Professional basketball

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) lays the ball up over Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) and forward Grant Williams (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
January 18, 2020 - 9:57 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Devin Booker had 39 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and the Phoenix Suns overcame a franchise-record 11 3-pointers by Boston's Marcus Smart and beat the Celtics 123-119 on Saturday night. Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Mikal Bridges added a career-best 26 points...
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San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills celebrates a 3-point basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 118-105. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
January 18, 2020 - 2:09 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Patty Mills stood in the corner of the court, looking at the rest of his San Antonio Spurs wrapping up a recent practice. Different races, different countries, different cultures were all represented. The significance was not lost on Mills, who has been in San Antonio longer than any...
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Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) scores over San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, second from right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
January 18, 2020 - 12:30 am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Vince Carter knows how difficult it is to win in San Antonio because he has experienced it for 22 seasons. Competing against the championship pedigree of the franchise, trying to tune out the frenzy of the sellout crowds at the AT&T Center and struggling to overcome the...
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January 17, 2020 - 8:24 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The NBA no longer expects the league’s board of governors to vote in April on whether to make significant changes to the league’s schedule in time for the 75th anniversary season in 2021-22. The changes remain a real possibility. The new twist, as detailed in a memo the NBA sent to...
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) reacts after making a basket with .2 seconds remaining in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. The Pelicans won 138-132 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
January 17, 2020 - 1:18 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans wildly celebrated Brandon Ingram's off-balance jumper in the final seconds of regulation, believing it had won the game. Turns out it didn't. Fans were angry with an unusual foul call that allowed Utah to force overtime with .2 seconds left, but the way...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference in Washington. The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation for players will surpass six figures for the first time. I call it historic," WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a phone interview. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
January 16, 2020 - 3:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA season is expanding to a 36-game schedule and adding the Commissioner’s Cup tournament the league announced Thursday. The league had a 34-game schedule since 2003. The season begins on May 15 and ends on Sept. 20. Each team will play 10 Cup games during the season with the...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, drives toward the basket as Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
January 16, 2020 - 2:14 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Markelle Fultz faked LeBron James off his hip, weaved through traffic in the waning seconds and scored the final bucket of his phenomenal triple-double performance. Fultz then dropped to the court with a cramp. The Orlando Magic rushed to their valuable teammate's aid, with...
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Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks for a shot as Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) reaches in during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
January 16, 2020 - 1:20 am
HOUSTON (AP) — After getting off to a disappointing start this season, the Portland Trail Blazers are focused on playing much better going forward. On Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets they did that, limiting James Harden to his fewest points of the season in a 117-107 win. “A season is...
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson goes to the basket before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Williamson is not scheduled to play. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
January 15, 2020 - 6:09 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson, the top choice in last summer’s NBA draft, is scheduled to make his regular season debut for the Pelicans on Jan. 22 when New Orleans hosts the the San Antonio Spurs, Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin said Wednesday. “Everything's moving in the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference in Washington. The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation for players will surpass six figures for the first time. I call it historic," WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a phone interview. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
January 14, 2020 - 12:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation will surpass six figures for the first time. The contract, which begins this season and runs through 2027, will pay...
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