Basketball

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks against Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
January 22, 2019 - 2:57 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic never really squared off in their first head-to-head matchup, with the enormous exception of one game-deciding moment. The established All-Star drove the lane. The rising All-Star had no chance to stop him. There will be plenty of Giannis vs...
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Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, center, celebrates after making a 3-point basket next to Los Angeles Lakers' Ivica Zubac (40) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
January 22, 2019 - 2:56 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nothing could stop Klay Thompson, certainly not the Lakers' defense. The Golden State Warriors made sure of it, too, setting screens and calling plays for the star guard, who tied an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range on his way to scoring 44 points in...
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Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, left, and Jusuf Nurkic celebrate following their 109-104 victory against the Utah Jazz in an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
January 22, 2019 - 1:47 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jusuf Nurkic had heard enough. Rudy Gobert chirped after blocking his shot and Jae Crowder got in his face. But in the third quarter, Nurkic tuned out all that noise and put the Portland Trail Blazers in position to beat the Utah Jazz 109-104 on Monday night. "They started...
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Iowa State forward Cameron Lard, left, tries to rebound over Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) and guard Ochai Agbaji, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
January 22, 2019 - 12:05 am
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas spent most of the first half Monday night chasing Iowa State all over the court, unable to keep up with the Cyclones' crisp ball movement and their resulting open shots. Jayhawks coach Bill Self made a subtle tweak that changed everything. Kansas began switching five on...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
January 21, 2019 - 11:50 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid relished the chance to face James Harden, and wasn't going to let a little back tightness stop him. Embiid had 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past fellow MVP contender Harden and the Houston Rockets 121-93 on Monday night. "I love playing...
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New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (8) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
January 21, 2019 - 9:48 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jahlil Okafor stepped into the starting lineup for the injured Anthony Davis and had his best game of the season. Okafor scored a season-high 20 points, matched a season best with 10 rebounds and added two blocks to help the balanced New Orleans Pelicans beat the reeling...
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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving, left, reaches in to knock the ball away from Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
January 21, 2019 - 9:33 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving moved closer to some elite Boston Celtics company with his latest double-double. It was his three driving baskets, though, that helped seal the victory. Irving had 26 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Celtics beat the Miami Heat 107...
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Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw yells at her players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
January 21, 2019 - 7:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Utah coach Lynne Roberts isn't worried that being ranked for the first time in more than a decade will faze her young team. The 21st-ranked Utes entered The AP women's basketball poll Monday for the first time since the final poll of the 2008 season. "I think it will just put money...
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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) shoots over Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell (3) during the first half of an NBA Basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Howard Simmons)
January 21, 2019 - 7:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — When D'Angelo Russell finished punishing the Kings with his offense in the third quarter, the Nets shut them down with their defense. Add it up, and it made for one lopsided second half. Russell had 31 points and eight assists, and the surging Nets won their fourth straight game by...
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File- This Nov. 2, 2018, file photo shows Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacting during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Houston Rockets are trading Carmelo Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Chicago Bulls, in a deal that is expected to be completed Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Anthony will not wind up playing for the Bulls, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing can be finalized until the league office approves the deal. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
January 21, 2019 - 6:57 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is going to Chicago, albeit only on paper. Where he's going next remains unclear. A person with direct knowledge of the matter said the Houston Rockets are trading Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Bulls in a deal that is expected to be completed...
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