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NBA: Behind Terance Mann’s 39, Clippers oust Jazz in Game 6

Terance Mann scored a career-high 39 points and the Los Angeles Clippers stormed back for a 131-119 win over the visiting Utah Jazz to clinch a 4-2 series victory Friday and advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. The fourth-seeded Clippers, who trailed by 25 points in the third […]

  • NBA: Sixers come from behind, force Game 7 vs. Hawks

    Joel Embiid scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers rallied for a 104-99 win over the host Atlanta Hawks to stave off elimination in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday night. The teams will meet in a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday night in Philadelphia. Seth Curry and […]

  • NBA: Nets PG Kyrie Irving (ankle) ruled out for Game 7

    The Brooklyn Nets will be without star point guard Kyrie Irving for Saturday night’s Game 7 showdown against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. Head coach Steve Nash confirmed Friday that Irving will miss his third straight game in the Eastern Conference second-round series with a sprained right ankle. Nash said Irving “still has some miles to […]

  • NBA: Reports: Bradley Beal, Devin Booker commit to Team USA

    Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker have committed to join the 12-man Team USA roster for the Tokyo Olympics, multiple outlets reported Friday. The Athletic reported that Beal will join previously committed players Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and Jayson Tatum […]

  • NBA: Report: Wizards star Bradley Beal commits to Team USA

    Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal has committed to play for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, The Athletic reported Friday. The roster is a work in progress, but The Athletic said Beal will join previously committed players Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and Jayson Tatum of […]

  • NBA: Dirk Nowitzki joins Mavericks as special adviser

    Dirk Nowitzki will serve as a special adviser to the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced Friday. Per the Mavericks, Nowitzki will assist with the hiring of both a general manager and head coach and consult on other front office decisions. The move comes two days after owner Mark Cuban fired president of basketball operations/general manager […]

  • NBA: Hobbled Nets look to finish off Bucks in Game 7

    When the Brooklyn Nets waltzed to a 39-point victory in Game 2 to take a two-games-to-none lead, it seemed plausible to think a short Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks was unfolding. Enter a far more determined Bucks team that has taken advantage of its opportunities and displayed more consistent performances to […]

  • NBA: Celtics trade Kemba Walker to Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown

    The Celtics are sending guard Kemba Walker and their 2021 first-round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Brad Stevens’ first move in charge of Boston’s front office. The Celtics also will trade a second-round pick in 2025 as part of the package for veteran center Al Horford, young 7-footer Moses Brown and a […]

  • NBA: Clippers rule out Kawhi Leonard (knee) for Game 6

    Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard will sit out again Friday when Los Angeles attempts to eliminate the visiting Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. Leonard sprained his right knee in Clippers’ Game 4 home win on Monday, then sat out Game 5 at Salt Lake City on Wednesday while his teammates earned […]

  • NBA: Khris Middleton, Bucks push Nets to Game 7

    Khris Middleton exploded for a postseason-career-high 38 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in with 30 to complement 17 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks’ defense wore down the Brooklyn Nets en route to a 104-89 victory Thursday that forces a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The best-of-seven set will be decided Saturday night in […]

  • NBA: LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards highlight all-rookie team

    LaMelo Ball’s debut season continues garner acclaim as the Charlotte Hornets guard was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team on Thursday after also winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Ball and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards were the only players named on all 99 ballots from sportswriters and broadcasters. Those two were […]

  • NBA: Clippers face Jazz on brink of first conference final

    Minus their top player, the Los Angeles Clippers look to advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history when they host the Utah Jazz on Friday night in Game 6. The Clippers will try to make history without star Kawhi Leonard, who is expected to miss his second game in […]

  • NBA: Report: Rick Carlisle resigns as Mavericks coach

    Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told ESPN Thursday he will not return to the team next season. “After a number of in-person conversations with Mark Cuban over the last week, today I informed him that I will not be returning as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks,” Carlisle wrote in a statement to ESPN. “This […]

  • NBA: Joel Embiid, Sixers try to avoid elimination in Game 6 vs. Hawks

    The resilient Atlanta Hawks have overcome 18- and 26-point deficits in the past two games to push the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers to the brink of elimination in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The fifth-seeded Hawks will look to provide one final shove and advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2015 when […]

  • NBA: Paul George (37 points) carries Clippers past Jazz for 3-2 edge

    Paul George scored 37 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers, playing without injured Kawhi Leonard, to a surprising 119-111 win over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night in Game 5 of a Western Conference semifinal series. Marcus Morris Sr. added 25 points and Reggie Jackson fired in 22 points to […]

  • NBA: Hawks escape 26-point hole, shock Sixers in Game 5

    Trae Young scored a playoff-career-high 39 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from a 26-point, second-half deficit to stun the host Philadelphia 76ers 109-106 on Wednesday and take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Game 6 in the best-of-seven series will be played Friday at Atlanta. The Hawks trailed by 18 points […]

  • NBA: Hornets’ LaMelo Ball voted NBA Rookie of the Year

    Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball was named NBA Rookie of the Year on Wednesday, becoming the third player in franchise history to capture the honor, joining Larry Johnson (1991-92) and Emeka Okafor (2004-05). Ball, 19, received 84 first-place votes and earned 465 total points from a global panel of 99 sportswriters and broadcasters. Ball was […]

  • NBA: Kevin Durant has Nets poised to eliminate Bucks

    After rallying behind a monster performance by Kevin Durant for a home victory in Game 5 to take the lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal, the Brooklyn Nets will get the first chance to advance Thursday. The Nets again will have to battle the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 – and likely beyond in the […]

  • NBA: Nets’ Kyrie Irving ruled out, James Harden ready for Game 6

    Kyrie Irving will remain sidelined with a right ankle sprain Thursday night when the Brooklyn Nets visit the Milwaukee Bucks for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. ESPN reported that coach Steve Nash said Irving will get treatment in Brooklyn and not travel with the team. Nash also said, however, that James Harden emerged […]

  • NBA: Mavericks part ways with GM Donnie Nelson

    The Dallas Mavericks and longtime general manager and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson “have mutually agreed to part ways,” the team announced Wednesday. Nelson, 58, has been with the Mavericks’ front office since Jan. 2, 1998 and just completed his 24th season with the franchise. “I just want to thank Donnie for his 24 […]

  • NBA: Jazz G Mike Conley (hamstring) out again for Game 5

    Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley will not play in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City. The 33-year-old All-Star has yet to play in the series due to a right hamstring strain. Joe Ingles has averaged 16.3 points per game and […]

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