NBA basketball

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday,, in Denver. The Knicks agree to trade injured star Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
January 31, 2019 - 7:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks were having their doubts, wondering if Kristaps Porzingis truly wanted to be part of the franchise. On Thursday, they say he made it clear he didn't. Once that happened, they decided to trade the All-Star forward who was thought to be one of the key players for...
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January 31, 2019 - 6:53 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James is back in the lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers after the longest injury-related absence of his 16-year career. The leading All-Star vote-getter was set to play against the Clippers on Thursday night after missing 17 games. He was originally listed as out but was...
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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) signals to his bench with New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) awaiting the an official's call during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
January 31, 2019 - 8:40 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki has been coming to Madison Square Garden for about two decades, scoring better there than at any road arena. If this was the last visit, he ended with a good one. Nowitzki scored a season-high 14 points, Luka Doncic warmed up after an airball on his first shot in the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2016 photo, J. Cole performs at the 2016 The Meadows Music and Arts Festivals at Citi Field, in New York. J. Cole will headline the halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game. The seven-time Grammy Award nominee will return to his home state to perform a medley of hits at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Feb. 17, 2019. He released his latest single, “Middle Child,” on Jan. 23. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
January 30, 2019 - 5:53 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper J. Cole will headline the halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game. The seven-time Grammy Award nominee will return to his home state to perform a medley of hits at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Feb. 17. He released his latest single, "Middle Child," on...
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Houston Rockets forward Kenneth Faried, center, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) and center Jahlil Okafor defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
January 29, 2019 - 9:00 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — If the drama between Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans is frustrating his teammates, it didn't show in their return to the court Tuesday night. Jahlil Okafor scored 27 points and the short-handed Pelicans overcame a big early deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 121-116 in...
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File-This Dec. 15, 2018, file photo shows Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway on the court before an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee in Memphis, Tenn. Hardaway says the NBA background of his Memphis coaching staff is creating a little jealousy among other coaches, putting a target on his own back in his first season with the Tigers. "I'm getting used to this as a coach because it’s a little jealousy from a lot of these coaches around the country," Hardaway said Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)
January 28, 2019 - 7:51 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Penny Hardaway says the NBA background of his Memphis coaching staff is creating a little jealousy among other coaches, putting a target on his own back in his first season with the Tigers. "I'm getting used to this as a coach because it's a little jealousy from a lot of these...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
January 28, 2019 - 7:26 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Stephen Curry's first-half shooting clinic was virtually flawless. His championship teammates pitched in, too. Curry scored 23 of his 26 points in the first half Monday and Golden State ran away with a 132-100 rout at Indiana for its league-leading 11th consecutive victory. The...
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FILE- In this Jan. 12, 2019, file photo New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. Davis' agent says the five-time All-Star has told the New Orleans Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a contending team. Agent Rich Paul confirmed the request to The Associated Press early Monday, Jan. 28. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
January 28, 2019 - 5:30 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans. And if a trade happens, it'll be on the Pelicans' schedule. The five-time All-Star has told the Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a championship-contending team and will not sign an extension with New Orleans, agent Rich Paul told The...
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals' Eric Winston (73) throws his gloves to a fan following an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis. Avoiding a work stoppage in 2021 could depend on whether players can secure more guaranteed money in the next collective bargaining negotiations with the NFL. Winston says the best way to ensure more guaranteed money for players is to get them to free agency sooner. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)
January 28, 2019 - 12:28 am
Though the next labor fight between the NFL and its players is more than two years off, one issue is already clear. Avoiding a work stoppage in 2021 could depend on whether players can secure more guaranteed money in the next collective bargaining negotiations with the league. "You can't look at it...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles around Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
January 27, 2019 - 6:43 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 40 points, including five critical ones down the stretch to lead the Houston Rockets to a 103-98 comeback win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night. Houston trailed by as many as 16 and never led until there were about four minutes remaining. The game was tied...
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