Green fined $25,000, not suspended for groin kick

NEW YORK (AP) Draymond Green was fined $25,000 but not suspended by the NBA on Monday for kicking Oklahoma City center Steven Adams in the groin.

ON BASKETBALL: Green’s history may have helped him

MIAMI (AP) Draymond Green has a history, and in this case it seems to have been helpful.

ON BASKETBALL: Green’s history may have helped him

MIAMI (AP) Draymond Green has a history, and in this case it seems to have been helpful.

Lowry, DeRozan lead Raptors over Cavs 105-99

TORONTO (AP) The Cleveland-Toronto series that once looked lopsided is now even after the Raptors beat the Cavaliers 105-99 on Monday to square the NBA Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.

» Monday, May 23, 2016

Valanciunas active for Game 4 of Conference Finals

TORONTO (AP) Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is active for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland on Monday night, but will not start against the Cavaliers.

Draymond, Westbrook swap barbs over fouls, kicks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Draymond Green knows who is responsible for his kick to the groin of Thunder center Steven Adams: Russell Westbrook and the rest of the NBA stars who get to the foul line with a whole lot of salesmanship.

Draymond Green fined, not suspended for groin kick

NEW YORK (AP) Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 but not suspended by the NBA for kicking Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin.

Magic formally introduce Frank Vogel as their new coach

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) It hasn't been the offseason new Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel was expecting.

Warriors’ Green could face discipline after flagrant foul

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder aren't sure whether Draymond Green intentionally targeted Steven Adams' groin Sunday night.

Former NBA player Etan Thomas says he was denied train seat

Former NBA player Etan Thomas has called out a woman he says denied him a seat next to her on a crowded train, only to offer it up to another passenger.

Magic formally introduce Frank Vogel as their new coach

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Three days after the Orlando Magic announced Frank Vogel as the franchise's new coach, the team formally introduced him.

Former NBA player Etan Thomas says he was denied train seat

Former NBA player Etan Thomas has called out a woman he says denied him a seat next to her on a crowded train, only to offer it up to another passenger.

Warriors’ Green could face discipline after flagrant foul

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder aren't sure whether Draymond Green intentionally targeted Steven Adams' groin area on Sunday night.

Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder in blowout win over Warriors

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City handed Golden State a more complete beating than anything the Warriors had experienced during their record-setting season, winning 133-105 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Western Conference finals.

» Sunday, May 22, 2016

Jones suspended, Casey fined by NBA for Game 3 actions

NEW YORK (AP) Cleveland's Dahntay Jones has been suspended for one game by the NBA for striking Toronto's Bismack Biyombo in the groin.

The Latest: Cuban: Sure, he’d run with Clinton or Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on Campaign 2016 (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

Mark Cuban tells ’Meet The Press’ Thunder are his title pick

Mark Cuban is picking the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the NBA's biggest prize.

Mark Cuban tells ’Meet The Press’ Thunder are his title pick

Mark Cuban is picking the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the NBA's biggest prize.

DeRozan, Raptors end Cavaliers’ streak with 99-84 win

TORONTO (AP) Cleveland's perfect playoff run went south, north of the border, on Saturday as Toronto beat the Cavaliers 99-84 to trim the deficit in their NBA Eastern Conference finals series to 2-1.

» Saturday, May 21, 2016

NBA’s 6-city tour lets US catch up in 3-on-3 basketball

ATLANTA (AP) Gary Payton believes the United States is behind other nations in organized 3-on-3 basketball.

NBA’s 6-city tour lets US catch up in 3-on-3 basketball

ATLANTA (AP) Gary Payton believes the United States is behind other nations in organized 3-on-3 basketball.

Warriors’ big men must come up big in Game 3 against Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Warriors' big men might be just as important as the Splash Brothers right now.

Donovan, Kerr took very different paths to NBA coaching

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Billy Donovan is trying to accomplish the improbable and lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a championship as a first-year NBA coach, just as Steve Kerr did guiding Golden State to its first title in 40 years last June in his rookie season running the Warriors.

Donovan, Kerr took very different paths to NBA coaching

OAKLAND, California (AP) Billy Donovan is trying to accomplish the improbable and lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a championship as a first-year NBA coach, just as Steve Kerr did guiding Golden State to its first title in 40 years last June in his rookie season running the Warriors.

Donovan, Kerr took very different paths to NBA coaching

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Billy Donovan is trying to accomplish the improbable and lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a championship as a first-year NBA coach, just as Steve Kerr did guiding Golden State to its first title in 40 years last June in his rookie season running the Warriors.

» Friday, May 20, 2016

Timberwolves will not retain Newton, Kander

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor decided to hire Tom Thibodeau as coach and president of basketball operations and Scott Layden as general manager, many in the organization braced for sweeping changes to the front office and coaching staff.

New Timberwolves regime will not retain Newton, Kander

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) New Minnesota Timberwolves GM Scott Layden has announced sweeping changes to the team's front office and coaching staffs, starting with the departures of former GM Milt Newton and vice president of sports performance Arnie Kander.

Thunder will try to bounce back after big loss to Warriors

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder have valuable experience bouncing back from disaster.

Column: Savor our version of Magic-Bird - Curry vs LeBron

This is our Magic vs. Bird.

Magic officially announce Frank Vogel as new head coach

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) After agreeing to a deal with Frank Vogel on Thursday, the Orlando Magic completed a whirlwind eight days by formally announcing their new head coach.

Stephen Curry’s sore right elbow not limiting him on court

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A black sleeve protecting his sore right elbow, MVP Stephen Curry insists he's fine after yet another postseason injury.

Curry dazzles again, Warriors even series with Thunder 1-1

OAKLAND, California (AP) Once Stephen Curry finally gathered himself and got up following a scary first-quarter dive into the stands, fans inside Oracle Arena could take a breath, sit back and watch the MVP put on a spectacular shooting show.

Tyronn Lue has perfect coaching touch for unbeaten Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) The perfect coach plopped down in his seat at the podium, his face a mixture of exhaustion and exultation.

Entering Hollywood, Kobe Bryant gets advice from Spielberg

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) Kobe Bryant is getting advice from Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Jerry Bruckheimer as he redirects his competitive drive from professional basketball to his publishing and production company.

Tyronn Lue has perfect coaching touch for unbeaten Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) The perfect coach plopped down in his seat at the podium, his face a mixture of exhaustion and exultation.

Entering Hollywood, Kobe Bryant gets advice from Spielberg

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) Kobe Bryant is getting advice from Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Jerry Bruckheimer as he redirects his competitive drive from professional basketball to his publishing and production company.

Zhou Qi’s potential could lead to much NBA draft intrigue

MIAMI (AP) Zhou Qi needs someone to help him communicate at workouts with NBA teams, simply because he does not speak English well enough to understand most instructions.

