NBA basketball

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) defends against Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) as he shoots the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)
December 26, 2018 - 8:06 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Danny Green slipped to the right corner, somehow forgotten by the Miami Heat. He made them pay. Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points, Green's 3-pointer with 22.7 seconds left — a wide-open one — became the gamewinner, and the Toronto Raptors improved the NBA's best record to 26-10 by topping...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James grimaces after straining his left groin, during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Lakers won 127-101. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
December 26, 2018 - 1:46 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James got good news Wednesday on his injured groin. But his games-played streak will end anyway. An MRI exam showed that the four-time NBA MVP merely strained his left groin in the Los Angeles Lakers' victory at Golden State Warriors on Christmas night. James will...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives between Golden State Warriors' Kevon Looney (5) and Andre Iguodala during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
December 25, 2018 - 8:54 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James left Los Angeles' 127-101 win against Golden State midway through the third quarter with a strained left groin, and the Lakers expected to know more about his status following an MRI exam Wednesday. The Lakers star grabbed at his left groin after slipping under...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) high-fives Josh Hart (3) at the end of the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
December 25, 2018 - 7:46 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron James in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James' 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising 127-101 rout...
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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) reacts in front of Philadelphia 76ers' Jimmy Butler after making a 3-pointer in overtime during an NBA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Boston won 121-114. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
December 25, 2018 - 6:55 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving extended the game with a clutch shot, then ended it with two more in overtime. Irving scored six of his 40 points in overtime, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers while leading Boston back from a five-point deficit as the Celtics beat the 76ers 121-114 on Tuesday night. "Just...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, dribbles as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Houston. Houston won 113-109. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
December 25, 2018 - 4:11 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden is on a roll and it's helping the Houston Rockets get on track after their terrible start to the season. Harden scored 41 points and the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 on Tuesday for their seventh win in the last eight games. Harden has scored 30 points...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts to a call during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
December 25, 2018 - 1:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo was so eager to make a rim-rocking Christmas debut that he overshot the basket on his first attempt, a dunk from one side that ended with the ball all the way in the opposite corner. "I was so excited that I went a little bit too high and I thought the rim was...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) scores the final basket against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 129-127. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
December 23, 2018 - 9:37 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — On a night the Los Angeles Clippers set records with their 3-point shooting, Steph Curry won the game for Golden State at the rim. Curry made a layup with 0.5 seconds left and the Warriors outlasted the Clippers 129-127 in an emotionally charged game Sunday night. Curry had...
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Miami Heat's Tyler Johnson (8) passes the ball as he is defended by Orlando Magic's Jerian Grant (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
December 23, 2018 - 7:11 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It was a 500 kind of night for the Miami Heat, who got their record back to .500 and delivered coach Erik Spoelstra his 500th coaching victory. Tyler Johnson scored 20 of his 25 points in the third quarter as Miami defeated the Orlando Magic 115-91 and ran its winning streak to...
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale (23) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Saturday Dec. 22, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Oklahoma City won, 107-106. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 22, 2018 - 10:43 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Paul George hasn't stopped thinking about last season's playoff exit against the Utah Jazz. "I've owed this to this team. I didn't like the way I finished in this arena last time I was here. That was on my mind," said George, who had 43 points and 14 rebounds to help the...
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