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» Saturday, April 30, 2016

Walton has unfinished work with Warriors before Lakers job

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Luke Walton was in no rush to leave his job as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

Hawks get another playoff shot at King James and Cavaliers

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks were a work in progress much of the season, a team that went from relying on a dazzling, spread-the-ball offense to a grittier, defensive-minded bunch.

Battered and bloodied Clippers exit playoffs early again

LOS ANGELES (AP) The battered and bloodied Los Angeles Clippers fought to the end only to exit the playoffs early once again.

Hawks get another playoff shot at King James and Cavaliers

ATLANTA (AP) A year ago, Atlanta's magical season ended with a resounding sweep by Cleveland in the Eastern Conference final.

Game 7’s to decide Miami-Charlotte, Toronto-Indiana series

MIAMI (AP) The mere mention of Game 7 got Dwyane Wade's undivided attention.

Game 7’s to decide Miami-Charlotte, Toronto-Indiana series

MIAMI (AP) The mere mention of Game 7 got Dwyane Wade's undivided attention.

Capsule preview of the Warriors-Trail Blazers series

A look at the Western Conference semifinal series between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers that begins Sunday (with regular-season and playoff records):

Blazers have proven the doubters wrong into the 2nd round

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers continue to surprise this season, even if they benefited by untimely injuries for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Pacers, Heat win to force Game 7s

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) Portland advanced to the NBA Western Conference semifinals by holding off the resilient Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 on Friday, claiming the first-round playoff series 4-2.

Curry rehabbing right knee several times a day to get back

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry is rehabbing his injured right knee about three times a day, spending four to five hours at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility to try to get back on the court for the defending NBA champions as soon as possible.

Austin Rivers’ face is bloodied in game against Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Los Angeles guard Austin Rivers left the Clippers' first-round playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night with a bloody cut above his left eye that required 11 stitches.

Lakers hire Warriors assistant Luke Walton as head coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) Luke Walton is coming home to rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers.

» Friday, April 29, 2016

Lakers hire Warriors assistant Luke Walton as head coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) Luke Walton is coming home to rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers.

Pacers, Heat win to force Game 7s

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George scored 21 points, Myles Turner added 15 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 on Friday night to force a Game 7 of their series.

Austin Rivers’ face is bloodied in game against Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Los Angeles guard Austin Rivers left the Clippers' first-round playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night with a bloody cut above his left eye.

Lakers hire Warriors assistant Luke Walton as head coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) Luke Walton is coming home to rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers.

Pacers force Game 7 against Raptors with 101-83 win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George scored 21 points, Myles Turner added 15 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 on Friday night to force a Game 7 of their series.

Rockets must find coach in wake of first-round ouster

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets' season got off to a disappointing start.

Batum ’running on adrenaline’ in Game 6 after birth of child

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets forward Nicolas Batum said he's ''running on adrenaline'' as he prepares for Game 6 of Charlotte's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat following the birth of his son early Friday.

Curry rehabbing right knee several times a day to get back

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is rehabbing his injured right knee about three times a day, spending four to five hours at the Warriors' practice facility to try to get back on the court for the defending champions as soon as possible.

LeBron ’not fond’ of NBA’s reviews of officiating

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James isn't a fan of the NBA's officiating reviews.

Optimism high as Celtics enter a likely active offseason

BOSTON (AP) The emergence of an All-Star and lots of victories made the Celtics one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season.

Curry rehabbing right knee several times a day to get back

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is rehabbing his injured right knee about three times a day, spending four to five hours at Golden State's practice facility to try to get back on the court for the defending champions as soon as possible.

Blazers, Hornets can cap comebacks, Raptors also can advance

Last time they came home, Portland and Charlotte were still just trying to win a game.

Drug dealers use ’Steph Curry’ likeness to market heroin

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia drug dealers looking to market their heroin as top of the line are stamping packets with the likeness of Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry.

LeBron, Cavaliers refocus with Hawks waiting in playoffs

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers weren't flinging any footballs or dancing on Friday - at least not in public.

Capsule preview of the Spurs-Thunder second-round series

A look at the Western Conference semifinal series between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder (with regular-season and playoff records):

ABA team owner and envied dealmaker Ozzie Silna dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball Association franchise into a four-decade windfall of nearly $800 million from the NBA in what's commonly called the greatest deal in sports history, has died at age 83.

Hawks overwhelm Celtics, move to 2nd round with 104-92 win

BOSTON (AP) Atlanta advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 104-92 Game 6 victory over Boston on Thursday, beating the Celtics in a playoff series for the first time since 1958.

Hawks confident heading into 2nd round rematch with Cavs

BOSTON (AP) The Hawks overcame fifty years of sour playoff memories to get by a hobbled Boston team and into the second round of the NBA playoffs.

» Thursday, April 28, 2016

ABA team owner and envied dealmaker Ozzie Silna dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball Association franchise into a four-decade windfall of nearly $800 million from the NBA in what's commonly called the greatest deal in sports history, has died at age 83.

ABA team owner and envied dealmaker Ozzie Silna dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball Association franchise into a four-decade windfall of nearly $800 million from the NBA in what's commonly called the greatest deal in sports history, has died at age 83.

ABA team owner and envied dealmaker Ozzie Silna dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball Association team into a four-decade cash cow worth nearly $800 million in NBA money, has died at age 83.

NBA says Wade wasn’t fouled in final seconds of Game 5 loss

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade does not read the NBA's reviews of officiating in the last 2 minutes of close games, which might be a wise move in this particular case.

Blazers, Hornets can cap comebacks, Raptors also can advance

Last time they came home, Portland and Charlotte were still just trying to win a game.

NBA says Wade wasn’t fouled in final seconds of Game 5 loss

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade does not read the NBA's reviews of officiating in the last 2 minutes of close games, which might be a wise move in this particular case.

Kings hire Catanella as assistant general manager

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have hired Ken Catanella as assistant general manager.

Livingston enjoying the moment filling in for injured Curry

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Shaun Livingston's left leg could have been amputated nine years ago.

Hornets C Spencer Hawes out for remainder of series vs Heat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets say backup center Spencer Hawes will miss the remainder of their first-round series against the Miami Heat with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Blazers, Hornets can cap comebacks, Raptors also can advance

Last time they came home, Portland and Charlotte were still just trying to win a game.

NBA says Wade wasn’t fouled in final seconds of Game 5 loss

MIAMI (AP) The NBA says Dwyane Wade was not fouled on Miami's final offensive play of the Heat loss to Charlotte in Game 5 of the teams' Eastern Conference first-round series.

No longer rebuilding, Pistons hope to improve in offseason

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have finally moved beyond the rebuilding stage.

Cavs coach Lue believes David Blatt deserves another chance

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue would like to see his former boss, David Blatt, get another NBA job.

Warriors reach second round with MVP Stephen Curry sidelined

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Perhaps a corny catchphrase to some, those three words really resonate with the Golden State Warriors: ''Strength in Numbers.'' They are bought into this mantra, all right.

Hawks, Celtics alone on playoff stage in close out game

After a frenzied start to the week that saw some of the NBA's top players sidelined by injuries, Thursday will mark the quietest night in the NBA playoffs so far, with only one game scheduled.

Warriors crush Rockets to reach second round

OAKLAND, California (AP) Golden State rolled into the second round of the NBA playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday to clinch the series 4-1.

Hornets stun Heat with 90-88 win, take 3-2 series lead

MIAMI (AP) Courtney Lee's 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left put Charlotte ahead to stay, and the Hornets beat the Miami Heat 90-88 in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday night.

» Wednesday, April 27, 2016

AP Source: Knicks interview Blatt for coaching job

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have interviewed former Cleveland coach David Blatt for their head coaching position, a person with knowledge of the details said Wednesday.

Warriors grant Lakers permission to interview Luke Walton

OAKLAND, California (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers received permission from the Warriors to interview top assistant Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy.

Warriors grant Lakers permission to interview Luke Walton

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers received permission from the Warriors to interview top assistant Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy.

Doc Rivers brought to tears in pregame interview session

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clippers coach Doc Rivers' eyes welled with tears and he became choked up before his team played Portland in Game 5 of their first-round series.

AP Source: Knicks interview Blatt for coaching job

NEW YORK (AP) A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks have interviewed former Cleveland coach David Blatt for their head coaching position.

Emerging trend: Coaches given president’s title in NBA

A day after Stan Van Gundy's first game as president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons last season, he was asked to give an assessment of the coach in the 89-79 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Hawks, Celtics alone on playoff stage in close out game

After a frenzied start to the week that saw some of the NBA's top players sidelined by injuries, Thursday will mark the quietest night in the NBA playoffs so far, with only one game scheduled.

New coach Brooks: Focus is on Wizards players, not Durant

WASHINGTON (AP) New Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks was surprised it took so long to get the question. Almost 15 minutes into his introductory news conference he was asked, ''Let's get this out of the way: Are you going to bring Kevin Durant here?''

Stevens: Celtics’ Thomas on track to play Game 6 vs. Hawks

BOSTON (AP) Celtics coach Brad Stevens says that all signs point toward Isaiah Thomas being able to play in Game 6 against the Hawks.

Cavaliers making most of long break between playoff rounds

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Kyrie Irving's freakish knee injury in the NBA Finals last year taught him a valuable lesson about what it takes to get through a postseason.

Cavalier making most of long break between playoff rounds

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving expressed empathy toward stars Stephen Curry and Chris Paul, who have sustained injuries in this year's NBA playoffs.

Warriors look to advance, Clippers, Heat aim for home wins

MIAMI (AP) There's been the unexpected, like Golden State's Stephen Curry going down with a knee injury. Then came a double whammy for the Clippers, with Chris Paul out with a broken hand and Blake Griffin's season ending because of a nagging leg injury.

DeRozan scores 34, Raptors rally for 3-2 lead over Pacers

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan finally turned in the effort Toronto has been waiting for in the playoffs, scoring 34 points as the Raptors survived a late scare and beat Indiana 102-99 on Tuesday to take a 3-2 lead in their NBA first-round series.

» Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DeRozan scores 34, Raptors rally for 3-2 lead over Pacers

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points and the Toronto Raptors held on for a 102-99 victory over the Indiana Pacers and a 3-2 lead in their first-round series Tuesday when Solomon Hill's 3-pointer was ruled after the buzzer.