Entering Hollywood, Kobe Bryant gets advice from Spielberg

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) Kobe Bryant is getting advice from Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Jerry Bruckheimer as he redirects his competitive drive from professional basketball to his publishing and production company.

Gary Payton unimpressed by Stephen Curry’s unanimous MVP

NEW YORK (AP) Consider Gary Payton unimpressed by Golden State guard Stephen Curry becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history.

Zhou Qi’s potential could lead to much NBA draft intrigue

MIAMI (AP) Zhou Qi needs someone to help him communicate at workouts with NBA teams, simply because he does not speak English well enough to understand most instructions.

Zhou Qi’s potential could lead to much NBA draft intrigue

MIAMI (AP) Zhou Qi needs someone to help him communicate at workouts with NBA teams, simply because he does not speak English well enough to understand most instructions.

Perfect 10: Cavs stay unbeaten in postseason, down Raptors

CLEVELAND (AP) Overshadowed as Golden State shot down history during the regular season, the Cavaliers are making this postseason their own.

» Thursday, May 19, 2016

Klay Thompson has carried Warriors this postseason

OAKLAND, California (AP) A far cry from his brash, former basketball-playing father, Klay Thompson is perfectly content to be the soft-spoken, second superstar behind MVP Stephen Curry. He is more than happy to let Draymond Green do the arguing, arm flexing and trash talking.

AP Source: Orlando Magic hire Frank Vogel as next coach

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic moved quickly to fill their coaching vacancy, agreeing to a deal with Frank Vogel just a week after the position suddenly became available.

Klay Thompson has carried Warriors this postseason

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A far cry from his brash, former basketball-playing father, Klay Thompson is perfectly content to be the soft-spoken, second superstar behind MVP Stephen Curry. He is more than happy to let Draymond Green do the arguing, arm flexing and trash talking.

Bucks say IRS, FBI investigating email scam targeting team

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks say their organization inadvertently provided tax information of employees, including players, to someone who was impersonating the team's president over email.

Towns, Porzingis unanimously selected to All-Rookie 1st team

NEW YORK (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis were unanimously selected to the NBA All-Rookie first team on Thursday.

Towns, Porzingis unanimously selected to All-Rookie 1st team

NEW YORK (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis have been unanimously selected to the NBA All-Rookie first team.

» Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Curry dazzles again, Warriors even series with Thunder 1-1

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry scored 15 straight points in less than 2 minutes during one dazzling third-quarter stretch as the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-91 on Wednesday night to even the Western Conference final at one game apiece.

24 teams set for NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA Summer League will return to Las Vegas from July 8-18.

NBA draft returning to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says next month's draft will return to Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the fourth straight year.

AP Source: Knicks working to hire Jeff Hornacek as coach

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks want Jeff Hornacek as their next coach.

Point man: Irving shines in Cavs’ demolition of Raptors

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Kyrie Irving dribbled behind his back and then behind his back again, leaving Toronto's Cory Joseph grasping at air.

Riley says Whiteside will be top Heat summer priority

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside fell into Miami's lap, and the Heat want him to stay there.

Point man: Irving shines in Cavs’ demolition of Raptors

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Kyrie Irving dribbled behind his back and then behind his back again, leaving Toronto's Corey Joseph grasping at air.

Riley says Whiteside will be top Heat summer priority

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside is going to get a huge contract from someone this summer, and the Miami Heat want it to be from them.

Thunder discover late-game swagger during postseason

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The team that struggled to protect a fourth-quarter lead all season long suddenly has figured out how to stage late comebacks in the postseason - against the toughest teams and in the most hostile environments, no less.

New Zealand fans back Thunder’s Adams after ’monkey’ comment

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Oklahoma City center Steven Adams is breaking new ground as a New Zealander succeeding at the top levels of the NBA, and the jubilation of his fans back home seemed little dimmed by his comments that caused a stir in the U.S.

Cavs 9-0 in these playoffs, and joining rarefied NBA air

Starting a postseason 9-0 does not guarantee a championship.

LeBron, Cavs stay perfect, blow out Raptors 115-84 in Game 1

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland showed no rust from its long layoff and thumped Toronto 115-84 on Tuesday in the opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference finals, stretching its perfect record in this season's playoffs to 9-0.

» Tuesday, May 17, 2016

TNT sees big ratings for Oklahoma City-Golden State opener

ATLANTA (AP) The Western Conference finals opener between Oklahoma City and Golden State was TNT's highest-rated conference finals Game 1 since 2011.

76ers win NBA draft lottery, Lakers stay at No. 2, keep pick

NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have lost big for three years, when they appeared to value draft picks more than players.

Thunder’s Steven Adams apologizes for ’monkeys’ comment

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oklahoma City center Steven Adams understands that he has to live with the fallout of using a derogatory term to describe Golden State's guards.

Mutombo rejects lottery conspiracy after Twitter mistake

NEW YORK (AP) Dikembe Mutombo is rejecting the idea of another NBA draft lottery conspiracy.

76ers win NBA draft lottery, Lakers stay at No. 2, keep pick

NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday and will have the No. 1 pick in June.

Celtics’ Olynyk undergoes successful shoulder surgery

BOSTON (AP) Kelly Olynyk had a promising regular season derailed late in the year by recurring right shoulder issues.

76ers win NBA draft lottery, Lakers stay at No. 2, keep pick

NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night and will have the No. 1 pick in June.

The Philadelphia 76ers win lottery; have No. 1 pick in upcoming NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers win lottery; have No. 1 pick in upcoming NBA draft.

Celtics’ Olynyk undergoes successful shoulder surgery

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics say Kelly Olynyk has undergone successful surgery on his injured right shoulder which bothered him late in the season.

Warriors take little solace in NBA acknowledging blown call

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The fact that the NBA acknowledged missing a late travel call on Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook did little to appease Golden State coach Steve Kerr a day later.

Warriors take little solace in NBA acknowledging blown call

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The fact that the NBA acknowledged missing a late travel call on Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, did little to appease Golden State coach Steve Kerr a day later.

We The Ignored: Raptors, mayor upset over team’s online snub

CLEVELAND (AP) These Raptors want to make it clear they are not extinct.

NBA China to open basketball-themed Playzone in Shanghai

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is opening a basketball-themed entertainment center in China, another effort to connect with fans where it enjoys huge popularity.

Cleveland’s passion rubbing off on Cavs guard J.R. Smith

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Like one of his 3-pointers, Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has fallen for Cleveland.

After lots of losing, 76ers hope to win big in NBA lottery

NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers lost plenty the previous two seasons, though never managed to lose the most.

Experience, LeBron make Cavs huge favorites over Raptors

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James once stood in Kyle Lowry's sneakers.

