Professional basketball

CORRECTS YEAR TO 2019 NOT 2018 - Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, drives past Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
February 25, 2019 - 11:46 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden isn't exactly lamenting the end of his impressive scoring run. Harden had 28 points, snapping his 32-game streak with at least 30 while the Houston Rockets beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-111 on Monday night. He's glad it's over, too — especially since he had no expectation...
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February 25, 2019 - 11:18 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Reggie Hearn is not going to play in China at the FIBA World Cup this summer. He got a memory that'll last a lifetime anyway. Hearn hit a long jumper from the right corner as time expired, and the United States defeated Argentina 84-83 on Monday night in the final qualifying...
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Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11), Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, center, and Grizzlies forward Justin Holiday (7) struggle for control of the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
February 25, 2019 - 11:02 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley had 30 points including key free throws in the final minute, Jonas Valanciunas finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies put another dent in the Lakers' playoff hopes with a 110-105 victory over Los Angeles on Monday night. LeBron James had...
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Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, left, shoots over Sacramento Kings' Willie Cauley-Stein in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
February 25, 2019 - 10:56 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 21 rebounds in his return from the concussion protocol, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves stave off the Sacramento Kings for a 112-105 victory on Monday. Derrick Rose added 20 points and Tyus Jones pitched in 16 points, eight assists and...
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February 23, 2019 - 7:43 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — James Harden is sitting out the Houston Rockets' game against the Golden State Warriors because of flu-like symptoms. While Harden also has a strained neck, coach Mike D'Antoni said the reigning MVP and league scoring leader probably could have played through that. Harden...
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February 23, 2019 - 2:45 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George cut through two defenders, lofted a shot over 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert and waited just like everyone else. George's high-arching lob fell with less than a second remaining in double-overtime, capping a 45-point night with the winning shot in the Oklahoma City Thunder's...
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February 22, 2019 - 11:07 pm
TORONTO (AP) — A crucial turnover brought a sour end to DeMar DeRozan's first game back in Toronto. Kawhi Leonard stole the ball from DeRozan to score the go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left and the Raptors beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-117 on Friday night, spoiling the former Toronto star's return...
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February 22, 2019 - 2:44 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James knows that he needs to turn up his intensity if the Los Angeles Lakers are going to make the playoffs. He certainly did that on Thursday night against the Houston Rockets when his team needed it the most. James scored 16 of his 29 points in the second half as the...
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February 22, 2019 - 2:16 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Fresh off his MVP performance in the All-Star game, Kevin Durant made certain the Golden State Warriors got off on the right foot for their stretch run to the playoffs. He also gave Sacramento's prized rookie Marvin Bagley III quite a lesson on defense. Durant had 28 points,...
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February 21, 2019 - 11:03 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 98-97 on Thursday night. On the second-to-last position, Marcus Smart forced a jump ball...
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