Basketball

Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic reacts after making a basket while being fouled during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
November 24, 2019 - 6:16 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas coach Rick Carlisle didn’t want his team to get overexcited about its convincing victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday. He was, however, quick to note the importance of the victory. “This is a big win. There's no question about that,” Carlisle said. “You come in here,...
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Memphis' D. J. Jeffries (0) reacts after dunking a basket in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
November 23, 2019 - 4:06 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The 16th-ranked Memphis Tigers already knew they would have to play a long stretch without James Wiseman, their top freshman. Then another freshman, Lester Quinones, went to the locker room with an undisclosed injury after playing less than nine minutes against Mississippi...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, Japan. A person familiar with the negotiations says the NBA is working with the players’ union and its teams on a plan to shorten the regular season, possibly to 78 games. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
November 23, 2019 - 12:47 pm
A person familiar with the negotiations says the NBA is working with the players’ union and its teams on a plan to shorten the regular season, possibly to 78 games. They also are considering a change to the playoff seeding and the addition of a midyear tournament for all 30 clubs in time for the...
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard reacts after making a shot in the closing seconds against the Houston Rockets during an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 122-119. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
November 23, 2019 - 2:03 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Down five points with a minute to go, the Los Angeles Clippers turned to a trio of veterans. Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams combined to outscore the Houston Rockets 10-2 the rest of the way and Leonard hit the winning jumper with 15 seconds remaining for a 122-119...
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An empty Vivint Smart Home Arena is seen as the building was being evacuated because of a suspicious package following the Utah Jazz's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Most fans had already left the building when players, coaches and reporters were instructed to leave the arena following Utah's 113-109 victory over the Warriors. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
November 23, 2019 - 1:53 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Minutes after an NBA game ended Friday night, the Utah Jazz’s home arena was evacuated because of a suspicious package. Salt Lake City police said the package turned out to be a toolbox, and the Jazz said employees were cleared by authorities to re-enter the building a couple...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, looks to pass the ball as Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 96-92. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
November 23, 2019 - 12:30 am
DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray's strong finish helped the Denver Nuggets work their way through a stretch of ragged play. His thoughts after the game turned to an injured opponent. Murray scored 22 points, including two clutch free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining, and the Nuggets hung on to beat the...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons, center, goes up for a shot past San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
November 22, 2019 - 11:11 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia coach Brett Brown met Gregg Popovich at midcourt, gave him a handshake, hug and pat on the back. Brown knows all about long losing streaks, and Popovich helped him get through them. Now, it’s Brown’s turn to help. Tobias Harris scored 26 points, Joel Embiid had 21...
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Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) drives on Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
November 22, 2019 - 10:02 pm
DETROIT (AP) — About an hour after a blowout loss to the Detroit Pistons, Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce finally emerged to meet with reporters. The Hawks had been talking things over. “Learning how to compete — that’s kind of it,” Pierce said. “Learning how to compete, learning how to communicate,...
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Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, is defended by Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
November 22, 2019 - 9:51 pm
DENVER (AP) — Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker collided with teammate Semi Ojeleye late in the second quarter, striking Ojeleye's abdomen area head-first and going down on to the court in a heap against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. In a tweet, the Celtics said Walker has been diagnosed with...
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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) attempts a three-pint basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Dallas, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
November 22, 2019 - 9:48 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had 30 points and 14 assists with former teammate Dirk Nowitzki watching as a retiree for the first time, and the Dallas Mavericks routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 143-101 on Friday night. Nowitzki stayed away for the first eight Dallas home games after setting an NBA record...
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