Thunder’s Steven Adams apologizes for ’monkeys’ comment

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oklahoma City center Steven Adams apologized for using a derogatory term to describe Golden State's guards after Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Thunder’s Steven Adams apologizes for ’monkeys’ comment

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oklahoma City center Steven Adams has apologized for describing Golden State's guards as ''quick little monkeys'' in an interview following the Thunder's 108-102 win over the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Thunder’s Steven Adams apologizes for ’monkeys’ comment

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oklahoma City center Steven Adams has apologized for describing Golden State's guards as ''quick little monkeys'' in an interview with ESPN following the Thunder's 108-102 win over the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Thunder’s Steven Adams apologizes for ’monkeys’ comment

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oklahoma City center Steven Adams has apologized for describing Golden State's guards as ''quick little monkeys'' in an interview with ESPN following the Thunder's 108-102 win over the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Thunder’s Steven Adams apologizes for ’monkeys’ comment

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oklahoma City center Steven Adams has apologized for describing Golden State's guards as ''quick little monkeys'' in an interview with ESPN following the Thunder's 108-102 win over the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Plenty of star power remains at point guard in NBA playoffs

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James is fond of saying that today's NBA is driven by point guards.

Plenty of star power remains at point guard in NBA playoffs

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James is fond of saying that today's NBA is driven by point guards.

Plenty of star power remains at point guard in NBA playoffs

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James is fond of saying that today's NBA is driven by point guards.

» Monday, May 16, 2016

Blazers coach Terry Stotts agrees to 3-year extension

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Terry Stotts, who coached the Portland Trail Blazers to the second round of the playoffs, has agreed to a three-year contract extension, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.

Jim McMillian, forward on ’72 Lakers title team, dead at 68

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jim McMillian, who helped the Los Angeles Lakers to a 33-game winning streak and the 1972 NBA championship as a second-year pro playing with Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West, died Monday. He was 68.

Jim McMillian, forward on ’72 Lakers title team, dead at 68

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jim McMillian, who helped the Los Angeles Lakers to a 33-game winning streak and the 1972 NBA championship, died Monday. He was 68.

Timberwolves’ Towns is unanimous Rookie of the Year pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns has the height and agility, plus the intensity and intelligence.

T-wolves will send Towns with Flip’s ring for lottery luck

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves will send Karl-Anthony Towns as their representative to the NBA draft lottery, hoping for the same fortune that brought them the NBA Rookie of the Year.

Timberwolves’ Towns is unanimous Rookie of the Year pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns has the height and agility, plus the intensity and intelligence.

For Heat, a summer of waiting on Bosh now arrives

MIAMI (AP) Players and coaches will gather Tuesday for the Miami Heat annual end-of-season team meeting, after which the attendees will start scattering in all directions for the summer.

After long overseas career, Nets coach Atkinson back in NY

NEW YORK (AP) Long before playing in Europe or coaching in Mexico, Kenny Atkinson was a ballplayer from New York.

Nate McMillan takes over as head coach of the Indiana Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Larry Bird found the Indiana Pacers' new voice on his own bench. Now Nate McMillan must show his old-school style will still resonate with today's young players.

Capsule preview of the Cavaliers-Raptors East finals

A look at the Eastern Conference finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors (with regular-season and playoff records):

76ers 1st NBA team to land jersey sponsorship with StubHub

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have become the first team in the NBA to put a sponsorship logo on player uniforms, striking a deal with StubHub for a spot on one of the hottest pieces of real estate available in sports.

Indiana Pacers promote Nate McMillan to head coach

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers promoted assistant Nate McMillan to head coach on Monday, ending the search for Frank Vogel's replacement after less than two weeks.

Timberwolves’ Towns is unanimous NBA rookie of year pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was the unanimous winner of the NBA rookie of the year award on Monday.

Indiana Pacers promote Nate McMillan to head coach

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers promoted assistant Nate McMillan to head coach on Monday, ending the search for Frank Vogel's replacement after less than two weeks.

Raptors center Valanciunas out for Game 1 against Cavaliers

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will not play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of an injured right ankle.

Timberwolves’ Towns is unanimous Rookie of the Year pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is the unanimous winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

Pacers expected to name coach at afternoon news conference

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have called a news conference for Monday afternoon amid reports they will promote assistant coach Nate McMillan to head coach.

Timberwolves’ Towns is unanimous Rookie of the Year pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is the unanimous winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

76ers 1st NBA team to land jersey sponsorship with StubHub

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have become the first team in the NBA to put a sponsorship logo on player uniforms, striking a deal with StubHub for a spot on one of the hottest pieces of real estate available in sports.

Lowry leads Raptors into conference final against Cavs

TORONTO (AP) Less than two weeks ago, Kyle Lowry was a struggling so badly that he stayed past midnight to work on his game after a tough playoff loss.

» Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lowry scores 35, DeRozan has 28, Raptors beat Heat 116-89

TORONTO (AP) Toronto moved into the NBA conference finals for the first time in franchise history by beating Miami 116-89 on Sunday in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series, led by Kyle Lowry, who scored 35 points, and DeMar DeRozan, who had 28.

Back to business for LeBron and Cavs, who will face Raptors

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) As the score became more and more lopsided in Toronto, LeBron James started to change.

AP Source: Karl-Anthony Towns is NBA Rookie of the Year

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has been voted the NBA's Rookie of the Year, according to a person with direct knowledge of the award.

Lowry scores 35, DeRozan has 28, Raptors beat Heat 116-89

TORONTO (AP) Toronto fans chanted `We Want Cleveland!' in the final seconds. They got it.

Wait over for LeBron, Cavaliers as Raptors advance in East

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James watched the final seconds turns to zeroes in Toronto, walked onto the practice floor and got real serious.

Lowry scores 35, DeRozan has 28, Raptors beat Heat 116-89

TORONTO (AP) Toronto moved into the NBA conference finals for the first time in franchise history by beating Miami 116-89 on Sunday in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series, led by Kyle Lowry, who scored 35 points, and DeMar DeRozan, who had 28.

Capsule preview of the Warriors-Thunder West finals

A look at the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder (with regular-season and playoff records):

Game 7 to finally decide Raptors-Heat winner, Cavs’ opponent

MIAMI (AP) History is going to happen.

» Saturday, May 14, 2016

Draymond Green committed to cutting down his technicals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stunningly, Draymond Green kept his mouth shut on the court for a full practice Saturday.

Draymond Green committed to cutting down his technicals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stunningly, Draymond Green kept his mouth shut on the court for a full practice Saturday.

Wary of rust, Cavs sweat in gym while awaiting next round

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Even coach Tyronn Lue came off the floor sweating on Saturday.

