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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) protects the ball from Milwaukee Bucks forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Thon Maker (7) during second-half NBA playoff basketball game action in Toronto, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 15, 2017 - 8:12 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points, rookie Malcolm Brogdon had 16 and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 97-83 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Playing in his second career playoff series, Antetekounmpo made 13 of 18 shots, and added eight...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, passes against Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
April 15, 2017 - 7:27 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — While everyone must wait more than two months for the NBA's MVP to be announced, the league will showcase the two front-runners for the honor in James Harden and Russell Westbrook when the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder open a first-round playoff series Sunday night. "I...
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives past Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner (33) in the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 15, 2017 - 5:54 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 32 points and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, looking to flip the switch after a shaky regular season, began the NBA playoffs by escaping with a 109-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday in Game 1. Playing in his 200th playoff game, James...
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April 15, 2017 - 3:31 am
PADRES-BRAVES Braves beat Padres 5-2 on opening night at new stadium ATLANTA (AP) — Ender Inciarte hit the first home run in baseball's newest stadium, local product Nick Markakis drove in the first two runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 Friday night in the regular-season...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2016, file photo, Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) on a drive to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. The playoffs start Saturday, with a series matching MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden the highlight of the first round. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)
April 13, 2017 - 8:13 pm
Russell Westbrook against James Harden is a sensational start to the NBA postseason. Golden State against Cleveland no longer looks like the certain finish. The playoffs open this weekend, highlighted by a must-see matchup in the first round between record-setting guards who are former teammates...
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Kelsey Plum, left, reacts after being announced as the No. 1 pick in the WNBA basketball draft by the San Antonio Stars, Thursday, April 13, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
April 13, 2017 - 7:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kelsey Plum was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft, going to the San Antonio Stars on Thursday night. The Washington guard and NCAA career scoring leader is the first player from the school to be taken first. The Stars finished with the worst record last season and held the top pick...
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Washington guard Kelsey Plum, center, speaks to a television crew alongside her father, Jim, left, and mother, Katie, before the WNBA basketball draft, Thursday, April 13, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
April 13, 2017 - 7:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kelsey Plum is the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft, going to the San Antonio Stars on Thursday night. The Washington guard, who set the NCAA career scoring record, is the first player from the school to be taken first. The Stars finished with the worst record last season and held the...
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File-This April 7, 2017, file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James sitting on the bench in the final minutes of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers have fallen back on excuses — some legitimate — to explain this disjointed season. Well, those don't matter now. James and the defending champs enter the playoffs staring at a possibly dangerous path. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
April 13, 2017 - 6:43 pm
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James quickly moved past Cleveland's disjointed regular season, an uphill, 82-game slog of injuries, roster upheaval and drama. Reflection can wait. James understands the Cavaliers appear vulnerable, perhaps beatable as they enter the NBA playoffs following a recent...
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April 12, 2017 - 6:38 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Two arena companies have pitched multi-million plans to remake Seattle's KeyArena into a premier entertainment venue that's ready for an NBA or NHL team. Seattle has so far received two proposals ahead of Wednesday's 5 p.m. PDT deadline for bids to renovate the 55-year-old city-owned...
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April 12, 2017 - 3:36 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks plan to rest at least four starters in Wednesday night's season finale as the Indiana Pacers try to clinch a playoff spot. Kent Bazemore, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard are injured. Bazemore has a bruised right knee, Millsap has inflammation in his left knee...
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