Basketball

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) greets fans after Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 23, 2018 - 4:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks knew John Wall would be back to his explosive, elite self for the playoffs when the All-Star point guard was able to play 38 minutes in a regular-season loss at Cleveland. It took Wall one additional outing to be absolutely certain he' d be OK...
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April 23, 2018 - 4:15 pm
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Dick Vitale's voice cracked as he discussed his self-described obsession with raising money for pediatric cancer research. "It's the best thing I've ever done in my life," the longtime college basketball television analyst said. "I'm in 13 Hall of Fames, and none that compares...
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FILE - This March 6, 2018 file photo shows Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Oakland, Calif. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Monday, April 23, that it has struck a deal with the Golden State Warriors All-Star guard to produce television, film and possibly gaming projects. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
April 23, 2018 - 3:57 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — NBA star Stephen Curry is heading to Hollywood in a big way. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Monday that it has struck a deal with the Golden State Warriors All-Star guard to produce television, film and possibly gaming projects. A press release states Curry and the company...
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Ersan Ilyasova, alero de los 76ers de Filadelfia, festeja luego de lograr un enceste en el tercer cuarto del partido ante el Heat de Miami, el sábado 21 de abril de 2018 (AP Foto/Joe Skipper)
April 23, 2018 - 3:15 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Philadelphia's six leading average scorers so far in the playoffs, in order are: Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, JJ Redick, Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova. Their homelands: Australia, Croatia, Cameroon, the United States, Italy and Turkey. Philadelphia — a melting pot of...
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) greets fans after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)
April 23, 2018 - 1:45 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With every Anthony Davis put-back dunk, reverse alley-oop jam, step-back 3-pointer or game-sealing block in the playoffs, the New Orleans Pelicans take a step closer to becoming the NBA's next small-market success story. That didn't quite happen with Chris Paul, who essentially...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2017, file photo, South Carolina's A'ja Wilson, top, is guarded by Connecticut's Saniya Chong (12) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn. Wilson is chronicling her path from the end of her college career to the start of her WNBA career, including getting drafted. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
April 23, 2018 - 2:29 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — What a great introduction to Las Vegas! It was a long flight from South Carolina, but the weather couldn't have been better and I really enjoyed every minute of it. Driving from the airport to the strip, I was flattered to see on the side of hotels and on billboards giant...
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson (13) heads to the basket as Indiana Pacers' Domantas Sabonis (11) and Victor Oladipo (4) defend during the first half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
April 23, 2018 - 12:41 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James has been the first-round king for 12 years. On Sunday night, he needed Kyle Korver's 3-point shooting to put him in position to extend his reign. The two combined for all of Cleveland's points in a late 10-2 run, helping the Cavaliers to a 104-100 victory over the...
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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after he was called for his sixth foul during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 22, 2018 - 10:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal fouled out with about five minutes left in a tied Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors, he couldn't believe the call. He raced to the other end of the court. When he returned to his team's sideline, he threw a red towel, before being held...
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San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge (12) shoots against Golden State Warriors' David West (3) and Kevin Durant during the first half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
April 22, 2018 - 8:47 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Ettore Messina was screaming at the Spurs, and Manu Ginobili loved it. Before Gregg Popovich, Ginobili played in Italy for Messina, and on Sunday he delivered a throwback performance for his old coach to save the Spurs' season. Experiencing a flashback to his days playing for...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
April 22, 2018 - 6:14 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — After losing a 20-point lead to the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks were determined not to lose another playoff game. Leave it to All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to come up with a big play in the final seconds on Sunday. Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, including tipping...
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