» Friday, May 13, 2016

Clarification: Stars fuel hope for mid-major prospects

CHICAGO (AP) In a story May 12 about the NBA Draft Combine, The Associated Press failed to clarify that Klay Thompson played at Washington State instead of a mid-major.

Spurs unsure if Duncan or Ginobili will return

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio's unexpected and abrupt end to the season brings on another stressful summer that begins with what has become an annual quandary.

Warriors rest up and gear up to face Thunder in West finals

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry surprised coach Steve Kerr with how quickly he found his groove the past two games after returning from a right knee injury, even with a few more misses than usual for the MVP.

Warriors rest up and gear up to face Thunder in West finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry surprised coach Steve Kerr with how quickly he found his groove the past two games after returning from a right knee injury, even with a few more misses than usual for the MVP.

After long road, Maker adds intrigue to next month’s draft

CHICAGO (AP) The picture of the Larry O'Brien Trophy that is his phone's wallpaper could be Thon Maker's reminder to maintain his focus and not lose sight of his ultimate goal.

Durant, Thunder beat Spurs and return to conference finals

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Now that Kevin Durant is back, the Thunder have returned to a familiar place.

Warriors rest up and gear up to face Thunder in West finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry surprised coach Steve Kerr with how quickly he found his groove the past two games after returning from a right knee injury, even with a few more misses than usual for the MVP.

Spurs unsure if Duncan or Ginobili will return

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio's unexpected and abrupt end to the season brings on another stressful summer that begins with what has become an annual quandary.

Spurs unsure if Duncan or Ginobili will return

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio's unexpected and abrupt end to the season brings on another stressful summer that begins with what has become an annual quandary.

Thunder beat Spurs, advance to Western Conference finals

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City advanced to the NBA Western Conference finals and left San Antonio's veteran team staring at an uncertain future by beating the Spurs 113-99 on Thursday to clinch the series 4-2.

» Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thunder beat Spurs, advance to Western Conference finals

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Russell Westbrook added 28 as the Thunder beat San Antonio 113-99 on Thursday to win the NBA Western Conference semifinal series 4-2.

Stars’ success fuels hope for mid-major prospects at Combine

CHICAGO (AP) As he watched Golden State take out Portland, A.J. English felt some mid-major pride, not to mention hope for his own future.

Damian Lillard and Trail Blazers look to bright future

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard's thoughts were already turned toward next season on the flight back to Portland following the Blazers' final playoff loss to the Warriors. He pondered how the team's surprising success would impact the tightknit group.

How many times has your team changed coaches in the Pop era?

MIAMI (AP) Coaching changes are constant in the NBA, except in San Antonio.

New Jazz uniforms include sleeved alternate jersey

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz unveiled new uniforms that include an alternate jersey with sleeves and thick horizontal stripes across the front.

Raptors have Heat on the brink, look to clinch in Game 6

MIAMI (AP) The centers are hobbled and sidelined. The starting point guards have seen their faces bloodied. Both teams have key forwards dealing with wrist injuries, and Toronto's leading scorer needs his super-tender thumb wrapped in something resembling a shoelace so he can play.

Scott Skiles resigns as coach of Magic after just 1 season

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Scott Skiles surprisingly resigned as coach of the Orlando Magic after just one season and team executives insist they never saw it coming.

LeBron says his retirement from NBA is ’up to my kids’

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James will soon face a triple-team he can't beat.

How many times has your team changed coaches in the Pop era?

MIAMI (AP) Coaching changes are constant in the NBA, except in San Antonio.

Skiles out as coach of Orlando Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Scott Skiles has stepped down as coach of the Orlando Magic after just one year, the somewhat surprising decision coming about a month after the conclusion of a frustrating regular season.

How many times has your team changed coaches in the Pop era?

MIAMI (AP) Coaching changes are constant in the NBA, except in San Antonio.

How many times has your team changed coaches in the Pop era?

MIAMI (AP) Coaching changes are constant in the NBA, except in San Antonio.

Skiles out as coach of Orlando Magic

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) Scott Skiles has stepped down as coach of the Orlando Magic after just one year, the somewhat surprising decision coming about a month after the conclusion of a frustrating NBA regular season.

Sports Arena closing after hosting huge 20th century moments

LOS ANGELES (AP) The dump will jump no more.

Skiles out as coach of Orlando Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Scott Skiles has stepped down as coach of the Orlando Magic after just one year, the somewhat surprising decision coming about a month after the conclusion of a frustrating regular season.

Spurs’ Duncan competing with Thunder, Father Time

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Father Time can be awfully sneaky.

MVP Curry and his Warriors teammates move closer to goal

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry stopped just before leaving his postgame press conference with one final, important thought.

Spurs’ Duncan competing with Thunder, Father Time

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Father Time can be awfully sneaky.

Curry back as Warriors beat Blazers to clinch series

OAKLAND, California (AP) Golden State booked its passage to the NBA Western Conference finals for a second straight year by beating Portland 125-121 on Wednesday, with newly crowned league MVP Stephen Curry hitting the sealing 3-pointer to complete a 4-1 series victory.

» Wednesday, May 11, 2016

DeRozan scores 34 as Raptors beat Heat 99-91 in Game 5

TORONTO (AP) Toronto's DeMar DeRozan matched a playoff high with 34 points as the Raptors beat Miami 99-91 on Wednesday to take a 3-2 lead in their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Spurs’ Duncan competing with Thunder, Father Time

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Father Time can be awfully sneaky.

Heat"s Goran Dragic assessed technical after NBA review

TORONTO (AP) Miami guard Goran Dragic has been assessed a technical foul and fined $2,000 for swinging at Toronto guard Cory Joseph under the basket late in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

LeBron says Curry deserves MVP, debates meaning of award

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James won't debate whether Golden State's Stephen Curry should be the NBA's MVP this season. That's an indisputable slam dunk.

Love’s Return: Cavs’ big man thriving in second postseason

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) When the so-far-perfect Cavaliers held on in Game 4 and finished their sweep of overmatched Atlanta, LeBron James threw both arms around Kevin Love and hugged his teammate tightly, appearing almost afraid to let him go.

Warriors look to clinch, Heat-Raptors face pivotal Game 5

MIAMI (AP) Stephen Curry will lift another MVP trophy. Dwyane Wade will try to keep lifting the Miami Heat.

Westbrook leads Thunder past Spurs, 95-91, for 3-2 lead

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook finished just one assist short of a triple double as he led the Thunder to a come-from-behind 95-91 win at San Antonio on Tuesday, taking a 3-2 lead in their NBA Western Conference semifinal series.

» Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Stephen Curry is first unanimous NBA MVP, takes honor again

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) From the jaw-dropping half-court heaves that somehow sink through the net to the dazzling drives and zippy passes from every which way, Stephen Curry's desire to keep getting better while always trying to entertain at every stop has the Golden State superstar being mentioned right along with the best ever, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

Mavericks guard Harris has surgeries on left toe, thumb

DALLAS (AP) Mavericks guard Devin Harris has had his left big toe and left thumb surgically repaired.

Stephen Curry is first unanimous NBA MVP, takes honor again

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry's desire to keep getting better while always striving to entertain at every stop on the schedule has the Golden State superstar being mentioned right along with the best ever, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

Whiteside not flying with Heat to Toronto for Game 5

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat will not accompany his team to Toronto for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series there on Wednesday night.

Warriors look to clinch, Heat-Raptors face pivotal Game 5

MIAMI (AP) Stephen Curry will lift another MVP trophy. Dwyane Wade will try to keep lifting the Miami Heat.

An NBA MVP vote is finally unanimous, and Steph stands alone

MIAMI (AP) Here's Stephen Curry's year in a nutshell. A record 402 3-pointers, all 131 MVP first-place votes, and zero doubt.

Kings’ methodical coaching search ended with Dave Joerger

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Vlade Divac's first coaching search as general manager of the Sacramento Kings was methodical. He talked to about a dozen candidates over several weeks and was ready to bring in three finalists for a second interview before settling on a pick.

An NBA MVP vote is finally unanimous, and Steph stands alone

MIAMI (AP) Here's Stephen Curry's year in a nutshell. A record 402 3-pointers, all 131 MVP first-place votes, and zero doubt.

Stephen Curry is 1st unanimous NBA MVP, takes honor again

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is the first unanimous NBA MVP, earning the award for the second straight season Tuesday after leading the defending champion Warriors to a record-setting season.

Whiteside not flying with Heat to Toronto for Game 5

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat will not accompany his team to Toronto for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series there on Wednesday night.

AP Source: Warriors G Stephen Curry wins 2nd straight MVP

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season.

AP Source: Warriors G Stephen Curry wins 2nd straight MVP

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season.

AP Source: Warriors G Stephen Curry wins 2nd straight MVP

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season.

Curry returns from injury to rescue Warriors

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry returned from a sprained right knee to score an NBA-record 17 points in overtime, finishing with 40 as the Warriors won 132-125 at Portland on Monday to take a 3-1 lead in their second-round playoff series.

Warriors’ Livingston ejected in the 2nd Q against Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Golden State's Shaun Livingston was ejected in the second quarter of Game 4 of the Warriors' playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Wade apologizes for anthem flap in Miami-Toronto series

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade was the first Miami Heat player to line up for the playing of ''O Canada'' on Monday night.

» Monday, May 9, 2016

Wade apologizes for anthem flap in Miami-Toronto series

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade was the first Miami Heat player to line up for the playing of ''O Canada'' on Monday night.

Golden State’s Curry returns in Game 4 against the Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry returned from a right knee sprain for Game 4 of Golden State's playoff series against the Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Wade gets 30, Heat rally and beat Raptors 94-87 in OT

MIAMI (AP) Miami's Dwyane Wade saved the Heat in regulation, then finished off overtime with an emphatic dunk as the hosts beat Toronto 94-87 on Monday to tie their NBA second-round playoff series at 2-2.

Golden State’s Curry returns in Game 4 against the Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry will return from a right knee sprain for Game 4 of Golden State's playoff series against the Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Golden State’s Curry returns in Game 4 against the Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry will return from a right knee sprain for Game 4 of Golden State's playoff series against the Trail Blazers on Monday night.

After fallback season, Hawks look to rise again in East

ATLANTA (AP) Paul Millsap tossed and turned much of the night.

San Antonio’s RC Buford named NBA Executive of the Year

R.C. Buford is the last person to take a victory lap, especially when the San Antonio Spurs are in the middle of a second-round playoff fight with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Zach LaVine wins NBA Cares Community Assist award for April

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Zach LaVine's work with a school for the deaf is bringing an added benefit he never saw coming - the chance to help a new charity dedicated to his fallen coach.

AP Source: Warriors G Stephen Curry wins 2nd straight MVP

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season.

Kings hire coach Dave Joerger 2 days after firing in Memphis

Two days after being jettisoned by the Memphis Grizzlies, Dave Joerger has landed in Sacramento as the latest coach looking to end the Kings' decade-long playoff drought.

Kings hire coach Dave Joerger 2 days after firing in Memphis

Two days after being jettisoned by the Memphis Grizzlies, Dave Joerger has landed in Sacramento as the latest coach looking to end the Kings' decade-long NBA playoff drought.

AP Source: Warriors G Stephen Curry wins 2nd straight MVP

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season.

AP Source: Warriors G Stephen Curry wins 2nd straight MVP

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season.

Zach LaVine wins NBA Cares Community Assist award for April

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Zach LaVine's work with a school for the deaf is bringing an added benefit he never saw coming - the chance to help a new charity dedicated to his fallen coach.

AP Source: Kings agree to terms with coach Dave Joerger

Two days after being jettisoned by the Memphis Grizzlies, Dave Joerger has landed in Sacramento.

AP Source: Kings agree to terms with coach Dave Joerger

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Sacramento Kings have agreed to terms with Dave Joerger on a three-year deal to make him their new coach.

San Antonio’s RC Buford named NBA Executive of the Year

R.C. Buford has forged a reputation as one of the NBA's best general managers over the last decade in part by never becoming too intoxicated by the quick-fix schemes that tempt so many executives during free agency every July.

NBA, Mountain Dew launch national 3-on-3 competition tour

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA and Mountain Dew are launching a 3-on-3 competition tour that will award the winning teams spots in next year's USA Basketball 3-on-3 tournament.

Whiteside ruled out of Game 4 of Miami-Toronto series

MIAMI (AP) Heat center Hassan Whiteside was ruled out of Monday's Game 4 of Miami's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Toronto Raptors because of a sprained ligament in his right knee.

San Antonio’s RC Buford named NBA Executive of the Year

San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has been named the NBA's executive of the year.

Zach LaVine wins NBA Cares Community Assist award for April

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Zach LaVine's work with a school for the deaf is bringing an added benefit he never saw coming - the chance to a new charity dedicated to his fallen coach.

Hornets PG Kemba Walker has another surgery on left knee

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets point guard Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Blazers, Heat look to even series up at home in Game 4s

MIAMI (AP) By definition, Portland and Miami are not yet facing must-win games.

Big Three leads Cavaliers back to Eastern Conference finals

ATLANTA (AP) The Big Three yucked it up after their latest playoff sweep, a far cry from the uneasiness that prevailed at the beginning of their relationship.

