NBA Playoffs

Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal (3) shoots as New York Knicks' Bobby Portis defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
March 10, 2020 - 11:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal got back to his high-scoring ways with 40 points, lifting the Washington Wizards to a 122-115 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. Beal overcame a slow start and surpassed the 25-point plateau for the 22nd time in 23 games. His string of 21 such games...
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Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) reacts to making a shot late in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
March 10, 2020 - 10:36 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marcus Smart’s leaning bank shot in the final minute gave the Celtics the lead after the team blew a 19-point advantage and Boston then held on for a 114-111 victory Tuesday night over the Indiana Pacers to clinch a playoff spot for a sixth consecutive year. Jayson Tatum scored...
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Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol, left, tries to drive around Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
March 09, 2020 - 1:24 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Raptors coach Nick Nurse made a risky call to keep Kyle Lowry in the game after the Toronto guard picked up his fifth foul 13 seconds into the fourth quarter. Nurse's decision to get the ball to Pascal Siakam late was equally critical, a move that paid off well for the...
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Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) reacts between Atlanta Hawks guard Brandon Goodwin (0) and forward John Collins (20) after scoring in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
March 07, 2020 - 11:46 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas had 27 points and 17 rebounds, rookie Ja Morant added 24 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Atlanta Hawks 118-101 on Saturday night to keep their hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot. Josh Jackson had 17 points, Dillon Brooks and De’...
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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson gestures to his players during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
March 07, 2020 - 3:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kenny Atkinson won't have the chance to coach Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together in Brooklyn. The Nets and their coach decided his influence with the team ran out before that pair could get started. The Nets surprisingly split with their coach Saturday, even as they remain on...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after shooting a 3-point basket against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, March 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
March 06, 2020 - 2:28 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry seemed every bit himself after a four-month layoff, save for a little long-range rust. “He looks exactly the same to me,” coach Steve Kerr said. Curry scored 23 points for Golden State in his anticipated return from a broken left hand, but the Toronto Raptors beat...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, looks to drive against Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
March 03, 2020 - 4:23 am
It’s reasonable to think Milwaukee is not going to win all 21 of its remaining games, which means not all is lost for the Golden State Warriors this season. They’ll still be the only team in NBA history to win 73 games. The Warriors were a record 73-9 in the 2015-16 season, and the Bucks fell to 52...
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Former player agent and new New York Knicks president Leon Rose, center, takes a phone call during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New York, Monday, March 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
March 02, 2020 - 8:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Leon Rose has spent years as one of the NBA's most powerful agents. Now he will try to turn around one of its weakest franchises. The New York Knicks hired Rose as their president Monday, hoping he can sign and draft the kind of dominant players he's been representing. Rose is...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots ahead of Memphis Grizzlies guards Yuta Watanabe (18) and Dillon Brooks (24) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
March 01, 2020 - 12:06 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies snapped their five-game losing streak by beating the team they could face in the playoffs if they hold on to the last spot in the Western Conference. Rookie Ja Morant had 27 points and matched his season high with 14 assists, and the Grizzlies beat the...
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Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) drives to the basket while defended by Memphis Grizzlies guards De'Anthony Melton (0) and Dillon Brooks (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman)
February 29, 2020 - 12:11 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — De’Aaron Fox didn’t decide until shortly before game time that he would play against the Memphis Grizzlies. His appearance moved the Sacramento Kings closer to the playoffs. Fox, who sat out Thursday’s loss at Oklahoma City with lower right abdominal tightness, scored 25...
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