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Devin Booker, Suns drop Heat, 119-112, as East race tightens

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The University of Kentucky held an alumni meeting Saturday night at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

The Miami Heat's guest list had two.

The Phoenix Suns had one -- but that also had happened to be the night's best former Wildcat.

With Devin Booker scoring 35, the Suns pushed past the Heat, 119-112, dropping the Heat into a tie for the No. 4 ...Read more

Lakers start slowly and fall short late in losing to Pacers

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The hottest conspiracy theory in the NBA's bubble is that the Western Conference playoff teams that aren't the Lakers are trying to help the Portland Trail Blazers become the eighth seed in the playoffs.

Portland has been one of the most impressive teams in the bubble, with wins over the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. The ...Read more

Sixers' Ben Simmons leaving NBA bubble to have left knee surgery

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The 76ers must prepare for a postseason run without Ben Simmons.

The two-time All-Star is leaving the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World to undergo surgery in the coming days to remove a loose body in his left knee. The body was a result of his suffering a temporary partial dislocation of his left kneecap on Wednesday against the ...Read more

Clippers reserves finish off victory over Trail Blazers

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dressed in street clothes because of an injury, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley opened his right hand and waved goodbye toward Portland's opposing bench during the final seconds of the Clippers' 122-117 victory Saturday inside HP Field House.

Five minutes before, the Clippers removed leading scorer Paul George in a three-point ...Read more

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Clippers' super subs among NBA Awards finalists

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Los Angeles stars LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell have been announced as finalists for the NBA's top individual honors, it was announced Saturday.

Winners for most valuable player, defensive player of the year and sixth man of the year, among others, will be announced in the upcoming weeks during TNT's coverage of...Read more

Storm star Sue Bird finds her voice, and becomes an influential advocate for social justice

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There's a poignant moment during an interview with Sue Bird when ESPN's Lisa Salters asks the suddenly opinionated Storm star if she ever wants to revert to the soft-spoken wunderkind who shied away from controversial topics.

"I never want to retreat back," Bird says. "I couldn't go back. And there are times when it's difficult. Whether it's ...Read more

Lakers and Frank Vogel take the experimental route in loss to Rockets

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Just as halftime was about to expire, Dwight Howard took a three-pointer and sank it. Then he shuffled to his right and sank another from the top of the arc.

During the regular season, the Lakers joked about Howard being a three-point specialist given that his shooting percentage was so high. After all, at one point in the ...Read more

Devin Booker and Suns are wildest things about West race

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When Devin Booker packed for Orlando, Fla., he probably didn't think his Phoenix Suns would be one of the biggest stories during the NBA's restart to its season. Nobody thought Phoenix would be undefeated at the midpoint of the eight seeding games inside the bubble.

On a day that felt a lot like the first Thursday of the NCAA tournament, with ...Read more

Ivica Zubac stands out in Clippers' 126-111 win over Mavericks

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Clippers center Ivica Zubac slipped toward the rim Thursday night and, catching a pass, dunked with both hands as a chorus of yells erupted from his team's bench in the opposite corner inside HP Field House.

Dallas immediately called a timeout, its deficit now eight points with four minutes to play in the third quarter. But ...Read more

Takeaways from the Miami Heat's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks

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Even without Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic, the Miami Heat did not make it easy for the team with league's top record.

But the final score says otherwise.

The shorthanded Heat led for most of the game, but the Milwaukee Bucks dominated the second half to make it look like just another blowout victory in a 130-116 win over Miami on Thursday at ...Read more

Erik Spoelstra says Pat Riley has daily input while beyond Heat's Disney bubble

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The Pat Riley influence still travels, even with the iconic Miami Heat president back in South Florida.

So, too, coach Erik Spoelstra said Thursday, does the input and impact from the rest of the team's staff beyond the 37-person limit the team is allowed in the quarantine bubble-type setting at Disney World amid the NBA restart.

Speaking ...Read more

Bogdan Bogdanovic scores career-high 35 points, Kings beat Pelicans for first win in NBA bubble

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A record-setting scoring barrage and a career day by Bogdan Bogdanovic helped the Kings earn their first win in the NBA bubble with a 140-125 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday at Walt Disney World Resort's HP Field House.

Bogdanovic scored a career-high 35 points for the Kings (29-39), who were desperate for a win after losing ...Read more

Following Chris Paul's lead, Thunder are a surprise threat inside NBA bubble

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It's even more automatic than the right elbow jumper that Chris Paul has made over defenders in more than 1,000 NBA games. Give Paul a slight -- even one smaller than the window he needs to take that signature shot -- and he'll hang on to it forever.

It's hard to fault the algorithm at ESPN that figured the Thunder didn't have much of a shot (0...Read more

Ben Simmons sidelined with subluxation of his left knee cap

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Ben Simmons is sidelined with a subluxation of his left knee cap.

The 76ers forward suffered the injury in Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards and is considering treatment options. The team said further updates will be provided as appropriate.

Simmons left in the third quarter of the Sixers' 107-98 win and did not ...Read more

Lakers' LeBron James out vs. Rockets with sore groin

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- LeBron James will not play against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night because of a sore right groin, according to the Lakers.

James has not missed any time due to the groin injury during the league's restart, but the Lakers are trying to be smart with their 35-year-old star. James played 30 minutes in a loss to the Oklahoma ...Read more

Lakers cannot keep up in blowout loss to Thunder

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- For weeks, Los Angeles Lakers Coach Frank Vogel has insisted that the Lakers wouldn't change the way they played or their goals in each individual game once they clinched the top seed in the Western Conference.

To that end, he played all of his starters against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night in Orlando even though...Read more

Ben Simmons suffers game-ending left knee injury vs. Wizards

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Ben Simmons is injured.

The 76ers power forward left the third quarter of Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards with a left knee injury and did not return.

Simmons grabbed an offensive rebound with 5 minutes, 53 seconds left the quarter. He dribbled to the corner before throwing an outlet pass to Al Horford. The two-...Read more

Sixers top Wizards, 107-98, but lose Ben Simmons to left knee injury

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Suddenly, the outcome of 76ers' game against the Washington Wizards no longer mattered.

The Sixers' championship hopes could have a lot to do with how Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris perform in the upcoming postseason.

But Simmons left the third quarter of Wednesday's 107-98 win against the Washington Wizards at The...Read more

Trump calls kneeling 'disgraceful'; Doc Rivers finds the president's attitude 'disgraceful'

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Doc Rivers sat down for his video conference call with reporters on Wednesday and stayed on his social justice message. The Los Angeles Clippers coach wore a blue baseball cap with the word "VOTE" in capital letters.

He was asked about President Donald Trump's critical comments that NBA players were "disgraceful" for kneeling during the ...Read more

No NBA players test positive for COVID-19 Disney bubble for third straight week

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NBA bubble continues to be a success.

None of the 343 players who were tested for COVID-19 on the Disney World campus since results were last announced on July 29 have returned confirmed positives, the league and National Basketball Players Association announced Wednesday. There were also no positive tests from July 29 or ...Read more