Cavs beat Hawks to advance, Thunder tie series with Spurs

ATLANTA (AP) LeBron James hit a huge shot with 39.2 seconds to go as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 100-99 on Sunday to finish off a 4-0 sweep and advance to the Eastern Conference finals while Kevin Durant matched his career playoff high with 41 points as Oklahoma defeated San Antonio 111-97 to tie their Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Durant scores 41 points, Thunder beat Spurs to tie series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant went on a scoring spree that was spectacular, even by his standards.

» Sunday, May 8, 2016

Wade’s shots during Canadian anthem spark some outrage

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade's pregame routine has sparked a bit of an international incident, with some Canadians saying Sunday that he disrespected their national anthem.

Wade’s shots during Canadian anthem spark some outrage

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade's pregame routine has sparked a bit of an international incident, with some Canadians saying Sunday that he disrespected their national anthem.

Love, James lead Cavs to another sweep, 100-99 over Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) Cleveland's Big Three is on quite a roll.

Blazers, Heat look to even series up at home in Game 4s

MIAMI (AP) By definition, Portland and Miami are not yet facing must-win games.

Love, James lead Cavs to another sweep, 100-99 over Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) Kevin Love scored 27 points and LeBron James hit a huge shot with 39.2 seconds to go as the Cleveland Cavaliers finished off their second straight playoff sweep, beating the Atlanta Hawks 100-99 Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Blazers, Heat look to even series up at home in Game 4s

MIAMI (AP) By definition, Portland and Miami are not yet facing must-win games.

Whiteside-Valanciunas matchup comes to an end after injuries

MIAMI (AP) Miami's Hassan Whiteside and Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas won't square off anymore in this Heat-Raptors Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Whiteside-Valanciunas matchup comes to an end after injuries

MIAMI (AP) Miami's Hassan Whiteside and Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas won't square off anymore in this Heat-Raptors Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Wade’s shots during Canadian anthem spark some outrage

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade's pregame routine has sparked a bit of an international incident.

Wade’s shots during Canadian anthem spark some outrage

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade's pregame routine has sparked a bit of an international incident.

Raptors’ Valanciunas out for rest of East semifinal series

MIAMI (AP) Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will miss the rest of his team's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat with a sprained right ankle.

Cavs looks unstoppable as they eye another playoff sweep

ATLANTA (AP) This is what LeBron James envisioned when he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Whiteside has sprained MCL, will be listed as day-to-day

MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, the same injury that has sidelined Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry for the past couple weeks.

Cavs looks unstoppable as they eye another playoff sweep

ATLANTA (AP) This is what LeBron James envisioned when he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Portland beat Warriors, Raptors beat Heat

The Trail Blazers learned their lesson.

» Saturday, May 7, 2016

Golden State’s Curry out for Game 3 against the Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said star guard Stephen Curry will not play in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

Heat lose Whiteside, Raptors lose Valanciunas in Game 3

MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside left Saturday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors in the second quarter with a right knee injury, and Toronto lost center Jonas Valanciunas in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle.

Cavs looks unstoppable as they eye another playoff sweep

ATLANTA (AP) This is what LeBron James envisioned when he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Durant’s mother, the ’Real MVP,’ subject of Lifetime movie

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) With a single sentence uttered by her world-famous son Kevin Durant, Wanda Pratt's life changed forever.

Grizzlies fire coach Dave Joerger after 3 playoff seasons

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies already faced a lot of decisions that could reshape their roster this offseason - now add a coaching search to the list.

Grizzlies fire coach Dave Joerger

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have fired Dave Joerger after three seasons and three straight playoff appearances.

Durant’s mother, the "Real MVP," subject of Lifetime movie

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) With a single sentence uttered by her world-famous son, Wanda Pratt's life changed forever.

Frye leads another 3-point barrage, Cavs beat Hawks 121-108

ATLANTA (AP) Channing Frye scored 27 points and the Cavaliers kept up their 3-point barrage Friday, dominating down the stretch for a 121-108 victory that gave Cleveland a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Griffin out for Team USA duty after quad tendon procedure

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin won't play for the U.S. basketball team this summer at its training camp, likely knocking him out of the Olympics for the second straight time.

» Friday, May 6, 2016

NBA, GE Healthcare award injury prevention research funding

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA and GE Healthcare have awarded more than $1.5 million in funding to six groups researching injury prevention.

No Olympics for Blake Griffin after quad tendon procedure

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin won't play for the U.S. Olympic team this summer after a recent procedure on his left quad tendon.

Hawks lineup change: Sefolosha for Korver in Game 3 vs Cavs

ATLANTA (AP) After losing the first two games in Cleveland, the Atlanta Hawks made a lineup change for Game 3 on Friday night against the Cavaliers.

Utah Jazz extend contract of coach Quin Snyder

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have extended coach Quin Snyder's contract.

Curry returns to practice, still unlikely to play Game 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State superstar Stephen Curry zipped around the court bouncing from spot to spot during his typical extensive post-practice shooting routine, driving to the basket past his regular practice coach Bruce Fraser.

Coaching search Q and A with headhunter Jed Hughes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) It's coaching change season in the NBA, and that means teams are conducting searches for new leadership in all sorts of different ways.

Curry returns to practice, still unlikely to play Game 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State superstar Stephen Curry zipped around the court bouncing from spot to spot during his typical extensive post-practice shooting routine, driving to the basket past his regular practice coach Bruce Fraser.

Heat, Blazers head home, stung by Game 2 disappointments

MIAMI (AP) Game 2 became a big missed opportunity for Miami. Same goes for Portland, which now has minimal room for error.

Utah Jazz extend contract of coach Quin Snyder

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have extended the contract of coach Quin Snyder. The team announced a ''long-term'' extension Friday morning, but did not release other details of the deal.

Will the real Thunder and Hawks please stand up?

The Oklahoma City Thunder responded to their Game 1 thumping. The Atlanta Hawks? Not so much.

Festus Ezeli makes big impact down the stretch in Game 2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As his teammates wrapped up their practice day, Festus Ezeli worked some post moves with coach Theo Robertson and shot a few more hook shots from each side of the key, then a series of free throws as assistant coach Ron Adams observed.

Carroll scores 21, Raptors beat Heat in OT to tie series

TORONTO (AP) Toronto beat Miami 96-92 in overtime on Thursday to even their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.

» Thursday, May 5, 2016

Damian Lillard gets tested by Warriors, looks for rebound

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) First it was a chest cold, then it was a fourth-quarter dry spell. The start of Damian Lillard's playoff series against the Golden State Warriors has been rough.

Stephen Curry unlikely to return for Warriors on Saturday

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is unlikely to play Saturday for Golden State in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals at Portland since he still hasn't practiced on his sprained right knee.

