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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots as New Orleans Pelicans’ Kenrich Williams (3) defends and Pelicans’ Julius Randle (30) and Anthony Davis (23) watch in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, March 18, 2019. With the basket, Nowitzki became the NBA's sixth-leading scorer. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
March 18, 2019 - 11:49 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki passed Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA's career scoring list, but Elfrid Payton had his fifth straight triple-double to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 129-125 in overtime Monday night. Payton finished with 19 points, 11 assists and 10...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, March 18, 2019. Jokic scored 21 points as the Nuggets defeated the Celtics 114-105. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
March 18, 2019 - 11:14 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Denver Nuggets are headed back to the postseason after a six-year drought. Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 114-105 on Monday night and clinched their first playoff berth since 2012-13. Will Barton...
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March 18, 2019 - 9:00 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks became the NBA's sixth-leading scorer Monday night with another of his signature long-range jumpers. Nowitzki took Luka Doncic's handoff and backed down New Orleans' Kenrich Williams before hitting a turnaround from the top of the free-throw...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) reacts after making a shot during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. The 76ers won 130-125. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
March 18, 2019 - 2:12 am
In this era of players wanting to join up with other players, or even just being friendlier with some opponents than guys on their own teams, it's nice to know there is still some good, old-fashioned hatred in the NBA. Yes, Joel Embiid hates the Celtics. He hates Boston so much that he got fined $...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves' Josh Okogie (20) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
March 17, 2019 - 11:28 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul scored 25 points, tied a career high with six 3-pointers and had 10 assists, and the Houston Rockets used a big third quarter to pull away and get a 117-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. The game was close throughout the first half and the Rockets...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making a shot during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. The 76ers won 130-125. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
March 17, 2019 - 9:01 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — This is now the season of the 50-point scorer in the NBA. There have been 11 players to score at least 50 in a game this season, the most of any season in league history. Giannis Antetokounmpo's 52-point effort in Milwaukee's loss to Philadelphia on Sunday was the record-breaker,...
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Fans burn a banner in front of stands during a Greek Super League soccer match inside the Athens' Olympic stadium, in Athens, Sunday, March 17, 2019. The derby between Greek league archrivals Panathinaikos and Olympiakos has been abandoned after a small number of Panathinaikos fans clashed with police outside Athens' Olympic stadium. (InTime Sports via AP)
March 17, 2019 - 8:01 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek league rivals Panathinaikos and Olympiakos had their soccer game abandoned on Sunday after fans from host Panathinaikos clashed with police outside Athens' Olympic Stadium, and attempted to attack the Olympiakos bench inside the stadium. With tear gas heavily used as...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid dunks during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
March 17, 2019 - 6:52 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 52 points, but Joel Embiid had 40 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Milwaukee Bucks 130-125 on Sunday. Antetokounmpo was 15 of 26 from the field, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range, and made 19 of 21 free...
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Charlotte Hornets guard Tony Parker (9) goes up to shoot against Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
March 17, 2019 - 4:49 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade arrived for work on Sunday not expecting to play much, if at all. His bruised right hip was sore and he was feeling pain with every step. He offered to play for a couple of minutes. He wound up playing 28, even diving on that bad hip for a loose ball with the outcome still...
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New York Knicks' Mario Hezonja (8), right, blocks what could have been the winning shot by Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
March 17, 2019 - 4:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James drove left, the No. 4 scorer in NBA history needing a basket to beat the worst team in the league. Defending him was a journeyman who hadn't even gotten off the Knicks' bench in a month. James' shot didn't go in. Didn't even get to the rim. Mario Hezonja blocked James'...
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