Professional basketball

Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
October 17, 2018 - 10:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 31 points, sparking the Knicks during their franchise-record, 49-point second quarter, and New York beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-107 on Wednesday night in their first game under coach David Fizdale. Hardaway had 16 points in the period, when the Knicks matched...
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October 17, 2018 - 8:16 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons honored Aretha Franklin before their season opener Wednesday night by playing a recording of her singing the national anthem. Former Pistons star Isiah Thomas spoke briefly, asking for a moment of silence for Franklin, who died in August. After the moment of...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, speaks to fans during an awards ceremony to recognize the team's NBA championship prior to a basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 17, 2018 - 1:53 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry is coming off an injury-plagued season and a summer he thought might be among his best yet. On a festive night of celebration as another championship banner went up, Curry brought his usual flair and dazzle. Kevin Durant did all of the little things, too. Curry...
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Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward (20) drives past Philadelphia 76ers' Dario Saric (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
October 16, 2018 - 11:55 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics will need time to figure out how to get the most out of their loaded roster this season. It didn't stop them from picking up their first victory on a night they celebrated the official return of their two biggest stars. Jayson Tatum had 23 points and nine rebounds, and the...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler, center, drives to the basket ahead of Denver Nuggets' Paul Millsap, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. Butler joined the Timberwolves for practice again on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, with the season opener just three days away despite his request to be traded. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
October 16, 2018 - 6:53 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Just like last season, Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves traveled to San Antonio for their opener. After all the disruption caused by Butler's trade request that became public a week before training camp began, no deal has been made. So the four-time All-Star will be on...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Duke's Zion Williamson (1) dunks against Toronto during a college basketball exhibition game in Mississauga, Ontario. Tre Jones has the flashy assists, R.J. Barrett the all-around game, Zion Williamson the highlight-reel dunks. Duke swapped out one star-studded freshman class for another, with the national title once again a realistic goal. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
October 15, 2018 - 7:46 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — One star-studded freshman class has left Duke for the NBA. Another has come in right behind them. A national title once again is a realistic goal for the latest crop of blue-chip Blue Devils who seem to fit into neatly defined roles. Tre Jones looks capable of running the show...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2001 file photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen appears in a suite in the team's stadium in Seattle. Allen, billionaire owner of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks and Microsoft co-founder, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at age 65. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had returned. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
October 15, 2018 - 7:09 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65. He died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James looks on during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles. The only certainty in the NBA this season is that James won't win the East _ ending an eight-year run of that, four in Miami and four in Cleveland.(AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)
October 15, 2018 - 12:58 pm
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night, handing the Golden State Warriors what will be their third set of championship rings from the last four seasons. A banner will be displayed. Highlights will be shown. And then the Warriors will have to start all over again. The...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler, center, drives to the basket ahead of Denver Nuggets' Paul Millsap, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. Butler joined the Timberwolves for practice again on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, with the season opener just three days away despite his request to be traded. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
October 14, 2018 - 7:53 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler is still suiting up for the Minnesota Timberwolves, with the opener three days away. Despite his preference to play elsewhere, signs have begun to point to him staying with the Timberwolves at least to start the season. Butler took part in practice on Sunday, the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks' Joakim Noah (13) walks to the bench during a time out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. Noah’s disappointing Knicks career is over after just two seasons. Unable to find a trade, the Knicks waived the center Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, with two years and $37.8 million remaining on his contract. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
October 13, 2018 - 2:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Joakim Noah's disappointing Knicks career is over after just two seasons. Unable to find a trade, the Knicks waived the 33-year-old center Saturday with two years and $37.8 million remaining on his contract. Noah had been away from the team since clashing with former coach Jeff...
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