NBA sees seven of the eight first-round matchups set

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida: The NBA playoff bracket is nearly set.Wednesday’s results filled in five of what were the six unknown matchups for Round 1 of the postseason, which starts next week at Walt Disney World.In the Western Conference: Houston and Oklahoma City will meet in the first rou


Kuzma’s 3-pointer lifts Lakers past Nuggets

Kyle Kuzma hit a 3-pointer with .4 seconds left and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 124-121 Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak. LeBron James threw an inbounds pass to Anthony Davis, who flipped it to Kuzma on the right wing for the game-winner as the clock ran down. T


Celtics build 40-point lead, roll past Raptors 122-100

The way the NBA standings look right now, there’s a reasonable chance that the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors could be slotted to see each other in the Eastern Conference semifinals. And Celtics coach Brad Stevens is already making it clear — if that happens, a blowout win over th


Paul George, Clippers bury Pelicans with 3-point spree

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida: Paul George made three straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes and scored 28 points for the Los Angeles Clippers in a 126-103 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.Los Angeles broke a franchise record by making 25 of 47 3-pointers, with George making


LeBron James hits go-ahead basket as Lakers edge Clippers in NBA restart

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers showed some rust. They knocked it off with time to spare. Anthony Davis scored 34 points, James had the go-ahead basket with 12.8 seconds left and the Lakers moved closer to clinching the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs by topping the Los Ang


LeBron won’t wear social justice message on Lakers jersey

LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice can’t be contained on the back of a basketball jersey. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar won’t wear one of the NBA-approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey when the NBA resumes competition later this month in the Orlando


Coronavirus: Miami Heat close practice facility after second player tests positive

The Miami Heat closed their practice facility for training after a second player tested positive for the coronavirus, multiple media outlets reported Last Friday. Derrick Jones Jr. was identified as testing positive last week, but the name of the latest player to contract COVID-19 was not reported.


NBA franchises set to reopen training facilities

NBA players may come back to team gyms on Friday in the US states where local authorities have loosened or did not impose "stay-at-home" restrictions in response to COVID-19, the basketball association said late Saturday. It stated that only personal workouts were allowed rather than team training.


Major conferences still with plenty left to be decided

College basketball has reached the final week of the regular season in all the major conferences. A lot is still left to be decided. While No. 6 Kentucky has wrapped up the SEC title and No. 8 Seton Hall has earned a share of the Big East, the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 all will come down to


Former NBA star Mutombo remembers Kobe Bryant

NBA hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo was in Milan, Italy when he heard the news. "My phone rang. It was the league (NBA) office. They said something has happened with Kobe ... there was a helicopter crash, but we don't know if there are survivors. [Later] the NBA security toldSpeaking to us, the eight


Former NBA commissioner David Stern dies at 77

David Stern, the basketball-loving lawyer who took the NBA around the world during 30 years as its longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global powerhouse, died Wednesday. He was 77. Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage on December 12 and underwent emergency surgery. The league sa


Lakers, Clippers set to star in wide-open NBA season

LOS ANGELES- It’s a whole new ballgame in the NBA, where a seismic shift in star talent has flung the door wide open to an array of 2020 title contenders. The NBA, whose sudden row with China promises to linger, will be hoping on-court excitement in the wake of unexpected off-season moves wil


Veteran NBA guard Shaun Livingston retires after 15 seasons

Guard Shaun Livingston announced his retirement Friday after 15 seasons in the NBA. Livingston, who turned 34 this week, won three NBA titles with Golden State. The Warriors waived him on July 10. The Los Angeles Clippers made Livingston, a high school senior at the time, the No. 4 overall pick in


Gasol clinches rare NBA-World Cup double as Spain down Argentina

BEIJING - Three-time All-Star Marc Gasol became only the second man to win an NBA crown and the World Cup in the same year after Spain brushed aside Argentina 95-75 on Sunday 9-15-2019. Spain, who survived double overtime against Australia to reach the final, led throughout in Beijing to win intern





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