Seattle mayor decries sexist attacks to sports arena vote

SEATTLE (AP) Seattle's mayor and an investor have condemned sports fans' sexist attacks against the mostly female City Council after its vote sidetracked a proposed arena project aimed at luring the NBA back to the city.

Pacers seeking new voice after parting ways with Frank Vogel

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Larry Bird has never cared about popularity contests. All he ever wanted to do was win.

Stephen Curry unlikely to return for Warriors on Saturday

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is unlikely to play Saturday for Golden State in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals at Portland since he still hasn't practiced on his sprained right knee.

Hawks look for answers after getting embarrassed by Cavs

ATLANTA (AP) Thoroughly embarrassed by Cleveland's record-setting performance, the Atlanta Hawks spent part of Thursday watching film from their Game 2 debacle.

Will the real Thunder and Hawks please stand up?

The Oklahoma City Thunder responded to their Game 1 thumping. The Atlanta Hawks? Not so much.

Stephen Curry unlikely to return for Warriors on Saturday

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry did not practice Thursday with the Golden State Warriors and is unlikely to play in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals at Portland.

76ers add 2 executives to front office, promote key exec

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have named Marc Eversley as vice president of player personnel and Ned Cohen as associate vice president.

Pacers seeking new voice after parting ways with Frank Vogel

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Larry Bird has never cared about popularity contests. All he ever wanted to do was win.

Kobe Bryant’s animated short gets assist from John Williams

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant's farewell poem to basketball is getting the short film treatment with some high profile talent behind it.

Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel out after 5-plus seasons

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Frank Vogel will not return as Indiana Pacers coach next season.

Wizards All-Star guard John Wall undergoes knee surgery

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards All-Star guard John Wall underwent left knee surgery and is expected to be ready for the start of next season.

Frank Vogel out in Indiana after 5-plus seasons

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Frank Vogel will not return as Indiana Pacers coach next season.

Former Lakers coach Byron Scott ’shocked’ over firing

LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott says he thought he had more time to right the ship before the team fired him last week.

Cavaliers set NBA record with 25 3-pointers

CLEVELAND (AP) J.R. Smith made seven 3-pointers and the Cleveland Cavaliers drained an NBA-record 25 3s in a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in Game 2 of their second-round series.

Big shots: Cavaliers set NBA record by making 25 3-pointers

CLEVELAND (AP) Wearing headphones and sweats, J.R. Smith, the one Cleveland player without any restrictions on where or when he can shoot, finished his pregame warmup by stopping near half-court and launching a shot.

With Lowry faltering, Dragic flourishing, Heat seek 2-0 lead

It took the Toronto Raptors 15 years to get this far again, and Kyle Lowry knows they won't go further if he doesn't play better.

3 for all: Cavaliers make record 25 3-pointers, rout Hawks

CLEVELAND (AP) Dropping jump shots from every corner and angle, the Cleveland Cavaliers hit an NBA record 25 3-pointers during a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in their NBA second-round playoff series.

» Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cavaliers set NBA playoff record for 3-pointers

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have set an NBA playoff record by making 22 3-pointers in Game 2 against Atlanta on Wednesday night.

Cavaliers set NBA record with 18 3-pointers in half

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers set an NBA record by making 18 3-pointers in the first half of Game 2 against Atlanta on Wednesday night.

Bosh officially declared out for remainder of Heat season

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh's season is now officially over, regardless of how far the Miami Heat advance in the postseason.

With Lowry faltering, Dragic flourishing, Heat seek 2-0 lead

It took the Toronto Raptors 15 years to get this far again, and Kyle Lowry knows they won't go further if he doesn't play better.

Bosh officially declared out for remainder of Heat season

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh's season is now officially over, regardless of how far the Miami Heat advance in this postseason.

Celtics’ president Ainge embracing expectation-filled summer

BOSTON (AP) During his tenure as Celtics president, Danny Ainge has developed a reputation as deal maker that pounces on opportunities.

Bosh officially declared out for remainder of Heat season

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh's season is over.

Miami Heat announce All-Star forward Chris Bosh will not return to play this season.

MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat announce All-Star forward Chris Bosh will not return to play this season.

Draymond Green’s fire drives Warriors in pursuit of title

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry might be the face of the Warriors with the breathtaking long-range shots and ball-handling that makes Golden State so appealing to watch.

LeBron has thought about playoffs matchup with Wade, Heat

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James isn't looking too far forward in the NBA playoffs. He's taken a peek, however.

LeBron has thought about playoffs matchup with Wade, Heat

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James isn't looking too far forward in the NBA playoffs. He's taken a peek, however.

Cavaliers not crying foul over LeBron’s lack of free throws

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue celebrated his 39th birthday on Tuesday and proudly showed off a few gray hairs - silvery-speckled souvenirs of job-related stress.

Cavaliers not crying foul over LeBron’s lack of free throws

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue celebrated his 39th birthday on Tuesday and proudly showed off a few gray hairs - silvery-speckled souvenirs of job-related stress.

Warriors take 2-0 series lead; Heat edge Raptors in overtime

The defending champion Warriors mounted a remarkable comeback without Stephen Curry.

Warriors rally in fourth for 2-0 series lead over Portland

OAKLAND, California (AP) Klay Thompson scored 27 points and gave Golden State its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer with 5:33 left, helping the Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

Wade, Heat beat Raptors in OT after Lowry’s halfcourt heave

TORONTO (AP) Goran Dragic scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had seven of his 24 in overtime after Kyle Lowry's halfcourt shot tied it at the buzzer, helping the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 102-96 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

» Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Warriors’ Varejao says tripping Henderson not intentional

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State backup big man Anderson Varejao insists he didn't deliberately trip Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series.

Bosh travels to Toronto for Game 1 of conference semifinal

TORONTO (AP) Miami forward Chris Bosh is in Toronto for the Heat's opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Raptors but remains on the inactive list.

Bosh travels to Toronto for Game 1 of conference semifinal

TORONTO (AP) Miami forward Chris Bosh is in Toronto for the Heat's opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Raptors but remains on the inactive list.

Warriors’ Varejao says tripping Henderson not intentional

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State backup big man Anderson Varejao insists he didn't deliberately trip Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series.

Warriors’ Varejao says tripping Henderson not intentional

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State backup big man Anderson Varejao insists he didn't deliberately trip Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series.

NBA: 5 incorrect non-calls at end of Spurs-Thunder game

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA said Tuesday there were five incorrect non-calls on the wild final sequence in San Antonio, including a foul on Oklahoma City's Dion Waiters that referees earlier had already acknowledged they missed.

Curry wins pro basketball writers’ Magic Johnson Award

NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry has won the Magic Johnson Award, given by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an NBA player who combines excellence on the court with cooperation with the public and media.

