Professional basketball

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel (4) goes up for a shot against San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Philadelphia. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Dallas Mavericks have acquired Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a protected first-round draft pick. The two teams agreed on the deal on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, before the trade deadline. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
February 23, 2017 - 5:57 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks made two plays for the future Thursday, acquiring big man Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers before the trading deadline and waiving point guard Deron Williams to clear the way for rookie Yogi Ferrell. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, jokes with teammates Kevin Durant, left, and Klay Thompson during the Warriors' NBA basketball game against the Nuggets in Denver. With all that was made before the season about adding Kevin Durant to an already star-studded roster, Golden State's players have jelled just fine. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 23, 2017 - 9:58 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Zaza Pachulia holds his own during competitive games of poker on the airplane alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — they call it the "Good Guys Table." Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee, one-time teammates with Denver reunited in Oakland, hold secret chats. "We're...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2016 file photo, Utah Jazz NBA basketball team 2016 draft pick Joel Bolomboy adjusts his hat during a media availability at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Bolomboy has been back and forth between the NBA Developmental League’s Salt Lake City Stars and the Jazz 15 times since November. The NBA Developmental League has grown from an eight-team, largely overlooked sideshow to a 22-team league inching closer to becoming a legitimate minor league system since 2001. The league is no longer a final grasp for players clinging to a dream of playing professional basketball, but a respected avenue to get to the NBA. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
February 23, 2017 - 1:41 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Joel Bolomboy has been back and forth between the NBA Development League's Salt Lake City Stars and the Utah Jazz 15 times since November. In the old system, the second-round draft pick would have been racking up frequent flyer miles bouncing around the minor leagues and...
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Eastern Conference forward Paul George of the Indiana Pacers (13) reacts during the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
February 23, 2017 - 1:39 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George showed up to work Wednesday wearing the same Indiana Pacers uniform he has all season. He has no changes planned for Thursday either. With rumors swirling about George's future and the NBA's trade deadline set for 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, the four-time All-Star tried...
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FILE - In a Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for a stadium which will be home to the Los Angeles Football Club in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the struggling franchise’s front office. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
February 21, 2017 - 6:02 pm
With the Los Angeles Lakers mired in the worst years in franchise history, owner Jeanie Buss has turned to Magic Johnson to lead them back to championship contention. And she removed her own brother from his job to do it. Jeanie Buss fired general manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday and put Johnson in...
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Western Conference forward Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (23 ) slam dunks during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, Pool)
February 19, 2017 - 11:33 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Move over, Wilt. After 55 years, one of your records is no more. Anthony Davis took care of that. At the defense-free dunkfest that now serves as the NBA's All-Star Game, Davis scored a record 52 points and led the Western Conference past the Eastern Conference, 192-182 on Sunday...
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Indian Pacers Glenn Robinson III participates in the slam dunk contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night events in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 18, 2017 - 10:00 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Glenn Robinson III is the NBA's new dunk king, with an assist to Indiana teammate Paul George, the Pacers' mascot and a Pacers cheerleader. Robinson leaped over all three, snagging the ball from George along the way before finishing with an emphatic, two-hand, reverse jam, giving...
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Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins lies on the sideline and looks to be waiting for a foul call against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The Kings won 105-99. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
February 12, 2017 - 11:55 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Although still soul searching to find the right mental perspective on the court, DeMarcus Cousins continues to deliver big numbers for the Sacramento Kings. Cousins had 28 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Kings, who beat the New Orleans Pelicans 105-99 on...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
February 10, 2017 - 11:35 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Draymond Green's triple-double was like no other in NBA history. Green scored only four points but finished with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals as the Golden State Warriors beat Memphis 122-107 on Friday night for their first win over the Grizzlies in three tries this...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
February 09, 2017 - 9:51 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and had his 26th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-109 on Thursday night. Westbrook added 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the 63rd triple-double of his career. Victor Oladipo scored 23...
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