Jordan reiterates Hornets opposed to discrimination

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan reiterated that the Charlotte Hornets are opposed to House Bill 2, which was recently passed in North Carolina and could prevent the NBA All-Star Game from coming to Charlotte.

Thibodeau’s role w/Wolves: ’It’s about alignment, not power’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tom Thibodeau came to Minnesota for the impressive young core of talent assembled.

DeRozan scores 34, Raptors rally for 3-2 lead over Pacers

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points and the Toronto Raptors held on for a 102-99 victory over the Indiana Pacers and a 3-2 lead in their first-round series Tuesday when Solomon Hill's 3-pointer was ruled after the buzzer.

Warriors are confident in their depth even without Curry

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green is going to tell it like it is, and he insists these Golden State Warriors have few issues when it comes to confidence.

Nowitzki not retiring, all but certain to return to Mavs

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki is not retiring and almost certainly will spend a 19th season with the Mavericks.

Thibodeau’s role w/Wolves: ’It’s about alignment, not power’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tom Thibodeau is coming to the Minnesota Timberwolves with more influence than he's ever had. But he says the dual roles of president of basketball operations and coach do not make him the czar in Minnesota.

Golden State’s Steve Kerr wins Coach of the Year

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As Steve Kerr tried to cope with the headaches, nausea, pain and other concerning symptoms, there were times he wondered whether he would even come back to coach the Golden State Warriors this season, whether he even should return to the bench if not 100 percent healthy.

Griffin out for rest of playoffs, Paul has hand surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin is out for the rest of the playoffs after aggravating his left quadriceps tendon and Chris Paul had right hand surgery Tuesday, leaving the stunned Los Angeles Clippers without their top two players for the remainder of their first-round series against Portland.

Griffin out for rest of playoffs, Paul has hand surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the playoffs after aggravating his left quadriceps tendon and Chris Paul has undergone hand surgery, leaving the Los Angeles Clippers without their top two players for the rest of their first-round series against Portland.

Warriors look to advance, Clippers, Heat aim for home wins

MIAMI (AP) There's been the unexpected, like Golden State's Stephen Curry going down with a knee injury. Then came a double whammy for the Clippers, with Chris Paul out with a broken hand and Blake Griffin's season ending because of a nagging leg injury.

Nowitzki not retiring, all but certain to return to Mavs

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki isn't retiring, and the 7-foot German is all but certain that he will spend a 19th season with the Mavericks.

Warriors look to advance, Clippers, Heat aim for home wins

MIAMI (AP) There's been the unexpected, like Golden State's Stephen Curry going down with a knee injury for at least two weeks and the Clippers' Chris Paul getting sidelined by a broken hand.

Washington announces Scott Brooks as Wizards next head coach

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards have announced the hiring of Scott Brooks as their new head coach, replacing Randy Wittman.

Warriors-Rockets Game 4: most 1st-round viewers since ’02

NEW YORK (AP) Game 4 of the Warriors-Rockets series drew the largest television audience for the first round of the NBA playoffs in 14 years.

Golden State’s Steve Kerr wins Coach of the Year

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr is the NBA's coach of the year, after leading to the Golden State Warriors to the best regular season record in league history.

Paul leaves Game 4 with broken bone in right hand

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Chris Paul broke a bone in his right hand midway through the third quarter and left the Clippers' Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Thunder beat Dallas to win series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists as Oklahoma City beat Dallas 118-104 on Monday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1 and advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

Celtics-Hawks, Pacers-Raptors all even going to Game 5

ATLANTA (AP) At this stage of an NBA playoff series, there's not much need for extra film work, no point in making any big adjustments.

Warriors prepare for life without MVP Stephen Curry

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When Stephen Curry is on the court, the Golden State Warriors offense is nearly unstoppable.

Thunder use balance to advance past Mavericks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have developed multiple scoring threats around Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and that could make their Western Conference semifinal series against the San Antonio Spurs interesting.

Paul leaves Game 4 with broken bone in right hand

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Chris Paul broke a bone in his right hand midway through the third quarter and left the Clippers' Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Paul leaves Game 4 with broken bone in right hand

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul broke a bone in his right hand midway through the third quarter and left Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Paul leaves Game 4 with broken bone in right hand

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul broke a bone in his right hand midway through the third quarter and left Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Celtics-Hawks, Pacers-Raptors all even going to Game 5

ATLANTA (AP) At this stage of an NBA playoff series, there's not much need for extra film work, no point in making any big adjustments.

» Monday, April 25, 2016

Lakers GM Kupchak hopes his coaching search isn’t lengthy

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak doesn't think his search for a new coach will take a long time.

Lakers GM Kupchak hopes his coaching search isn’t lengthy

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak doesn't think his search for a new coach will take a long time.

Raptors’ Dwane Casey wins PBWA’s Rudy Tomjanovich Award

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto's Dwane Casey has won the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, given by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an NBA coach who combines cooperation with the media and fans with excellence on the court.

Curry out at least 2 weeks with sprained right knee

OAKLAND, California (AP) If the Golden State Warriors want to cap a record-setting season with a second straight NBA title, they will need to survive the next two weeks without their best player.

NBA: No foul on Jackson’s shot to end Cavs’ win over Pistons

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says Reggie Jackson was not fouled on the final play of Detroit's loss to Cleveland, when the point guard complained after the game that referees should be penalized for mistakes.

After sweep, Cavs wait for next opponent in NBA playoffs

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers don't know who they'll play next in the NBA playoffs, but they know when they'll play.

Whiteside will start Game 4 against Hornets; Batum out

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside will start Game 4 against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night despite missing the last two practices with a bruised right thigh.

Stephen Curry out at least 2 weeks with sprained right knee

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) If the Golden State Warriors want to cap a record-setting season with a second straight NBA title, they will need to survive the next two weeks without their best player.

Celtics-Hawks, Pacers-Raptors all even going to Game 5

ATLANTA (AP) At this stage of an NBA playoff series, there's not much need for extra film work, no point in making any big adjustments.

Mejri, Lee out for Dallas against Oklahoma City playoff game

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Dallas faces elimination without two of its interior threats.

Celtics-Hawks, Pacers-Raptors all even going to Game 5

ATLANTA (AP) At this stage of an NBA playoff series, there's not much need for extra film work, no point in making any big adjustments.

Lingering back injury limits Mahinmi at Pacers’ practice

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers starting center Ian Mahinmi was limited to non-contact drills at practice Monday because of a lingering lower back injury.

Stephen Curry out at least 2 weeks with sprained right knee

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry will miss at least two weeks for Golden State with a sprained ligament in his right knee, dealing a blow to the Warriors' hopes of following a record-breaking season with a second straight championship.

Tough choices ahead for Grizzlies with painful season over

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies took care of things they could control by assembling a roster good enough to challenge for the NBA title.

No heartbreak: Cavs’ sweep saves Bieber concert in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) Go ahead and scream, Beliebers.

Young Pistons have plenty of potential after playoff berth

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Moments after his season ended, Detroit star Andre Drummond was asked about free throws - clearly not his favorite topic.

All eyes on MRI exam on Stephen Curry’s injured knee

HOUSTON (AP) Golden State's record-setting run toward a second consecutive NBA championship may come down to an MRI on the sprained right knee of Stephen Curry.

Hornets’ Batum out, Whiteside a game-time decision for Heat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum has been ruled out for Game 4 against Miami, while Heat center Hassan White's status will be a game-time decision in their first round series Monday night.

Cavs head into second round looking sharp and healthy

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) When LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers swept Boston in the first round of last year's playoffs, their championship hopes had already taken a major hit because of an injury to Kevin Love.

Warriors face more uncertainty with Curry entering Game 5

HOUSTON (AP) The Golden State Warriors are facing the possibility of another playoff game without star Stephen Curry.

Face of fracas? Durant says testy playoffs just part of game

DALLAS (AP) Kevin Durant suddenly, and reluctantly, found himself at the center of a conversation over whether Oklahoma City's rough-and-tumble series with Dallas was out of control.

Spurs ready to wait for semifinals after sweep of Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The San Antonio Spurs know they didn't face a fair fight in the first-round of the playoffs, so they took what they could in sweeping an injury-depleted opponent.

Thunder look to advance; Hornets, Blazers try to even series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) With the ebb and flow to the NBA playoffs, momentum can quickly shift.

Byron Scott won’t return to coach Lakers next season

LOS ANGELES (AP) Byron Scott will not return to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season, the team announced late Sunday night.

Irving scores 31, Cavs sweep Pistons with 100-98 win

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers are moving on to the second round - and they're looking like a pretty complete team.

Warriors win despite Curry injury setback

HOUSTON (AP) Klay Thompson scored 23 points as the Golden State Warriors set an NBA playoff record with 21 3-pointers to overcome another injury to Stephen Curry and beat the Houston Rockets 121-94 on Sunday for a 3-1 series lead.

Byron Scott won’t return to coach Lakers next season

LOS ANGELES (AP) Byron Scott will not return to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season, the team announced late Sunday night.

» Sunday, April 24, 2016

AP source: Byron Scott won’t return to coach Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Byron Scott will not return to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season.

Green has strong reaction to strange question from reporter

HOUSTON (AP) Draymond Green rebuked a reporter who tried to make a correlation between Golden State's playoff wins in Houston and recent flooding in the area after the Warriors' Game 4 victory on Sunday.

Curry hurts knee but Warriors beat Rockets 121-94 in Game 4

HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry sat on the bench with his head in his hands, facing another injury that could derail Golden State's playoff run.

Curry to have MRI Monday on his sprained his right knee.

HOUSTON (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry will have an MRI on Monday after spraining his right knee in Game 4 against Houston.

NBA fines Westbrook, Durant for Game 4 violations

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for violations in Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff series.

Thunder look to advance; Hornets, Blazers try to even series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) With the ebb and flow to the NBA playoffs, momentum can quickly shift.

Curry out in second half with sprained right knee

HOUSTON (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry sprained his right knee on the final play of the first half Sunday and won't return in Game 4 against the Houston Rockets.

Stevens: Celtics F Kelly Olynyk will play Game 4 vs Atlanta

BOSTON (AP) Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says forward Kelly Olynyk is available for Sunday night's game against Atlanta.

