Professional basketball

April 06, 2017 - 2:05 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been medically cleared to resume full practice beginning Friday and is scheduled to play in Saturday's home game against New Orleans if he experiences no setbacks. Coach Steve Kerr had been optimistic of KD's return from a left knee injury before the end of...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) gestures after scoring a 3-pointer during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
April 06, 2017 - 2:56 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Fans stood on their feet, urging Russell Westbrook to grab the one rebound needed to separate himself from Oscar Robertson and grab an NBA record that has stood for 55 years. Westbrook heard them. The final board eluded him. Westbrook wound up scoring 45 points, tying his...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry drives past Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 06, 2017 - 12:37 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 42 points and the Golden State Warriors held off the Phoenix Suns 120-111 for their 13th straight win, clinching the best record in the Western Conference for the third straight season. Curry scored 23 in the first quarter when the Warriors blew open a 41-18 lead...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
April 06, 2017 - 12:11 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Russell Westbrook just missed breaking a tie with Oscar Robertson for the NBA single-season triple-double record. The Oklahoma City star did knock down a late 3-pointer to seal a victory Westbrook fell a rebound short of an historic triple-double, but scored 45 points,...
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, drives to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 05, 2017 - 11:58 pm
BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James and the Cavaliers sent a message to the Celtics in their final matchup during the regular season: They won't relinquish the Eastern Conference's top seed that easily. James had 36 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and the Cleveland ran past the Boston 114-91 on...
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FILE - This Dec. 23, 2016 file photo shows Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha (25), of Switzerland, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. Sefolosha has settled his lawsuit against New York City that stemmed from a police fracas outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub. The Daily News reports Wednesday, April5, 2017 that Sefolosha will get $4 million. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
April 05, 2017 - 10:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha settled his lawsuit against New York City after he was acquitted of criminal charges stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub that left him with a broken leg and the end of his NBA season. The Daily News ( http://nydn.us...
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Miami Heat's Goran Dragic, center, is trapped by Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker, left, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, right, and Cody Zeller, back, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
April 05, 2017 - 9:33 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 33 points, and the Miami Heat made 21 3-pointers to beat the Charlotte Hornets 112-99 on Wednesday night and pull back into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. James Johnson shot 6 of 7 from 3-point range and had 26 points, while Hassan...
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Miami Heat's Rodney McGruder, left, grabs a loose ball as Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, bottom, and Cody Zeller, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
April 05, 2017 - 9:27 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 33 points, and the Miami Heat made 21 3-pointers to beat the Charlotte Hornets 112-99 on Wednesday night and pull back into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. James Johnson shot 6 of 7 from 3-point range and had 26 points, while Hassan...
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April 05, 2017 - 8:38 pm
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona freshman guard Kobi Simmons is declaring for the NBA draft and will not return to school. The school announced Simmons' decision Wednesday. An athletic 6-foot-5 guard from Atlanta, Simmons was a key member to coach Sean Miller's latest stellar recruiting class. Simmons...
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This Tuesday, April 4, 2017 photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson (13) drives to the basket against Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon (00), during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Cleveland. Thompson sprained his right thumb and will miss Cleveland's first-place showdown with Boston on Wednesday night. Thompson got hurt during the third quarter of Tuesday's win over Orlando and did not travel with the team to Boston. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 05, 2017 - 7:42 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Tristan Thompson's "Iron Man" streak is over. The Cavaliers' run of bad luck isn't ending. Thompson sprained his right thumb Tuesday and will not play in Wednesday's first-place showdown at Boston, ending his consecutive games played streak at 447 — a team record and the longest...
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