NBA basketball

Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray (27) drives past Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George (13) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 05, 2020 - 9:22 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It only took a few plays for Denver coach Michael Malone to like what he was seeing Saturday night. The Nuggets were physical on both ends, getting whatever they wanted offensively and setting a tone defensively. “We were a noticeably different team," Malone said. It...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2020, file photo, a voter casts a ballot at a drive-thru voting station in the Barre Civic Center in Vermont's statewide primary in Barre, Vt. Voting will look a little different this November. States are considering drive-thrus, outdoor polling places and curbside voting as they examine creative ways to safely offer same-day polling places during a pandemic. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke, File)
September 05, 2020 - 8:02 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Voting will look a little different this November. States are turning to stadiums, drive-thrus and possibly even movie theaters as safe options for in-person polling places amid the coronavirus pandemic and fears about mail-in ballots failing to arrive in time to count. The...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) blocks a shot by Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook (0) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 04, 2020 - 9:50 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Rockets may play small, but they don't use size to determine toughness. And in Game 1, their style caused big problems for the Los Angeles Lakers. James Harden scored 36 points and the Rockets ran away from the Lakers 112-97 on Friday night, the second...
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Miami Heat's Jae Crowder (99), Jimmy Butler (22) and Bam Adebayo (13) celebrate as they run up the court in front of Milwaukee Bucks' Brook Lopez (11) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) after a basket in the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 04, 2020 - 7:13 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler sent the ball out to Jae Crowder, then started celebrating before his teammate even took the shot. He knew what was about to happen. The Miami Heat did it again — and have the Milwaukee Bucks, the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs, on the brink of...
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Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell (5) is defended by Denver Nuggets' Mason Plumlee (7) in the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Thursday, Sept 3, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 04, 2020 - 5:41 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Montrezl Harrell was close last year. This year, his grandmother told him, he was going to win the Sixth Man Award. The only disappointment was she didn't live to see it. “It just hurts that I can’t take it home to her,” Harrell said, with the trophy sitting beside him...
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Toronto Raptors' OG Anunoby (3) releases a game-winning shot at the buzzer over Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) in the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Thursday, Sept 3, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 03, 2020 - 8:17 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors were a half-second away from falling into the abyss that no NBA team has ever escaped. Down by two points, down by two games, the reigning champions needed a miracle. OG Anunoby delivered. Anunoby caught a cross-court pass that Kyle Lowry threaded...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2020, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies' Ja Morant passes the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Morant was announced Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, as the winner of the Rookie of the Year award for 2019-20, the first Grizzlies player to win the award since Pau Gasol in 2001-02. (AP Photo/Mike Ehrmann, Pool, File)
September 03, 2020 - 3:46 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The first three baskets of Memphis’ season set the tone for Ja Morant’s rookie year. All were layups, all by him, the level of difficulty increasing each time. He made them look easy that night. He made plenty look easy all season. Morant was announced Thursday as the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Steve Nash speaks during induction ceremonies at the Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Mass. The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
September 03, 2020 - 3:40 pm
Steve Nash was one of the NBA's most entertaining point guards, the engineer of a high-scoring team that helped usher in a new era of basketball. Now the Brooklyn Nets want to see what he can do as a coach. The Nets hired Nash on Thursday, putting the Hall of Famer in charge of the team that hopes...
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Luguentz Dort (5) has his 3-point attempt blocked by Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) as referee Pat Fraher, left rear, looks on during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 02, 2020 - 10:37 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — James Harden couldn't get his shot to fall all night, so the scorer turned stopper. In this wild Game 7 that took one strange turn after another in the final seconds, the biggest play came when a guy known almost entirely for his offense turned up the defense. Harden...
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Miami Heat's Kelly Olynyk (9) and Jimmy Butler (22) react with teammates after the Heat beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-114 in an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 02, 2020 - 8:48 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler loves soccer, and the final scene from Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals resembled a penalty shot in a shootout. Only there was no goalie. This was just a free throw, no time on the clock, nobody else from the Miami Heat or Milwaukee Bucks...
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