Curry to play in Game 4 for Warriors vs Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will play on Sunday against the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series.

Hornets F Batum unsure if he’ll play in Game 4 against Heat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets forward Nicolas Batum hasn't ruled himself out for Game 4 of Charlotte's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat on Monday night.

Lights go out during Game 4 between Spurs-Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) A power surge that knocked out the main lights at the FedExForum caused a 19-minute delay during Game 4 of the playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.

Lights go out during Game 4 between Spurs-Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) A power surge has knocked out the main lights at the FedExForum during the second quarter of Game 4 in the first-round playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.

Hornets F Batum unsure if he’ll play in Game 4 against Heat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets forward Nicolas Batum says he hasn't ruled himself out for Game 4 of Charlotte's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat on Monday night.

LeBron James says no Olympic commitment yet

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) LeBron James says he has not committed to play for the United States at the Olympics.

Thunder-Mavericks series gets testier

DALLAS (AP) The testy first-round series between regional rivals Oklahoma City and Dallas got a little testier as the Thunder took a 3-1 series lead with a 119-108 win on Saturday.

Lin lifts Charlotte, Mavs and Thunder get testy

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) Jeremy Lin scored 18 points and Kemba Walker had 17 as Charlotte beat Miami 96-80 on Saturday to snap a 12-game playoff losing streak and earn its first postseason victory in 14 years.

Spurs, Cavs look to sweep; Celtics, Rockets try to get even

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The San Antonio Spurs know finishing off a playoff series is challenging. Being a win away from sweeping an opponent is even harder.

» Saturday, April 23, 2016

Thunder, Mavericks get testy again in front of OKC bench

DALLAS (AP) The testy first-round series between regional rivals Oklahoma City and Dallas got a little testier.

Mavs’ Williams leaves early after aggravating sports hernia

DALLAS (AP) Mavericks guard Deron Williams' attempt to play through a sports hernia in Game 4 of a first-round series against Oklahoma City lasted less than 2 minutes.

Spurs, Cavs look to sweep; Celtics, Rockets try to get even

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The San Antonio Spurs know finishing off a playoff series is challenging. Being a win away from sweeping an opponent is even harder.

Spurs, Cavs look to sweep; Celtics, Rockets try to get even

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The San Antonio Spurs know finishing off a playoff series is challenging. Being a win away from sweeping an opponent is even harder.

Celtics G Thomas avoids suspension for swipe at Schroder

BOSTON (AP) Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was spared a suspension for taking a swing at Atlanta's Dennis Schroder, remaining eligible for Game 4 of the first-round playoff series against the Hawks after getting hit Saturday with a flagrant foul instead.

Curry expected to play in Game 4 for Golden State

HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry is expected to play Sunday in Game 4 of Golden State's first-round series against Houston.

Celtics G Thomas avoids suspension for swipe at Schroder

BOSTON (AP) Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says he hasn't been suspended for taking a swing at Atlanta's Dennis Schroder during Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

Chris Bosh makes trip to Charlotte to support Heat teammates

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dwyane Wade asked Chris Bosh to send him text messages during the Miami Heat's playoff trip to Charlotte, hoping his fellow All-Star would offer feedback on what he was seeing back home on television.

Hornets to start Jefferson, Kaminsky in Game 3 vs. Miami

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford says veteran Al Jefferson and rookie Frank Kaminsky will start Game 3 against the Miami Heat on Saturday night to give his lineup more height.

Grizzlies’ Mike Conley wins NBA sportsmanship award again

NEW YORK (AP) Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies received the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship again on Saturday.

Grizzlies’ Mike Conley wins Joe Dumars sportsmanship award

NEW YORK (AP) Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies joins rare company as a two-time winner of the Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

Celtic’s Smart fined $5,000 for flop in Game 3 vs Hawks

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart $5,000 for violating its anti-flopping rules during Game 3 of the Celtics' first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.

Pacers planning to plug Myles Turner into starting lineup

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel will start rookie forward Myles Turner on Saturday against Toronto.

Grizzlies’ Mike Conley wins Joe Dumars sportsmanship award

NEW YORK (AP) Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies is the winner of the Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

Hornets, Blazers need a win; Thunder, Raptors seek 3-1 leads

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers are hoping a change in venue will provide some mojo in the NBA playoffs, while the Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors look to take 3-1 leads in their first-round series Saturday.

Cavs hold off Pistons 101-91, take 3-0 lead in series

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) LeBron James had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving made a pair of big 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Cleveland Cavaliers move within a game of a first-round sweep with a 101-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

NBA: Harden should’ve been called for foul on winning shot

HOUSTON (AP) The NBA said Friday that Houston's James Harden should have been given an offensive foul for pushing Golden State's Andre Iguodala before his winning shot Thursday night in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.

» Friday, April 22, 2016

Injured foot will keep Grizzlies’ Martin out ’quite a while’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis coach Dave Joerger said Friday that Grizzlies rookie forward Jarell Martin will be out ''quite a while'' with an injured left foot that has him officially out of Game 3 of their Western Conference playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs.

Blazers looking for more shots to fall in Game 3

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard is taking a pragmatic approach to his shooting struggles in Portland's first two playoff games: It will pass.

Celtics’ Olynyk out, Hawks’ Schroder may play in Game 3

BOSTON (AP) Celtics center Kelly Olynyk will miss his second straight game with a sore right shoulder, while the Hawks remained hopeful that backup point guard Dennis Schroder would available for the Game 3 after spraining his left ankle.

Blazers’ McCollum wins NBA’s Most Improved Player

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland guard CJ McCollum won the NBA's Most Improved Player award in his first season as a starter for the Trail Blazers, dramatically improving his scoring average by more than 14 points over last season.

Hornets, Blazers need a win; Thunder, Raptors seek 3-1 leads

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers are hoping a change in venue will provide some mojo in the NBA playoffs, while the Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors look to take 3-1 leads in their first-round series Saturday.

NBA: Harden should been called for foul on winning shot

HOUSTON (AP) The NBA said Friday that Houston's James Harden should have been given an offensive foul for pushing Golden State's Andre Iguodala before his winning shot Thursday night in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.

Curry says he’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t play Game 4

HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry said Friday that he'll be very surprised if his sprained right ankle keeps him out in Game 4 of the Golden State Warriors' first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Hornets, Blazers need a win; Thunder, Raptors seek 3-1 leads

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers are hoping a change in venue will provide some mojo in the NBA playoffs, while the Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors look to take commanding 3-1 leads in their first-round series on Saturday.

Curry says he’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t play Game 4

HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry says he'll be very surprised if his sprained right ankle keeps him out in Game 4 of the Golden State Warriors' first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Grizzlies’ Martin won’t play in Game 3 due to sore left foot

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Jarell Martin will miss Game 3 of the Western Conference playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs due to a sore left foot.

Blazers’ McCollum wins NBA’s Most Improved Player

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland guard CJ McCollum won the NBA's Most Improved Player award in his first season as a starter for the Trail Blazers, dramatically improving his scoring average by more than 14 points over last season.

Grizzlies’ Martin won’t play in Game 5 due to sore left foot

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Jarell Martin will miss Game 3 of the Western Conference playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs due to a sore left foot.

Durant: Happy ex-coach Brooks back in NBA, focused on Mavs

DALLAS (AP) Kevin Durant says he's happy new Washington coach Scott Brooks is back in the NBA a year after being let go by Oklahoma City.

Blazers’ McCollum wins NBA’s Most Improved Player; Curry 4th

NEW YORK (AP) Portland guard CJ McCollum has won the NBA's Most Improved Player award, while Stephen Curry finished fourth after winning the MVP award last season.

Blazers’ McCollum wins NBA’s Most Improved Player; Curry 4th

NEW YORK (AP) Portland guard CJ McCollum has won the NBA's Most Improved Player award, while Stephen Curry finished fourth after winning the MVP award last season.

More intensity? Maybe, as Cavs, Hawks, Spurs chase 3-0 leads

There have been verbal jabs, untimely injuries, and plenty of lopsided results.

Harden hits late winner as Rockets beat Curry-less Warriors

HOUSTON (AP) Houston's James Harden scored 35 points, including the game-winner with 2.7 seconds left, as the Rockets capitalized on Stephen Curry's absence to beat Golden State 97-96 on Thursday, narrowing the deficit in their NBA first-round playoff series to 2-1.

» Thursday, April 21, 2016

Golden State’s Curry out for Game 3 against Houston Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry will miss Game 3 of a first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night because of a sprained right ankle.

Hornets F Batum ruled out for Game vs. Heat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum has been ruled out for Saturday night's Game 3 of their first-round series against the Miami Heat with a sprained left foot.

AP Sources: Scott Brooks to be Washington Wizards next coach

WASHINGTON (AP) Scott Brooks is on his way to Washington, the latest move made by the Wizards that could have the added benefit of enticing Kevin Durant to return home this summer.

More intensity? Maybe, as Cavs, Hawks, Spurs chase 3-0 leads

There have been verbal jabs, untimely injuries, and plenty of lopsided results.

Silver: Change in NC law needed for All-Star in Charlotte

NEW YORK (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver believes the NBA has been ''crystal clear'' that the 2017 All-Star Game only stays in Charlotte if a North Carolina law goes.

AP Sources: Wizards come to agreement with Scott Brooks

WASHINGTON (AP) Two people familiar with the deal say the Washington Wizards have reached an agreement with Scott Brooks to become the team's new coach.

Mahinmi will start when Pacers-Raptors series resumes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers starting center Ian Mahinmi will start Thursday night when the Pacers and Toronto Raptors resume their first-round playoff series.

Silver: Change in NC law needed for All-Star in Charlotte

NEW YORK (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he believes the league has made it ''crystal clear'' that a change in a North Carolina law is necessary to stage the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte, though is resisting setting a deadline for a decision.

Schroder still questionable for Hawks with ankle injury

ATLANTA (AP) Hawks guard Dennis Schroder did not practice Thursday because of an injured left ankle and remains questionable for Game 3 of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics.

Mahinmi, Ross could play when Pacers-Raptors series resumes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers starting center Ian Mahinmi expects to play Thursday night when the Pacers and Toronto resume their first-round playoff series.

The NBA makes new play in Africa in pursuit of fans

The NBA is making a new play for fans in Africa by splitting with the continent's biggest sports broadcaster and teaming up with a Zimbabwean telecommunications entrepreneur who started his first business with $75.

