Professional basketball

Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks between Los Angeles Lakers' JaVale McGee (7) and Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
March 05, 2019 - 2:30 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers are rolling toward a playoff berth, even after a thorough upheaval over the past two years. LeBron James and the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers weren't much of an obstacle when two teams going in opposite directions passed each other in the Staples...
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Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (3) is fouled by Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
March 05, 2019 - 1:05 am
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have had a dreadful season, one of growing pains, long losing streaks and blowout losses. However, on Monday night they put together a performance that was far from that of the team that came in with the NBA's worst record. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 27 points and 13...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) prepares to shoot from three-point territory as Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
March 03, 2019 - 8:10 pm
BOSTON (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets are at their best when they are knocking down 3-pointers, getting points in the paint and racking up points to the foul line. They did all three against the Boston Celtics and it added up to a mostly easy outing against a team that is continuing to...
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Rodney Hood, de los Trail Blazers de Portland, festeja tras encestar un triple en el duelo de la NBA contra los Hornets de Charlotte, el domingo 3 de marzo de 2019, en Charlotte, Carolina del Norte. (AP Foto/Chuck Burton)
March 03, 2019 - 4:55 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nicolas Batum said the Hornets' game plan was to stop Portland's backcourt tandem of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. He didn't expect Rodney Hood to beat them. Hood broke out of a shooting slump with a season-high 27 points — all in the second half — and Jusuf Nurkic added...
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Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr., left, dives for a loose ball in front of Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
March 03, 2019 - 1:02 am
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns took a unique approach to guarding LeBron James, putting 7-foot-1 center Deandre Ayton on him. James got his numbers, but the Suns frustrated the Lakers' star and were able to push back when he tried to lead a late charge. Ayton had 26 points, 10 rebounds and primary...
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Utah Jazz's Kyle Korver (26) congratulates Donovan Mitchell (45), who made a 3-pointer against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
March 03, 2019 - 1:02 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell plays best when he feels free and just lets his instincts take over. Down 17 in the 4th quarter to the NBA's best team Saturday night, Mitchell turned to his Jazz teammates and said: "We've got nothing to lose now. Let's go!" Mitchell scored a career-high 46...
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Ohio State defensive lineman Nick Bosa talks to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Indianapolis. (Detroit Lions via AP)
March 02, 2019 - 6:10 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nick Bosa found himself in the news again last week when Zion Williamson sprained his right knee in the opening minute against North Carolina. The sight of his left shoe tearing apart and Williamson grabbing his right knee unleashed feverish debate over whether Duke's freakish...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, state Senate president Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, speaks at a pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Galvano said he believes sports betting could be legalized without voter approval, although he said he might ask for it, anyway(AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)
March 02, 2019 - 4:42 pm
Over the past decade, teams from California, Florida or Texas have competed in more than half the championship series in the four major professional sports — including every NBA final. That may be no surprise, considering the three states account for 27 percent of all franchises in those leagues...
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Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Bucks won 131-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 02, 2019 - 3:52 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric Bledsoe began the day with a contract extension. He ended it leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their eighth consecutive victory and 10th in a row on the road. Bledsoe scored 31 points, Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points, and the Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 131-120 on Friday...
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Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) drives toward the basket as Atlanta Hawks forward Omari Spellman defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
March 02, 2019 - 12:56 am
ATLANTA (AP) — The Chicago Bulls are playing their best basketball of the season at a time many might have thought the focus would be shifting to the NBA draft lottery. The wins are making Lauri Markkanen hungry for more. Markkanen made three free throws to give Chicago the lead for good, Zach...
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