Refs say they missed call on Waiters, plan to train for it

NEW YORK (AP) NBA referees say their missed foul on Oklahoma City's Dion Waiters as he inbounded the ball was a play they had never seen before.

Raptors ratings still struggling to compete with NHL, Jays

TORONTO (AP) Despite getting more attention from Canadian TV viewers, the Toronto Raptors are still struggling to compete with hockey and baseball.

Dwyane Wade ’honored’ to be Prince’s favorite player

Dwyane Wade says he's feeling ''all kinds of emotions'' after hearing that he was Prince's favorite basketball player.

Dwyane Wade ’honored’ to be Prince’s favorite player

Dwyane Wade says he's feeling ''all kinds of emotions'' after hearing that he was Prince's favorite basketball player.

Warriors determined to set defensive tone again in Game 2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Andrew Bogut has taken to publicly calling himself unflattering names.

LeBron, Cavs hold off Hawks 104-93 in Game 1

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Oklahoma City Thunder held on to beat San Antonio 98-97 in a frantic and contentious finish to Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference semifinal series on Monday, inflicting only a second home loss of the season on the Spurs and squaring the series 1-1.

» Monday, May 2, 2016

LeBron, Cavs hold off Hawks 104-93 in Game 1

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland withstood a strong comeback by Atlanta to maintain their chokehold on the Hawks with a 104-93 victory on Monday in the opening game of their second-round NBA Eastern Conference playoff series.

Warriors still hopeful to have Stephen Curry back for Game 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry was expected back on the court for more light shooting Monday to test his sprained right knee, still with the hope he could be ready to return for Golden State's Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday at Portland.

Warriors determined to set defensive tone again in Game 2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Andrew Bogut has taken to publicly calling himself unflattering names.

George’s return has Pacers dreaming of brighter future

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers turned what was supposed to be a transitional season into one filled with promise.

Hornets future unclear with 4 starters becoming free agents

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have a major decision ahead of them this offseason - keep the core group from a team that tied for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference or revamp the roster by adding new pieces.

Rivers: Clippers will not trade Paul, Griffin or Jordan

LOS ANGELES (AP) Doc Rivers said Monday that he would not break up the Los Angeles Clippers' big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan during the offseason - regardless of any trade offers that may arise.

Rivers: Clippers will not trade Paul, Griffin or Jordan

LOS ANGELES (AP) Doc Rivers said Monday that he would not break up the Los Angeles Clippers' big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and D'Andre Jordan during the offseason - regardless of any trade offers that may arise.

Capsule preview of the Heat-Raptors second-round series

A look at the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors that begins Tuesday (with regular-season and playoff records):

Warriors still hopeful to have Stephen Curry back for Game 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry was expected back on the court for more light shooting Monday to test his sprained right knee, still with the hope he could be ready to return for Golden State's Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday at Portland.

No time to revel in Game 7 wins for Raptors and Heat

MIAMI (AP) The exhilaration of winning Game 7s was short-lived for Toronto and Miami.

Back to the drawing board for Thunder against Spurs

There was a possession where LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed a defensive rebound, outlet-passed to Manu Ginobili, who then turned and fired a 70-foot strike to Kawhi Leonard for a dunk.

Raptors reach second round for first time 15 years

TORONTO (AP) After a decade and a half of playoff disappointment, the Toronto Raptors finally got to enjoy a celebratory night of hugs, kisses and happy families.

Back to the drawing board for Thunder against Spurs

There was a possession where LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed a defensive rebound, outlet-passed to Manu Ginobili, who then turned and fired a 70-foot strike to Kawhi Leonard for a dunk.

Heat off to the second round, and Deng a big reason why

MIAMI (AP) Luol Deng's role with the Miami Heat changed out of necessity in February, when the team lost Chris Bosh for the second consecutive season to a blood clot at the All-Star break.

Warriors win opener, Heat and Raptors win Game 7s

OAKLAND, California (AP) The Golden State Warriors dominated once more, even without their MVP Stephen Curry, to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals while the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors both won Game 7s to advance to the second round in the Eastern Conference.

» Sunday, May 1, 2016

Heat roll past Hornets in Game 7, 106-73

MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat ousted the Charlotte Hornets from the NBA playoffs with an emphatic 106-73 victory on Sunday. Miami won two elimination games to take the series 4-3 and will play Toronto in the Eastern Conference semifinals starting on Tuesday night.

DeRozan has 30 points, Raptors beat Pacers 89-84 in Game 7

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84 on Sunday night in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series to advance to face Miami in the conference semifinals.

Heat roll past Hornets in Game 7, 106-73

MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat ousted the Charlotte Hornets from the NBA playoffs with an emphatic 106-73 victory on Sunday. Miami won two elimination games to take the series 4-3 and will play either Toronto or Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals starting on Tuesday night.

Oklahoma City still embarrassed by lopsided loss

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder were still embarrassed, shocked, frustrated and angry the morning after a horrendous loss to the San Antonio Spurs in their series opener.

Blazers’ Henderson, Warriors’ Varejao ejected for 2 techs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Portland Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson and Golden State Warriors reserve center Anderson Varejao were ejected late in the third quarter of Sunday's Game 1 in the Western Conference semifinals after getting into it for a second time and receiving two technical fouls.

Stephen Curry resumes light shooting on injured right knee

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry has resumed light shooting without movement on his injured right knee with the hopes he can get into scrimmages by later next week, perhaps in time to be ready for Game 3 of the Golden State Warriors' Western Conference semifinals at Portland.

Stephen Curry resumes light shooting on injured right knee

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry has resumed light shooting without movement on his injured right knee with the hopes he can get into scrimmages by later next week, perhaps in time to be ready for Game 3 of the Golden State Warriors' Western Conference semifinals at Portland.

Stephen Curry resumes light shooting on injured right knee

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry has resumed light shooting without movement on his injured right knee with the hopes he can get into scrimmages by later next week, perhaps in time to be ready for Game 3 of the Golden State Warriors' Western Conference semifinals at Portland.

Stephen Curry resumes light shooting on injured right knee

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry has resumed light shooting without movement on his injured right knee with the hopes he could get into scrimmages by later next week, perhaps in time to be ready for Game 3 of the Golden State Warriors' Western Conference semifinals at Portland.

Back to the drawing board for Thunder against Spurs

There was a possession where LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed a defense rebound, outlet-passed to Manu Ginobili, who then turned and fired a 70-foot strike to Kawhi Leonard for a dunk.

Capsule preview of the Cavaliers-Hawks second-round series

A look at the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks that begins Monday (with regular-season and playoff records):

Aldridge has 38 points, Spurs rout Thunder 124-92 in Game 1

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs dismantled the Oklahoma City Thunder - in a hurry.

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