The NBA makes new play in Africa in pursuit of fans

The NBA is making a new play for fans in Africa by splitting with the continent's biggest sports broadcaster and teaming up with a Zimbabwean telecommunications entrepreneur who started his first business with $75.

Cleveland beat Detroit while Miami down Charlotte

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored 27 points and J.R. Smith made seven of Cleveland's NBA playoff record-tying 20 3-pointers as Cleveland opened a 2-0 lead in their increasingly testy series with a 107-90 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night.

The NBA makes new play in Africa in pursuit of fans

The NBA is making a new play for fans in Africa by splitting with the continent's biggest sports broadcaster and teaming up with a Zimbabwean telecommunications entrepreneur who started his first business with $75.

Game 3 questions: Will Curry play? Will Durant play better?

The Oklahoma City Thunder are certain Kevin Durant will play better.

» Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Timberwolves hire Thibodeau as coach/president, Layden is GM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tom Thibodeau's NBA career started as an assistant on the inaugural Minnesota Timberwolves team.

Curry feeling better but isn’t sure if he’ll play in Game 3

HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry's sprained right ankle is feeling better but he isn't sure if he will be able to play on Thursday night in Game 3 of Golden State's first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets.

Curry feeling better but isn’t sure if he’ll play in Game 3

HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry's sprained right ankle is feeling better but he isn't sure if he will be able to play on Thursday night in Game 3 of Golden State's first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets.

NBA’s Thunder among groups opposing 2 Oklahoma gun bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Firearms bills to allow most Oklahoma adults to openly carry guns without any training or background checks have led to a showdown in Oklahoma between supporters of expanded gun rights and the state's business community, including the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

NBA’s Thunder among groups opposing 2 Oklahoma gun bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Firearms bills to allow most Oklahoma adults to openly carry guns without any training or background checks have led to a showdown in Oklahoma between supporters of expanded gun rights and the state's business community, including the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team.

Timberwolves hire Thibodeau as coach/president, Layden is GM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as coach and president of basketball operations, the team announced Wednesday night.

Heat pay tribute to Pearl Washington

MIAMI (AP) Pearl Washington once was the leading scorer in Miami Heat franchise history.

AP Source: Timberwolves hire Thibodeau as coach/president

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to be the team's new coach and president of basketball operations, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Game 3 questions: Will Curry play? Will Durant play better?

The Oklahoma City Thunder are certain Kevin Durant will play better.

Pacers remain hopeful about Mahinmi’s availability in Game 3

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers starting center Ian Mahinmi is ready to fight back.

Stevens: Celtics’ Bradley out for next 2 games vs. Hawks

BOSTON (AP) Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday that starting guard Avery Bradley is out for Boston's next two playoff games against the Hawks with a right hamstring injury and ''very unlikely'' to return for the remainder of the first-round series.

Stevens: Celtics’ Bradley out for next 2 games vs. Hawks

BOSTON (AP) Celtics coach Brad Stevens says that starting guard Avery Bradley is out for Boston's next two playoff games against the Hawks with a right hamstring injury and ''very unlikely'' to return for the remainder of the first-round series.

Pacers remain hopeful about Mahinmi’s availability in Game 3

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers are hopeful injured center Ian Mahinmi will play in Game 3 against Toronto on Thursday night.

Hawks G Dennis Schroder nursing injured left ankle

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks are hopeful that backup point guard Dennis Schroder will be able to play in Game 3 against Boston after injuring his left ankle.

AP Source: Timberwolves close to deal with Tom Thibodeau

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves were close to a deal with former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to be the team's new coach and president of basketball operations, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

AP Source: Timberwolves in negotiations with Thibodeau

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have opened negotiations with former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to be the team's new coach and president of basketball operations, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

NBA’s Thunder among groups opposing 2 Oklahoma gun bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Firearms bills to allow most Oklahoma adults to openly carry guns without any training or background checks have led to a showdown in Oklahoma between supporters of expanded gun rights and the state's business community, including the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team.

AP Source: Timberwolves in negotiations with Thibodeau

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have opened negotiations with former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to be the team's new coach and president of basketball operations.

NBA’s Thunder among groups opposing 2 Oklahoma gun bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder is among two dozen businesses, universities and law enforcement groups urging Oklahoma's Senate leader to kill two measures that would allow most adults to openly carry weapons without training or background checks.

Hornets, Pistons, Blazers look to avoid 0-2 deficits

MIAMI (AP) Heat star Dwyane Wade often can be heard saying at playoff time that a series hasn't truly started until somebody wins on the home floor of its opponent.

Hornets, Pistons, Blazers look to avoid 0-2 deficits

MIAMI (AP) Heat star Dwyane Wade often can be heard saying at playoff time that a series hasn't truly started until somebody wins on the home floor of its opponent.

Hawks beat Celtics, Spurs crush Grizzlies

Atlanta and San Antonio took imposing 2-0 leads in their opening-round play-off series with emphatic victories over Boston and Memphis on Tuesday.

AP Sources: Kings to interview Del Negro, Jackson, Mitchell

The Sacramento Kings are starting the search for yet another head coach with three candidates who have extensive experience in the head chair.

» Tuesday, April 19, 2016

AP Sources: Kings to interview Del Negro, Jackson, Mitchell

Three people with knowledge of the process tell The Associated Press that the Sacramento Kings plan to interview Vinny Del Negro, Mark Jackson and Sam Mitchell as they begin their search for a replacement for fired coach George Karl.

Suns remove ’interim’ tag, retain Earl Watson as coach

PHOENIX (AP) Without formally interviewing anyone else, the Phoenix Suns retained Earl Watson as their head coach for next season.

Celtics score 7 in 1st quarter, lowest in shot-clock era

ATLANTA (AP) The short-handed Boston Celtics turned in the lowest-scoring first quarter in an NBA playoff game since the league went to a shot clock in 1954, managing just seven points against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

Nowitzki joins Mavs’ long injury list with right knee bruise

DALLAS (AP) German basketball star Dirk Nowitzki has been added to the long injury list for Dallas in the playoffs.

Jamal Crawford is 1st 3-time winner of NBA’s Sixth Man Award

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jamal Crawford needs to make more room at home for another trophy.

Curry undergoes MRI exam on injured right ankle, no concerns

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry's troublesome right ankle has no serious structural damage.

Celtics missing another key player for Game 2 vs Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) The Boston Celtics went into Game 2 of the NBA playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks without another key player on Tuesday night.

Nowitzki joins Mavs’ long injury list with right knee bruise

DALLAS (AP) Add star Dirk Nowitzki to the long injury list for Dallas in the playoffs.

Down 2-0, Rockets realize they must regroup in a hurry

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Dwight Howard downplays any perceived discord on the court for the Houston Rockets.

Jamal Crawford is 1st 3-time winner of NBA’s Sixth Man Award

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jamal Crawford needs to make more room at home for another trophy.

Pacers playoff stage next chapter in Paul George comeback

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When the burning sensation in Paul George's shattered right leg finally subsided in August 2014, the Indiana Pacers young star made a commitment to himself and his fans.

Suns remove ’interim’ tag, retain Earl Watson as coach

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns are retaining Earl Watson as head coach for next season.

LeBron avoiding war of words with Pistons coach

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has enough to handle with the young and brash Pistons. He isn't about to fight their coach, too.

Nowitzki joins Mavs’ long injury list with right knee bruise

DALLAS (AP) Add star Dirk Nowitzki to the long injury list for Dallas in the playoffs.

APNewsBreak: Timberwolves talking with Mark Jackson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Partners in the broadcast booth, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson are now rivals in the hunt for the Minnesota Timberwolves' coaching job.

LeBron avoiding war of words with Pistons coach

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James won't get into any verbal fight with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy.

Hornets, Pistons, Blazers look to avoid 0-2 deficits

MIAMI (AP) Heat star Dwyane Wade often can be heard saying at playoff time that a series hasn't truly started until somebody wins on the home floor of its opponent.

APNewsBreak: Timberwolves talking with Mark Jackson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) After interviewing Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy for their head coaching vacancy, the Minnesota Timberwolves plan to meet with Mark Jackson to continue the search, a person with knowledge of the process told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Jamal Crawford is 1st 3-time winner of NBA’s Sixth Man Award

NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford has won the Sixth Man Award, becoming the first three-time winner as the NBA's best reserve.

APNewsBreak: Timberwolves talking with Mark Jackson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A person with knowledge of the search tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves plan to interview Mark Jackson for their coaching vacancy.

Regents to discuss Menzies’ five-year contract with UNLV

LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV is proposing a five-year contract that pays $3.7 million to its new men's basketball coach, Marvin Menzies.

Blowouts abound in first round of NBA playoffs

The NBA playoffs are supposed to be the time when the casual approach many teams take in the regular season goes out the window.

Warriors win without Curry in Game 2, beat Rockets 115-106

OAKLAND, California (AP) As Stephen Curry emphatically waved his arms to ignite the crowd and coached from the bench when he could do little else, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors' supporting cast proved they can win on the playoff stage without their NBA most valuable player.

Blowouts abound in first round of NBA playoffs

The NBA playoffs are supposed to be the time when the casual approach many teams take in the regular season goes out the window.

» Monday, April 18, 2016

Warriors will allow top assistant Luke Walton to interview

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) If teams come to the Warriors asking about interviewing top assistant Luke Walton, Golden State plans to oblige - just not while the defending champions are in the middle of a playoff series.

Curry is out for Game 2 of playoffs with ankle injury

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry realized he should sit out a game if playing might risk further damage to his troublesome right ankle - even in the playoffs when he has been at his best. He already had two surgeries on the ankle during 2011-12 and wants to avoid another.

Pistons coach Van Gundy fined for comments

NEW YORK (AP) Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, it was announced Monday by NBA executive vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe.

Curry is out for Game 2 of playoffs with ankle injury

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) NBA MVP Stephen Curry was out for the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of their playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Monday night because of an injured right ankle.

Blowouts abound in first round of NBA playoffs

The NBA playoffs are supposed to be the time when the casual approach many teams take in the regular season goes out the window.

Lue’s strong debut: Cavs coach shines in first playoff game

CLEVELAND (AP) Flanked by a security official, Tyronn Lue walked from Cleveland's locker room toward his first postgame press conference in the NBA playoffs.

