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Holiday, Pelicans have Portland on the brink in NBA playoffs

2018-04-19T05:59:28Z

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Jrue Holiday's postseason production is providing Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis with a more comfortable margin for error - and has left Portland with precious little....



Paul, Green help Rockets rout Timberwolves 102-82 in Game 2

2018-04-19T05:39:56Z

HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden predicted Chris Paul would "come back and drop 30" after not playing his best in Houston's playoff opener....



Mitchell lifts Jazz past Thunder 102-95 to even series

2018-04-19T02:55:58Z

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Utah Jazz defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-95 on Wednesday night and tie their Western Conference playoff series at one win game apiece....



Holiday has 33 and Pelicans beat the Blazers to go up 2-0

2018-04-18T06:29:22Z

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Removed from the turbulence that marked his previous seasons in New Orleans, Jrue Holiday is in a good place - and it shows....



Brown scores 30, Celtics roll to 120-106 win over Bucks

2018-04-18T04:06:34Z

BOSTON (AP) -- The Celtics knew they'd need their younger players to step up this postseason with Kyrie Irving sidelined for the postseason....



DeRozan scores 37, Raptors win Game 2, beat Wizards 130-111

2018-04-18T01:46:56Z

TORONTO (AP) -- DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history....



Durant, Thompson lead Warriors to a 2-0 series lead on Spurs

2018-04-17T06:11:03Z

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Curry watched another lopsided win from the bench in sheer delight, wearing a sport coat and big smile....



Victor-y: Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs

2018-04-16T00:25:18Z

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons....



In a thriving NBA, tanking is the problem Silver can't solve

2018-04-14T00:03:44Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Adam Silver sees successes all around the NBA, yet can't stop thinking about the teams who aren't successful....



Column: NBA playoffs are wide open _ for once

2018-04-13T21:26:37Z

Hey, here's something we haven't heard before....



Prime time: LeBron defying age, better than ever at 33

2018-04-13T19:47:46Z

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James emerged from a chaotic, complex season unscathed - better than ever....



Next stop for Jazz star rookie Donovan Mitchell is playoffs

2018-04-13T18:08:30Z

Over the course of Donovan Mitchell's outstanding rookie season with Utah, Portland star Damian Lillard has become something of a mentor, regularly sending texts of encouragement....



Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford after 5 seasons

2018-04-13T17:58:27Z

First the general manager, now the coach....



10 things to know about the 2018 NBA playoffs

2018-04-13T16:45:06Z

With the NBA playoffs starting Saturday, here's 10 things to know:...



In your face! Giannis reaches new heights for Bucks

2018-04-13T10:12:37Z

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Giannis Antetokounmpo's meme-worthy scowl started with a look in the mirror....



Finally: Miami's Ellington set to play a big postseason role

2018-04-13T09:44:54Z

MIAMI (AP) -- The last time Wayne Ellington played any meaningful minutes in a postseason game was nine years ago....



NBA first-round playoff series capsules

2018-04-12T18:39:50Z

Capsules for the first-round NBA playoff series in the Eastern and Western conferences:...



Hornacek fired as Knicks coach after chaotic, 53-loss season

2018-04-12T18:03:26Z

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Knicks will open their offseason with a coaching search....



Magic fire coach Frank Vogel after 2 seasons

2018-04-12T14:02:38Z

Frank Vogel was brought to Orlando two years ago with hopes he could get the Magic back to the playoffs, and stop the spinning of the revolving door to their coaches' office....



Blazers claim No. 3 seed with 102-93 win over Utah

2018-04-12T05:14:18Z

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Damian Lillard had 36 points and 10 assists and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-93 victory over the Utah Jazz Wednesday night to earn the Northwest Division title....



Davis, Rondo power Pelicans past Spurs, 122-98

2018-04-12T05:11:42Z

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The chemistry between Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo keeps blossoming to spectacular effect, infusing the New Orleans Pelicans with confidence as they head into the playoffs on a five-game winning streak....



Wizards finish eighth in East after 101-92 loss to Magic

2018-04-12T04:37:18Z

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Washington Wizards went cold in the final quarter of their final game of the regular season - and it cost them....



The Latest: Wolves get Rockets, Spurs to meet Warriors

2018-04-12T04:00:13Z

MIAMI (AP) -- The Latest on Wednesday's final slate of NBA regular-season games (all times local):...



Ellington sets Heat record, Miami

2018-04-12T03:55:33Z

MIAMI (AP) -- Here were the two primary goals for the Miami Heat on the final night of the regular season: Beat the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and get Wayne Ellington into the team record book....



Kennard, Moreland have career nights as Pistons rout Bulls

2018-04-12T03:14:06Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- Eric Moreland got the most playing time of his career - and he delivered with peak production....



Butler, Towns lead T-wolves past Nuggets in OT, to playoffs

2018-04-12T03:00:48Z

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jimmy Butler scored 31 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 14 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves ended the NBA's longest-running playoff drought, beating the Denver Nuggets 112-106 in overtime Wednesday night in the first final-day play-in game in the league in 21 years....



Baynes 26 points, 14 rebounds leads Celtics past Nets

2018-04-12T02:45:20Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Aron Baynes led a short-handed Boston lineup with a career-best 26 points and 14 rebounds, carrying the Celtics to a 110-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in the regular season finale....



