NBA basketball

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, state Senate president Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, speaks at a pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Galvano said he believes sports betting could be legalized without voter approval, although he said he might ask for it, anyway(AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)
March 02, 2019 - 1:42 pm
Over the past decade, teams from California, Florida or Texas have competed in more than half the championship series in the four major professional sports — including every NBA final. That may be no surprise, considering the three states account for 27 percent of all franchises in those leagues...
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Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Bucks won 131-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 02, 2019 - 12:52 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric Bledsoe began the day with a contract extension. He ended it leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their eighth consecutive victory and 10th in a row on the road. Bledsoe scored 31 points, Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points, and the Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 131-120 on Friday...
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Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) drives toward the basket as Atlanta Hawks forward Omari Spellman defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
March 01, 2019 - 9:56 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Chicago Bulls are playing their best basketball of the season at a time many might have thought the focus would be shifting to the NBA draft lottery. The wins are making Lauri Markkanen hungry for more. Markkanen made three free throws to give Chicago the lead for good, Zach...
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) makes a move against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
March 01, 2019 - 8:47 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Some late defense helped the Boston Celtics snap a four-game losing streak. Kyrie Irving had 13 points and 12 assists, Al Horford scored 18 points and the Celtics shut down the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter in a 107-96 victory Friday night. Boston won for the first time...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. A person with knowledge of the matter says that the NBA recently sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association about lowering the minimum age to enter the NBA Draft from 19 to 18, as the sides continuing moving toward eliminating the "one-and-done" policy that has many elite players going to college for one season. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
March 01, 2019 - 2:08 pm
BOSTON (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he would consider shortening the regular season, but only if the league could develop something meaningful to do to replace the games — and revenue — they would be giving up. Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, Silver...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Miami Heat's Josh Richardson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Houston. The Rockets won 121-118. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
February 28, 2019 - 8:55 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — After scoring 58 points, James Harden pointed to the Houston Rockets' defense and team effort. Harden also had 10 assists and seven rebounds and the Rockets overcame a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Miami Heat 121-118 on Thursday night. "We were lackadaisical on defense,...
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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) celebrates after the Heat defeated the Golden State Warriors 126-125 in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
February 27, 2019 - 8:36 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade jumped onto a courtside table and thumped himself on the chest three times. He took a victory lap, waving a towel. He got mobbed by teammates. He's been part of games that meant more. But bigger moments — there haven't been many, if any, than this one. Wade's one-legged,...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry gestures from the bench after a teammate's basket against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 27, 2019 - 1:01 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Stephen Curry would ordinarily be getting off his feet as fast as possible after a morning shootaround practice, saving his legs for the looming game that night. Wednesday, however, wasn't ordinary. Golden State coach Steve Kerr invited some students — including ones from Marjory...
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Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton, right, tries to drive past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
February 26, 2019 - 11:57 pm
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic is making his presence felt down the stretch, and that's the way the Denver Nuggets want it. Jokic scored 36 points, including five free throws in the final moments, and the Nuggets fended off Oklahoma City's late rally for a 121-112 victory Tuesday night in a matchup...
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February 26, 2019 - 9:03 pm
TORONTO (AP) — A lack of togetherness is turning into big trouble for the struggling Boston Celtics. Pascal Siakam scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 21 and the Toronto Raptors used a huge second quarter to rout Boston 118-95 on Tuesday night. Marcus Morris scored 17 points, and Jayson Tatum and...
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