Curry doesn’t participate in shootaround ahead of Game 2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) NBA MVP Stephen Curry is officially listed as questionable for the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 Monday night of their playoff series against the Houston Rockets.

Lue’s strong debut: Cavs coach shines in first playoff game

CLEVELAND (AP) Flanked by a security official, Tyronn Lue walked from Cleveland's locker room toward his first postgame press conference in the NBA playoffs.

Kawhi Leonard repeats as NBA Defensive Player of the Year

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard tends to shrug off all the accolades for his defensive prowess. He will almost always credit his teammates and coach for any praise he receives.

Curry doesn’t participate in shootaround ahead of Game 2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) NBA MVP Stephen Curry is officially listed as questionable for the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of their playoff series.

Daddy day care: Griffin’s son pops in for post-game media

LOS ANGELES (AP) There's a new kid in the NBA playoffs postgame interview room, and he just might give Stephen Curry's daughter a run for her money.

Kawhi Leonard repeats as NBA Defensive Player of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) Kawhi Leonard has won his second straight NBA Defensive Player of the Year award after helping the San Antonio Spurs have the league's best defense.

Kawhi Leonard repeats as NBA Defensive Player of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) Kawhi Leonard has won his second straight NBA Defensive Player of the Year award after helping the San Antonio Spurs have the league's best defense.

Irving leads Cavaliers to 106-101 win against Pistons

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland's Kyrie Irving scored 31 points in his first playoff game since being injured last year in the NBA Finals and the Cavaliers beat Detroit 106-101 on Sunday in the opening game of their NBA first-round playoff series.

Blowouts were everywhere on Sunday in the NBA playoffs

Sunday was a truly rare day in NBA history.

Warriors, Thunder seek 2-0 leads, Raptors try to bounce back

Golden State's Stephen Curry and the Toronto Raptors have provided a little early NBA playoff drama for teams returning to the court Monday night.

» Sunday, April 17, 2016

Warriors, Thunder seek 2-0 leads, Raptors try to bounce back

Golden State's Stephen Curry and the Toronto Raptors have provided a little early NBA playoff drama for teams returning to the court Monday night.

Mavs’ Barea out, Williams doubtful for Game 2 vs. Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Dallas Mavericks are hurting in more ways than one in their backcourt.

Warriors, Thunder seek 2-0 leads, Raptors try to bounce back

Golden State's Stephen Curry and the Toronto Raptors have provided a little early NBA playoff drama for teams returning to the court Monday night.

Nets hire Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson as new coach

NEW YORK (AP) Kenny Atkinson has become one of the NBA's most respected assistant coaches, helping the Atlanta Hawks to their best season ever.

Celtics’ Bradley (hamstring) likely out for opening round

ATLANTA (AP) The Boston Celtics will likely be without their best perimeter defender for the rest of the opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.

Curry still questionable for Warriors for Game 2 vs Rockets

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors are preparing to play without NBA MVP Stephen Curry for Game 2 of their playoff series against Houston as he nurses an ankle injury.

Curry still questionable for Warriors for Game 2 vs Rockets

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors are preparing to play without NBA MVP Stephen Curry for Game 2 of their playoff series against Houston as he nurses an ankle injury.

Nets hire Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson as new coach

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets hired Atlanta assistant Kenny Atkinson as their new coach on Sunday, though he won't be taking over until the Hawks' season ends.

Nets hire Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson as new coach

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have hired Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson as their new coach.

Celtics’ Bradley (hamstring) likely out for opening round

ATLANTA (AP) Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is likely out for the rest of the opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks with a hamstring injury.

Celtics Bradley like out for playoffs with hamstring injury

ATLANTA (AP) Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is likely out for the rest of the opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.

Stephen Curry leads Warriors past Rockets in playoff opener

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry dazzled from long range and drove to the hoop with fire and flair, scoring 24 points before tweaking his ankle as the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 104-78 on Saturday in their NBA playoff opener.

» Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tim Hardaway Jr suits up for Hawks in Game 1

ATLANTA (AP) Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is active for Game 1 of Atlanta's playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

Stephen Curry leads Warriors past Rockets in playoff opener

Stephen Curry scored 24 points before leaving with an ankle injury as the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 104-78 in their NBA playoff opener on Saturday.

Season only hikes playoff stakes as Spurs open vs. Grizzlies

Overshadowed by Golden State's historic run, the San Antonio Spurs put together their own season for the ages, too. Now that the postseason finally has arrived, they have no intention of easing up.

President Obama, Warriors star Stephen Curry team up on PSA

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) President Barack Obama has teamed with reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry on a public service announcement calling for Americans to mentor youth in their community to make a positive impact.

Warriors’ dominance: a 2nd straight title inevitable?

The Golden State Warriors plow into the playoffs with a record 73 wins under their belt and championship rings already on their fingers.

Warriors’ dominance: a 2nd straight title inevitable?

The Golden State Warriors plow into the playoffs with a record 73 wins under their belt and championship rings already on their fingers.

Hornets C Jefferson accepting, embracing new role as backup

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Al Jefferson was the focal point of the Charlotte Hornets' offense when they faced the Miami Heat in the playoffs two years ago.

» Friday, April 15, 2016

Lakers begin life after Kobe with uncertainty everywhere

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Mitch Kupchak writes the Los Angeles Lakers' roster with a marker on a white board in his office. On Friday morning, the general manager decided it was time to formally erase Kobe Bryant.

Dwyane Wade back in the playoffs, savoring the opportunity

MIAMI (AP) Numbers do not tell the whole story when it comes to Dwyane Wade this season.

NBA to begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA will begin putting sponsorship logos on player uniforms in 2017-18, a move that could generate at least $100 million annually and a step that the NFL, Major League Baseball and NHL have yet to take.

Silver: NC law ’problematic’ to NBA, no decision on All-Star

NEW YORK (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people remains ''problematic'' for the league, but he said there is no decision on moving next year's All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

Photo Gallery: NBA to sell ads on jerseys

For Sale By Owners: a valuable patch of basketball real estate on television every night.

NBA says average replay times down to 31.9 seconds

NEW YORK (AP) NBA replays averaged 31.9 seconds this season and have been trimmed by more than a minute in the two years since the Replay Center opened.

Scott expects to return to lead Lakers’ life after Kobe

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Coach Byron Scott expects to be a part of the Los Angeles Lakers' life after Kobe Bryant.

NBA to begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA will begin putting sponsorship logos on player uniforms in 2017-18, a move that could generate at least $100 million annually and a step that the NFL, Major League Baseball and NHL have yet to take.

Grizzlies limp into postseason with makeshift roster

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Mike Conley gave the Grizzlies a jolt of playoff energy last year when he returned to the Memphis lineup after taking an elbow to his face.

Silver: NC law ’problematic’ to NBA, no decision on All-Star

NEW YORK (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people remains ''problematic'' for the league, but he said there is no decision on moving next year's All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

Dwyane Wade back in the playoffs, savoring the opportunity

MIAMI (AP) Numbers do not tell the whole story when it comes to Dwyane Wade this season.

Bosh addresses Heat before 1st practice of postseason

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh will still play a role for the Miami Heat in the playoffs, though apparently one that doesn't include him returning to the court.

Bosh addresses Heat before 1st practice of postseason

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh will still play a role for the Miami Heat in the playoffs, though apparently one that doesn't include him returning to the court.

Silver: NC law ’problematic’ to NBA, no decision on All-Star

NEW YORK (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people remains ''problematic'' for the league, but he says there is no decision on moving next year's All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

NBA to begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA will begin putting sponsorship logos on player uniforms in 2017-18, a move that could generate at least $100 million annually and a step that the NFL, Major League Baseball and NHL have yet to take.

Company of Russian owner of Brooklyn Nets searched in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) Russia's main domestic security agency has searched the offices of a company controlled by the billionaire owner of U.S. basketball team Brooklyn Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov.

Thunder star Russell Westbrook rolling as playoffs arrive

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook's triple-double against the Los Angeles Clippers reminded Kevin Durant of someone playing the NBA 2K game on rookie mode.

NBA to begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA will begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18, becoming the first major North American sports league to put partners' logos on players' uniforms.

NBA to begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA will begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18, becoming the first major North American sport to put partners' logos on players' uniforms.

LeBron locked in playoff-mode as Cavaliers aim for NBA title

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has been in the shadows, somewhat overlooked.

As the NBA playoffs loom, here’s 10 things to watch

The NBA playoffs start this weekend, and there's no shortage of story lines worth following. Here's a list of 10 to get you started:

» Thursday, April 14, 2016

Warriors’ record-setting win earns record local TV rating

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Golden State Warriors' record-setting 73rd win generated a record local television rating as well.

After Kobe’s big night, Lakers begin life without the star

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant spent the first morning of his life after the Los Angeles Lakers in his office, working on his unspecified ambitions outside basketball.

Steve Kerr enjoying the ride watching Warriors make history

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr makes one thing perfectly clear: This special season is not about him. Far from it. Even if he is so perfectly entwined with the record-setting Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls group Kerr played for 20 years ago that just lost its all-time wins record to the team he now leads.

Confident Timberwolves face a crossroads this summer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns had just walked off the court to a standing ovation in the season finale of his remarkable rookie season.

In NBA playoffs, Warriors want to add 16 wins to their 73

The Golden State Warriors don't want a record without a championship.

Van Gundy gives Pistons rare edge against LeBron and Cavs

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Stan Van Gundy was given a mission when handed the keys to the Motor City's once-proud NBA franchise.

Jazz disappointed to miss playoffs, but gain experience

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey refused to publicly set expectations on the eve of the 2015-16 season though others outside the team had labeled it a playoff contender. He admitted Thursday it was a reasonable expectation.

After awful season, Suns may well retain Watson as coach

PHOENIX (AP) For the sixth season in a row, the Phoenix Suns did not make the playoffs.

Magic walk away from season disappointed, yet encouraged

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) In a season of high expectations, the Orlando Magic made some gains but ultimately they were not enough for anyone in the organization to be satisfied.

Rip City Return: Blazers make playoffs despite doubters

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) For the regular season finale, the Portland Trail Blazers passed out T-shirts reading ''Never Doubt Rip City.''

