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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, talks with rapper 2 Chainz after the Lakers' NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 115-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 07, 2019 - 8:42 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike. James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron's competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, center, defends and center Nikola Jokic watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With the basket, James moved past Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 07, 2019 - 2:08 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When LeBron James hit the driving layup that pushed him past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA's career scoring list, even the Denver Nuggets paused to appreciate their opponent's big moment. The Nuggets then made sure James' celebration didn't include a huge come-from-...
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Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, right, goes up for the go-ahead shot against Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield in the closing moments of the Celtics' 111-109 win in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
March 07, 2019 - 1:34 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Instead of dwelling on his mistake that let Sacramento tie the game in the closing seconds, Gordon Hayward made it moot. Hayward made up for a costly foul by hitting a tiebreaking shot with 2 seconds to play that helped the Boston Celtics overcome the absence of injured...
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Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick (17) shoots the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
March 07, 2019 - 12:51 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Otto Porter Jr. was already in "midstride" taking a drug test when the Chicago Bulls got the word. The game wasn't over, after all. While Porter remained in the back, the Bulls returned for one final play and preserved the victory they thought they had already secured. Zach LaVine...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With the basket, James passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA's career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 06, 2019 - 11:46 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James moved past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA's career scoring list Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar scored his 32,293rd point on a driving layup in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets, getting fouled in the act and hitting the...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) dunks against Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu (8) during the first half in Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Oakland, Calif. Bogut is rejoining the Warriors after being cleared by his Australian team, the Sydney Kings. The Warriors lost Damian Jones in December, and he underwent surgery for a torn left pectoral muscle. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
March 06, 2019 - 4:14 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors signed Andrew Bogut, who is expected to rejoin the team next week and add depth heading into the playoffs. The Warriors made the announcement Wednesday, after Bogut was cleared by his Australian team, the Sydney Kings. The Warriors are without Damian...
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Golden State Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins, center, fouls Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes, left, as he looks to pass the ball away from Jayson Tatum (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
March 06, 2019 - 1:45 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins lost his cool and the Golden State Warriors lost at home in embarrassing fashion once again. Gordon Hayward scored 30 points off the bench, Kyrie Irving had 19 points and 11 assists, and the Boston Celtics ran away from the Warriors early on the way to a 128-...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) controls the ball as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
March 05, 2019 - 11:59 pm
TORONTO (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets watched a big lead evaporate, yet managed to keep their winning streak intact. Harden scored 19 of his 35 points in the final quarter, Gerald Green had 11 of his 18 in the fourth and the Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 107-95 on Tuesday night...
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Chiquita Evans smiles after being selected as the 56th pick overall by the Warriors Gaming Squad at the NBA 2K League draft Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in New York. Evans is the first woman selected in the esports league. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 05, 2019 - 9:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After over three hours of sitting, waiting and stressing, Chiquita Evans heard her name called. She stood, smiled and put on a Warriors cap, striding to the stage backed by the loudest applause of the night. Someone put a microphone in front of her and asked her how it felt. That's...
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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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