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Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Johnson, right, tries to control the ball on the floor as he is guarded by Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
March 11, 2019 - 12:24 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State's topsy-turvy, three-peat quest took another ugly turn. Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBA's longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by...
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Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) sprints to the basket past Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left rear, as Austin Rivers (25) and Devin Harris, right, watch in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
March 10, 2019 - 10:57 pm
DALLAS (AP) — This time, James Harden was reduced to a supporting role for the Houston Rockets. Eric Gordon and Chris Paul led the way. Gordon scored 26 points and Paul blocked Jalen Brunson's jumper in the final seconds, sending the streaking Rockets to a 94-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) goes up for a shot past Indiana Pacers' Kyle O'Quinn (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
March 10, 2019 - 7:33 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid mouthed "I'm back" to a roaring 76ers crowd that had missed the popular big man. The Sixers will need him to stick around to get back among the NBA's elite. Embiid had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in nearly a month, leading Philadelphia past the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Kurt Busch greets fans during driver introductions prior to the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. Kurt Busch arrived at Phoenix this weekend feeling like he was holding a full house. The Las Vegas native is coming off a second consecutive top-five run, this time at his home track, and felt as if his Chip Ganassi Racing team _ and their Chevrolet power plants _ were finally catching up to the Ford and Toyota teams that have dominated the early part of the Cup season. To top it off, his No. 1 team announced Friday, March 8, 2019, a new sponsorship deal with Global Poker, one of the world’s leading online gaming sites _ no small news when motorsports backing is hard to find. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
March 10, 2019 - 1:33 pm
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Turn on the Xbox, fire up the Playstation and get ready for the green flag to drop. After long embracing esports as a way to grow motorsports and engage young fans, NASCAR is taking the experience to another level. It joined 704 Games and the Race Team Alliance in victory...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers' James Ennis III (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 8, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
March 09, 2019 - 2:37 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden will play on Sunday night when the Houston Rockets visit the Dallas Mavericks after X-rays on his injured right wrist were negative. Harden first injured it last Sunday in a win over Boston and aggravated it on Friday night in a fall in the first half of a victory over...
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Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Markieff Morris, center, defends along with center Steven Adams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 09, 2019 - 2:47 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams is close to etching his name in the record book as the NBA's career leader in points off the bench. He scored 40 points, 19 in the second quarter, to help the Los Angeles Clippers hold off the foul-plagued Oklahoma City Thunder 118-110 on Friday night for their first...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers' James Ennis III (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 8, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
March 08, 2019 - 11:53 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets are finally healthy and it has them on a roll. James Harden had 31 points and 10 rebounds and the Rockets extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games with a 107-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. While Harden has missed just four...
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The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees stand for their national anthems before a spring training baseball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
March 08, 2019 - 3:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are buying back the YES Network, partnering with Amazon in a deal that will give the company the right to stream games in the team's broadcast territory. The deal for the team's parent company to purchase 80 percent of the network from The Walt Disney Co. values...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, drives Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
March 08, 2019 - 3:16 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Despite something of a strange ending to regulation, the Oklahoma City Thunder toughed it out in overtime. Russell Westbrook had 37 points and Paul George added 32 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder in a chippy 129-121 OT win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, talks with rapper 2 Chainz after the Lakers' NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 115-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 07, 2019 - 8:42 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike. James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron's competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect...
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