Warriors’ record-setting win earns record local TV rating

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Golden State Warriors' record-setting 73rd win generated a record local television rating as well.

Nuggets miss postseason for a 3rd straight year

DENVER (AP) A little quirky trivia: The Denver Nuggets were the only team this season to beat both Golden State and San Antonio.

Injury-riddled Pelicans endure rough 1st season under Gentry

METAIRIE, La. (AP) After a frustrating debut season, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is still waiting for a proper introduction to his full roster.

Tough season and more tough times ahead for the Nets

NEW YORK (AP) Those 61 losses hurt and the pain isn't over just yet for the Brooklyn Nets.

Kings fire coach George Karl after 1 full season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings fired coach George Karl on Thursday after his first full season with the team, setting the stage for the team to hire its ninth coach since last making the playoffs in 2006.

Jackson will take time to decide if Rambis is Knicks coach

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Phil Jackson wants to work with a coach he knows, and he'll take some time before deciding if that's Kurt Rambis.

Bucks step back on court, but future secure with new arena

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks took one step back on the court while taking a big step forward off of it.

76ers counting on free agents, draft picks for better future

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers are ready to dump Philadelphia for the promise of a fresh start practicing in New Jersey.

Kings fire coach George Karl after 1 full season

The Sacramento Kings fired coach George Karl on Thursday after his first full season with the team, setting the stage for them to hire their ninth coach since last making the NBA playoffs in 2006.

Changes could be in store for Bulls after rough season

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls made one thing clear in the aftermath of a bitter season - no one is safe.

Jackson will take time to decide if Rambis is Knicks coach

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Phil Jackson wants to work with a coach he knows, and he'll take some time before deciding if that's Kurt Rambis.

Steve Kerr enjoying the ride watching Warriors make history

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr makes one thing perfectly clear: This special season is not about him. Far from it. Even if he is so perfectly entwined with the record-setting Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls group Kerr played for 20 years ago that just lost its all-time wins record to the team he now leads.

Center of attention: Whiteside awaits his Heat playoff debut

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside is the NBA's new king of blocked shots. He just set a Miami Heat single-season record for rebounds per game. He's a few months away from signing a contract that should set him up financially for life.

Hornets look for first playoff win in 14 seasons vs. Heat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The last time the Charlotte Hornets won an NBA playoff game Michael Jordan was in his first season with the Washington Wizards.

Hornets look for first playoff win in 14 seasons vs. Heat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The last time the Charlotte Hornets won an NBA playoff game Michael Jordan was in his first season with the Washington Wizards.

Baby, no: Cavs playoffs could bump Bieber show in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James and the Cavs may have a conflict with the Biebs.

Hawks facing much lower expectations heading into playoffs

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks head into the playoffs facing much lower expectations than a year ago.

’Kobe means LA’: Lakers fans lament on Bryant’s last game

LOS ANGELES (AP) After one, last, unforgettable, 60-point night, the fans of Los Angeles will have to get used to life without Kobe Bryant. It's something many of them have never known.

Wizards president Grunfeld stays, fires coach Wittman

WASHINGTON (AP) With two simple words - ''I'm here'' - Ernie Grunfeld made clear Thursday that he would be sticking around as president of the Washington Wizards and picking the coach to replace the fired Randy Wittman.

Baby, no: Cavs playoffs could bump Bieber show in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James and the Cavs may have a conflict with the Biebs.

Kings fire coach George Karl after 1 full season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings fired coach George Karl on Thursday after his first full season with the team, setting the stage for the team to hire its ninth coach since last making the playoffs in 2006.

Kings fire coach George Karl after 1 full season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have fired coach George Karl after his first full season with the team, setting the stage for the team to hire its ninth coach since last making the playoffs in 2006.

Wizards president Grunfeld stays on after firing Wittman

WASHINGTON (AP) Ernie Grunfeld is sticking around as president of the Washington Wizards, saying at a news conference that he would be ''heading up the coaching search'' to replace the fired Randy Wittman.

Record season for NBA in stands and on screens

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA had a record-setting season in the stands and on the screens.

Wizards say Randy Wittman will not return as coach

WASHINGTON (AP) Randy Wittman will not be back as coach of the Washington Wizards, let go after failing to reach the playoffs this season.

NBA Digital sees record-setting growth in regular season

NEW YORK (AP) NBA TV had its most viewers this season as part of a year of record growth for NBA Digital.

LA fans consider Bryant’s last days, and life without him

LOS ANGELES (AP) After one, last, unforgettable, 60-point night, the fans of Los Angeles will have to get used to life without Kobe Bryant. It's something many of them have never known.

Kobe scores 60 points in unbelievable farewell victory

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 60 incredible points. He carried a miserable Los Angeles Lakers team to an improbable comeback victory.

What a night! Golden State wins 73, Kobe scores 60 in finale

The stars did not disappoint.

After final-night party, time to get to business in the NBA

Between Kobe Bryant's last call and the Warriors' last win, the final night of the NBA season was party time.

Curry shoots Warriors to 73rd win, breaking Bulls’ mark

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors took their last shot at Michael Jordan and history and they swished it - for 73.

Polarizing in his prime, Kobe enjoys some love in the end

They came to pay tribute, the rich and famous in their courtside seats and the less affluent up high in the rafters of Staples Center.

LA fans consider Bryant’s last days, and life without him

LOS ANGELES (AP) After one, last, unforgettable, 60-point night, the fans of Los Angeles will have to get used to life without Kobe Bryant. It's something many of them have never known.

Police: Woman hurt trying to slide down rail at Bucks game

MILWAUKEE (AP) Police say a woman was hurt when she tried to slide down a hand rail and fell about 20 feet to the floor at the Milwaukee Bucks' arena.

The Latest: Kobe and the Warriors delivered in finales

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

Rockets get last NBA playoff spot, Heat take No. 3 in East

A season-long climb from an early hole landed the Houston Rockets in the NBA playoffs.

LA fans consider Bryant’s last days, and life without him

LOS ANGELES (AP) After one, last, unforgettable, 60-point night, the fans of Los Angeles will have to get used to life without Kobe Bryant. It's something many of them have never known.

The Latest: ’Mamba Out’ says Kobe, as his career ends

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

The Latest: Kobe goes out a winner - with 60 points, no less

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

The Latest: Warriors set the record, win 73rd game of season

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

Rockets get last NBA playoff spot, Heat take No. 3 in East

A season-long climb from an early hole landed the Houston Rockets in the NBA playoffs.

Person familiar with decision: Wittman out as Wizards coach

WASHINGTON (AP) Randy Wittman has been told he will not be back as coach of the Washington Wizards, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The Latest: Steph, Kobe putting on shows of star power

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

The Latest: Stephen Curry hits his 400th 3-pointer of season

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

The Latest: Kobe down to 2 quarters left in his career

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

» Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Latest: Stephen Curry on 399 3’s, Warriors in control

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

Minnesota Timberwolves open search for new president, coach

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves are embarking on a massive overhaul of their leadership and have hired a search firm to look for a new president of basketball operations and coach, the team announced late Wednesday night.

Rockets get last NBA playoff spot, Heat take No. 3 in East

A season-long climb from an early hole landed the Houston Rockets in the NBA playoffs.

The Latest: Kobe, Steph getting hot early on their big night

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

The Latest: The big games - Kobe, the Warriors - underway

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

The Latest: Kobe Bryant gets a pregame video tribute

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

The Latest: East field set, before Kobe & Warriors take over

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

LA fans consider Bryant’s last days, and life without him

LOS ANGELES (AP) Many of Kobe Bryant's fans, even the adults, have never known Los Angeles without him. It's a feeling they're about to have to get used to.

The Latest: Warriors to play Houston in first playoff round

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

The Latest: Scott wants to ensure Kobe enjoys finale

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

The Latest: Steve Kerr wearing Scottie Pippen socks

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

Wall: Wizards’ failure to make playoffs ’a wasted season’

WASHINGTON (AP) Among the various reasons that Washington Wizards point guard John Wall figures this was what he called ''a wasted season'' with no playoff appearance was that having nine players on expiring contracts led to a contentious atmosphere.

The Latest: Cuban lauds Bryant’s competitiveness

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

Milwaukee Bucks sign 30-year lease with arena owner

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have signed a 30-year lease with the public entity that will own the team's new arena.

Mavs forward David Lee out of game vs Spurs with foot injury

DALLAS (AP) Mavericks forward David Lee has left a game against San Antonio with a right foot injury and won't return.

Wall: Wizards’ failure to make playoffs ’a wasted season’

WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards point guard John Wall says having nine players on expiring contracts led to a contentious atmosphere around a team that failed to make the playoffs.

The Latest: T-shirts, Kobe dolls among gifts for fans

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AP sources: Minnesota T-Wolves looking for new leadership

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves are embarking on a massive overhaul of their leadership and have hired a search firm to look for a new president of basketball operations and coach, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Jerry Colangelo insists he had no role in 76ers hiring son

CHICAGO (AP) Jerry Colangelo insists he had no role in the Philadelphia 76ers hiring his son, Bryan, as team president.

Spurs sitting most starters in meaningless finale at Dallas

DALLAS (AP) Most of San Antonio's starters are sitting out the Spurs' meaningless regular-season finale at Dallas.

The Latest: Kobe arrives at Staples Center for last game

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

The Latest: Ex-Bulls C Wennington not pulling for Warriors

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

AP sources: Minnesota T-Wolves looking for new leadership

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves are opening up their search for a new president of basketball operations and a head coach, and that process will begin exclusively with candidates outside the organization, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

LeBron, Irving sitting as Cavaliers-Pistons rest starters

CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving will sit courtside along with LeBron James after all.

Batum will sit out Hornets’ regular-season finale vs. Magic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets coach Steve Clifford says small forward Nicolas Batum will not play Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic because of a sore left ankle.

Karl coaching Kings amid reports he could be fired

HOUSTON (AP) George Karl is slated to coach the season finale for the Sacramento Kings amid reports that he could be fired as soon as Thursday.

AP Sources: Minnesota Timberwolves widen coaching search

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves are opening up their search for a permanent head coach, and that process will begin with candidates outside the organization, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The Latest: Warriors’ effort bittersweet for Suns’ Watson

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

The big night arrives: Warriors go for 73, and Kobe departs

The big night has arrived. Golden State going for 73 wins, and Kobe Bryant going into retirement.