George, Westbrook lead Thunder past Grizzlies 137-123

2018-04-12T02:34:24Z

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Paul George scored 40 points, Russell Westbrook clinched a triple-double average for the second straight season and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 137-123 on Wednesday night....



76ers win 16th straight, earn 3 seed in romp over Bucks

2018-04-12T02:28:57Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Joel Embiid and JJ Redick watched from the bench, Ben Simmons had a scoreless first half and the Philadelphia 76ers still won their 16th consecutive game, thumping the Milwaukee Bucks 130-95 Wednesday night to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference....



LeBron plays 82nd game, rests as Cavs lose 110-98 to Knicks

2018-04-12T02:27:34Z

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James played in his 82nd game, scored 10 points and then got some rest for the playoffs as the Cleveland Cavaliers were beaten 110-98 by New York in their regular-season finale and coach Jeff Hornacek's likely last game with the Knicks....



Gamer: LeBron plays all 82 games for first time in career

2018-04-12T01:06:26Z

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James capped his 15th regular season with yet another record....



15 in a row: Sixers add new chapter to long, proud history

2018-04-11T07:10:01Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers have a long, proud history....



Jazz cruise to 119-79 win over Warriors

2018-04-11T05:02:44Z

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah has a chance to write one more chapter to an improbable comeback story....



CP3 leads Rockets past Lakers 105-99 for 31st win in 34

2018-04-11T04:56:57Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Paul scored 22 points, James Harden had 21 points and 10 assists, and the Houston Rockets kept steamrolling toward the playoffs with their 31st victory in 34 games, 105-99 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night....



John Wall reaches 5K assists, Wizards beat Celtics 113-101

2018-04-11T03:57:12Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even with the Nos. 6, 7 and 8 seeds in the Eastern Conference all still in play for the Wizards after they beat the Boston Celtics, All-Star point guard John Wall probably will not play in Washington's final regular-season game....



Spurs, Pelicans, Thunder all in; 1 spot left in West race

2018-04-11T03:09:32Z

A look at the NBA playoff picture, with two days remaining in the regular season and now only one berth left to be decided:...



Suns top Mavs 124-97 as reserves rule for lottery teams

2018-04-11T02:50:02Z

DALLAS (AP) -- Rookie Alec Peters scored a career-high 36 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Dallas Mavericks 124-97 on Tuesday night in a reserve-filled finale for two teams headed to the lottery....



Hornets take advantage of resting Pacers for 119-93 win

2018-04-11T01:14:30Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds and Frank Kaminsky tied his career high with 24 points Tuesday night to lead the Charlotte Hornets past the Indiana Pacers, 119-93....



OKC's Anthony embraces supporting role heading into playoffs

2018-04-10T17:15:00Z

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony has been the No. 1 option for whatever team he has played on during most of his basketball career....



Pelicans beat Clippers 113-100 to clinch playoff berth

2018-04-10T05:57:47Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Having clinched a playoff berth, Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans are looking ahead....



Nuggets beat Trail Blazers 88-82 for 6th straight win

2018-04-10T05:00:53Z

DENVER (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets are playing playoff-caliber basketball. One more win and they'll be doing it for real....



Gay, Ginobili lead Spurs over Kings to clinch playoff berth

2018-04-10T04:43:38Z

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Spurs seemed like a perfect free-agent destination as Rudy Gay searched for a guaranteed playoff berth after just one postseason appearance in 11 previous seasons....



Towns helps playoff-chasing T-wolves top Grizzlies 113-94

2018-04-10T04:39:57Z

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves picked up another important win to keep pace in this relentless Western Conference race....



Crabbe's career-high 41 lifts Nets to 3rd straight win

2018-04-10T03:22:22Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The rebuilding Brooklyn Nets have finally started to click over the season's final month....



Thunder clinch: Oklahoma City runs past Miami 115-93

2018-04-10T03:16:13Z

MIAMI (AP) -- For the Oklahoma City Thunder, clinching night was reminiscent of their season....



Raptors hold off Pistons 108-98

2018-04-10T02:36:20Z

DETROIT (AP) -- Jonas Valanciunas scored 25 points, and the Toronto Raptors scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter before holding on for a 108-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night....



James, Love lead Cavs past Knicks to 50th win, Central title

2018-04-10T01:58:41Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- LeBron James had 26 points and 11 assists, Kevin Love scored 28 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers got their 50th win and another Central Division title by beating the New York Knicks 123-109 on Monday night....



Thompson, Warriors beat Suns for 15th straight time

2018-04-09T04:05:07Z

PHOENIX (AP) -- Klay Thompson's shooting touch seems playoff-ready....



Sabonis scores career-high 30, Pacers beat Hornets 123-117

2018-04-09T02:26:45Z

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Domantas Sabonis had barely settled into his seat on the bench when coach Nate McMillan looked his way....



C.J. Miles scores 22 points, Raptors beat Magic 112-101

2018-04-09T00:20:20Z

TORONTO (AP) -- C.J. Miles scored 22 points, OG Anunoby had a career-high 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic 112-101 on Sunday night....