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This rendering provided by the Indiana Pacers, shows renovations and expansion of the NBA basketball team's downtown arena in Indianapolis. The Pacers will stay in Indianapolis for 25 more years in a deal that includes $295 million in public subsidies. The Marion County Capital Improvement Board voted Friday, April 12, 2019, in favor of the agreement. (Indiana Pacers via AP)
April 12, 2019 - 2:27 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers will stay in Indianapolis for 25 more years in a deal approved Friday that includes $295 million in public subsidies for a renovation and expansion of Bankers Lief Fieldhouse, the NBA team's downtown arena. The Marion County Capital Improvement Board's vote in...
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Kentucky's Tyler Herro reacts as time expires in overtime during the Midwest Regional final game against Auburn in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Auburn won 77-71 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
April 12, 2019 - 12:05 pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Herro will enter the NBA draft pool and hire an agent but leave open the possibility of returning to school. Herro is the third Wildcats underclassman to enter the draft, joining forward PJ Washington and guard Keldon Johnson. The 6-foot-5 player...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland. A person familiar with the decisions says the Cavaliers are not bringing back Drew for a second season. Drew, who led the Cavs to a 19-63 record after taking over when Tyronn Lue was fired on Oct. 28, was told the team was not picking up his contract option by general manager Koby Altman, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, April 11, 2019, because the team has not commented. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
April 11, 2019 - 6:57 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers' next coach will inherit a better situation than the one Larry Drew got handed. Drew and the Cavs parted ways Thursday after a challenging, 19-win season that followed LeBron James leaving for Los Angeles and included a rash of injuries to a young roster. Although...
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FILE - In this a, Memphis Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff reacts in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. The Grizzlies fired Bickerstaff on Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
April 11, 2019 - 6:10 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies started the offseason Thursday with plenty of questions to answer, then controlling owner Robert Pera added to the to-do list by firing coach J.B. Bickerstaff as part of a front-office shake-up that demoted general manager Chris Wallace to scout. The...
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In this photo taken Sunday April 7, 2019, Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, left, Kings guard De'Aaron Fox, center, and General Manger Vlade Divac, right, talk before the Kings play the New Orleans Pelicans in an NBA basketball game, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings announced that they have extended the contract of Divac through the 2022-23 season, Thursday, April 11, 2019. Divac, who played six seasons with the Kings, was recently named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame, and will be inducted in September as a member of the Class of 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
April 11, 2019 - 1:41 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Dave Joerger after three losing seasons. The team announced the decision Thursday, one day after finishing its 13th straight losing season — the NBA's longest active playoff drought. General manager Vlade Divac said in a statement the...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, center, looks to pass the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng, left, and Anthony Tolliver defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 11, 2019 - 2:02 am
DENVER (AP) — Sputtering into the postseason was no way for the Denver Nuggets to end their six-year playoff drought. Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and had a key strip and two clutch free throws in the closing seconds and the Nuggets pulled out a 99-95 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on...
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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) drives between Memphis Grizzlies guard Jevon Carter (3) and forward Justin Holiday (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
April 11, 2019 - 1:40 am
MIAMI (AP) — The last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons. Their reward: A series against MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The drama of the regular season went all the way to the very end of the regular season, with seven of the eight first-round playoff...
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Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (41) drives against San Antonio Spurs' Rudy Gay, center, and Marco Belinelli during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 105-94. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
April 11, 2019 - 12:32 am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki said goodbye to the NBA the same way he came into the league, smoothly draining a jumper over a defender to punctuate a passionate performance. It was only fitting that Nowitzki's final shot came against the San Antonio Spurs, a team he terrorized in the regular...
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Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson reacts during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 10, 2019 - 11:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Detroit Pistons knew a victory Wednesday night would guarantee them a playoff spot. And, from the opening tip, they left no doubt that was going to happen. Luke Kennard scored 27 points, Reggie Jackson had 21 and Andre Drummond added 20 points and 18 rebounds as the Pistons...
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Chris Paul and LeBron James applaud during a ceremony at an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in New York. The pair were there to watch Heat guard Dwyane Wade play his last NBA game. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
April 10, 2019 - 11:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Dwyane Wade has some superstar fans on hand for his final NBA game. LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony were all sitting courtside in Brooklyn on Wednesday night to watch Miami's game against the Nets. Wade punctuated his career with one last triple-double, finishing with...
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