LeBron sitting out Cavaliers’ finale, Irving starting

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James is getting another day to rest up for the playoffs by sitting out the Cavaliers' regular-season finale against Detroit - Cleveland's first-round opponent.

AP Source: Timberwolves opening up coaching search

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves are opening up their search for a permanent head coach.

The Latest: Thompson doesn’t mind Warriors sharing spotlight

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

Karl coaching Kings amid reports he could be fired

HOUSTON (AP) George Karl is slated to coach the season finale for the Sacramento Kings amid reports that he could be fired as soon as Thursday.

Karl coaching Kings amid reports he could be fired

HOUSTON (AP) George Karl is slated to coach the season finale for the Sacramento Kings amid reports that he could be fired as soon as Thursday.

The Latest: Three select high school students get tickets

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

The Latest: Kerr at shootaround, had Tuesday doctor visit

The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season in the NBA and Kobe Bryant's final game in Los Angeles. (all times local):

Milwaukee Bucks sign 30-year lease with arena owner

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have signed a 30-year lease with the public entity that will own the team's new arena.

The big night arrives: Warriors go for 73, and Kobe departs

The big night has arrived. Golden State going for 73 wins, and Kobe Bryant going into retirement.

Ready for the record, Warriors go after 73 wins in finale

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry never figured the Chicago Bulls' 72-win mark could be matched or eclipsed.

Kobe Bryant says farewell after 20 years with the LA Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant is down to one last shot, and everybody knows he's going to take it.

LeBron, Irving to sit out Cavaliers’ regular-season finale

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and two other starters will sit out the Cavaliers' regular-season finale against Detroit - Cleveland's first-round playoff opponent.

76ers launch innovation lab at New Jersey training site

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are set to launch a lab designed to help local startup companies at their new training complex.

LeBron, Irving to sit out Cavaliers’ regular season finale

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and two other starters will sit out the Cavaliers' regular-season finale against Detroit - Cleveland's first-round playoff opponent.

Miami F Udonis Haslem to miss Heat regular-season finale

MIAMI (AP) Udonis Haslem will miss Miami's regular-season finale at Boston on Wednesday night with soreness in his left foot.

Warriors’ chase, Kobe’s finale highlight NBA’s final night

Golden State is playing for history. Kobe Bryant is playing for the last time.

Warriors’ chase, Kobe’s finale highlight NBA’s final night

Golden State is playing for history. Kobe Bryant is playing for the last time.

Spurs edge Thunder in overtime as Grizzlies lose to Clippers

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs got an unexpected push in their final home game of the season Tuesday but still found a way to win, just as they have in all but one game this season.

Warriors’ chase, Kobe’s finale highlight NBA’s final night

Golden State is playing for history. Kobe Bryant is playing for the last time.

Wiggins, Towns hope Mitchell keeps Timberwolves job

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The young Minnesota Timberwolves' strong finish to the season has helped interim coach Sam Mitchell's case to land the permanent job, and now some of the team's most important pieces are voicing their support for him as well.

Column: Vintage MJ-led Bulls would top Curry’s Warriors

Absent a time machine outfitted with extra-long, lie-flat beds - because that's how NBA teams roll - we'll never know whether these Golden State Warriors are as good or better than the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

» Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Raptors earn 12th straight win over 76ers, 122-98

TORONTO (AP) Toronto coach Dwane Casey probably could be forgiven for a bit of scoreboard watching Tuesday night.

Rail stop to become ’Kobe Station’ for Laker star’s last day

LOS ANGELES (AP) As Kobe Bryant makes the last stop of his storied 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, a downtown train station will be part of the citywide celebration.

Pistons’ Jackson, Heat’s Winslow miss possibly pivotal game

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson is missing a matchup with the Miami Heat because of an abdominal strain.

Suns shift D-League team to Prescott Valley, Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns are relocating their Development League team from Bakersfield, California, to Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Ready for the record, Warriors go after 73 wins in finale

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry never figured the Chicago Bulls' 72-win mark could be matched or eclipsed.

Improved Kemba Walker has Hornets back in the playoffs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte is back in the NBA playoffs thanks in large part to the improved play of Kemba Walker.

Dorell Wright signs with Heat, returning to his 1st team

MIAMI (AP) Dorell Wright has sensed for years that he would return to the Miami Heat, and hopes his second time around becomes the last stop in his playing career.

12 important moments in Kobe Bryant’s remarkable career

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant has created a wealth of memories, overcome a host of setbacks and reached a multitude of milestones during his 20-year NBA career, which ends Wednesday night at Staples Center. Here are 12 key moments in the life of a five-time champion and 18-time All-Star:

12 important moments in Kobe Bryant’s remarkable career

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant has created a wealth of memories, overcome a host of setbacks and reached a multitude of milestones during his 20-year NBA career, which ends Wednesday night at Staples Center. Here are 12 key moments in the life of a five-time champion and 18-time All-Star:

Kobe Bryant’s epic career, told in numbers big and small

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant has posted eye-popping numbers throughout his NBA career, which ends Wednesday night at Staples Center. Here are some notable digits illustrating two decades of brilliance from the Los Angeles Lakers' top scorer:

Dorell Wright signs with Heat, returning to his 1st team

MIAMI (AP) Dorell Wright is back with the Miami Heat.

Lin leads Charlotte win over Boston

Jeremy Lin scored 19 of his 25 points in Charlotte's big second quarter to carry the Hornets to a 114-100 win over Boston on Monday night.

Injury-riddled Grizzlies grinding their way into postseason

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies are about to make NBA history in a season where they took their mantra of grit and grind to the extreme.

» Monday, April 11, 2016

Thunder G Westbrook clinches triple-double before halftime

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had a triple-double by halftime of Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Record-tying Warriors win gets 2.6 million viewers on NBA TV

NEW YORK (AP) The Warriors' record-tying victory had plenty of fans taking advantage of a free preview of NBA TV.

Stephen Curry is setting standard on and off the court

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) For years, Stephen Curry watched his dad, Dell, do his part in the community. Curry was often among those children in Charlotte treated to special appearances from star athletes and still cherishes those sweet memories.

Stephen Curry is setting standard on and off the court

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) For years, Stephen Curry watched his dad, Dell, do his part in the community. Curry was often among those children in Charlotte treated to special appearances from star athletes and still cherishes those sweet memories.

Grizzlies sign Bryce Cotton for rest of regular season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Bryce Cotton for the rest of the regular season under the NBA's hardship roster rules.

Cavs guard Shumpert out for final 2 games with knee issue

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers reserve guard Iman Shumpert will miss the final two games of the regular season after having his left knee drained.

LeBron on Warriors’ 72: ’I got to witness some history’

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Like just about every fan, LeBron James is impressed by Golden State's golden run to 72 wins.

Around the NBA: Picks for NBA awards - and league champion

Combing over the NBA awards this season finds more no-brainers than nail-biters.

» Sunday, April 10, 2016

Man convicted of killing Jordan’s father seeks hearing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Attorneys for the man convicted of killing Michael Jordan's father in North Carolina in 1993 and dumping his body in South Carolina say they have new evidence to bolster their request for a new trial.

Warriors equal record with 72nd win, end Spurs’ home streak

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Golden State Warriors got an historic victory in the one place they hadn't won in nearly two decades.

Spurs sitting Duncan as Warriors attempt to make history

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio star Tim Duncan was held out for the Spurs' game against Golden State on Sunday night.

NBA: No foul on last possession in Warriors’ win at Memphis

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says referees were correct in not calling a foul against Golden State on Memphis' final possession, when a score by the Grizzlies could have ended the Warriors' bid for a record 73 victories.

Woeful 76ers hire Bryan Colangelo as team president

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris returned for a state-of-the franchise address with a new Colangelo by his side.

Spurs sitting Duncan as Warriors attempt to make history

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio star Tim Duncan has been ruled out for the Spurs' game against Golden State.

Briante Weber back with Heat, as roster-filling begins

MIAMI (AP) Briante Weber has worn the Miami Heat uniform before, for about a week back in October when he was trying to make the team as a preseason longshot.

Man convicted of killing Jordan’s father seeks hearing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Attorneys for the man convicted of killing Michael Jordan's father in North Carolina in 1993 and dumping his body in South Carolina say they have new evidence to bolster their request for a new trial.

Man convicted of killing Jordan’s father seeks hearing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Attorneys for the man convicted of killing Michael Jordan's father in North Carolina in 1993 and dumping his body in South Carolina say they have new evidence to bolster their request for a new trial.

Woeful 76ers hire Bryan Colangelo as team president

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Bryan Colangelo as team president.

Warriors edge Grizzlies to tie road wins record

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) Golden State's Draymond Green scored on a tip-in in with a minute left to secure a 100-99 win against Memphis on Saturday, giving the Warriors a share of one of the records set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

For Pistons, playoff berth an important step forward

DETROIT (AP) After six seasons of virtual irrelevance, the Detroit Pistons are heading back to the playoffs.

» Saturday, April 9, 2016

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For Pistons, playoff berth an important step forward

DETROIT (AP) After six seasons of virtual irrelevance, the Detroit Pistons are heading back to the playoffs.

Warriors center Andrew Bogut to sit vs. Grizzlies for rest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Golden State coach Steve Kerr says he is holding center Andrew Bogut out of Saturday night's game with Memphis for some rest before playing at San Antonio on Sunday night as the Warriors chase the NBA single-season wins record.

Karl-Anthony Towns’ superb rookie season preceded by grief

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns climbed into his car after an August workout, less than six weeks before starting his first NBA training camp. As he started driving, an alert buzzed on his phone announcing the death of Darryl Dawkins.

Warriors center Andrew Bogut to sit vs. Grizzlies for rest

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) Golden State coach Steve Kerr says he is holding Australian center Andrew Bogut out of the game with Memphis on Saturday for some rest before playing at San Antonio on Sunday as the Warriors chase the NBA single-season wins record.

Karl-Anthony Towns’ superb rookie season preceded by grief

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns climbed into his car after an August workout, less than six weeks before starting his first NBA training camp. As he started driving down the road, an alert buzzed on his cellphone announcing the shocking death of NBA great Darryl Dawkins.

