NBA basketball

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) drives to the basket against Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
November 08, 2018 - 7:41 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George scored 20 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 98-80 on Thursday night without point guard Russell Westbrook for their seventh straight victory. Westbrook missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. George also had 11...
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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
November 07, 2018 - 11:39 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyson Chandler savored the ovations when he first took the court in downtown Los Angeles. The cheers at the end were even sweeter. The Lakers' newest big man got to represent his hometown Wednesday night for the first time in his 18 NBA seasons, and he came up bigger and better...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) puts up a shot over New Orleans Pelicans forward E'Twaun Moore (55) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)
November 05, 2018 - 7:46 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder won their fifth straight game by beating the New Orleans Pelicans 122-116 on Monday night, but they lost star point guard Russell Westbrook with a sprained left ankle. After coming down hard on the side of his foot, Westbrook pounded the ground in...
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Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
November 04, 2018 - 10:09 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Serge Ibaka outscored the Lakers by himself in the first quarter, and he didn't miss a shot until the third. He beat LA inside and outside on the way to the biggest offensive game of his career. Thanks to Ibaka's brilliance for the Toronto Raptors, Kawhi Leonard wasn't missed by...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2018, filer photo, Los Angeles Kings coach John Stevens gestures to his team during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche in an NHL hockey game in Denver. Stevens has been fired by the struggling Kings just 13 games into his second season in charge. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 04, 2018 - 1:06 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The struggling Los Angeles Kings fired head coach John Stevens on Sunday just 13 games into his second season in charge. Willie Desjardins will be the Kings' interim head coach for the rest of the regular season, general manager Rob Blake said. Los Angeles also fired assistant...
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November 03, 2018 - 3:50 pm
Tyson Chandler is going home. The Phoenix Suns are buying out Chandler's contract, a move that will allow the 18-year veteran — once he clears waivers — to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the buyout plan to The Associated Press on Saturday...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, defends against Minnesota Timberwolves' Tyus Jones (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
November 02, 2018 - 11:10 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Draymond Green is playing the best coach Steve Kerr has ever seen, doing all the little things on both ends to spark his team. Stephen Curry's shot is on from everywhere, while Kevin Durant is his usual efficient, dominant self. The two-time defending NBA champions know they...
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Denver Nuggets' Juan Hernangomez (41) drives around Cleveland Cavaliers' Rodney Hood (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Cleveland. The Nuggets won 110-91.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
November 01, 2018 - 6:32 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Juancho Hernangomez scored 23 points, Paul Millsap added 16 and the Denver Nuggets rolled past the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-91 on Thursday night. The Nuggets won their third straight to improve to 7-1. On Wednesday night in Chicago, they beat the Bulls 108-107 in overtime on Millsap...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) dribbles to the basket during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Cleveland. Unhappy with his new role, Smith said he hopes the team trades him. Smith hasn’t formally requested a trade, but said Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, that Cleveland’s front office knows he wants out. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin, File)
November 01, 2018 - 11:15 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Unhappy with his new role, J.R. Smith says he hopes the Cavaliers trade him. Smith hasn't formally requested a trade but said Thursday that Cleveland's front office knows he wants out. The 33-year-old guard didn't play in Tuesday night's win over Atlanta, the Cavs' first game since...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) is defended by Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 31, 2018 - 11:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James walked into Staples Center on Halloween dressed as Jason from the "Friday the 13th" movies. Five hours later, he saved the Los Angeles Lakers from a horrifying ending. The four-time MVP scored 29 points and made the game-winning free throw with 2.1 seconds left...
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