NBA Playoffs

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making a three-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 119-98. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
February 23, 2020 - 11:56 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have a spot in the postseason, only a week after the All-Star Game. The Bucks became the first team in the NBA to clinch a berth Sunday after Washington lost to Chicago. The Wizards are in ninth place in an Eastern Conference that the Bucks have been running...
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Sacramento Kings' Kent Bazemore (26) reacts after scoring against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
February 22, 2020 - 6:44 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Sacramento Kings realize they might have started playing their best basketball of the season too late to contend for a playoff spot. Beating the powerhouse Los Angeles Clippers on the road twice in less than a month still feels awfully good, even if the Clips are far from the...
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Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)
February 16, 2020 - 11:14 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Players were taking charges, bodies were hitting the floor, calls and non-calls were being screamed about on both ends. The fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star Game was as intense as the final moments of a playoff game, the biggest stars in the league holding absolutely nothing back...
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Miami Heat's Goran Dragic, left, talks to coach Erik Spoelstra during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in New York. The Nets won 117-113. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
February 07, 2020 - 4:10 pm
MIAMI (AP) — In deciding whether to pursue a trade for Andre Iguodala, the Miami Heat went all-in on research. They talked to people who knew Iguodala. They watched what he did last season. They took a deep dive into the analytics. And they came to a determination. “He’s elite,” Heat President Pat...
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Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against the Toronto Raptors during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Toronto won 112-110 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
January 14, 2020 - 12:44 am
It’s halftime. The midway point of the NBA regular season arrives this week -- there are 1,230 games between October and April, and after Thursday night’s slate goes into the books 618 games will have been played with 612 left to go. Making statistical judgments after a few games, or even a few...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, and Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (2) chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 111-106. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
December 27, 2019 - 12:05 pm
He was the Fun Guy. The board man who got paid. He overcame injury to reclaim his rightful place as one of the very best basketball players on the planet. He conquered the NBA world for a second time, bringing a championship to Canada. And then he joined the Los Angeles Clippers, ready to start...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, United States' Megan Rapinoe lifts up a trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match between U.S. and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. “We’ve done exactly what we set out to do, done exactly what we wanted to do, said what we feel,” said Rapinoe. “I know sometimes my voice is louder, but everybody is in this together.” (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
December 24, 2019 - 11:49 am
Karma had a career year in 2019. She draped a green jacket on Tiger Woods, handed soccer’s World Cup to a tough-as-nails U.S. Women’s National Team, shipped the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy to a cool-as-they-come rookie coach and players from the Great White North, righted a wrong that happened a...
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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, right, shoots over Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
November 12, 2019 - 1:35 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard wasn't at his best against his former team. His new teammates knocked down big shots and won anyway. Leonard struggled on 2-for-11 shooting and had nine turnovers, but Lou Williams led a big effort from the bench with 21 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the...
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Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers disagrees about a call during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
November 08, 2019 - 2:11 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 on Thursday for statements made by coach Doc Rivers and others that were "inconsistent" about Kawhi Leonard's health. Leonard sat out a 129-124 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, the second time he's missed the...
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