Pistons clinch playoff spot with victory over Wizards

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) Detroit clinched an NBA playoff berth for the first time in seven years by beating Washington 112-99 on Friday, led by 39 points from Reggie Jackson.

Crawford scores 30, including winner to lead Clippers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jamal Crawford made a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left and finished with 30 points in the Los Angeles Clippers' 102-99 overtime victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

» Friday, April 8, 2016

Barea, key to Mavs’ playoff push, out with injury vs Memphis

DALLAS (AP) J.J. Barea, the key component in Dallas' push for the playoffs, strained his right groin and won't return to a game against Memphis.

Suns guard Brandon Knight has sports hernia surgery

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns say guard Brandon Knight has undergone surgery to treat a sports hernia.

Spurs rest every starter except Tim Duncan against Nuggets

DENVER (AP) San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich is resting every starter except Tim Duncan against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

Cavs guard Mo Williams undergoing more tests on left knee

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers backup point guard Mo Williams returned from the team's road trip to undergo further evaluation on his injured left knee.

LeBron James surprises customers as pizza store employee

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James spent a recent off day stacking pizza boxes and taking orders.

Warriors’ young stars embrace chance at record 73 wins

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Coach Steve Kerr may be apprehensive, believing his Golden State Warriors may need a mental and physical break before the playoffs start more than chasing the record for most wins in a season.

LeBron James goes undercover as pizza store employee

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James spent a recent off day stacking pizza boxes and taking orders.

Kings saying farewell to longtime arena, ’one special place’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) This time it truly will be goodbye for the Sacramento Kings and their longtime arena.

Warriors clinch home-court advantage, beat Spurs 112-101

OAKLAND, California (AP) Golden State wrapped up home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs by beating its nearest rival San Antonio 112-101 on Thursday, and the Warriors kept alive their hopes of breaking the record for the most wins in a regular season.

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» Thursday, April 7, 2016

Carroll returns for Raptors after missing 41 games

ATLANTA (AP) Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll has returned from right knee surgery after missing 41 games.

Spurs don’t plan to rest stars for 2 games vs Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) If the Golden State Warriors are going to set the NBA single-season wins record, they will have to go through a full-strength San Antonio squad to do it.

Warriors-Spurs on NBA TV to be available to more viewers

NEW YORK (AP) The Warriors' game in San Antonio on Sunday on NBA TV will be available for free to fans who don't normally get the channel.

Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour finally reaches its last 4 shows

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant stands up, and hundreds rise with him. An urgent, wordless buzz steadily builds to an ovation while he heads to the scorers' table to enter the game.

Warriors-Spurs on NBA TV to be available to more viewers

NEW YORK (AP) The Warriors' game in San Antonio on Sunday on NBA TV will be available for free to fans who don't normally get the channel.

76ers move ahead in the rebuilding process without Hinkie

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sam Hinkie quit on The Process.

76ers move ahead in the rebuilding process without Hinkie

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sam Hinkie quit on The Process.

Grizzlies sign Munford to multi-year deal, waive Hollins

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Xavier Munford to a multi-year contract and have waived center Ryan Hollins.

With James on bench, Pacers roll past Cavaliers 123-109

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When LeBron James took a seat Wednesday night, the Indiana Pacers took a step forward.

» Wednesday, April 6, 2016

AP source: Bryan Colangelo set to be hired as 76ers GM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers' front office has suddenly turned into the home of a Colangelo family reunion.

76ers president/general manager Sam Hinkie quits

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie quit Wednesday after turning the organization into one of the worst teams in NBA history.

Atlanta Hawks player sues New York City over arrest

NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha filed a federal lawsuit against New York City on Wednesday, alleging he was unjustly arrested outside of a trendy nightclub last year during a fracas that left him with a broken leg and ended his NBA season.

Atlanta Hawks player sues New York City over arrest

NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha filed a federal lawsuit against New York City on Wednesday, alleging he was unjustly arrested outside of a trendy nightclub last year during a fracas that left him with a broken leg and ended his NBA season.

Cleveland opts to rest LeBron James against Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Cavaliers star LeBron James will sit out Wednesday night's game at Indiana to rest.

Wizards’ Wall out with sore right knee against Nets

WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards point guard John Wall has a sore right knee and will not play against Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Atlanta Hawks player sues New York City over arrest

NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha (TAH'-boh sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) has filed a lawsuit against New York City after he was acquitted of criminal charges stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub.

Young Timberwolves have their coming-out party in W over GSW

Shaquille O'Neal was holding court at a press event during All-Star weekend, offering his analysis and opinions about all things NBA, when he was asked about Karl-Anthony Towns, the superb rookie of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Timberwolves shock Warriors 124-117 in overtime

OAKLAND, California (AP) Coach Steve Kerr knows just what his players are going through down the stretch of a potentially record-setting season. Having stumbled to the finish of a 72-win season as a player with the Chicago Bulls two decades ago, Kerr is watching his Golden State Warriors do the same.

Timberwolves shock Warriors with 124-117 win in overtime

OAKLAND, California (AP) The Golden State Warriors hit an unexpected obstacle on their quest for a record 73 wins, blowing a 17-point lead and losing 124-117 in overtime to the last-place Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Timberwolves shock Warriors 124-117 in overtime

OAKLAND, California (AP) The Golden State Warriors hit an unexpected obstacle on their quest for a record 73 wins, blowing a 17-point lead and losing 124-117 in overtime to the last-place Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

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Leonard scores 18, Spurs beat Jazz for Duncan’s 1,000th win

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Spurs won again during their best regular season ever, just as Tim Duncan has done 1,000 times in his career.

» Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Rubio is finally healthy, and hitting shots for Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ricky Rubio entered his fifth NBA season at a crossroads.

Hawks join Emory in building ’unprecedented’ headquarters

ATLANTA (AP) Tony Ressler had one early objective when his ownership group bought the Atlanta Hawks last June.

Celtics’ Turner to sit out against Pelicans with eye injury

BOSTON (AP) Celtics coach Brad Stevens says reserve forward Evan Turner is continuing to recover from a left eye abrasion and will sit out when they host the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Man charged in robbery, shooting of Knicks’ player

NEW YORK (AP) A Brooklyn man has been charged in the robbery and shooting of New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early outside a Queens strip club in December.

A historic regular season without a title often rings hollow

MIAMI (AP) Golden State, take note. Putting together a historic regular-season is only half the battle for teams trying to etch out a spot in the annals of sports immortality.

» Monday, April 4, 2016

Zach LaVine uses slam dunk winnings to help deaf school

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The claps and cheers as Zach LaVine walked into the room were loud, audible to everyone in the school as the Minnesota Timberwolves guard arrived and waved to the crowd.

Zach LaVine uses slam dunk winnings to help deaf school

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Zach LaVine's hops have helped him win two slam dunk titles and make a name for himself as a rising star in the NBA. They are also playing a big role in a better dining experience for students at a school for the deaf in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Idaho Stampede moved to Salt Lake City, name changed

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Idaho Stampede, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, will move to Salt Lake City for the 2016-17 season and will be renamed the Salt Lake City Stars.

Ex-Knicks coach Fisher appears as Turner analyst this week

NEW YORK (AP) Former New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher will appear as a guest analyst on Turner Sports' NBA coverage this week.

With 2 games vs Warriors this week, how will Spurs play it?

The biggest mystery surrounding the Golden State Warriors' run at history is how motivated San Antonio will be to stop it.

With 2 games vs Warriors this week, how will Spurs play it?

The biggest mystery surrounding the Golden State Warriors' run at history is how motivated San Antonio will be to stop it.

Warriors rebound from rare home loss with win over Portland

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry scored 39 points and the Golden State Warriors bounced back from their first regular-season home loss in more than 14 months by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 136-111 on Sunday to tie the mark for the second-most wins in a season.

» Sunday, April 3, 2016

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Kyrie Irving out for Cavaliers with sprained ankle

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers starting guard point Kyrie Irving will miss Sunday's game against Charlotte with a sprained right ankle.

Spurs keep winning, Heat lose but clinch playoff spot

Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 33 points, while LaMarcus Aldrige had 31 points and 15 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Toronto Raptors 102-95 Saturday night for their franchise-record 64th victory.

» Saturday, April 2, 2016

Aldridge, Leonard lead Spurs to franchise record 64th win

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 33 points, LaMarcus Aldrige had 31 points and 15 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Toronto Raptors 102-95 Saturday night for their franchise-record 64th victory.

Bulls’ Rose out against Pistons due to elbow injury

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will miss tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons with an elbow injury.

Blake Griffin back with Clippers after 3-month absence

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin returns to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday after a three-month absence caused by hand and quadriceps injuries.

Clippers ready to welcome Blake Griffin back against Wizards

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin is returning to the Los Angeles Clippers after a three-month absence caused by injuries to his hand and quadriceps, in addition to a four-game suspension for punching the team's assistant equipment manager.

Blueprint for a daunting task: How to beat Golden State

So now it's official. Not only can the Golden State Warriors lose this season, they can even lose at home.

Warriors’ home winning streak ends at 54 in loss to Celtics

OAKLAND, California (AP) Everybody expected Stephen Curry to make the 3 from way out with the clock winding down, just as he always does.

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Stephen Curry missed a long 3-pointer to tie it with 5.3 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors suffered their first home defeat in more than 14 months Friday night.

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» Friday, April 1, 2016

LeBron James passes Oscar Robertson on career scoring list

ATLANTA (AP) LeBron James has moved past Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson into 11th place on the NBA's scoring list.

Porzingis (shoulder) out, may not play again this season

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis will not play in the Knicks' game against Brooklyn because of a strained right shoulder that could end his rookie season.

Russell-Young video flap still stings as Lakers move on

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) D'Angelo Russell did extra work after practice again with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, competing with Jordan Clarkson in a two-on-two scrimmage.

Lakers forward Julius Randle fined $15,000 for gesture

NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle was fined $15,000 on Friday for making an obscene gesture after he hit a game-winning shot to beat the Miami Heat.

Lakers forward Julius Randle fined $15,000 for gesture

NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during the game against the Miami Heat.

Grizzlies sign Cotton to 10-day deal under hardship rule

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Bryce Cotton to a 10-day contract under the NBA's hardship roster rules.

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CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored 24 points to move into 12th place on the NBA's career scoring list as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Brooklyn Nets 107-87 on Thursday night.

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