NBA basketball

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki scores against the Phoenix Suns in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
December 13, 2018 - 11:03 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki at last began his record-breaking 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, coming off the bench in the first quarter of a 99-89 loss to the Phoenix Suns. No other NBA player has played that many seasons with the same team. "It is good to be back," he...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) reacts after dunking the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
December 13, 2018 - 9:11 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were clinging to a lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter on Thursday night when James Harden told coach Mike D'Antoni he needed to come out for a bit to rest — something the reigning MVP never does. D'Antoni was perfectly happy to fulfill Harden's...
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Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, center, shouts at an official in the final seconds of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Officials ruled the Hornets had six players on the floor in the final second of the game, giving one free throw to Detroit. The Hornets won 108-107. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
December 13, 2018 - 10:14 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets owner Michael Jordan said it was "tap of endearment." After watching a bizarre ending to the Hornets' win against Detroit on Wednesday, a bewildered Jordan lightly smacked the back of second-year guard Malik Monk's head in closing seconds of the game. Jordan told The...
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Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) celebrates with guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
December 13, 2018 - 12:02 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Minus their top player and with their coach still mourning his mother's death two days earlier, the Toronto Raptors put an emphatic stamp on a season sweep of Golden State. They did it with the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors nearly at full strength, too, a very...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, file photo, Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard huddles with teammates before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Leonard sat out Toronto’s showdown against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Dec. 12, because of a bruised right hip. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)
December 12, 2018 - 11:40 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard sat out Toronto's showdown against the Golden State Warriors because of a bruised right hip. The star forward was inactive for the second straight game Wednesday night, but the Raptors cruised to a 113-93 win at Golden State. Earlier in the day, Leonard was...
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis dunks in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
December 12, 2018 - 9:42 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis smiled slightly and joked about his relative youth when the topic of his heavy workload came up. His nearly 40 minutes on the court against Oklahoma City was hardly an anomaly this season, but Davis isn't ready to plead for more rest yet. Davis scored 44 points and...
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Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lamb, jumping right, celebrates with teammates Malik Monk, left, Willy Hernangomez, center and Devonte' Graham, front, as Kemba Walker (15) celebrates in background after Lamb's go-ahead and eventual game-winning basket against the Detroit Pistons in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Charlotte won 108-107. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
December 12, 2018 - 8:47 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Hornets celebrated too soon and then weren't sure if they'd be celebrating at all. Meanwhile, team owner Michael Jordan chewed out one of his own players. Jeremy Lamb's first NBA buzzer-beater was no ordinary game-winning shot. Lamb knocked down a 22-foot jumper from the...
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots between Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3), forward Markieff Morris (5), and guard John Wall (2) during the overtime period of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Washington. The Celtics won 130-125. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 12, 2018 - 8:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — To Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Kyrie Irving's pair of 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime — the first from in front of his team's bench; the second from straightaway, 31 feet out — were "amazing." To the man contesting both of those key shots, Washington Wizards...
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Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans (12) and forward Domantas Sabonis (11) trap Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
December 12, 2018 - 7:45 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For three weeks, Indiana found ways to fill the void left by Victor Oladipo's absence. When the All-Star guard returned from a sore right knee Wednesday, the Pacers proved they could plug holes in other ways, too. Thaddeus Young scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed 11...
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Chicago Bulls Jabari Parker, from left, Cristiano Felicio, Kris Dunn and Shaquille Harrison, warm up at the start of a basketball practice at the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. The Bulls will face Orlando Magic Thursday in the first of two 2018 regular-season NBA games to be played in the high-altitude Mexican capital. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
December 12, 2018 - 6:12 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican fans have waited a lifetime for the opportunity to watch their favorite team, the Chicago Bulls, in their homeland. But hardly anyone envisioned that they'd get to see the current version of the team that will face the Orlando Magic on Thursday night amid reports of...
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